Testing & Results: Genius Ring Mouse 2
To me the best way to test something is to use it, so that is what I did. For three days I put away my mouse (almost) totally and used the Genius Ring Mouse 2 instead. Here is a record of my testing:
Day 1: April 30, 2013
The Genius Ring Mouse 2 arrives. I took some pictures and charged it on my laptop and as stated by the company it took about 2 hrs.
I inserted and ran the start up disk. This allowed me to figure out the Ring Mouse 2 functions and set the resolution.
Off the mark I found it hard to track as precisely as the mouse. I figured if I used the Ring Mouse 2 to play an game that required pointing and clicking I could improve my accuracy and speed. So I played a few games of Mahjong on my computer. My speed starting out was about 1/10th that of the mouse, but after a half hour or so it was about 1/3 as fast. I also realized that I was pecking at the sensor with my thumb, and it reduced my accuracy at fine selection, so I made a conscious effort to smooth out my controlling, and that helped too. I found with practice I could move the cursor most of the way across and up and down the screen with a single swipe. Diagonal movement was the most challenging. I found it difficult because you are moving such a small part of your thumb over the sensor, with a much larger movement being reproduced across the screen.
All in all I worked about 3 hours with mouse the first day. The only thing that I really could not do easily was to use the Ring Mouse 2 to swipe the pages off of my compute, as you have to with Windows 8. You have to drag the open program off the screen, but because there is no “title bar” to grab the Ring Mouse could not use the drag function. It was necessary to hold the left mouse button and try to swipe at the same time. It was tough to do.
I found it was very good at flipping through news windows though, and the back button is a great asset when cruising the Internet.
Day 2: May 1, 2013-05-01
I took the Ring Mouse 2 to work. I work with two screens there and the resolution much higher than at home. It was very challenging to even click he icons in my system tray, however, I am sure that I would get better the more I used the Ring Mouse 2. I also found that for short bouts of typing I could keep the Ring Mouse 2 on my finger, shortening the movement from the keyboard when moving from document to document. I had to do an impromptu presentation and it felt very natural to keep my hands, relaxed, down and out of the way. I could still navigate within the presentation, and use my cursor to indicate portions of it, so it went very well.
The Ring Mouse 2 lasted about 8 hours that second day, before I had to recharge it. Using the standard micro-USB connector it charged back to life after 2 hours, once again.
Day’s highlights were that I found it good for cruising web page where it was easy to page down, go back, and select next. It was also very relaxing and natural to use it for my impromptu presentation.
Day 3: May 2, 2013
The overnight break really seemed to help in my ability to use the Ring Mouse 2. While still not as natural as my mouse, I felt I was getting used to the interface. I had stopped pecking at the sensor, and had found a thumb pressure that seemed to work very well for tracking and pointing. I would say that my speed and accuracy had improved by 40%, or so.
There were two main lessons from this day. First, the Ring Mouse 2 is not for hunting up and attaching multiple attachments, or filling out forms. Just a slight difference in speed when you are doing something that is repetitive and not in the Ring Mouse 2’s wheel house really slows you down. The second lesson is that that the Ring Mouse 2 turns off after a few seconds of pressing the left hand mouse button. I know it says this in the literature, but it needs more prominence in the text.
I was trying to select something and it required me to hold the LH mouse button for a while, and the mouse turned off. I thought it was out of power, but when it happened again it occurred to me that this may be turning off the mouse, and indeed a quick read of the instructions confirmed it. I would not say that this is a huge deal, but it is something that should have more prominence in the literature.
HP Pavilion g6-2288ca Notebook
- Motherboard: ACPI x64-based PC (Mobile)
- System Memory: 7650 MB
- Processor: Mobile Quad-Core AMD A10-4600M, 2700 MHz
- Audio: IDT 92HD87B2/4 High Definition Audio Controller
- Video: AMD Radeon HD 7660G
- Disk Drive 1: TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075 SATA Disk Device
- Monitor: 15.5″ led 1280×800
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8
The Ring Mouse 2 seems well designed for use when a hands free ability is required for mouse use. For me that is mainly during presentations. I found it more discrete, and less distracting than using a mouse and provides you better control than having someone run your slides. The unit had great range and allowed control from the full 10 m declared by Genius.
I was able to type with it on my hand, and also keep my hands relaxed when reading because I did not have to change position to carry out minor interface tasks. I did find it necessary to stabilize my hand against leg or on desk when I required more accuracy.
I found that the Ring Mouse 2 was too slow when it was necessary to carry out many different hunt, point, click and drag tasks, especially when time is an issue. That may not be fair because I only used the Ring Mouse 2 for three days although I did conduct about one hour of specific training, and about 14 hours of office work during that time.
Windows 8 functionality seemed less than ideal because it is very challenging to slide Windows 8 apps off the screen.