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|Review: Gigabyte Aire M1 Ultra Portable Mouse|
|Posted by Ed Smith|
|Saturday, 03 March 2012 22:05|
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I have to lead this section off by saying that I love the container the Aire M1 is shipped in. It's staggeringly cute and also does an excellent job of protecting the mouse.
It's tough to get a good idea of the scale here, but the box is about 4" in diameter and 2" tall. Not big.
There are a few amusing marketing claims, such as "No battery needed!" (I'd hope not, with a cord!), but by and large it is straight to the point and pleasing to look at.
Popping the top we find the mouse, surrounded on all sides and the top by foam:
Under the mouse is just the box, which seems odd to me. I would be very surprised if the mouse suffered damage in normal lugging around though. I wouldn't stomp on it though.
The mouse itself is a snazzy looking little thing, it has a metallic blue finish on the top, rubber pads on the sides for your thumb/fingers and buttons that go almost the full length of the mouse.
(That's a quarter on the left, for scale purposes)
The finish on the Aire M1 turned out to be nearly impossible to take pictures of, it looks far better in person color wise.
The retractable cable is a very cool setup, unlike most mice that have an external reel the Aire M1's reel is inside the mouse. Better yet the USB plug folds over and clips into the bottom of the mouse! Nothing is left dangling.
You get lots of nice big teflon pads for easy movement, as well.
The LED involved is red, I would have liked to see a blue LED to match the color of the mouse, but at $15 I can't really argue colors!
Unclipping the USB plug is quite easy and the cord spools out easily as well, with a good tactile feel for the lengths it will hold itself at. The full length is a generous 24.25" and the cord itself feels like it uses silicone insulation, it is very flexible and doesn't hold itself in annoying kinks/loops.
As you can see the cord comes out of the plug at an angle to fit the bottom of the mouse better, if you're lucky it will help align the cord as it comes out of your notebook. Even if it is pointed in the wrong direction it doesn't cause issues due to the cord's flexibility.