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Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Media Mouse with Mouse, Presenter and Media Controller in One (Pewter) K72280US
List Price: $79.99

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Product Description

The mouse, presenter and media controller all converge in one slim, sleek unit that slips in your pocket. The Kensington Slimblade Presenter Media Mouse goes beyond your expectation of what a mouse can do.Full-featured laser mouse allows you to navigate through your documents with superior precision.Unique Scroll Ball provides easy and intuitive 360 scrolling.Multifunction navigation pad lets you easily navigate through your presentation and digital media.Built-in laser pointer enables you to highlight key points in your presentation.Media controller allows you to control your digital media from anywhere in the room.Never worry about turning your mouse on or off again - your mouse goes into sleep mode when your notebook does.Battery indicator light is green then changes to red as the battery level is getting low.

Features:
  • 3-in-1 mouse/presenter/media controller all in one
  • Unique Scroll Ball provides easy and intuitive 360-degree scrolling
  • Battery indicator light is green then changes to red as battery level gets low
  • Multifunction navigation pad included
  • Mouse goes into sleep mode when your notebook does to prevent power drain

Customer Reviews:

  • I like it.
    I've been using this mouse for a couple weeks now. So far, it works great for everything that I bought it for. I like being able to use it to present slides etc. in meetings and classes. I haven't any trouble with that part of the mouse.

    The scroll ball is a little bit sensitive for my taste but once you get used to it, it isn't too bad.

    Overall, it is a good mouse for the price....more info
  • comfortable and effective wireless mouse
    This mouse is very simple to use. On my Vista PCs I simply plugged in the micro receiver, waited for Windows to recognize and install, and used the mouse. couldn't be simpler! It has great range, is very precise, and fits the hand well. One different item is that the usual click wheel has been replaced by an actual tiny roller ball. I was skeptical, but now I like it. It works well, and is a great design tweek.
    Also appreciated is the extra flexibility of having a laser pointer, and a presenter mode. Both work perfectly, but the pointer is somewhat difficult to engage because the push button is small.
    I have had a 'problem' with the battery compartment cover not being very secure. It is attached with two flexible plastic bits, but it does not click in firmly at the other end. That's the only negative.
    If you are a presenter, trainer or just like wireless mice, this is a nice unit....more info
  • Very disappointed - the mouse simply does not work
    I am extremely disappointed in the product. The concept is great. I do not want to carry a separate mouse, laser pointer, and presentation device. However, after some use of the mouse, I now experience extremely random movement even when I am not even touching the mouse. For example, I was using the mouse tonight when I moved the mouse and was taken to column Z of the Excel worksheet. The worksheet's final input column was Column J, so there was obviously something wrong. This has happened numerous times over the last two weeks, and changing batteries and changing the mouse surface simply does not work.

    Kensington's tech support has also been very poor. When I explained my problem, I was instructed to change the batteries and change the surface over which I am using the mouse. I had already performed these very basic steps. I will mail this product back to Kensington and perhaps try Microsoft's all-in-one mouse.

    This mouse is not worth the money. Do not waste your time and money buying it. ...more info
  • Sleek design, takes getting used to.
    It is very pretty. The USB connection is very small and comfortable and fits great inside the mouse. It's plug and play, at least on my Mac OSX. The scroll ball isn't a big deal. It works like a normal scroll wheel.

    The only problem I can see with this is actually using it as a control to watch movies or play music. The scroll wheel gets in the way when you use it and inadvertently changes the windows you have open. You just have to be careful that you don't move the scroll wheel and the right and left click buttons.

    Other than that the product works great.



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  • Beautiful Design
    It is nice looking, compact and mobile. The problem is for some design professional, the absence of wheel click functional is not convenient, also the scroll ball can't be used without intalling the driver (again, not convenient if you are not doing a presentation on your own computer). But over all, it is a nice and solid design. it works....more info
  • I like it.
    I've been using this mouse for a couple weeks now. So far, it works great for everything that I bought it for. I like being able to use it to present slides etc. in meetings and classes. I haven't any trouble with that part of the mouse.

    The scroll ball is a little bit sensitive for my taste but once you get used to it, it isn't too bad.

    Overall, it is a good mouse for the price....more info
  • Great Mouse
    This mouse is of very good quality. The roller ball makes this a great replacement for the Apple mouse.
    Love the laser pointer and media controls on the bottom. Very cool all-in-one design.
    The only thing that I find negative about it is the loudness of the click. Could be a little quieter....more info
  • multifunction devices have compromises
    The product works as advertised, but the navigation of the remote I find to be difficult....more info
  • Very portable, mouse and presenter in one
    PROS : Its a nice little mouse/presenter. Its slim profile and light weight make it really very portable. The tiny USB receiver is housed in the battery slot while carrying it so no extra space needed to carry it. No hassle of turning the mouse on and off. When you put the USB receiver in the batter slot, its automatically off. This extends the battery life. The track ball is nice while working on stuff where you might need to scroll in all directions. Otherwise it won't be of much use to you. The presenter/media mode can be turned on/off by flipping a switch at the back of the mouse. I have not used it much in the media mode but its pretty useful if you want to control your media, pretty much like a remote control, if you would. The presenter mode is very functional. So in meetings or presentations, you could use this as a laser pointer and to switch the slides. I wanted a portable mouse and presenter and this one suited me the best.

    CONS: Some people may feel uncomfortable with its slim profile if they are used to of using thicker mouse where you palm goes over it and takes the shape of it. But you can get used to of it, no big deal. I wish it had fwd-back functions on top like most have these days. It makes the browsing much easier/faster. So I miss them at times. Track ball movement can be tricky in the beginning so it will take a while to be precise with it.

    I didn't give it 5 stars because it lacks fwd-back functions for browsing. All in all, I would say, its an excellent and very portable mouse/presenter for the price. I chose this over its bluetooth version because not all computers/laptops have bluetooth, not quite yet :) So you may give it a shot if it fits your needs and budget....more info
  • Three tools in one!
    The Kensington Slimblade Presenter Media Mouse is two useful tools in one svelte package. It's a comfortable and capable Bluetooth laser mouse; but flip it over and find an ipod-like control pad for giving Keynote or Powerpoint presentations. The remote is also compatible with iTunes and FrontRow.

    Now to the details. To use the SlimBlade, simply remove the USB transeiver from the battery compartment, plug it in and you're ready to go. There are Mac drivers to install before the first use. It seemed to work fine with the current version of Leopard.

    I really have to compliment Kensington on the comfortable, sleek lines. The SlimBlade is easy to pack and comfortable for hours of use. The mouse-side of the unit features a two-button design with a 360-degree trackball, similar to that on an Apple Mighty-mouse. Unlike the Apple mouse, this ball is not rubberized, but also didn't seem to 'clog' the way my Mighty-mouse does. The mouse tracking is accurate with no noticeable latency. One warning : The SlimBlade USB bit MUST NOT BE PLUGGED IN BEFORE LOGGING INTO YOUR MAC USER ACCOUNT OR YOUR MAC WILL KERNAL PANIC. This seemed to be a consistent pattern. Log into your account FIRST, then plug-in the Kensington USB attachment. The batteries (two AAA's) are supposed to last six months and the SlimBlade has a low-battery light when it's time to swap them. Needless to say, with a 25-day review window, the batteries were still going strong with regular use.

    Now for the other half of the SlimBlade. Flip the mouse over and you'll find a circular, rubberized control pad and a recessed toggle switch. Flip the switch and the 'presenter' controls are activated. The controls will advance your slideshow, and the top button on the pad activates a laser pointer built into the leading edge of the mouse. The presenter functions worked as promised. When the toggle is in 'media mode', the rubber control pad is still active, but will only work for iTunes and FrontRow and the like. One problem that I noticed is when the toggle is in media mode, the mouse buttons (now under your hand) are still active. So if I'm using the presenter side of the mouse for, say, iTunes, I find my fingers underneath the mouse constantly clicking the mouse buttons and affecting whatever is on my desktop! I can think of a couple of fixes to this in future SlimBlade releases. One would be to reverse the location of the media control wheel and battery compartment. So the media wheel is underneath the non-mouse button side of the mouse. Or, just install a mercury switch to sense the orientation of the mouse and disable the mouse-side controls accordingly. This may be problematic for space shuttle astronauts trying to give a Keynote slideshow, but would work for the rest of us.

    On the whole, I liked the Kensington SlimBlade and do feel it's a quality product worth eighty bucks. I give it four out of five.
    ...more info
  • Another tremendous disappointment from Kensington
    I purchased this mouse at the beginning of the week, to reduce the amount of gadgets I have to carry. I'm a university professor and give six lectures a week. I wanted to be able to dump my notebook mouse and presentation clicker for one device. After four days of using this product, I could not be more disappointed with it.

    First, the scroll ball feature simply does not work. My MacBook Pro gets info from it only sporadically; perhaps every 20 strokes of it with my finger gets a fraction of an inch of movement from a document or web page. And it's erratic even then.

    Second, the driver software simply does not work with Mac OS X 10.5. I have all the most recent system and security updates, etc. I'm meticulous about keeping a clean system to avoid incompatibilities, etc. (I'm one of the 17 Mac users on the entire planet that actually uses anti-virus software...) After repeatedly installing, uninstalling, and reinstalling the driver software (as per the advice of Kensington's tech support staff) no preference pane has been installed on my system.

    Further, the built in drivers in OS X's System Preference don't have any effect on the behavior of the buttons, scroll ball, or tracking speed of the mouse. So there is no way to configure how the mouse works. To top it off, if you plug the receiver in before you log in to your Mac, it causes a hard crash; a complete system freeze including the display, which requires a hard re-set to recover from.

    Last but not least, the usability of the presentation controls is awkward at best. Individual buttons are hard to find and press because of the small size and recessed placing of the control pad. The laser pointer is dimmer than the one in the clicker I'd been using up until this week, and again, is hard to activate because of the design of the control pad. I find myself stopping in the middle of talking because my fingers have slipped off the pad and I need to find the buttons again. And finally, it's confusing because when you try to click a button on the control pad, the mouse buttons on the other side get clicked instead as they require less effort to click, so you have to hold the mouse tightly enough to click both buttons (mouse and control pad buttons) when you want to page forward in Keynote, or you have to hold it awkwardly which then also fatigues your hand.

    I really wanted to like this product. I've given it a whole week of regular use with my MacBook Pro. I've spent several hours trying to troubleshoot these issues. I've exchanged several emails with Kensington tech support. All to no avail. This product is nearly worthless; it works poorly as a mouse and as a presentation device. This is the second Kensington mouse in a row I've had extremely poor results with. Save your money, don't buy this thing, you'll regret it. Get something from Logitech instead. This weekend I'm going back to the store I bought this from and returning it. Then I'm going to get a nice logitech mouse and go back to using my old presentation clicker again....more info
  • Laser failed
    The first time I tried to use it in an actual presentation, the laser wouldn't work....more info
  • Very disappointed - the mouse simply does not work
    I am extremely disappointed in the product. The concept is great. I do not want to carry a separate mouse, laser pointer, and presentation device. However, after some use of the mouse, I now experience extremely random movement even when I am not even touching the mouse. For example, I was using the mouse tonight when I moved the mouse and was taken to column Z of the Excel worksheet. The worksheet's final input column was Column J, so there was obviously something wrong. This has happened numerous times over the last two weeks, and changing batteries and changing the mouse surface simply does not work.

    Kensington's tech support has also been very poor. When I explained my problem, I was instructed to change the batteries and change the surface over which I am using the mouse. I had already performed these very basic steps. I will mail this product back to Kensington and perhaps try Microsoft's all-in-one mouse.

    This mouse is not worth the money. Do not waste your time and money buying it. ...more info
  • Thin is in
    I bought this primarily due to its thin profile and Blackberry "Pearl"-like roller ball, hoping it would fit more easily in my notebook PC's carrying sleeve than a traditional mouse, and work well as both a mouse and a trackball.

    In general, both wishes came true, although the trackball feature doesn't work in all programs. Also, for computers with Bluetooth support, a similar (but more expensive)model does away with this model's USB connector. Another sister model has a much smaller USB connector that can remain plugged in at all times, rather than having to be unplugged each time I pack my PC.

    Sadly, this mouse only works for moving up or down (not left or right) when connected to a One Laptop Per Child XO computer (Linux-based), but is fine on a Dell Latitude D620.

    Its laser sensor works on more surfaces than the optical mouse it replaced, and is particularly good in cramped spaces (such as an airplane tray table in Economy.)

    I haven't found any use yet for the presentation features on the bottom of the mouse, nor the laser pointer, but they aren't in my way either.

    Overall, I like this model and am glad to have it, though I'll probably choose a sister model next time....more info
  • Slimblade Rocks
    As a mouse it is awesome. Simple and smooth. This is the perfect addition for anyone with a laptop and looking for a smaller wireless mouse. The little track ball allows up/down and R/L scrolling. It is similar to the apple mouse but smaller.
    The presentation feature is good, standard features and a laser pointer.
    It you do not need the laser pointer then the other mouse may be better because you will not need the wireless USB device.
    JoeMed...more info
  • Perfect!
    I like its sleek design, small usb adapter, easy to carry, light weight, presenter option is cool, track ball is smooth. The only thing one may miss is the ball click, which is not really important to me. Overall a great mouse....more info