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I have just written a review on another Microsoft mouse which I loved partly because of it being very big and therefore comfortable for my big hands. This mouse is the opposite.
The whole idea of this mouse is that it is mobile/portable. To justify this, Microsoft decided to make the mouse small. Now I bought this online via eBay and therefore had no idea as to what the size actually was (I am too lazy to check the details on the page). In order to use this small mouse I therefore have to scrunch my hand up quite a lot which, when using a computer for around 6 hours a day on average, I get hand-ache.
The size aside, the mouse is decent. The responsiveness is as good as even wired mice and the extra back browser button is very helpful when surfing the net. However, this button couldn't really be in a much worse place, to use it, you must put your index finger back towards you knuckles which is not comfortable at all hen your other fingers are still splayed out. Despite this, after switching mice I still found myself reaching fro this button on my new mouse and obviously realising it was not there - so you do get used to it after a while.
The mouse has one killer feature. It uses just a single AA battery to work for a very long time. Having just one AA battery makes the mouse far more lightweight and therefore once again making it more mobile. I was really surprised how I hardly ever had to change the battery considering I used the mouse a lot and it only had a single cell powering it. To make it last this long, the mouse has a power saver features which activates when the receiver is slotted onto the bottom of the mouse for storage. You will never be caught out by the battery about to die either thanks to a power indicate light which you can see on the picture accompanying this review - with a healthy battery power, this light will show green, when low it will show red.
I study graphic design at university and find that drawing intricate work using my built-in tracker pad really difficult. I work on a Macbook, so when I use two hands to get more control it zooms in and out of my work... really annoying! I have used a separate mouse for quite a while now, but find it limiting in terms of how much space I have, if I use a mouse with a cord. Therefore, I decided to invest in a wireless version. You might ask why I didn't go with Apple's wireless mouse instead... personally, at £47; they are way too out of my price range! For a fraction of the price I could buy a cordless mouse that does the job just as well!
This couldn't be simpler! The mouse comes with an AA battery, which you slot into the bottom. On the underside of the mouse there is a USB device, which is removed and plugged straight into your USB port in your computer or laptop. On first usage your computer may have to find and install the device first - but this does NOT involve any software or downloading - it is purely just to check it is safe! Et voila, all systems go!
-DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE-
The mouse is black with silver detail. There is a small light on top, which shows you when the mouse is in use. The roller device is quite clear in appearance and the Microsoft logo is featured on the back of the mouse. It is made from a strong form of plastic.
Microsoft has really thought about the ergonomics in terms of its shape with this mouse. Your hand sits really comfortably and your finger is easily accessible to the roller device on top. The texture is neither rough nor smooth, just right for using at long intervals. It would be suitable for a range of different hand types, including children's.
I find that the mouse works better if you are using a mouse mat, to ensure the surface is really smooth, which helps me to concentrate more on detailed work. However, the mouse does not have a roller-ball like traditional ones so it would work just as well without one. You certainly do not have to wait ages for the mouse to respond to you on screen! In terms of speed, there is no problem!
The USB device on the underside clips back securely, which in turn, turns off the mouse and thus saves battery life. You do not need to worry about losing the separate parts this way and makes it easier for storing in laptop bags for instance.
I have owned this device for nearly three months and use it practically every day. I can honestly say that it is a very robust type of equipment - having dropped it quite a few times! Neither the paint or the casing has been damaged!
I purchased my mouse from Amazon.co.uk at the end of November 2010 for £12.45 - free delivery - so they are really cheap to pick up. After some quick research, I have found that CBC computers (amongst others) offer it cheaper - for around £9.98 with £1.95 delivery. Check out Google Shopping for a list of other retailers.
I would recommend this mouse because of its compact features. Its strongest feature is the fact the USB can be clipped onto the bottom when it is out of use. If you are looking for a reliable wireless mouse that does exactly what it is meant to, then the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000 is what you are looking for! Nothing bad to say about it!
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I got this mouse free with a purchase of my Asus laptop. The device came in a cardboard backing wrapped in clear plastic. In the packaging you found the mouse itself, a single AA battery and the USB wireless dongle that connects to your computer.
Although I got this mouse for free, I believe that it retails for about £8 from my checking on E-bay. I must say that this is quite reasonable for a wireless mouse.
The mouse itself looks futuristic and modern with a black and silver body. It is not that big and clunky compared to some other models. I suppose that this is because this is more of a home user mouse and not meant for gaming. The body comes with 4 buttons: Left click, right click a small button in the middle and a track ball.
Being a conventional user, I found that I rarely used the trackball, instead opting to scroll most of the time. However, I suppose it is a nice option to have and would be useful when scrolling down long pages / documents.
I found that installation of the mouse itself was a breeze. I did it in 3 easy steps without even looking at the user manual. 1) Put in your batteries, 2) Plug in the USB dongle 3) Wait awhile and you're off. Although I must caution that I was testing it on Windows 7, and I'm unsure about the results on other operating systems.
When it came to using the mouse, I did not find it uncomfortable or too big. It fit snugly enough in my palm and navigating it was a breeze. However, like any other mouse, I recommend you adjust its sensitivity to suit your needs.
Overall, a great mouse for home use with an added bonus of being wireless
The Microsoft mobile mouse 3000 is the first wireless mouse I have ever bought myself. The only other one I have used was one owned by my Dad which I found clunky, awkward and uncomfortable to use. I wanted something small, lightweight and responsive but also not breaking the bank (I'm a bit of a cheap skate!). The Microsoft Mobile Mouse 3000 (MMM3000 from now on) provided all of that.
At £7.89 (From Amazon) the MMM3000 is an absolute bargain. It originally used to cost in the region of £30.00 which demonstrates that this is actually a very good quality mouse. The mouse is nice and small and comfortably fits my hands. I have rather large hands but this fits quite snug in my palm. People with smaller hands will be able to get a firm grasp on it where as for me I'm just able to glide with it. It is aesthetically pleasing on the eye. In black it looks very slick and tidy. It doesn't look as modern/cool as the new apple mouse however it won't look out of place sitting next to the newest computers on the market.
The mouse was easy to set up and get going. The instructions were clear and easy to use. Once the USB connector was put in it took a few seconds to sync with the mouse before working. The connection is very stable; very rarely does it go down. From time to time it might struggle a little bit however within seconds it will sync back again and work fine. If the mouse does lose connection it is easy enough to push the sync button on the bottom and it will reconnect quickly.
The mouse has the standard left and right buttons along with a scroll wheel and a 4th middle button. The 2 main buttons are comfortable to use whilst the scroll wheel isn't stiff in the slightest. It is very easy to use. The 4th button is originally programmed to be a back button for internet browsers however this can be programmed through the Microsoft website to perform different things. This is a nice little addition and allows you to have a mouse to do what you want. Personally I've left it on the default setting as I find it quite useful being a back button.
The other clever thing with this mouse is how the USB connector fits into the bottom of the mouse. When not using it all you do is pull it out of your computer and slot it back into the mouse itself. This means you don't waste any battery when not using the mouse itself and also means moving the mouse from place to place (e.g. home to work) very easy and compact. The mouse only needs one AA battery to work and this should last a long time assuming you put the USB connector back in overnight
The only downside to this mouse is that it's not very robust. During my exams at university I used to take this mouse with me to the library in my laptop bag. After doing this for about 5 or 6 weeks I've noticed that the plastic shell has begun to deform a little. It's nothing drastic and hasn't damaged the mouse to stop it from working properly however it is clearly visible. In some places the plastic has torn, frayed and almost looks like it has melted in other areas. This problem will only occur for those who move about a lot so it might not be a problem for a lot of people
I recently bought my new laptop and was enjoying the feeling of using the touch pad, but then i started using it for web browsing and gaming which was not very fun at all so i decided to invest in a mouse with out wires.
I went out to find a stylish mouse that was smooth and easy to setup with long battery life. I found what i was looking for and exceeded my expectations.
After i installed the mouse it was very easy to setup and windows detected it automatically with no extra setup procedures. the AA battery went in and the mouse came to life. you can turn the receiver on and off my placing the receiver back into the slot on the bottom of the mouse which is very handy and compact.
When it comes to usability it is very smooth and light to handle. it is a smaller mouse to what i am used to but it is so easy to pack away and move around in limited space. There is hardly any interruption with the wireless signal compared to other models.
I use the mouse for web browsing, word processing and gaming and works perfectly in all areas. there is nothing i can fault with this mouse. best of all it has battery indicator to notify you when the battery is in good charge or about to get flat which turn red at that point.
Its a device you can rely on and i have been using it for a few months not with no dramas at all.
Overall plenty of features to play with and it is a very affordable product which looks sensational at the same time.
A couple of years ago I bought a DELL inspiron 1525 laptop and for the most part the integrated touch pad was fine, that was until I decided to take up Photography as a serious hobby and with that embark on the creative learning curve of being able to retouch and process my digital photo's with Photoshop Elements 8.0.
having tried unsuccessfully at being able to get the optimum results from just scrolling an index finger around the touch pad I decided I needed to invest in a small reliable mouse.
It goes without saying that after much review reading on my part I opted for the Microsoft wireless mobile mouse, the absolute standout feature of this is the USB receiver which simply plugs into any usb port on your PC, for laptops this is perfect, its a small compact mouse very well put together with a great design feature that allows you to clip the usb receiver to the underside of the mouse when you're finished using it, this in turn switches off the mouse saving battery life.
The other great feature is that the mouse only takes one AA battery which fits into a compartment under the main houising, how Microsoft have managed to cram so much design value in a mouse is beyond me but if you don't want the hassle of wires or indeed installing driver software for a mouse then this is plug and play magic.
The mouse scroll wheel is sturdy and actually feels extremely robust so it'll take lots of wear and tear, for people with large hands it might be too small but if you're working via a laptop on surfaces with limited space to move around then this could be the perfect tool. Talking of size - for small hands this is a perfect mouse for young kids, both my kids use this on the laptop so in terms of flexibility everyone in the household won't have a problem in getting to grips with it, my son is Eight and my daughter is Ten and its a perfect fit for them.
I primarily use the mouse for digital photo retouching and processing and the reciever for the USB is super fast which has really cut down the time it takes me to make the adjustments to my work, the mouse doesn't need a mouse pad just a decent surface to operate on.
Reliability is something that is important to emphasize here, while there are lots of brand names and third party peripherals looking to offer cheap functional alternatives I went against my initial thoughts that just because it had Microsoft printed on it that the mouse would just be like every other, how wrong I was, with Microsofts wireless 3000 mouse I found functionality and reliability in one package and at a great price.
Shop around for the best deals, I picked up mine from Amazon and was up and running within 2 minutes of getting this out of the box (literally 2 minutes!!)- do be careful though when opening, the battery for the mouse is at the very bottom of the box which I nearly threw away.
In summary this is a fantastic Mouse, compact, very easy and quick and the USB wireless aspect of the functionality is absolutely a must for laptop users with limited space, the USB clip function keeps everything together if you're on the move a lot so if you need a mouse for a work laptop and you're in sales or present a lot to clients or customers then this is a must buy.