Genius made the very first scroll mouse I ever bought about 20 years ago. I used other mice over the years but I always went back to the Genius mouse because it fit my hand so perfectly and just felt right. That mouse had a PS/2 interface which has gone the way of the Dodo bird so I was forced to move on when I built my new computer and there were no PS/2 ports on the motherboard. My search for a new mouse naturally brought me back to Genius. I was recently allowed the opportunity to use the Genius Ergo 8800 Wireless Infrared Mouse which offers up to 36 months of battery life on 2 AA batteries.
Ergo 8800 Package Contents
- Ergo 8800 Wireless Infrared Mouse
- USB Pico Receiver
- Stick-N-Go mount
- Two AA Alkaline batteries
- Printed User Manual in more than 2 dozen languages
The Ergo 8800 comes in a clear plastic package with an easy-open top. No scissors of bloodshed required to get the mouse out of the package. The Ergo has a large door for the battery compartment which makes it easy to orient and insert the batteries into the clearly marked slots. There is also a storage space for the wireless receiver when not in use. The receiver slides easily into the space sideways and is easy to remove when needed again.
On the bottom of the mouse there are 5 slider pads of different sizes that allow the Ergo to slide smoothly across just about any surface. The manual does warns against using the mouse on a desk made of glass or on a mirror. One of the essential features in the perfect wireless mouse is an On/Off switch to conserve the battery. The Ergo's switch is right beside the battery door. I recently read a customer review of a different mouse that was marked down because the user forgot to turn off the switch and the battery life suffered. This infuriated me and I wanted to suggest that if that person wasn't smart enough to switch off the mouse between uses, perhaps they should have purchased a USB mouse instead but don't blame the mouse for your own failings. OK, I feel better now.
Another new feature on the bottom of the mouse is the receiver slot for the Stick-N-Go Mount. The Stick-N-Go Mount is that extra little piece of black plastic that comes in the box. It has a self-stick backing so that you can mount it on the top of your notebook computer and then snap on the Ergo for easy transport. This Stick-N-Go mount will also accommodate the wireless receiver but I think it's safer to store that inside the mouse where it won't get lost.
The Ergo 8800 is a large, solidly built, and attractive mouse that comes in black with silver trim. It is probably longer and wider than the mouse you currently use which makes it an excellent fit for a man's larger hand. I have to place my hand on the mouse in just the right position or I can't reach to scroll wheel but it fit's my husband's hand perfectly. The ergonomic design includes a rubber hand grip for the ultimate comfort as you work. The generous size supports your hand and the movement of your arm in a comfortable position without cramping your fingers as happens with a smaller mouse.
The 7 button design is compatible with Mac OSX 10.4+ and supports all the usual Windows functions for XP, Windows 7, and Vista. The special features of Windows 8 are accessible by pressing buttons 1 and 2 (arrow buttons on the left side) to switch between Apps and all open applications, Open the Charms Panel, and toggle between the Metro or Menu Page and the last app that was used. Pressing buttons 3, 4, and 5 (left mouse button + Scroll Wheel button + Right Mouse button) at the same time will toggle between Windows 8 Mode and Traditional Mode for the previous Windows versions.
The User Manual explains the functions for each of the 7 buttons which may differ slightly depending on your operating system. Most are familiar but there are some new and useful additions.
1. Previous Page: Return to the previous web page.
2. Next Page: Advance to the next web page.
3. Left Mouse Button: standard left mouse button functions
4. Magic Roller Button: Scroll Wheel Button features
5. Right Mouse Button: standard right mouse button functions
6. DPI Adjustment: Toggles between 800 dpi, 1200 dpi (default), and 1600 dpi
7. Flying Scroll Button: Press and hold this button to for fast 4-way scrolling.
The Ergo has a soft, very quiet click when you press the right or left buttons. It's a lovely change to not have all the usual clicking noise when in the heat of battle killing zombies in your favorite game. The mouse is fast, ultra-responsive, and a joy to use even for long periods of time. Web surfing will never be the same once you've used the Genius Ergo 8800. The Previous and Next Page buttons will spoil you so you won't want to go back to using your old mouse. Unfortunately, the manual directs the user to download a 4-way scrolling driver from the Genius website but there is no such driver to be found. Fast Vertical Scrolling still works but the horizontal scrolling is apparently not available without that driver. The Magic Roller Button does provide typical 4-way scrolling but at normal speed. My rating of 4 stars is a result of the missing driver. If the manual directs you to download a driver, then the driver should be there.
The Ergo 8800 is the ultimate energy efficient mouse that will provide up to 36 months of dependable mouse usage without the nuisance of changing batteries at the least opportune time. Battery life may vary based on your usage and battery conditions but you likely won't have to even think about changing the batteries for years. How cool is that? Fewer dead batteries will save you money and is also a good thing for the planet.
My own search for the perfect wireless mouse continues because the Ergo is a bit too large for my own hand but it's perfect for my husband who is looking forward to using a wireless mouse for the first time. The Genius Ergo 8800 is available on Amazon from a variety of marketplace sellers at prices ranging from $37 to $60. Visit Genius online to see their huge selection of mice and other products.
Genius Ergo 8800 Specifications
Part NO.: Black:3103-0105-101
Battery: 2 AA alkaline batteries included
OS: Windows 8 / 7/ Vista/ XP or Mac OS X 10.4+
Resolution (dpi) Adjustable dpi for 800/1200/1600 dpi
Product Dimensions: 3.5" x 4.8" x 1.7"
Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces