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After getting fed up of a wired mouse and an unresponsive touch pad on her laptop, my girlfriend bought this mouse for a cheap but hopefully good alternative. Many reviews online seemed to show the mouse as a worthwhile investment so a few months ago we ordered one offline.
First of all I would like to mention that the mouse she bought was red and actually because the red version was around £3 cheaper than the black or white versions. Why I am unsure of but it's handy to get the same thing in for a cheaper price. The red mouse is still very stylish and not too bright so blends in with a black laptop very nicely. Upon all the mice there are silver trims and black rubber sides for extra comfort so the overall aesthetics of the mouse appear very sleek.
This mouse is actually not as big as most mice which personally I wouldn't like but my girlfriend does like this. Her hands are not that large and she was already used to a 'mini' mouse so she finds that the mouse is very comfortable and gripping with the rubber sides. The mouse fits very nicely into the palm of your hand once used to it in. Either the mouse sits in the base of your palm as my girlfriend uses it or when I have borrowed the mouse I find that the back of the mouse rests just behind my knuckles. In either use the mouse feels well-built and all buttons always fire when pressed. The sides of the mouse are very ergonomically shaped to fit your thumb and small finger perfectly for a solid feel.
This mouse comes firstly with 'blue track' technology which is meant to use an LED to provide more accurate and less jumpy movements that work on many more surfaces than before. This I have found is a complete lie! Unfortunately there has been no noticeable difference in the performance of the mouse compared to any other mice that we own. The base is blue instead of red but that's about the only difference. This said the mouse works well on most solid surfaces and only struggles somewhat on more fabric textures.
Four buttons plus a scroll wheel that can move four ways and also be pressed are current on this model which make every day takes a little easier and simpler. With the software that comes included on a disc you can change all the functions of the mouse buttons easily and also more personal settings which include everything from DPI to the mouse pointer style.
When it comes to connecting this mouse to a computer you have a 'nano' receiver. Basically this is a small receiver much similar to the style of the Logitech ones that have been around for a few years. For use on a laptop this small USB receiver is very useful as it can stay plugged in even when the laptop is in its case and is very unlikely to be knocked so there is less chance of damaging the USB port. While in transit this receiver also fits very neatly into the bottom of the mouse and you can press a button to pop it back out again. So far this method of storage works very well.
The on/off switch for the mouse is on the bottom of the mouse. So after inserting one AA battery and turning the mouse on you can quickly improve your productivity from the use of the extra buttons. The mouse is smaller than normal as mentioned so transport is quite easy as it fits in laptop cases with ease. The only improvement that could be made is to have some sort of carry case for the mouse so it doesn't get scratched when in transit.
This mouse is actually one of the cheapest wireless mice available yet it has loads of great features and very user friendly software. I would definitely recommend this product if you like smaller mice or have smaller hands.
I've personally never been a huge fan of the touch pads found on all but a few modern day laptops. I can't seem to get to grips with the sensitivity, and find it irritating that you have to lift and drag several times to reach from one side of the screen to the other. So when I purchased my Toshiba Satellite notebook laptop (reviewed earlier) not long ago, it seemed highly feasible to go out and find a suitable wirelessly capable 'mobile' mouse.
The 'Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000' from Microsoft was a product which didn't jump out at me in the beginnings of my search. Instead, whilst researching different lasers and their capabilities, the 6000 came up as an innovative 'new' alternative idea to the computer mouse. 'Blue laser' technology was something I hadn't heard of, and it is apparently a system which certain products employ which makes for a more accurate, less jumpy maneuvre of the curser on-screen. Rubbish! - after using the 'new' technology for a few months I have found no advantage through accuracy or the like from my Mobile Mouse 6000. Infact, the only difference I am aware of is the fact the light at the base of the device is blue and not red!
Despite this monstrous marketing con, I have to say the mouse performs very well. Yes, I believe there is no technological advancement in using blue instead of red, but the positioning of the laser (on the lower left of the underside of the device [as you look at the base with the buttons pointing up]), the designing of the parts which meet the surface (or mouse mat), the grip, and the weight of the mouse do make it a more user-friendly item!
The black plastic of the top and buttons one and two is smooth to touch but allows your hand to grip lazily. Similarly, the ergonomics of the top of the device, its swooping curve and calculated width fits the ark of your hand (from the tips of your fingers to the base of your palm) excellently. I'm presuming this was designed for the average sized male/female, but it seems to fit my rather larger than average hands nice and neatly. Two well positioned rubber side pads make up the edges, and even these are shaped to fit your thumb and pinky as they rest at either side. Much like the new ergonomic key-boards, the shape of this particular device helps massively in people using it - I'm sure Microsoft will also have claims that it stops the development of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), RSI (repetitive strain injuries), and the like, but I couldn't tell you.
I've tried and tested this mouse on several surfaces, and it seems to perform well on most. Mouse mats are obvious, and I found it worked best on laminated mats rather than fabricy ones. Un-grooved wood surfaces, MDF and plastic coated surfaces (like IKEA desks, etc) and this works really well. Anything too rugged or soft and the mouse will faulter.
With regards to battery consumption and life, the 6000 takes a single AA, and in the 6 or so months I've owned my mouse I've had to change the battery about 4 times (after using it most days for hours at a time). Not too bad, though this is a very simple device in respect to the amount of energy it needs.
When you first come to set the thing up its very straight forward and simple. Remove the USB piece (a plastic nib roughly 10mm in length with a USB connector sticking out one end) which can be stored in the under side of the mouse its self, place in a PC, follow the simple instructions (basically Windows getting you to verify its safety), flick the plastic on/off switch on the mouse, and get going.
As mentioned, the USB connector fits into the mouse its self for better transportation purposes, and it does this neatly without compromising the shape or durability of the device. It has to be clicked in to come out, and this is very unlikely to happen accidently whilst your on the move.
Overall this device isn't half bad, but that comes at a slightly intolerable price. I bought mine for roughly £25.00 on Amazon when I bought my laptop an Sony headphones. There are similar alternatives which don't try to flog conny 'blue lasers' which do the job just as well at a lower price! - try another brand or model. One thing you can rely on is Microsoft's relentless testing to ensure their products are consumer proof in most if not every way.