Vroom: Surf the Web with a Ford GT

A car-shaped wireless mouse puts a little style to your Web surfing.

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I received this wireless mouse awhile ago, but as it comes in one of those clamshell packages that are impossible to open, I kind of ignored it until now.

As it turns out, the packaging is the only bad thing about it. Inside, I found what's possibly the coolest wireless mouse ever. It's a miniature replica of a Ford GT sports car. The two mouse buttons are the left and right side of the hood, and the scroll wheel is right in the middle (but kind of hidden as it's painted over).

The feature of the Fort GT wireless mouse I like the most is the head lights of the car that actually light up whenever you press on the mouse buttons. This is really cool when using the mouse in the dark. However, you can also turn this off with a little switch on the bottom of the mouse -- a nice design touch that comes in handy when you want to surf discreetly or conserve the juice.

The mouse is one of many car-shaped mice officially licensed to Four Door Media by Ford and other car manufacturers. At Four Door Media's Web site, you'll find many other car models, including Corvette, Camaro, Mustang GT, and even cop cars.

As a mouse, my Ford GT worked great out of the box. Like most optical wireless mice, it comes with two AAA batteries and a compact USB wireless dongle. Once the batteries were installed and the dongle was plugged in, the mouse worked flawlessly from up to 5 feet away. No software or driver was required. It also worked well in my tests with the latest Windows 7.

Despite the cheap plasticky look of the packaging, the mouse actually has a very solid build. My only complaint is that its wheels are not rotatable; otherwise, it would make a great toy car when not in use as a mouse.

The Road Mice cost $45.95 each, a decent price for a wireless mouse. If you're a fan of cars, it's totally worth it to have your ride literally accompany your laptop.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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