Though Logitech, Microsoft and Razer are the big players when it comes to keyboards and mice, there are plenty of other manufacturers in the peripherals market. Verbatim, perhaps better known as a maker of storage media, actually has a wide selection of mice on offer - from gaming models with all the bells and whistles to the small notebook Wireless Laser Nano Mouse we’re looking at today.
Like the similarly sized Logitech Nano Cordless Laser Notebook mouse, this little symmetrical rodent comes with a tiny wireless receiver that operates at 2.4GHz and employs the near-ubiquitous laser sensor for tracking movements.
With no metal parts and running off two AAA batteries, Verbatim’s Nano only weighs 85g and this doesn't make it feel as solid as the Logitech model or even Microsoft’s Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000.
To be honest it doesn’t feel quite as well-built as either of those mice either, with very slight niggles here and there detracting from the experience. These include slightly awkward battery insertion and the dongle requiring a very firm push to get it out of its spring-loaded slot – though at least there’s no chance it will ever come out accidentally. Mind you, the minor issues mentioned above can be excused considering that this mouse costs almost half the price of those we've compared it to.
The main body of the mouse is soft matt black plastic with glossy black strips to either side, though the soft-touch top section can also be had in blue, red and pink – plus purple, green, graphite and yellow if you're lucky enough to live in the United States. It's also refreshing to find a manufacturer that simply refers to colours by their actual names!
Ergonomics of this ambidextrous mouse, meanwhile, are decent. Though its shape doesn’t support your palm in the way that the arched back of the Logitech Nano V550 did, it’s nonetheless comfortable to use, pretty much on a level with Microsoft’s Mobile 6000. The slight indents in the mouse buttons and at both sides support your fingers well.