REVIEW: RadTech BT600 Bluetooth Mouse

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 09:30
Category: Accessory

radtech-bt600-mouse.jpgRadTech is now shipping their full-size Bluetooth desktop mouse, the BT600 (US$60). The BT600 is a rechargeable Bluetooth five-button and scrolling mouse that is easily paired with the Mac. After that it’s, well, a mouse. Bluetooth peripherals (specifically keyboards and mice) offer unprecedented freedom for notebook users that are tired of plugging and unplugging peripherals from their machines each day.
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radtech-bt600-mouse.jpgRadTech is now shipping their full-size Bluetooth desktop mouse, the BT600 (US$60). The BT600 is a rechargeable Bluetooth five-button and scrolling mouse that is easily paired with the Mac. After that it’s, well, a mouse. Bluetooth peripherals (specifically keyboards and mice) offer unprecedented freedom for notebook users that are tired of plugging and unplugging peripherals from their machines each day.
Once paired with your Mac, the BT600 is auto discovered each time you bring your machine within range and power it up. When not in use it goes into a power-saving sleep mode to save batteries. One of the best features of the BT600 is that it ships with two 1600mAh AA NiMH rechargeable batteries, in-mouse charging circuitry and a USB cable. This means that when the batteries eventually die, rather than scavenging for spares, you can just plug in the USB cable and keep on mousing.
The BT600 has 800dpi optical tracking and five buttons but I rarely use any other than the left and right buttons. I found that the BT600′s recessed left and right buttons are a tad difficult to get used to coming from the BT510 mouse which has larger over-sized buttons. The BT600′s unique textured, tactile white cover feels comfortable in the hand and looks great next to Apple’s white keyboard.
The scroll wheel is useful for navigating through long documents but I still have to remind myself to use it. The wheel also doubles are a charge status indicator, glowing red when the batteries are charging and green when they’re charged.
RadTech’s new RadMouse driver software allows you to configure all of the buttons to your hearts content in OS X’s System Preferences. Although I have a slight preference for the BT510, the BT600 is a completely serviceable and functional mouse. RadTech now has a complete line of Bluetooth mice to suit almost every need.

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