Addendum to the Impressions
Now, after five months of weekly and sometimes daily use, I feel like I should chime in regarding my experiences with the Nexus Silent Mouse.
My general opinion of the mouse in this time has shifted slightly for the worse. It has been an adequate companion in portable use
and it is still pleasantly quiet, but there are some annoying qualities to the mouse that have not improved or have even become more pronounced in prolonged use.
The most disruptive of these annoyances is the two main buttons (LMB, RMB) sticking together
. The "nose" on the mouse is an "open" split (as you can see from http://www.nexustek.nl/images/silentmouseproductpagetop.jpg
) and the buttons reach towards each other with small protrusions. In a close-up the design looks perfectly acceptable, but in practice it is not: the protrusions are actually wedge-like and not two straight surfaces. Worse than that, the motion of the buttons is not vertically linear, but happens at an angle towards one another... you can already see where this is going.
The nail in the coffin is the play present in the buttons, which all too often causes one button to slide under or on top of the other, becoming stuck or unable to fully depress. This results from both poor design and what I feel to be lacking build quality.
The other things have to do with mechanics as well. The motion and accuracy I originally described as adequate, but have found out that this impression really only applies to small screens (13" in my case) and low resolutions. On larger monitors and higher resolutions (1920x1200) the mouse is inaccurate by modern standards and at times unresponsive by any standards - except when it moves by itself, popping up player controls during an intense movie scene. The mouse also regularly desyncs from its receiver after unplugging and has to be reset, which is unforgivable, as it uses a proprietary receiver that cannot be used with other peripherals.
On the upside, I've gotten used to the coating and bottom-heavy movement and the scroll wheel is still steady and accurate (I scroll through documents for a living). The movement pattern got even worse with heavy rechargeable batteries.
In summary, the Silent Mouse "1.0" still justifies its existence in portable use with small screens and low resolutions, but it has some rather annoying prototype-ish issues that can get really infuriating when you're doing intensive work on a large monitor, especially if you own or have experience with better hardware. It does its "quiet" jig well, but in use it has been an inferior specimen mechanically. For 30 euros I still feel I got what I paid for, but would have willingly paid more had I known the product's quality to be such as it was.
The mouse is still adequate at its job, but with these flaws and better models out, I wouldn't recommend it.
PS. From what I can see, Nexus may have corrected the "sticking buttons" issue in future versions with more conservative designs. There are also laser engines in the new models that may help with accuracy and one can hope the firmware has been tweaked to be more responsive. They have also done away with the useless DPI button. What I fear will still be there is the somewhat lacking build quality - I'm sure we could all spare more than 30 euros on a good mouse if one was offered.
PPS. The sticking is not the only problem with LMB and RMB, they're also very fidgety and a bit numb due to the play and what I can assume to be switch design. This often results in accidental double-clicks.