In terms of ergonomics, the Air Mouse Elite is certainly superior to the Air Mouse GO Plus. On the desk the ambidextrous Elite supports the hand comfortably due to its length and contoured shape, while the soft-touch sides below the glossy section provide good support for thumb and little finger.
Despite its relatively small Teflon feet the mouse glides along smoothly, and thanks to its laser sensor is as accurate as a non-gaming mouse needs to be. The Elite’s two main left and right buttons offer crisp response, and the programmable buttons and trigger also have enough spring to hold up well. Its comfortable, rubberized two-way scroll wheel sports notched feedback, though we would really like for Gyration to include four-way wheels at this stage – something most peripheral manufacturers have implemented on their high-end mice.
Of course, what sets Gyration’s mice apart is that they can be used in the air as easily as on your desk. Yet while certainly usable, the compact Air Mouse wasn’t exactly comfortable to hold in its supposed element. Thankfully in this regard the Elite has more in common with the GO Plus, as it’s as comfortable off the desk as on it.
In-air capabilities, dubbed MotionSense by Gyration, come courtesy of a two-axis gyroscope. Just like a Wii-mote, it allows you to determine the cursor position by moving the mouse in the air, and the slightest alteration of wrist angle is all it takes to move the cursor accurately.
MotionSense is activated by either pulling the trigger beneath the mouse or – as long as Gyration’s drivers aren’t installed – pressing the round chromed button at the top (called the Gesture Button). These two buttons are within easy reach of your index finger and thumb respectively. Double-clicking either one puts the Elite into ‘permanent-motion’ mode, where you don’t need to press or hold anything for the mouse to respond to your movements.