A few weeks ago while I was at CES 2012, a product caught my eye, that wasn’t iPhone related. There was a booth with small hand sized sports cars with L.E.D. lights, so I wondered over and to my surprise, they were actually optical computer car mice. I began asking the person behind the booth a few questions and by the time I arrived home I had been mailed a few samples. These mice are officially licensed from the big name manufacturers like Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Ford just to name a few. The cars are extremely detailed from the rims and tires to the hood scoops and grills. They are very aesthetically pleasing but it doesn’t stop there.
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At first I was skeptical about using a mouse that’s shaped and designed like a tiny car, but it feels very natural in the palm of the hand. The optical mouse functions very much like a regular mouse, reactions are smooth and fast and the scroll and click functions work flawlessly. The mouse hooks up via a USB plug in wired or wireless configurations. The wireless runs on two triple A batteries that were included. Setup was simple on my iMac, I just plugged the USB 2.4GHz mini receiver and I was pretty much set after going into settings and recognizing my device.
The mice have built in auto shut off timers to save on battery and have a low battery indicator. The headlights are fully functional and have a separate on/off switch.
Each Road Mouse has a unique 17 digit V.I.N. number which you can register and activate your product warranty. You even receive your own unique title (free and clear). The process is simple and once done you can actually print your title off as a keepsake. There is also optional insurance you can buy to cover your purchase even longer.
All in all I think this is a fun product for car enthusiasts from teen to advanced years. There are a large assortment to choose from making finding the right car easy. Prices vary depending on the model you purchase. The Ford GT we reviewed MSRP was $49.95 but most were $39.95 for the wireless setup. I really enjoyed using this mouse, it’s a great conversation piece and a fun way to express my own style.
Visit Road Mice for more pricing and options or to buy one yourself.
MSPP: $39.95 – $49.95
PROS: Fun, battery saving feature and battery indicator, USB or wireless.