The mouse may look nice from the top, but when it seems to be a real deal breaker when I flipped the mouse over. The VivoMouse is made from plastic, which to some extend could compromise the durability of the whole device.
|VivoMouse uses a USB dongle instead of Bluetooth – Compatible with more devices|
Considerations and thoughts on interfacing with VivoMouse
It could be troublesome to use three fingers on the trackpad, it seems that ASUS has already put thoughts into it. The three finger gestures are used less. Tapping with 3 fingers reveals the Windows 8 touch keyboard. Usually, if a user uses a mouse, it is most probably with a laptop or a desktop, so I didn’t find too many issues with that. What I really liked about the new VivoMouse was the inclusion of ASUS Mission Manager. This allows the user to switch between applications intuitively. It is in fact suspiciously similar to what Apple is doing.
|ASUS Mission Manager|
Additionally, ASUS has included a battery indicator as well. Forget about panicking when the battery falls to 0% and you need to find an extra battery.
In terms of usability I felt that the ASUS VivoMouse was indeed quite usable as users need to think too much and will know how to operate the mouse naturally. Gestures and functions can be executed freely without much thoughts and we definitely can see the much work and thoughts put into this device by the ASUS designers and engineers.
My only concern with this new mouse is that it is made of plastic and I worry for its durability. Also, I felt that majority of the users will need to get used to the mouse when they first start using it. It is not your conventional mouse and the mouse click area is wider than usual, thus resulting in some irregularities and required adaptation.
However, I definitely felt that this is definitely a great product which is done well by ASUS, and hope that they will continue to work on more devices like this.