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The Microsoft 8000 feels great in the hand of the user. The buttons are useful when surfing the web, clearly labelled and easy to use. It looks attractive and works well.
Its wireless performance is quick and sensitive and extremely reliable, I've never had any problems with it. The mouse works best with a mouse mat, as on my shiny wooden table the product cant sense movement.
The major advantage of this wireless is that it's rechargeable. The batteries in my old wireless mouse lasted barely a week before they needed changing, which was a real expensive problem. Another good thing about this is the mouse still stays connected when the battery has died so you don't have to mess around reconnecting it to your computer.
The product is fairly expensive but you can see why when you use it. I would only recommend it to anybody who spends a lot of time in front of their computer for their job or gaming, not so much for average day to day use.
The Microsoft Wireless Laser mouse 8000 has a sleek black and grey design. The mouse itself is comfortable to use with indented sides to easily rest your thumb and finger on.There is a scroll wheel near the top which also can move from side to side to allow for sideways scrolling which can be done directly from the mouse itself if so desired, without using the cursor to move it.
There is a docking station which cradles the mouse and recharges the batteries, however there are a few issues with this. Firstly , there is a small circular indent at the bottom of the mouse which fits over the out dent on the docking station. However unless you match the two up precisely then the mouse will not charge up.
It can be difficult to tell if the mouse is seated properly and sometimes I have to move the mouse on the station several times until I am sure of its rightful position. And talking of charging the batteries that is another issue with this brand of mouse. When placed in the docking station for a recharge the light at the top of the mouse flashes red(meaning a charge up is necessary) and then is supposed to turn to green when the mouse is fully charged. However, when I place my mouse on the station it stays green for a few minutes then continually flashes red and never changes back to green (its fully charged state). I have researched this complaint on the internet and found that there are a lot of people with this make of mouse who are having the same issues as me. Despite it never turning to green however, I find that it is still charging up despite the flashing red light saying otherwise.
Another concern are the two side buttons. I use them for forward and backward but they are configurable to represent any action of your choice, but the problem is they are situated too far back from where your finger and thumb rest on the mouse and as a result you have to take your hand off the mouse and move them down slightly in order to use these buttons which is frustrating.
The mouse is completely configurable however.You can change the button assignments of the left button, the right button, the wheel button and the right and left side buttons (which I already mentioned as being in a slightly awkward place) to an assignment of your own choosing.
The mouse feels smooth and robust in use and connection is wireless through a USB Bluetooth dongle.
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 combines cutting edge features with sophisticated design. Microsoft's first rechargeable mouse delivers 2.4GHz Bluetooth wireless performance, high definition laser, and much more.