Gyration Air Mouse Elite
Gyration presently has four motion-sensing mice it is lineup: the Air Mouse, Air Mouse Go Plus, Air Mouse Elite and Go Pro Air Mouse. All the mice are aimed at different types of customers and usage models: the Go Plus and Go Pro are designed mostly for presenters and have appropriate design, whereas the Air Mouse and the Elite are aimed at consumers, living rooms and so on.
Although the mice have different shape and design, they are based on similar hardware and feature the company's MotionSense (aka SmartMotion) motion-sensing technology that is built around an embedded gyroscope, a 3-axis accelerometer and a Texas Instruments MSP430-series microcontroller with embedded motion-sensing firmware.
Packaging and Accessories
The Gyration Air Mouse Elite comes in light cardboard box with rather strict design. The packaging looks solid and stylish and brings impression of a business-oriented gadget. The device is indeed not aimed at gamers, even though this does not mean that the Air Mouse Elite cannot be used in games at all. The package is sealed using a piece of plastic and it is impossible to evaluate the shape and size of the mouse to ensure that they are comfortable.
Inside the box are the mouse itself, a small receiver for USB port, cradle for charging, a USB cable for cradle and a DVD with the company's MotionTools software. Quite naturally, the bundle does not include anything extra, which is explainable: mice do not come with a lot of additional software like graphics cards or mainboards.
Interestingly, but in order to unify charging mechanisms for different parts of the world, Gyration decided not to include a charging adapter and force users to charge their mice cradle and USB port. While the decision is logical, it may be a bad news for owners of notebooks with limited amount of free USB ports as the mouse will require two of them: one for charging and another for RF receiver.
In overall, Gyration Air Mouse Elite is a nicely packaged product that has a bundle which allows it to work right out of the box.
Despite of being pretty innovative, the Gyration Air Mouse Elite is not a rival for high-end mice by companies like Logitech or Microsoft. In fact, specifications of the mouse are pretty ordinary:
- Laser sensor (not the most precise one)
- Wireless connectivity with 2.4GHz RF USB receiver that supports up to 100 feet (30m) mouse range with no line-of-sight restrictions
- Built-in 3.7V/400mAh li-ion battery
- Embedded gyroscope
- 3-axis accelerometer
- Texas Instruments MSP430-series micro-controller.
The Air Mouse Elite is a typical mouse, if not consider motion-sensitivity. The device is definitely not positioned for hardcore gamers, designers and other people requiring maximum precision.