IntroductionBluetake no longer is a newcomer to the Bluetooth market. Since their incorporation, Bluetake has produced innovative Bluetooth devices time and time again. Take a look at some of the reviews we have done of their products in the pastBT009V Crystal Bluetooth USB adapter and BT 200 Bluetooth Printer adapterBluetake POKE 2 USB AdapterVisit Bluetake's website for the latest offerings of their Bluetooth products. For an overview of Bluetooth technology read our review here.Today we bring to you one of Bluetake's newest offerings; a Bluetooth mouse called the BT 500.Specifications
The BT 500The BT 500 comes in two versions; one comes packaged with a BT009X Bluetooth adapter and the other does not. So if you already own a device similar to the BT009X then you can save yourself a couple of dollars and buy the BT500 only model.
Bluetake sent us the packaged version consisting of the BT 500 and the BT009X. The total package consists of the two units mentioned before along with 2 AAA batteries and two driver CD's for the mouse and the adapter.
The BT500 comes in two colors, white and blue, giving you some choice in color. Before we received the BT500 package from Bluetake, we were expecting a normal sized mouse; however the BT 500 is actually a miniature version being around half the size of a normal mouse. Before you purchase the BT 500 I recommend you try out how it feels because the BT 500 would not be good for those with those with large palms. Personally I too wasn't a big fan of these smaller mice, however after a few hours of use I found it quite easy to use.The BT 500 is an 800bpi optical scroll mouse. 800dbi means that it would work in almost any surface unlike those cheap optical mice that only work on certain surfaces.
The BT 500 also has an on/off switch at the bottom to save battery power when you're not using it. This is ideal for those on the move and carries it along with you to work etc. Certain manufactures adopt the strategy of turning the mouse off automatically if there's no movement for a set period; however this is not very effective if you're on the move as the slightest movement will activate the mouse limiting the battery power.
Close to the on/off switch is another button called the Pairing/reset button (The bluish button in the picture). This is pressed initially as you setup the BT 500 so that it's detected by the BT009X. The process is clearly outlined in the manual provided in the CD.
The BT009X is about the size of a USB thumb drive; its functionality is the same as the Bluetake POKE 2.
The two AAA batteries slide into the mouse as shown in the picture below.
On initial setup as you insert the batteries, press the Pairing/reset button so that the BT009X can detect the mouse. Once you press the Pairing button, the scroll wheel will turn blue and blink. Everything is done pretty much on the fly; it's truly amazing how Bluetooth technology works.