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Computer Related Reviews : > MarinaBug...

MarinaBug Mouse
By Kidzmouse

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     Finally, a product that allows even the smallest of children  to enjoy using a computer! Kidzmouse is exactly what it claims to be, a mouse specifically created for children. This mouse is about half the size of a regular computer mouse and allows children to squeeze rather then click their way through their programs. It is compatible with both PC and Mac systems and is  PS/2 and USB compatible. 
      Young children find it hard to click a regular mouse, Kidzmouse is made so that the child can squeeze anywhere on the top third of the mouse in order to achieve the task at hand.  Available in four colorful styles, MollyMouse, BenjiBee, CoolBug, and MarinaBug , this mouse is totally awesome! I was amazed when I received the Kidzmouse and watched it being used by a group of  kindergarten-aged children. They seemed to have a renewed interest in the computer center in their classroom. The MarinaBug, the style I received, installed easily onto the classroom computer and attracted the interest of the children almost immediately. It is extremely easy for the children to operate, because it is smaller, rounded, and allows the child to have better control over the movements it makes. Dragging the cursor to a specific area seems very hard for little children, but the MarinaBug made it easy and fun for them.  
     These cute computer creatures are brightly colored, ours is green and pink stripes with cute eyes on the front, making it attractive and appealing for the youngest of computer users. I found the price to be very reasonable, under $25.00 and the technical support to be very prompt and helpful. I did have some problems on my personal computer when I tried to hook it up, and Susan Giles, the CEO and founder of Kidzmouse Inc., replied to my email within a few hours! As it turns out, the mistake was on my part, and not on the part of the actual product. The only downfall that I have come across about this truly amazing product, is that I cannot get it out of the classroom where I had it tested! So, unfortunately for me, my little MarinaBug has found a new home in the hearts, and hands of some very excited kindergarten children, at our school. Hey, its not  all that bad, at least I know they are getting a head start in their ability to use a computer easily, which in this day and age is a necessity for any business or career they may pursue.

     I recommend this mouse for children as young as 18 months to 10 years old, and it is also perfect for adults with small hands! I would also like to say “Thank you” to the children in Mrs. Sponagle’s class, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Barrie, Ont., Canada. Their enthusiasm in using this superb piece of technology was very rewarding to witness! Thanks Kidzmouse, for creating such a useful product geared for our most cherished possessions!

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