Sonys Talking Mouse Needs Work

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-10-29 Print this article Print

Review: The device works much better as an expensive mouse than as a two-in-one mouse/phone.

Sonys $80 Vaio Mouse Talk is a USB 2.0 mouse that flips open like a cell phone to reveal a Skype handset. It sounds and looks cool, but the device works much better as an expensive mouse than as a two-in-one mouse/phone.

The Vaio Mouse Talk worked well on most surfaces during eWeek Labs tests. In phone mode, we could make and answer Skype-based calls.
During tests, call transmissions were clear but with a slight echo.

Whenever we flipped open the mouse to place a call, our Skype contact list would automatically show up. Unfortunately, since the mouse functionality is disabled when the device is used in phone mode, there was no way to scroll down to the contact we wanted to call.

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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