I've always enjoyed the quirky mice made by MotorMouse, in which the wireless computer mouse is designed like a sleek sports car, with a variety of different color options. The battery and the USB dongle reside in the back trunk of the car, allowing for easy portability.
The latest version, however, designed after the Mini Cooper, is a disappointment. In trying to make the mouse look exactly like a Mini Cooper, the design creates a mouse that is uncomfortable to use. Unlike the sleek, rounded version of the sports car models, the Mini Cooper has a high roof, causing the height of the mouse to jump higher than a normal mouse. Unless you have very large hands, the additional height causes discomfort when you're trying to use the left or right mouse buttons, as well as the scroll wheel.
I'd only recommend this if you have someone on your list who has very large hands and is a Mini Cooper devotee - if you still want to get them a unique sports-car-related mouse, check out the smoother/sleeker and more comfortable sports car models.
Cool Yule rating: 1 star
Price: $55 on Motormouse.us.com Web site
Reviewed by Keith Shaw