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Macally PebbleWireless Portable Wireless Laser Mouse review: Macally PebbleWireless Portable Wireless Laser Mouse

Macally PebbleWireless Portable Wireless Laser Mouse

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Virtually anyone who uses a laptop for an extended period of time eventually plugs in a wireless mouse. The seemingly limitless number of choices out there make it hard to stand out from the crowd unless you have a special feature to tout, such as a Bluetooth connection (the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000) or built-in gyroscope (the Logitech MX Air).


Macally PebbleWireless Portable Wireless Laser Mouse

The Good

Swiveling body hides USB dongle inside; stylish black-and-silver design.

The Bad

Thicker body may not be comfortable to all; only two buttons, plus a click wheel.

The Bottom Line

The Macally Pebble Wireless Laser Mouse is an inexpensive 2.4GHz wireless mouse that works equally well on Macs or PCs--but its unusual shape may not be what you're looking for.

Macally makes accessories specifically designed to work with Apple products, but in the case of the $29 Pebble Wireless Laser Mouse, this is essentially a generic laser mouse that will work on any PC with a USB port.

The black-and-silver design fits in well with the current look and feel of Mac desktops and laptops, and we liked the swiveling base--it rotates 90 degrees to reveal the battery compartment (two AAA batteries, included) and a hidden slot to store the small USB receiver when traveling.

The Pebble sits high in the hand--unlike most other mice, it doesn't slope forward--measuring nearly 1.5 inches high both front and back. We could see this being uncomfortable over time, but it's largely a matter of personal preference. The Logitech MX Air is less than 0.25 inch high at its thinnest point. We also weren't crazy about the basic two-button interface (plus a standard click wheel), as by now we're used to having extra thumb buttons for specialized tasks like flipping forward and back in our Web-browser history.


Macally PebbleWireless Portable Wireless Laser Mouse

Score Breakdown

Design 7Features 6Performance 0