Holiday Buyer's Guide 2006, Part 7: More Mobile Stuff

Targus Bluetooth Mouse

When it comes to mobile peripheral devices, Targus has great brand name recognition. You may already be familiar with its products, and might even be currently using one of its notebook accessories, backpacks or rolling PC cases. If you or someone on your gift list this year enjoys the delights that a Targus gift can bring, treat that special someone to the Targus cordless rechargeable Bluetooth laser notebook mouse. (Now that's a mouthful!)

Cording is optional, as this unit comes packaged with a handy USB charge cable to provide uninterrupted use - even while charging - and two shrink-wrapped Nickel Metal-Halide (NiMH) rechargeable batteries for immediate use. Take that, dead battery cells - this mouse has a back-up plan for the mobility user! Plus, its generic bean-shaped contour frees the Bluetooth laser mouse from the right-hand bias of similar specialty mice; it fits comfortably in either hand.

This ultra-light model weighs in at only 2.4 oz (67 g) so it's nimble and light to the touch, with a resolution that's switchable from 800 to 1600 dpi. Targus neatly finishes this portable model in a matte black rubbery grip molding with faux titanium trim and a translucent wheelmouse. With its rubbery exterior the Targus rechargeable mouse has an ultra-soft texture and feels both smooth and virtually weightless in the palm of your hand. It's a fine replacement for any built-in notebook trackpad or eraserhead mouse, and certainly bests the clumsy ball design often present in other notebook mice.

Like the G5 Laser Mouse also reviewed this Christmas season, the Targus Bluetooth laser mouse has an MSRP of $69.99, but you will find it more competitively priced online - we found it for as low as $55 through some low-cost sites. This rechargeable unit works with any Bluetooth-enabled PC or Mac, and includes a velvety carrying case for keeping its miscellany together.

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