The Manhattan Stealth Mouse is, in fact, the stealthiest looking computer peripheral we’ve reviewed to date. The Stealth is a matte black wireless touch mouse; there’s no visible buttons, indents, or gaps in the design. It’s like a keyboard without the keys and letters, as undesirable as that may sound.
The design of the touch mouse is neat because it’s looks so unusual. It’s still mouse shaped, and kind of like a smoothed matte black pebble. It’s about regular size for a mouse, just a little sleeker. Since it’s so “discreet” and unmarked, I have trouble figuring out which direction to hold it.
On the bottom of the device is a battery chamber, a slot for the mini-USB adapter, and a power button. The battery chamber is the worst. It’s two AAA batteries deep. To get the bottom battery in, you need to almost break the coil for the top battery. On the side of the mouse is an illuminated “Manhattan” logo that’s indicative of the battery level and syncing status.
The Manhattan Stralth is a touch mouse; there’s no clicking. To left click, you tap the left side of the mouse, to right click, you tap the right side of the mouse, and to scroll you slide up and down in the middle portion of the mouse. If your finger is resting on a specific portion of the mouse, it needs to be removed and reapplied to register a click in that portion. It’s definitely different, and a bit unsettling.
There are a few additional features, but none are the advanced ones we were hoping for. The middle portion of the mouse can be used to scroll up and down, and double tapping it works as a middle click. Middle click is one of our favorite Windows and Mac features that allows you to open and close new browser tabs with one click. The only unique feature to the Manhattan is presentation mode. While presenting powerpoint slides, you can hold the mouse in-hand and double tap to start and end the show. You can swipe side-to-side to navigate between slides. There’s no pinching to zoom, navigating back and forward in the browser, switching between applications, or any other specialty features.
The stealth mouse is comfortable and has good sensitivity and range (1200 dpi laser and a 2.4GHz connection). It looks nice, but can get greasy. My main issue is how unnatural it felt to use. Even though I’m very used to touch trackpads, I craved some sort of haptic/tactile feedback. The clicks are slightly delayed, too. The mouse emits a soft artificial clicking sound, which helps, but not enough.
All-in-all, the Manhattan is a neat and stylish looking mouse that struggles in usability. Aside from presentation mode, it has no special features that you should expect from a “touch mouse”. It takes some time to get used to the Stealth Mouse, but even then, it offers no [usability] advantages over a regular wireless mouse with scroll wheel. The Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse works for Mac and Windows and is currently available from Amazon for $51.24.
The Good: Scrolling Works Well, Comes with Batteries, Carrying Case, and Slot for USB adapter
The Bad: Shows Grease, Proper Use Orientation is not Apparent, Delayed Clicks, Learning Curve, Lacking on Special Touch Features, Poor Battery Compartment Design