Macally Accuglide review: Macally Accuglide

CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.5
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
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The Good Slim enough to fit in your back pocket; brushed metal exterior.

The Bad Flat design isn't ergonomically friendly; a rare wired mouse in a wireless world.

The Bottom Line We like the idea of a travel mouse slim enough to fit into a tight pocket or a space-challenged laptop bag, but the Macally Accuglide's wired connection has limited appeal.

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Known for making Apple-oriented accessories, Macally has several new laptop mice specifically designed with Apple laptops in mind--although they're all standard USB peripherals, which will work fine on your Windows PC.

The $19.99 Macally Accuglide is a slim travel mouse, designed to be aesthetically compatible with the silver-hued MacBook Air. To say the $2,000 laptop and the $20 mouse look like a matched pair is a bit of a stretch, but the brushed metal top panel and mouse buttons (on a silver plastic body) gives it a fun, industrial-style look, as does the blocky rectangular design. With about the same footprint as a credit card, the Accuglide is 0.5 inch high, 2 inches wide, and 3.4 inches long, with a standard two-mouse button plus scroll wheel setup.

Being that thin, we could see the Accuglide easily slipping into a pants pocket or a particularly space-challenged laptop bag--an excellent characteristic for a travel mouse, even if the totally flat design doesn't seem particularly ergonomic for extended use.

However, we're not sure why anyone would want, even for only $20, a wired USB mouse. The cable neither detaches, winds up, or otherwise stores itself inside the mouse body, and for most users, it wouldn't be the best strategic use of the MacBook Air's single USB connection.

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Macally Accuglide

Part Number: ACCUGLIDE Released: May 15, 2008

MSRP: $19.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May 15, 2008
  • Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A
  • Movement Resolution 800 dpi
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.2.8
    Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later
    Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
    Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Type USB
  • Type mouse
  • Movement Detection Technology opto-mechanical
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Compatibility Mac