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Below is another product review written for the consumer opinion websites Ciao UK and DooYoo, this time detailing the HP PS/2 Scroll Mouse. The tone is lighter than a more professional review as is in keeping with the “community” feel of both websites. You can read the full review in place here.
Overview & Appearance
The HP PS2 optical scroll mouse is about as basic as mice come these days. Featuring left and right click buttons and a scroll wheel, this mouse seems to be the basic model shipped with all of their HP Compaq desktop PCs. Manufactured on the sneak by Logitech, the main body of the mouse is housed in black plastic with a small, tastefully subtle HP logo printed on it in silver, whilst each click button is finished in a metallic silver. The fabulous scroll wheel is a rather boring matte grey, but has a satisfying “click” to let you know that it is registering input.
The underside of the mouse is constructed of translucent plastic with a bright red LED mounted in the centre to capture the movements of the device across your desk.
Being fitted with a green PS/2 connector, installing the mouse is a piece of cake as your computer will also have a matching green port into which the connector plugs. Being a basic mouse, Windows (for this is a PC-only peripheral) automatically detects and installs the requisite driver software so you should be able to go as soon as your PC has finished booting.
I have found the mouse to be comfortable and easy to use, the domed back of the mouse fitting nicely into the palm of my hand. The generous cable attached is thick and strong and also allows for free movement of the mouse across the desk and also free placement on either side of your keyboard dependent on your dexterity.
Being a Logitech contruction, the build quality is pretty good, the device feels sturdy and despite it’s relative lightness it seems quite strong.
The ease of use of this unit is also its greatest strength. Despite using older PS/2 technology for connection to your PC, this mouse excels at most basic tasks. Being an entry-level device, gamers may want something a little more responsive but for Home-Office use this is an excellent peripheral.
Both right and left buttons have a satisfying “click” sound coupled with a good level of resistance so that you instinctively know that the motion of your fingers have successfully transferred into the button. The grey scroll wheel is well designed with clicks to let you move the screen up or down by varying gradations for accuracy.
I have noticed that on occasion, the tracking LED fitted to detect motion and thus move the pointer on screen seems to run into difficulties and sometimes the mouse pointer drifts across the screen unbidden. However as this problem only occurs when the mouse is not being used, I do not think this is a major flaw. On the plus side, the LED does seem to be quite responsive on any surface (white paper, wooden table top and even a shiny black book) where many optical mice I have tested in the past would struggle to detect motion correctly.
In this day and age of wireless mice, this device may be unfashionable but it does the basic tasks of computer operation admirably. Despite having a wire and, worse still a PS/2 connector, the fact that this mouse often comes free with a PC is a credit to HP as they have resisted the usual corporate choice to bundle cheap and nasty peripherals with their machines to cut costs.
Being PS/2 and full-size, it is unlikely that this device will be compatible with modern laptops (they tend to only have USB connections, not PS/2). As more and more PCs ship without PS/2 connectors onboard, this mouse will have a more limited market, but if you are looking for a suitable workhorse to do basic computational tasks, this mouse from HP is hard to beat.
What follows is the first few paragraphs of a review of the Hotel Atelys in Lingolsheim, just outside Strasbourg which was written for the consumer opinion websites Ciao.co.uk and DooYoo.co.uk. As always, a product review must be informative and entertaining hence the informal tone of the text. The full article can be read here
Overview & Appearance
I first came across the two-star related Hotel Atelys whilst organising a three day break for my wife and I to celebrate our anniversary in August 2006 since which time we have had a second stay in July 2007. I chose the Atelys because I had planned a visit to the excellent Europa Park situated just across the River Rhine in Germany and had found all of the hotels in the Germany / Black Forest region to be far too expensive.
Situated in the Lingolsheim suburb of Strasbourg, the Atelys is situated in a semi-industrial area two minutes walk from the Lingolsheim train station and within a short taxi ride from Strasbourg international airport. The hotel is also conveniently located near to major roads leading to Germany or elswhere within the Alsace region of France and beyond.
The hotel has 78 rooms spread across three floors and two wings and a breakfast room-cum-meeting area just off reception. There is a lift in the hotel which will facilitate access to most areas of the hotel, although I would recommend that wheelchair users make this clear when making bookings as there are rooms located on the ground floor. Also of note is that the corridors are all very dim and gloomy thanks to the dark carpeting and timed-lighting which must be triggered by the guest; a virtually impossible task when one cannot see the light switch in the first place!
Our room, situated on the first floor, had a double bed as well as two nightstands, a cupboard, a desk and a wall-mounted 14″ television which has access to both German and French channels (no English-speaking channels however). The bathroom was a fairly standard affair with a bath and shower, a toilet and a large sink. The shower was powerful and hot, and Mrs Ben was equally pleased with the bath.
As you would hope, you get two decent-sized bath towels, two hand towels and a bath mat. No tea or coffee making facilities are provided.
Our second stay was in a triple room which was effectively the same as the double but had a third bed, a third towel, a broken TV and was located on the third floor.
The breakfast room is nothing special; two rooms separated by a divider (open at breakfast time) with a large table in each laden with half-baguettes, cereal, croissants and a fridge containing milk, juice, cheese,butter, cold meats and yoghurt. Hot water is provided to make tea (including several fruit teas) and a large water heater containing coffee.
The staff were very helpful and spoke excellent English. I had to ring in advance on our second stay as we were running very late to check-in but the receptionist was very patient with my pidgin French-English cross-over!