App Review: Air Mouse Mobile

Right from the start I was convinced that Air Mobile Mouse would not work, but after using it for a few hours, I can safely say I was wrong.

Air Mouse works much like you would expect; boot it up and it takes over your Mac or PC and becomes your mouse. I own an iMac and I was on the fence about the new Magic Track Pad, but now for $1.99, I don’t need one.

It has every feature of Apple’s new Track Pad, except its size. The size works to its advantage by allowing the user to operate the App without the need of a hard surface, such as a desk. There are also a few different modes to choose from depending on what you need it for at any given time.

The touch pad mode, much like Apple’s Magic Track Pad, is the one I use the most.

It is very simple to use and turns any iPhone into a touch pad much like a Laptop. With a quick shake of your device, the on-screen keyboard will display. It also gives you access to many features that you would normally find on your keyboard.

In touch pad mode, hit the button on the top right and the touch pad transforms into a point and click mouse, utilizing the accelerometer to manipulate your cursor. It’s a really cool feature, very similar to a laser pointer. I love using it to navigate my desktop from my bed, or even using it to fast forward my Sling Player without having to get up.

It even has iTunes functionality built in, which makes it very easy to control your music from anywhere in your house. Also included are browser shortcuts and the ability to click on any program you have on your dock.

As for the way it connects to your computer, all you need is the server software that is on the main page of the Mobile Mouse website. It runs over WiFi and is very smooth. I personally love this App, even after convincing myself that it would be terrible. If you have ever wanted to have full control over your computer without being tied to your desk, then Mobile Mouse might work for you.

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  • Elducker

    I also have begun using this app regularly to control my laptop (which is connected to my TV via HDMI) for things like watching recent home videos and picture slide shows…and now Netflix. I was surprised at how comfortable and native it feels…now I sit back on the couch and have full control of all my media. Just need one more thing from this nifty device(iP4)…and that’s IR. But then I may never leave the couch. 🙂

  • ML

    Been using it for 3 years now. Odd that the author convinces himself of something not working before even trying it.

  • ML

    Been using it for 3 years now. Odd that the author convinces himself of something not working before even trying it.

  • Jordan

    I was convinced it wouldn’t work because I have used similar Apps in the past and they usually have some serious issues. Mostly with a clumsy interface and connection problems. I was pleasantly surprised when this App was designed very well and polished. There are quite a few Apps out there that say they do one thing, but in fact don’t work the way they say. I have been suckered into getting a few Apps in the past that don’t work at all.

  • That exactly what I have been using it for. It’s great to finally have an App that can be my remote control for my computer. I know this will sound epically lazy, but it is a pain in the ass to need to get up every few minutes to change something while watching TV on my Mac. 🙂

  • DAvid

    Then that’s what you should say. Think how opening your article with: “Having used similar Apps in the past and finding they often have a clumsy interface and connection problems, I was pleasantly surprised when this App was designed very well and polished.”

    Contributing to a blog such as this is a great way to hone your writing skills.

    DAvid

  • You are right about that, I could have, but I didn’t. Being focused on the fact that I was unsure about the App before trying it out is kind of redundant isn’t it? I liked the App, thats all that is important.

  • Hank

    I find some bugs with it such as random ‘=’ and ‘-‘ entries with the app. Is there a competitive app I can try?

  • Yes. Try Touch Mouse by Logitech. I think it’s much better and it’s for mac and pc. And it’s FREE. Only available via the US App store though so you need a US iTunes account. Check out inyooz.com/category/tutorials they have a really good post on how to create a US iTunes account outside the states.

  • hmm maybe ill check this one out too, maybe do a ‘vs’ review.

  • Stringer

    I knew exactly what he was saying, as I felt the exact same way after using rowmote pro. Major connection problems. But love this app, was pleasantly surprised. You guys need to get off his back.