The Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse from Satechi is certainly different. For one thing, it offers seven different colors of LED illumination as backlighting: red, green, blue, yellow, white, violet, and turquoise. Users can have the colors rotate, select one color to be on all the time, or turn off the illumination option.
Spectrum mouse offers seven LED backlite options.
The mouse weighs 9.8 oz. (278 grams). The surface has a shiny chrome finish look that picks up and enhances the LED lights. It can be used equally well by both left-handed and right-handed persons. Side grips are included to assure a secure hold. The following image was snapped with the LED lights set to green. It is easy to see that in addition to the light shining, it also reflects off the shiny surface, giving the illusion of a totally green case.
Photograph of the mouse backlite in green.
There are buttons on the underside of the mouse that allow the user to select rotating colors, a single color, or no colors at all. The wired Spectrum mouse has an MSRP of US$29.99, but it is available at an introductory price of US$24.99 from the company website. The product carries a one year warranty.
Schematic of button access.
The mouse movement, which is smooth, has a sensitivity of 1000 dpi, about average for an optical mouse. There are standard left and right buttons and a scroll wheel. The mouse is compatible with OS X 10.3 or later.
Using The Product
As soon as the mouse was plugged in to a USB connection it worked. The movement was smooth and accurate. The LED component is very easy to control. Without the LED option turned on, the mouse appears to be a chrome finished item that looks good next to my Mac. Note though, that the finish is shiny, not matte. The mouse I have been using has some weight to it, so I immediately noticed how light-weight this mouse is.
Do I Recommend It?
I do. In my experience Satechi products are always dependable and sturdy. The LED function is fun for those who are not distracted by it and at the introductory price of US$24.99 it offers an excellent price for a Satechi product.