I used Asus’ Marshmallow MD100 wireless mouse with the iPad mini 6, and here’s how it changed my workflow – The Indian Express
I share an emotional bond with my iPad. From spending hours at the airport and meeting a deadline before the big product launch to writing a lengthy piece while sipping a hot coffee and braving freezing cold at massive halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, my love for the iPad is beyond the normal bond between human and machine.
Some of you may wonder how the iPad, despite not being a Mac, fits into my workflow. As someone who has been using an iPad like a traditional computer for years, I can tell you the role of accessories in transforming Apple’s tablet into a dream work machine. I recently started using the Asus MD 100 wireless Bluetooth mouse (available for Rs 2199*) with my iPad mini 6, and the experience has been shockingly smooth.
I will tell you my experience of using a wireless mouse with the iPad — from setting up to comfort level. But most importantly, you will get a peek into how I use the iPad in my daily workflow.
You can use any wireless Bluetooth mouse with an iPad running iPadOS 13.4 or later. I used the Asus MD 100, and pairing this wireless Bluetooth mouse with the iPad was pretty straightforward. All you have to do is go to the Settings app on the iPad and tap Bluetooth. Once you have switched the mouse to Bluetooth mode (the pairing button is built next to the DPI option on the backside of the mouse), hold the pairing button for five seconds, and the LED will start flashing. Look for the mouse in the list of devices. When you see it, tap the name of the mouse. When your mouse is connected to your iPad, a round cursor appears on the screen.
To be clear, the Asus MD 100 can be used with multiple devices, including Windows PCs, macOS, and Chromebooks. USB dongle compatibility is also available- but I prefer to use the wireless Bluetooth option any day.
Appearance, comfort, and user experience
The MD 100 is a flat mouse, but still feels comfortable in the hand. Weighing just 56 grams, the mouse comes with an outer shell that gets an AntiBacterial Guard treatment. The unit I got for review comes in a soft pink colour, but the box also includes a green coloured shell. The scroll wheel is great. It’s a smooth rubber that felt nice under my fingertip. I could get through apps and web pages quickly. The pair of mouse buttons are silent and relatively easy to click. Remove the top cover, and you will find the battery compartment and the USB dongle.
And its single AA battery should last for over a year, according to Asus. The mouse is contoured for both right-handed and left-handed mouse users and should work on a variety of surfaces, primarily desks, hard and soft mousepads, wood, etc. I wouldn’t mind using it as my primary mouse, but I must point out that the MD 100 is better suited for those with small hands. Not to mention, the mouse comes with a fabric strap which not only makes it easy to carry but also helps in absorbing sweat from your hands.