Sony has recently introduced two new travel mice to its range, the compact and sophisticated Sony SMU-M10 (see review here) and this one - its larger and brighter Sony SMU-C3 optical USB mouse.

Both are Vista-compatible but the Sony SMU-C3 is heavier. It's also slightly smaller than a normal desktop mouse. The Sony SMU-C3 features a wider scrollwheel that means it's probably better suited if you need a device that is relatively lightweight and easily portable but not fiddly to use.

In comparison to the SMU-M10, we found the Sony SMU-C3 looked less modern and stylish. The model we reviewed was bright pink and peach, which we thought looked slightly cheap. However there are other more attractive two-tone versions on offer – black/black, white/grey and white/bright green.

Instead of having a groove around the edge to wrap the USB cable like the SMU-M10, the Sony SMU-C3 has an in-built storage compartment that opens up to store the cable and enable convenient transportation. As well as being comfortable to use the Sony SMU-C3 also has a long length of cable, measuring 1.8m, making it adaptable and user-friendly.

Sony SMU-C3: Specs

  • 800dpi sensor
  • connectivity via USB interface
  • cable stored inside the mouse's in-built housing
  • 1.8 m adjustable cable
  • UV painted for protection against scratches
  • bi-colour mouse available in
  • 64x33x99mm
  • 70g
  • 800dpi sensor
  • connectivity via USB interface
  • cable stored inside the mouse's in-built housing
  • 1.8 m adjustable cable
  • UV painted for protection against scratches
  • bi-colour mouse available in
  • 64x33x99mm
  • 70g

OUR VERDICT

Although not very stylish in bright pink, the other colour variations of the Sony SMU-C3 are kinder to the eye. The Sony SMU-C3 is not the one of the smaller travel mice we have seen but it is impressively light and convenient to transport due to its built-in cable housing, which we found handier than the wrap around method of the SMU-M10.

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