Targus UltralifeSince I work from home as a freelance writer and blogger, I probably spend more time online than the average person. The computer is both my business and my occasional source of entertainment. With all the hours I spend online, I tend to develop close personal relationships with my mouse. It’s almost a permanent extension of my hand, after all! Up until recently, I had the basic standard wireless mouse- a step up from my wired version, for sure, but not exactly anything worth writing about. Then I tried the Targus Ultralife Wireless Mouse, which obviously IS worth writing about, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this post!

 The Targus Ultralife- A Sophisticated Little Powerhouse of a Mouse

If you look at the picture of the Targus, you’ll notice that it’s a little different than your standard mouse. From the sophisticated, upscale bronze color to the lack of splashy logos, the Targus definitely fits in with the hip crowd at the local cafe. Of course, function means more than looks when it comes to electronics (or at least it should, as pretty gadgets that don’t work are little more than expensive paperweights), so cuteness factor aside, I made sure I spent some quality time on this new relationship. After all, true love stands the test of time and requires a little hands on attention to get off the ground! I wanted to make sure my love of the Targus Ultralife Wireless Mouse wasn’t just a passing infatuation.

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 Pros of the Targus Ultralife

  • The sleek design makes it easy to take anywhere without gobbling up too much room in your bag.
  • It’s plug-and-play, so you can be up and running in like 30 seconds. Just pop the USB receiver in the a port and go.
  • Compatible with all versions of Windows, including the upcoming Windows 8.
  • It only takes one battery! I’ve been using a cheap dollar-store battery in mine for the last three weeks and it’s still going strong.
  • It has a low-battery indicator to let you know when you’re running low on juice, although I haven’t seen it yet.
  • It’s comfortable to use. I like that my hand basically sits flat over it, so I get less cramping.
  • The pointer flows smoothly across my screen and is really responsive.

The only downside for me was that it did take a day to get used to, since the shape is a little different than my ginormous standard mouse. Also, in the beginning, the right-click seemed to stick a bit. That resolved after a day of use though. Overall, I really love using the Targus Ultralife Wireless Mouse. I think it would make a great gift for any techie type on your list, or anyone that spends a lot of time attached to their mouse. It retails for $49.99 and can be purchased soon at Targus.com.