I was planning to leave my original setup around Anker 4-port Uspeed hub as is, but yesterday I got a new toy from Anker which blew my mind lol!!! Let me first describe the current setup, and then go into more details about Anker Vertical mouse and how great it works with Note 2.
So in this setup I have Note 2 as a host with OTG cable/adapter connected to Uspeed 4-port USB hub. Keep in mind, as I mentioned before, this hub is powered from external supply so you are NOT draining any current from your phone battery. Just for test purposes I have WD Elements 2TB external HD hooked up (recognized, but not able to read since it wasn't formatted appropriately), I also have usb thumb drive (sandisk Cruzer), and Anker Vertical mouse. Keyboard is Anker ulta-slim BT keyboard, but in general any wired keyboard can be hooked up and will be recognized (I tested that as well). Pretty much for me this is an ideal little desktop setup where I can comfortable type in emails/documents, navigate through the screen (that mouse is INSANE!!!), be able to connect usb drive, external hd, etc, AND as a bonus still have 2.1A charging port available to charge any other device. Keep in mind, when phone is connected with OTG cable it becomes a host and can't be charged at the same time. Now, about this super mouse.
This is review of Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical USB wired mouse: Amazon.com: Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical USB Wired Mouse 1000 / 1600 DPI, 5 Buttons VerticalMouse: Electronics
Honestly, I had no intention to review it in a content of Note 2 use. My intention was to review it for use with my laptop at work. I'm a die hard fan of ThinkPad laptops, been using them for the last 10-12 years, and can't live without it's keyboard pointer. I don't need touch pad, always have it disabled, and don't need a mouse. Unfortunately, at my work they switched us to HP laptops and although they have their own variation of track point, I hate it and wanted a great comfortable mouse. When Anker approached me with a request to review their latest model of Vertical mouse - I had a choice of either usb wired or wireless version, and decided to make a universal choice of wired version just in case if I find it useful for phone/tablet. That was a GREAT decision!!!
When you first look at it, it might take you a second to tilt your head to adjust the view
As you approach it closer, it looks like a fin with a splash of mouse on the side lol!!! Once you plug it in, the first thing you notice is a really cool blue led glowing line on the inner part of it. Definitely an eye candy! But to truly appreciate this, you have to wrap your hand around this vertical mouse. It is for right-handed person though, sorry lefties
What can I say, it fits like a glove! I don't have a big hand, and it still felt very comfortable. Both left/right buttons are right within a reach and scrolling wheel also in a perfect location. Scrolling was very smooth and responsive on my phone, no jerky movements or delays. On the inner part of the mouse right where you thumb is you have page Forward/Back navigation buttons that are perfect for web browsing. And as a bonus you get a DPI switch button for 1000 / 1600 DPI adjustment. That button is easily within reach, yet out of the way so you don't hit it during regular use. The ergonomics itself of this vertical design is amazing. I thought it will take me awhile to get used to it, but within minutes it felt very natural.
Furthermore, this mouse works on any surface, and I mean ANY surface!!! My wife was sitting on the couch with her laptop and asked what the heck am I testing. I brought it over to hook up to her laptop while she placed it on the blanket covering the couch (not even smooth surface, with some lint rolls, etc.) and it worked PERFECTLY!!! To the point where I didn't get a chance to use the mouse for the rest of the night since she already claimed it. Obviously, I expected it to work perfectly with laptop/pc, but was very pleased how well it got integrated with my Note 2, the precision of pointer movement, the comfort of ergonomic design, being able to use it on any surface, extra control buttons, and NO need for batteries since it's corded - this is an AWESOME gadget for any device. Oh, did I mention its under $10 with free shipping? Definitely a must have buy if you are into cool gadgets! And of course 18-month warranty, can't beat that!!!
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