Rainbow Wireless Laser Convertible Fit-U Mouse Review: Neat Idea, Lousy Mouse

This Fit-U mouse from Spanish peripheral designer Rainbow has a neat idea. Its top is a detachable plate, allowing you to switch back from a desktop-sized mouse and a travel-sized mouse easily. Too bad the mouse is so bad.

The Price:

$18 for Wired, $20 for Master, $35 for Wired version (the one we tested)

The Verdict:

Bad mouse, but great idea. The concept of being able to take a regular-sized mouse (the Large plate, in their terms), swapping on another cover and turning it into a travel-sized mouse is a neat idea. Some days you want a large, ergonomic mouse like Logitech's, but some days you want a smaller one to shove into your bag.

Rainbow Wireless Laser Convertible Fit-U Mouse Review: Neat Idea, Lousy Mouse

The downside is how bad this mouse is at mousing. I placed it on two different mousepads and a desk, and it was never able to track half as well as the Logitech Performance MX mouse. Chunks and stutters were common, and most of the time I was fighting it like an old man new to computing in order for it to do what I wanted. The button presses were hard and clacky instead of being smooth and easy. Overall, bad times.

Rainbow Wireless Laser Convertible Fit-U Mouse Review: Neat Idea, Lousy Mouse

On the other hand, the top plate is easy to pop off and easy to swap, which is a plus. Its only plus. You have to ask yourself what kind of bag you have that can fit a travel-sized mouse but not a slightly bigger mouse, and what kind of mousing surface really demands a compact device, and that extra 2 inches just won't do. My feeling is that it's really rare.

Rainbow Wireless Laser Convertible Fit-U Mouse Review: Neat Idea, Lousy Mouse

So it if weren't for the fact that this mouse doesn't function very well as a mouse, it'd be a great mouse. But in the meantime, you should go with a Microsoft or a Logitech or a Razor; one of the people that have perfected mice sensors. [Fit-U]

Rainbow Wireless Laser Convertible Fit-U Mouse Review: Neat Idea, Lousy Mouse

Interesting idea for a customizable mouse

Rainbow Wireless Laser Convertible Fit-U Mouse Review: Neat Idea, Lousy Mouse

Large size plate not that comfortable for a desktop mouse

Rainbow Wireless Laser Convertible Fit-U Mouse Review: Neat Idea, Lousy Mouse

Travel size plate is about the same as other travel mice

Rainbow Wireless Laser Convertible Fit-U Mouse Review: Neat Idea, Lousy Mouse

Bad at mousing