Gyration Rechargeable Wireless Air Mouse Elite (Black) review: Gyration Rechargeable Wireless Air Mouse Elite (Black)

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0

Average User Rating

1.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Quick learning curve in the air or on a tabletop; Mac- and PC-compatible software lets you customize macros; USB charging.

The Bad Lightweight plastic feels cheaper than older models; small buttons prone to accidental key clicks; USB-housed RF dongle won't double as storage device as with previous Gyration mice; inability to add motion-controlling apps to software.

The Bottom Line The latest Gyration Air Mouse Elite is a welcome relief from "mouse arm" and works well as a presentation device for intermittent use, but it lacks the flair of other pointing solutions. You'll certainly find satisfaction in the Gyration Air Mouse Elite if you're just getting into the gyroscopic market, but if you want the best of the best, we recommend spending more on the Logitech MX Air.

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Gyration is back with its latest effort, the Air Mouse Elite. After several iterations to refine its design, the Air Mouse Elite takes on a new shape, button layout, and full compatibility with Mac and Windows operating systems. The $80 pointing device sacrifices build quality for its low price, however, and the plastic housing feels less robust than previous models. We appreciate its ease of use and cool factor, but with companies like Logitech releasing touch-sensitive models like the MX Air designed for a home theater environment, the Gyration lineup feels outgunned. If you're the kind of person whose technology must be state of the art, the $149 Logitech is an excellent, albeit pricey, option, but the $80 Gyration Go Air Optical does just fine without as much flair.

Gyration gives you the option of using the Air Mouse Elite either on a flat tabletop or in the air with motion control. With its wireless 2.4GHz RF technology, the mouse comes with a separate USB receiver that plugs into any available USB port on your computer, although unlike previous models, the manufacturer adds no extra space on the dongle to use it as a storage key.

Despite a lack of paper instructions in the box, the mouse is easy to install with the MotionTools software compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems. Simply plug the USB dock into another open port for the initial charge, plug in the RF receiver, and press the connect buttons on both pieces. With the magic of plug-and-play technology, the two devices will automatically sync and you'll be ready to mouse in less than 5 minutes. As with any mousing peripheral, you can adjust the tracking sensitivity in the Control Panel settings.

The Air Mouse Elite measures 1.5 inches tall by 2.3 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep. It fits comfortably in your hand with your thumb placed on top of the scroll wheel and your pointer finger touching the trigger on the bottom, but the build quality lacks the heft of previous models, making us question its durability. Regardless, the mouse is easy to hold ambidextrously and glides smoothly across a flat surface, should you decide to use it on a table as a traditional pointer.

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  • Type Microsoft Windows 98
    Microsoft Windows 2000
    Microsoft Windows ME
    Microsoft Windows XP
    Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Type USB
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X
    Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP/Vista/7
  • Form Factor External
  • Type mouse
  • Movement Detection Technology laser / gyroscopic
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Compatibility PC