Sometimes having multiple devices to do one job is a hassle. Many of us have just learned to deal with having several remote controls, pointers and a computer mouse.
But, the creators of the RaceMouse have sought to try to make our work and home lives a bit more convenient. This device is supposed to be a 3-in-1 air mouse, laser pointe and touch pad that’s compatible with any device.
In this article we’ll be discussing Racemouse and it’s Kickstarter campaign in order to give you all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
The Crowdfunding Campaign
The very first thing you need to know about the RaceMouse is that it’s not actually compatible with any device.
If your laptop or desktop uses USB instead of Bluetooth, you’re not going to be able to use it. It’s probably not going to be compatible with most Windows 7 machines. They list Windows 8/10 as being compatible with it.
And, even then, whatever you try to pair it with has to be BLE or Bluetooth Low Energy compatible. It’s also not compatible with Linux OS. But, because the RaceMouse does use Bluetooth, a more accurate statement is that it’s compatible with most mobile devices.
Our Analysis and Review
It has a “sleep” function, which is great on the one hand, but potentially annoying on the other. The RaceMouse goes into sleep mode after 3 seconds of inactivity. While it’s great that it doesn’t continuously stay on and drain its battery, 3 seconds seems ridiculous. Even now as I’m writing this, I haven’t used my mouse in a lot longer than 3 seconds.
The gadget is advertised to pair to multiple devices. But, it can only pair to one device at a time. So, you can pair it to your laptop and your tv, but you’ll have to re-pair it to each device each time you want to use it on something different. That’s pretty typical, and actually what I would expect, but not what it sounds like when they stat that it can be paired to multiple devices.
Several backers have been voicing concerns in the comments about the fact that the creators aren’t making updates frequently. There have been a few things that backers have asked to see, and the creators aren’t very quick to post update pictures and videos. Backers have also asked how the creators can be so confident that the product will definitely arrive before Christmas, especially since they have so many backers beyond their original goal. Critical questions such as these aren’t answered by the creator. All of this coupled with a general lack of information about the creation team has lead several backers to feel uncertain about the campaign, and even more to back out.
This most definitely isn’t the only product of its kind on the market. One former backer (who pulled their backing) mentioned in the comments that he fround several such products on AliExpress. Another backer posted a link to an Indiegogo product campaign that looks nearly identical to the RaceMouse. CheerPod this one won a Red Dot award, as well, which is another reason that backers are wondering about the validity of the RaceMouse campaign. One backer said that RaceMouse was in its development stages while the other product was already winning awards.
The Potential Shortcomings
Not all of the functions and gestures displayed on RaceMouse’s campaign page are available on all devices. For instance, alt+tab on Android phones doesn’t switch between applications. It’s listed that you can pinch to zoom in an out on iPads. But, one backer commented that CheerPod said that it wasn’t possible, and then quoted the Red Dot award winner directly as having said “as what we studied, it’s not possible to zoom in/out on iPad. Apple didn’t open the authority for 3rd party hardware developers to do that. It’s allowed on Mac/Windows.” So, it’s pretty doubtful that RaceMouse got permission and CheerPod didn’t.
Another thing that backers don’t like is that it only comes in one color, and there’s no case for it. Also, the laser only comes in a red light, when some have pointed out that a green light shows up better in certain instances. Backers have been hitting the comments hard and asking for all 3 of these things, to no avail. There don’t seem to be any stretch goals for this project at all.
Once the project was fully funded, they offered a promotion where backers could comment to get an additional RaceMouse for free. This sounds great, but the reality is that it created hundreds of comments to comb through in order to find anything that’s at all useful. The good news is that for the most part, I’ve done the work for you! Otherwise, it’s quite annoying to read through.
So, does RaceMouse live up to the hype? I am not sure. There are a few things that it’s advertised to do and it simply doesn’t. If you’re looking for something similar, check out the CheerPod. It’s nearly identical to the RaceMouse, but it has some different features and it’s won awards.