Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 132 / AUGUST 1991 / PAGE 56

Z-Nix Cordless Super Mouse. (includes related articles) (evaluation)
by Richard C. Leinecker

The words sleek, sporty, and unencumbered best describe the Z-NIX Cordless Super Mouse. Instead of moving the mouse, untangling the cord, and then watching the cursor move, you move the mouse, and the cursor moves. It's what mice should have been from the beginning.

This mouse fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, moves across my mouse pad with little resistance, and has perfectly placed buttons. I've never had to divert my train of thought from my work to the task of making the mouse behave properly. It's the easiest and most comfortable way I've found to improve productivity with mouse-based software.

Its battery recharges every time you set it in its cradle. The cradle gets its power from the computer, so you won't have to worry about another plug. You will, however, have to remember to park it in the cradle anytime you're not using it. That way the batteries stay fully changed. It's not a design flaw; it's matter of retraiing yourself to use the mouse a new way. But the small effort to develop this habit is well worth the effort.

I didn't find any software that presented incompatibility problems. As a matter of fact, I used it to run some of the most demanding software there is, such as Microsoft's Codeview. If a mouse and its driver perform under these circumstances, they'll usually do well just about anywhere else. But I made sure; I put it through its paces. Windows, DeluxePaint, Applause II, and many more large applications didn't turn up any problems.

After publicly stating that I'd never trade my Microsoft mouse for another, I'm eating my words. This mouse will make a convert of just about anyone who uses it.