The top of the mouse has two buttons on either side of a notched scroll wheel just like you'd see on any other mouse, but just underneath the wheel is a convex gesture button with three shallow media buttons wrapped around it.
Using the MotionTools software, you can customize these buttons to perform almost any function within a set number of predefined applications with a simple press and wrist flick, although we found the size and shape of the flat buttons difficult to distinguish without looking down at them, and hesitate to recommend this mouse to those with larger fingers.
Additionally, though the MotionTools software already has a comprehensive set of tools for Windows, Internet browsers, media players, and presentations, we hope that the future versions will include the ability to customize any software program.
As it stands, however, the Air Mouse Elite works better than dedicated PowerPoint/laser pointer combination devices like the Targus Wireless Presenter. The Gyration Mouse has an extended range of 100 feet that allows you to move around a room more freely, as opposed to the Targus' limited 30-foot range. Also, the buttons on the Targus can only control slideshow-specific software like PowerPoint and only work with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista operating systems. The Gyration Air Mouse Elite benefits from multiple-use cases and user-specific macros that work just as well in a home theater environment as they do in the office.
Though the motion control is easy to set up and customize commands, it took us a few days of constant use to hone our accuracy with the pointer. For first-time gyroscopic mouse users, we recommend spending equal amount of time with the device, making sure you control the movement of the cursor with your wrist instead of your whole arm.
Gyration continues to impress us with its two-year limited warranty against defects, setting it apart from the one-year standard for most mice. Phone support is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET. Finally, additional information is available on the Web site by way of user forums, FAQs, and troubleshooting tips.