The Citrix Mouse X1 is available since 2 months now, let’s take a look at the first end-users device offered by Citrix.
Officially announced at the Citrix Synergy in May 2015, the X1 mouse is the first low-energy Bluetooth mouse to work with IOS (iPhones and iPads). Of course, the mouse is also compatible with Windows and Android devices.
What’s the big deal?
What makes the X1 Mouse unique: It’s the first mouse that works with iPads and iPhones that doesn’t require you to root your iOS device to use it.
Many Windows business apps are not available on mobile, so the only way for businesses to access their applications is to virtualize them using Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop. However, these applications have been developed to work with a keyboard and a mouse and are not optimized to work with a touch screen and your fingers. The best way to solve this problem is to use a keyboard and a mouse with your mobile device. Sounds easy ?
For Windows users or even Android users, using a Bluetooth mouse with your phone, tablet and computer is not something new, but until now it was not officially possible to do the same on Apple devices because Apple does not support that feature. The only way before the X1 was to root your device.
How does it work?
- On Apple devices, the mouse does not communicate with IOS but uses a custom firmware to communicate its position to the receiver app installed on the iDevice. So, you know where I am going, right? The mouse does not work for anything else except Citrix applications. Don’t expect to be able to use all the features of your iDevice with that mouse. That is still not possible.
Enable Bluetooth on your Apple device and turn on the mouse. Your device will detect the mouse.
Open the Receiver app and go to the settings to enable the X1 mouse.
Then press the Connect button on the mouse. Select Pair on the following screen.
The Bluetooth device will shown as paired and a new pointer will be displayed within the receiver app only. No pointer outside the app.
- On Windows/Android devices, you don’t have this limitation as you are able to use the mouse like any others Bluetooth devices.
For example on my Android S6 Edge, the pairing is as easy as any others Bluetooth devices, just turn on Bluetooth on the phone, turn on the mouse (the button is under the mouse) and press the button connect (next to the previous button). The mouse will appear on your Available devices list, just click on it and select Pair device. After few seconds, the device will be available as Input device and you will see a new pointer on the screen.
Model: Model X1BTLE – Citrix X1 Mouse
Supported Devices/Compatibility: iOS 8.3+ iPad 3+ iPhone 5+ Windows PC (with Bluetooth 4.0), Windows 7, 8 Android 4+
XenApp/XenDesktop Compatibility: All Versions
Citrix Receiver Compatibility: Citrix Receiver® 5.9.5+ Citrix Enterprise Mobile App Compatibility GoToMyPC, WorxDesktop, ShareConnect
Buttons Quantity: 2 (Right, Left click)
Connectivity Technology: Wireless
Features: Scroll Wheel Laser Sensor
Interface: Bluetooth 4.0 ( BLE )
Max Operating Distance: 10m
Movement Detection Technology: BT
Movement Resolution: 2000dpi
Orientation: Right handed
Performance: 1200fps, Up to 30 inches per sec
Citrix is selling the X1 mouse for $60.
The Citrix Mouse X1 is clearly targeting IOS users who want to fully use their Citrix applications/desktops on their Apple devices. Plugged to a larger display via HDMI/VGA cable or Airplay, your iPhone/iPad can be used as a valid full desktop replacement for the first time. Easy pairing, compact design and compatible with the latest Apple devices using Bluetooth 4, the X1 mouse is a revolution for Apple users. However, the design feels cheap and the glossy plastic on top of the mouse is showing fingertips marks. For Android and Windows users, the X1 mouse does not add anything new for you guys. Too expensive, the mouse will probably stay focused on Apple users for now.