Last fall, we brought you word about the then-new Zagg Pro Mouse (you can see that here). Well, over the last month or so we’ve been spending time with one, so you know what that means! It’s time to review the Zagg Pro Mouse.
What is it?
At first glance, the Zagg Pro Mouse looks an awful lot like those inexpensive mice that seemed to ship with every computer, and positively infested your local office space, albeit with the lack of a wire. Which, if you’re going to have a single mouse in your lineup, you’re going to go with a profile that would fit the widest variety of hands, for both left-handed and right-handed users.
What we’d change
While the Zagg Pro Mouse would definitely fit either hand, it does not seem like there is a way to easily remap the buttons. For the right-handed uses, the forward and back buttons on the left side of the mouse make sense. If you’re using it in your left hand, though, the buttons under your thumb are for showing apps and switching the bluetooth device it’s connected to (full button mapping). Given that the mouse DOES appear in the Zagg Keyboard software (for firmware updates), the ability to remap those buttons would be handy, for sure. They’d just need to work out how to store that mapping on the mouse itself – rather than making it device-specific – so that it carries forward across devices.
You can connect to multiple devices?
Why yes, yes you can. Using the lowest button on the right-hand side of the Zagg Pro Mouse, you can cycle between three different devices. This could be across computers, tablets, or even your phone. In other words, the need for a wired KVM are more or less gone, as far as it goes on your desk. I used it to swap between my Macbook and iPad, and it worked a treat. Sure, seeing a mouse pointer on an iPad takes some adjusting to get used to, but it’s there, it works, and it’s a way you can get yourself a more laptop-like experience using your iPad for ultra-portable computing.
What’s it like using the mouse?
Well, pretty simple, actually. Once it’s connected, it behaves just like any other wireless mouse, without any discernible lag that I could detect. It works across a variety of surfaces, and the buttons all work as advertised. The side buttons are a bit stiffer than I’d prefer, butI think that’s due to the soft-touch material used around most of the mouse. This undoubtedly helps keep things a bit more sealed – which is good for just tossing it in your work bag – but it does make clicking those back/forward buttons a bit more difficult than I’d prefer. Ultimately, you need to think about how you use a mouse, and how you prefer it to fit your hand. If you like a lower-profile mouse, then the Zagg Pro Mouse will be a good fit for you. Or, you know, if you want something that’s always in your work bag for those days in the office, this one will get the job done without taking up space. And the fact that you can charge this wired or wirelessly means you’ll always have it topped off.
How to get one
That’s pretty simple. While you might find it at other retailers, the simplest way is to go direct to the source. If you do that, you’ll find it available for $79.99 directly from zagg.com
Details from Zagg
- Universal Wireless Charging: The Pro Mouse comes with a wireless charger with USB-C port. When you step away from your desk, simply place the Pro Mouse on the wireless charger so you’re always charged and ready to go.
- Tracks on Glass: The Pro Mouse tracks on multiple surfaces, so you can use it on a glass conference room table, for example, without a mouse pad.
- Multi-pairing Functionality: The Pro Mouse can pair with up to three devices at once. Pair it with your tablet and your laptop, and toggle between the devices, simply by pressing the pairing button on the Pro Mouse.
- Full-size Scroll Wheel with Adjustable DPI: The full-size scroll wheel on the Pro Mouse is easy to use. Pro Mouse even lets you adjust the DPI (how fast your cursor moves across the screen). It has a default 1000 DPI, but you can adjust it (800-1600 DPI) for faster or slower movement.
- Wireless and Wired Charging Available: The Pro Mouse comes with a wireless charge pad, but you can also charge the Pro Mouse using the USB-C port. LED light lets you know when the Pro Mouse is charged and ready.