Razer is one of the top manufacturers of high performance gaming mice, but now Razer has moved on and expanded their expertise into notebook mice. With the latest release of the Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Click mobile, Razer has created a laptop mouse. One which doesn't need drivers or anything else than a pair of AA batteries and a Bluetooth capable PC in order to function.
The Razer Pro|Click Mobile is made for all you people on the move who want a decent wireless mouse that is easy to carry around. What sets the Pro|Click Mobile apart from the competition, besides being cordless, is the fact that it sports a 1200 DPI optical sensor which can function on a large variety of surfaces. The Pro|Click Mobile uses Bluetooth to connect to your PC so you don't have to carry a receiver around like with conventional wireless mice. Now let's see how this interesting blend of technologies works in real life scenarios.
- 1200 DPI optical sensor
- Bluetooth 2.0 with Adaptive Frequency Hopping
- Ambidextrous design for comfortable fit
- Long battery life enables continuous usage
- Travel pouch for protection and portability
- Available in 4 colours
The Pro|Click Mobile ships in a small cardboard box. On the front of the box you can see what the mouse inside looks like, and on the back you can read about its features and other Pro|Solutions products.
On the back of the package you can see all of the four different colors this little laptop mouse is available in. The one I got for review is "Spicy Red". With four different colors available I think it's safe to say that you can get the color that you like the best, whether you like a clean black/white design or the funky red/pink variant.
Inside the package you find a styrofoam box. The mouse and battery is sitting within this box. In my opinion the mouse lays very well protected inside this "double package".
One of the things that surprised me a bit is that Razer actually ships some batteries with this mouse. So you basically get everything you need in order to get started immediately besides a laptop with Bluetooth connectivity. In addition to mouse and batteries you also get a stylish carrying bag for the mouse. The manual is quite comprehensive and translated into a lot of languages, even Danish!
Since this mouse is a Bluetooth one you will need either a Bluetooth capable laptop or desktop PC. Now a Bluetooth dongle can be had for about €15/$20 if you want to use this mouse with your stationary PC. Most new laptops have a Bluetooth adapter built into them.
Even though the Pro|Click Mobile is a laptop mouse it's clear that Razer has tried to create something that is stylish and doesn't look out of place while using it with a designer laptop.
As you may have noticed the topcoat of this mouse is of the soft kind. It almost feels like suede leather because of its texture and softness. No doubt about it, this mouse is a real eye pleaser.
Because this mouse runs on batteries it has an On/Off button on the bottom which is easy to operate once you have flipped it around. The power-on takes about a second and then you are able to connect it to your laptop or other Bluetooth capable machine.
To the left of the On/Off button there is a small round button. This button is used only when you need to initiate a pairing process between a PC and the mouse. All you got to do is press the button on the back of the mouse while enabling Bluetooth pairing on your laptop. Then the two devices exchange information and establish a link. After the link is established you can setup the mouse via the standard Windows mouse configuration utility.
The mouse feet are made from high durability Teflon. This means that the feet still perform well, but don't get ruined the first time you use the mouse on a grainy surface. This is one of the small, but important details because you are probably going to be using this mouse on all sorts of strange surfaces.
The scroll wheel is quite standard. Made from clear soft plastic it fits the design of the mouse perfectly. The only thing I can point my finger at is that you can see the spot where the two-part scroll wheel is bonded together, but you have to know it's there in order to spot it.
As with all of Razer's mice, the Pro|Click Mobile features an illuminated Razer "Snake" logo on top of the mouse. This pulsates while you use the mouse and when you connect it to a PC. Since this pulsating LED can potentially drain a lot of battery this feature can be turned on and off by pressing all three buttons on the mouse at the same time and holding them down for about five seconds. This shows just how much thought and consideration that has gone into the making of this mouse.
The "palm" plate on the Pro|Click Mobile can be removed by just pressing it gently on the top and pushing away from the mouse's center. After this is done you gain access to the battery compartment. The batteries are located on each side of the mouse making sure that the balance is perfect.
This cordless mouse uses two AA batteries. This is nice because they are so easy to find anywhere in the world, have a decent capacity, and are usually pretty cheap.
With the "palm" plate removed you can get a good look inside this mouse. The mouse is built using fairly thick plastic so I think that it can withstand a fair amount of abuse before breaking.
Since the Pro|Click Mobile is intended for use with laptops Razer includes a carrying bag, which is nice because it protects the mouse's surface from being scratched.
Size wise the Razer Pro|Click Mobile is roughly the same size as the OCZ Equalizer mobile edition, however, the Pro|Click Mobile has a wider body which makes it a bit more comfortable to use.
Since this is a notebook mouse I won't put it through the usual tests in CounterStrike or Battlefield 2 for that matter. The reason for this is that this mouse isn't made for gaming. So instead of the usual tests I have tried the mouse on the different types of surfaces I had around my house. Besides these surface tests I have also done a range test to see whether this mouse can be used for presentations and stuff like that where you are using an external screen and are standing away from your PC.
The Razer Pro|Click Mobile works on a large variety of surfaces that's for sure. I took my laptop through my home and tested the mouse on all the surfaces I could find. What surprised me, in a pleasant way, was the fact that tracking performance was good on all the surfaces you see above. Right from the back of news papers to red wooden desks, nothing seemed to throw the optical sensor off track. I even tried it on a steel plate, but even the reflective qualities of the stainless steel were no problem for the sensor.
The list of surfaces that I can confirm that the Pro|Click Mobile works on: Birch wood desk, plastic covering on Dell laptop, cherry tree desk (serveral layers of top coat, medium reflective, most optical sensors hang / produce incoherent data), leather, mahagony (deep red, normal optical sensors can't function on this surface), stainless steel (semi reflective), marble floor (semi reflective), Oakwood no lacquer, Oakwood desk.
Overall I was very impressed with the amount of surfaces this little laptop mouse worked on. Not even a red mahagony desk could confuse this mouse's sensor. The only thing that could really upset the sensor with was a highly reflective white surface i.e. like the glossy paper I use for taking photos on.
I tested the range of the device along with a Dell laptop's integrated Bluetooth device. While testing it there was nothing blocking my view of the laptop, so there should be minimal interference (besides my wireless Draft-N network). For this test I placed the laptop at one end of my living room and then gradually moved away from it. Soon I was standing with my back against the wall and I could barely see the screen of the laptop, but it still worked like a charm. The longest distance I tested it on was about 8 meters and tracking was still flawless. The range performance will vary a bit depending on where you are using the mouse and what type of Bluetooth receiver your laptop has integrated.
Since this mouse is a notebook mouse it's quite small compared to a normal desktop mouse. This affects the comfort while using it in a negative way, however, Razer has done a good job at tweaking the shape. The fact that the mouse doesn't curve inwards near the bottom makes it feel larger in your hand than the OCZ Equalizer laptop mouse for example because the grip position is more natural. This definitely helps the comfort. I have a quite large hand, but I still felt comfortable using this mouse which is more than I can say for the majority of laptop mice on the market today.
One of the things that did bother me a bit was that this mouse is quite heavy compared to its size due to the fact that it uses two AA batteries.
The Pro|Click Mobile is extremely well built. There are no loose internals and everything seems to fit together perfectly. The only problematic area is the removable shell. Since the shell is attached using some plastic hinges you have to be careful not to bend the shell while removing it. The buttons and scroll wheel seem to be held in place firmly and to be of high quality.
One of the issues with this mouse is the "soft" top coating. The Pro|Click Mobile's topcoat is even more frail than that of the DeathAdder because it's much softer. I don't think you will be able to wear down the surface or anything like that, but it isn't scratch proof which means that an encounter with a sharp nail will cause damage to the surface of the mouse. The mouse itself isn't scratch proof, but when you are carrying it around in its pouch it's well protected. It is nice to see that Razer includes a carrying bag because my experience tells me that most damage done to a mouse is done while it's lying around unprotected in a bag along with other objects.
Value & Conclusion
- The Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Click Mobile sells for $49.99.
- Works on most surfaces
- Available in four different colors
- Good looking
- Build quality
- Wireless - Bluetooth
- Long battery life
- Small yet still quite comfortable
- Perfect size for a laptop mouse
- Price (relatively cheap for a good wireless laptop mouse)
- Doesn't work on glossy white surfaces
- Needs Bluetooth in your laptop
There is no doubt - for the time being the Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Click Mobile is the ultimate notebook mouse. Not only does it look great and works on a large variety of surfaces, but it also comes in four different colors. Performance of a laptop mouse is always hard to judge, but I definitely think that this one is the best considering all circumstances. What is important to remember is that this mouse isn’t designed for gaming, it's an office work mouse and therefore it cannot compete motion-tracking-wise with mice like the Razer DeathAdder or Logitech MX-510/518. Despite the lack of gaming functionality it's still more than precise enough for Photoshop or regular desktop work.
The Pro|Click Mobile is a definitive step-up from last generation of wireless laptop mice from Logitech or Microsoft because the range you get from it is so much better due to the implementation of Bluetooth with adaptive frequency selection. Overall I can't think of anything that I want to change about this mouse that could make it a better laptop companion.