Review: Kensington SureTrack Dual Wireless Mouse

In my quest for the perfect desk setup I’ve considered a lot of things to add to the setup. One of them however wasn’t a mouse. I have always found the trackpad that’s built into my MacBook Pro to provide me with the best way to scroll and swipe my way through macOS. But I am reconsidering that position after spending a couple of days with the Kensington SureTrack Dual Wireless Mouse.

Here’s what you get in the box:

You get a AA battery, the mouse which is made of plastic and pretty lightweight. And it should be noted that if you don’t like black, there’s four other color choices. And a 2.4 GHz USB-A receiver. The mouse feels very good in my hands. There’s no sharp edges or weird shapes that I can feel. Which means using it for long stretches of time will likely not be an issue. The buttons have great feedback along with the scroll wheel. And finally it’s also compact should I want to travel with it as it won’t take up a lot of real estate. So from those perspectives this mouse is a winner so far.

Here’s where things get interesting. You can connect this mouse using the 2.4 GHz USB-A receiver. Or you can use Bluetooth as pictured here:

As you can see here, the mouse supports Bluetooth 3.0 and 5.0. That is the first mouse that I recall that has that ability. Another thing that I noted was that Kensington says that the mouse when communicating encrypts the traffic using AES 128. Though the documentation doesn’t speak to how that is achieved. In any case, I went the Bluetooth 5.0 route as that lets me use Bluetooth LE which uses less power with no performance hit. It also exposes the battery status in the menu bar of my MacBook Pro as pictured here:

That will be handy so that I know if I have to change the battery. Which will likely be a long time from now as Bluetooth LE devices tend to have long battery life.

The really big reason that is making me reconsider using the trackpad of my MacBook Pro is how this mouse operates. It is insanely smooth and precise. And it has the ability to tweak the DPI (dots per inch) settings on the fly which is handy if you want to change the DPI for a specific task. That’s done via the button on the bottom of the mouse and it supports 1200, 2400, and 4000 DPI.

Honestly, I really love this mouse. And while it requires a couple of extra clicks to replicate what I would normally do with the trackpad, I’m willing to give this mouse a shot over the near to medium term. That tells you what a good job Kensington has done with SureTrack Dual Wireless Mouse. It has a MSRP of $39.99 and as far as I am concerned, it’s money well spent.

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