A New Way to Point.

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Print this article Print

Newton Peripherals doesn’t care if you call them mouses or mice! Either way, the Company’s MoGo X54 or MoGo X54 Pro mouse may be just the ticket for the traveling presenter.

Don’t let the peripheral manufacturers hear me say this, but a mouse is a boring piece of technology. No one could possibly get excited about a mouse! That said, in today’s graphical-user-interface-based world, very few peripherals are as important as a pointing device and any improvements are welcome.

Case in point is Newton Peripherals and their MoGo series of pointing devices aimed at the notebook user. First off, one would wonder why anyone would build a separate pointing device for a notebook computer, after all, today’s notebooks all have a touchpad or a pointing stick built-in and who wants to carry around another device anyway.

Well with MoGo, the company took the bull by the horns and came up with a device anyone would want to have and eliminated the dreaded "I have to carry around another thing" syndrome. What’s more, MoGo adds capabilities that normally don’t come with a notebook computer. The X54 can be used as a media remote control (as well as a mouse) and the X54 Pro can be used as a presentation device (as well as a mouse).

Both units are designed to be stored (and recharged) in the notebook computer’s ExpressCard/54 slot, simply slide the mouse into the slot and viola, it is stored and being recharged. Both X54s also use Bluetooth to connect to the Notebook computer, making the device truly wireless and with a range of 20 or more feet. Why is range important? Well, simply put, especially in the X54 Pro’s case, the ability to pair the mouse with a notebook computer and then control a presentation from across the room is very handy indeed. The X54 Pro also includes a laser pointer, another handy tool for the mobile presenter.

While the standard X54 isn’t designed to be a presenter's companion, it does do a good job of extending some notebook capabilities a few feet, users will find a volume control and the ability to scroll web pages a nice capability for a mouse to have.

Now, before you rush out and buy a bunch of these units to sell to your customers, be advised, the notebook computer must have Bluetooth capabilities and must have an X54 slot. Now, let’s say your customers don’t have an X54 slot? Not too worry, MoGo also comes in PC Card Based units. What’s more, the company also makes a tiny USB to Bluetooth adaptor, just in case your customers don’t have Bluetooth either.

The MoGo X54 Presenter  and the MoGo X54 Media both retails for $79.99 and Newton Peripherals is in the process of growing their channel program and seeking out partners. While selling MoGo products may not make you rich, it sure can allow you to bring some nifty technology to the party

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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