Product Type: Microsoft mice & trackballs
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High quality mouse for a bargain price
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000
Member Name: Benjammar
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000
Date: 17/07/10, updated on 19/07/10 (38 review reads)
Advantages: Comfortable and easy to use, clever 4th button and battery saving ability
Disadvantages: Not suitable for moving about in a bag as the case may damage a little
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
Summary: For the price of less than £8 this is a very good buy and I'd highly recommend it
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