As ever with ‘simple’ mice, you don’t need to install the included drivers and can simply plug the mouse in. In fact, you’re better off this way as, despite being tiny and visually competent, the somewhat buggy generic Mouse Setting applet doesn’t offer anything over Window’s native mouse control panel and simply isn’t as good, which takes some doing.
Not that there’s much to configure in the first place, as despite its rather nice presentation and features so far, Verbatim’s Nano is a bit short on buttons. Compared to Microsoft’s Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 and Logitech's VX Nano with their four buttons and four-way scroll-wheels (making for seven ‘buttons’ overall), the Verbatim offers just three. As you might have guessed, these consist of left, right and the wheel, which is as little as a mouse can get away with these days.
On the positives side, buttons give a nice, positive click, and the soft-touch scroll wheel offers decent notched feedback. Tracking is what you’d expect from a 1,600dpi laser sensor and the mouse glides along smoothly on its broad Teflon feet.
One figure Verbatim doesn’t state is battery life, and the mouse lacks a low-battery indicator. However, it’s easy to never be caught unawares by simply replacing the twin AAAs with a freshly recharged NiMH set every month or so. The Nano mouse doesn’t have an on/off switch either; instead it goes into standby mode after a few minutes of inactivity and requires a button press to re-activate, which is slightly inconvenient.
Overall then, while it’s not without its downsides, Verbatim’s Wireless Laser Nano Mouse is decent for its price of under £18. It might lack the impressive micro-gear scrolling of Logitech’s Nanos and the clever BlueTrack sensor of Microsoft’s new mice (which allows them to work on anything from marble to carpets), but if you’re happy with nothing more than the basics or on a tight budget it’s a good option.
With its light and fairly comfortable Wireless Laser Nano Mouse, Verbatim has provided a basic but competent budget alternative to the models from the usual suspects.