The Nyko Air Flo Mouse looks like any other two-button scroll-wheel optical mouse when you first look at it. But once you grab onto it and feel the Air Flo technology you will realize this isn’t an ordinary mouse.
The Air Flo Mouse and other Nyko Air Flo products incorporate an air intake and output design using an internal fan to blow air on the palm of your hands for a cool and dry gaming experience. I have to admit that the Air Flo technology is innovative and kept my hands dry during intense matches of Unreal Tournament 2004 and Quake III. The mouse’s tracking ability with the 850 dpi optical sensor worked well and never skipped a beat during Unreal Tournament 2004 and Quake III deathmatches. It also performed well during intense sessions of Adobe Photoshop, Marcomedia Fireworks, and web surfing.
The scroll-wheel has a nice feel to it and you can feel the notches as you move it back and forth. The mouse’s rubberized grips and palm area also give you a comfortable grip and work perfectly for either right or left-handed use. The air intakes on the side of the mouse bugged me at first but they have grown on me and I don’t think Nyko had any choice but to include them, since they need a way to get the air into the mouse so it can blow out onto your hand.
At first I thought the mouse was a little small for my hand, since I usually use the Mircosoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, but after a week or so of use I have grown to like it. If I had to compare it to another mouse I would have to say it feels a lot like the Microsoft Optical Blue Mouse, but with air coming out of small holes that glow red located where your palm of your hand rests.
The left and right buttons also seem small compared to my Intellimouse Explorer but they are similar to the Optical Blue Mouse that many people use on a daily basis. The lack of extra buttons like the Intellimouse Explorer and other high-end mice have will be a minor complaint for some people. I have never grown accustom to using the extra buttons anyways like some people I know that swear by them. So, if you like more than just a left and right button and scroll-wheel on your mouse you should probably steer clear of Nyko Air Flo Mouse.
The mouse also outputs a minor buzzing from the fan. I guess that is to be expected when there is a small fan inside the mouse trying to pump air out of it onto your hands for cooling. It is not bad but if you are the type of person that wants a totally quiet PC then it might annoy you.
All-in-all, the Nyko Air Flo Mouse is well built and performed as expected in all applications I tested it with. It is a little smaller and doesn’t have the extra buttons that some of the mice on the market have, but those are minor complaints. The Air Flo technology works really well and does keep your hands dry as advertised and makes an ordinary mouse into something special.
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