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I’ve been sent the Penclic Mouse R3 to play about with and straight off the bat I’m quite impressed. It looks like a travel mouse with a stylus protruding out of it. From the trendy packaging, included black velvet pouch and the device itself, you can tell this is the height of Swedish Design.
It connects wirelessly via the included tiny USB dongle, and under the mouse it has a button to connect to the said dongle. You would only need a AAA battery to power the device. FUN FACT – If you use a re-chargable battery you can connect the mouse to your computer via the (snazzy and retractable) micro USB cable to charge.
It is a little weird and difficult to use to begin with. I wanted to push down on the pen/stylus bit and click down, but that doesn’t do anything. The traditional mouse button are on the sides, near the bottom of the stylus bit, as is the scroll wheel.
The Penclic Mouse R3 is light and glides well over most surfaces. All the typical mouse functions worked, and there’s no problems connecting to a PC or a Mac. I couldn’t tell you if it’s fine with Linux. I assume it is.
I can see big plus points for the Penclic Mouse R3, the main one being used for graphic design work with apps such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. You feel like you’re holding a brush or a pen.
It also works for both left and right handed folk. Great news. If you suffer from RSI or other wrist pains this mouse will be for you, so you should hunt one down.
It’s £60 in the UK, and I quite like the Penclic Mouse R3.
With thanks to the folks at MediaPRUK for the hookup. Nice people.
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