Review of the Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse
The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse is the first wireless mouse without any buttons. Instead, it has touch-sensitive areas that recognize fingertip movements. It supports all the functions that a traditional mouse does, plus some convenient new functions like horizontal scrolling and sliding.
What You Get
The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse comes with a USB receiver, a travel pouch, a pair of AAA batteries, and a quick installation guide.
The Look and Feel
The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse looks like a small, black stone. It has an elegant curved shape like a standard other computer mouse, minus the buttons and wires. It has touch-sensitive areas where a traditional mouse would have buttons and a scroll wheel. You can move your thumb from right to left or from left to right to slide between windows.
The Manhattan Touch Mouse is indeed stealthy. You cannot tell which side of it has the touch-sensitive areas for you to operate on, because both sides look identical. However, a blue Manhattan logo lights up to the left of the touch-sensitive areas once you connect the mouse using the USB wireless receiver. The battery holder is located underneath the mouse. There is also a compartment just under the battery compartment for storing the USB receiver.
The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse is ambidextrous, which means you can use it with ease whether you are right- or left-handed. It has a good shape and size that fits nicely in your hand. Plus, it is aesthetically appealing with its sleek design.
The Test Drive
The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. It is a plug and play device, so you do not need to install any other software to use it. After connecting the Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse to your desktop or laptop, you can operate it from up to 10 meters away. In our lab, we used the mouse 28 feet away from the computer and it worked perfectly. It has a 1200 dpi, touch-sensitive surface, which lets you point the mouse cursor on the tiniest of items. However, it takes some time to get used to a touch mouse if you have never used one before. The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse is very sensitive to the slightest touch, which can cause unintended actions. Another nitpick is that dragging and dropping requires you to double-tap the item that you want to drag. Those who use dragging and dropping frequently may find this annoying.
The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse features an automatic power-saving function. The mouse goes to sleep after three minutes of inactivity and you have to shake it a few times to make it active again. While the auto power management may help extend battery life, it can also be a bit annoying when you need the mouse to be instantaneously ready for action.
The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse works with PowerPoint presentations and PDF files. We used the mouse for a PowerPoint presentation, and it worked nicely throughout the presentation.
The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse is an innovative evolution of a traditional mouse with buttons, but it takes some getting used to. It has some slight drawbacks, such as a high sensitivity to touch that leads to unintentional clicks, and difficulty with dragging and dropping. HomeGear Lab gives it a 3 Lights On rating.
Patented Curve-Touch technology
Mouse: laser, 1200 dpi resolution
Automatic power save mode
Controls: scrolling, swiping, right and left button mouse with patented Curve-Touch technology
Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS 9 and up and Linux
Mouse: 30 (h) x 60 (w) x 90 (l) mm; 79.4 g (2.8 oz.)
USB receiver: 20 x 12.7 x 1 mm (0.8 x 0.5 x 0.04 in.)