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BlueTake BT510 Bluetooth Mini Mouse

By Russ Smith June 24, 2005, 12:00 am

INTRODUCTION

    The little stick or track-pad on your
laptop is fine for a few quick operations, but using them for very long
tends to wear out your finger.  To avoid repetitive stress
injuries, it is a good idea to use a mouse instead.  However,
wired mice have cords that need to be connected and disconnected which get
in the way when you are using them.  Wireless mice
usually have a separate driver that needs to be installed.  If
your laptop supports Bluetooth, the simplest, quickest solution is to
use a Bluetooth mouse, such as the BT510.

WHAT’S HOT

    BlueTake’s BT510 Bluetooth Mini Mouse is designed for no-fuss
installation and use.  It has a built-in Human Interface Device
profile which allows it to work, without the need of any extra drivers,
with
any Bluetooth device that supports the HID profile.  It is also an “optical” mouse, meaning there is
no rubberized ball to pick up dust and lint and eventually degrade the
performance of the mouse until you clean it out.  The optical
sensor works on virtually any surface and even works upside-down if the
need arises.

The
BT510 comes in an easy-to-open plastic carrier.

Inside
the box you will find (clockwise from top-left) the Quick Setup Guide,
the mouse, a carrying case, a USB external power cord, and a disk which
contains the user manual.  The USB cord does not allow you to
connect the mouse through the USB port.  It simply uses the USB
power instead of draining the batteries in the mouse.

The
BT510 is on the small side (3.7 x 2.25 x 1.31 inches) but it fits
comfortably, even in my rather large hands.

The
bottom of the mouse contains a power switch to keep the batteries from
running down when you are not using the mouse, a connect switch which
initiates a Bluetooth connection, and a lock tab for the battery
compartment.  When the mouse is turned on, it immediately goes
into “discoverable” mode, where Bluetooth devices will be able to find
it.  The connect button also initiates”discoverable” mode when the
device is already on.

The
lock tab opens the top of the mouse to replace the batteries.  The
batteries are standard AAA batteries and are included in the package.

Since the mouse using the standard Bluetooth
HID profile, no drivers are included.  They are not needed if your
device supports the Bluetooth HID profile.

Unfortunately,
the Bluetooth HID profile is not supported on any Pocket PC
devices.  It would have been nice to have included the Bluetooth
Serial Port profile and drivers for PPCs.  As it is, we will have
to wait for Windows Mobile 2005 which includes HID support.

On
system that do have the HID profile (Windows and Macintosh desktops and
laptops), the mouse is discovered very quickly.

Once
discovered, the mouse can be paired with your system.  The mouse
has no Passkey, so just leave it blank.  Once paired, the mouse
and system will automatically connect when the mouse is powered on or
the connect button is pressed.

You
can also connect to the mouse manually each time you wish to use it.

PRODUCT FEATURES

Once
the Bluetooth connection is made, the BT510 behaves exactly like any
other pointing device attached to your system.  You can access the
mouse settings through the control panel.  The BT510 is designed to support either right- or
left-handed use.  The center scroll-wheel supports scrolling and
center-button action.

The
mouse hardware has a special feature built in:  The button
functions can be reversed with a simple two button press.  You can
do the same thing using the control panel on your desktop/laptop, but
it will take longer than the two-finger operations shown above.

   
The BT510 is discovered quickly by Bluetooth devices and also connects
quite quickly when paired.  In use, I found it quite responsive.


HELP
SUPPORT

    The BT510 comes with a printed Quick
Start guide which should be sufficient for most situations.  In
addition, a compete user manual is included on the CD-ROM.  In
addition, BlueTake has on-line support documentation for using the
mouse with Mac OS 10, Windows XP, and specific instructions for Blue
Soleil and Widcomm Bluetooth software available on the
BlueTake web site
.  You can also contact BlueTake directly via e-mail for support.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    The BT510 will work with
any system that support the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID)
profile.  For the moment, that includes Macintosh OS X v10.2.6
or later or Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP with the appropriate
Bluetooth support hardware and software.  Windows XP SP2’s
built-in Bluetooth support will also work with the BT510.

BUGS AND WISHES

   
The BT510 functioned flawlessly in my tests
so I have no
bugs to report.  The only wish I have is that I wish there were
some secondary support, along with drivers, to use the device through
the Bluetooth Serial Port profile.  This is only because neither
the current versions of Pocket PC OS nor the support software included
with add-on Bluetooth hardware for Pocket PCs support the HID
profile.  Until Windows Mobile 2005 becomes available, you will
not be able to use the BT510 with a Pocket PC.  I took some a
“feature” point away for this.

PURCHASING

   
You can buy the BlueTake BT510 Bluetooth Mini-Mouse from Radtech for $59.95.

PROS


  • Bluetooth wireless
    connection allows flexible positioning and use


  • Optical sensor does
    not require cleaning like ball mice


  • HID profile support
    requires no additional drivers


  • Mouse connects
    automatically when paired


  • Battery life is quite
    good


  • Device construction
    is solid


  • Battery life can be
    extended with USB power and use of power switch


  • Mouse can be switched
    to right- or left-handed use

CONS


  • No support for
    non-HID Bluetooth devices (Pocket PCs)

Value
Ease of Use
Features

Overall

What do these
ratings mean?

OVERALL
IMPRESSION

    The BlueTake BT510 Bluetooth
Mini-Mouse is well-constructed.  I found it easy to set up and
use.  I also appreciated that it connected very quickly (and
automatically when pair with the other device).  Add that the
device is battery-friendly and supports right- and left-handed use
through the hardware and the result is one of the best Bluetooth
pointing devices of which I am aware.  The only drawback I could
find is the lack of drivers for Pocket PC use.  If you are looking
for a Bluetooth mouse to use with your Pocket PC, you will have to look
elsewhere.  However, if you are looking for a Bluetooth mouse for
use with your Macintosh or Windows desktop/laptop, the BlueTake BT510
has all the features you will need.  I whole-heartedly recommend it
for laptop/desktop use.

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