Product Type: Microsoft mice & trackballs
Newest Review: ... they managed to make it comfortable for neither type of people. The mouse sits horribly in either hand. The mouse is not hand shaped at ... more
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Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000
Advantages: BlueTrack Technology makes it possible to use the mouse on more surfaces
Disadvantages: NOT ergonomic - despite what they say, awful scrollwheel
I got this mouse as part of a keyboard and mouse set. This set was specifically design to be an ergonomic set which would make the devices more comfortable. I have already written a review for the accompanying keyboard but the mouse has similar issues too.
It is just not comfortable!
Microsoft, unlike many other manufacturers, designed the mouse to be used by both left-handed and right-handed people alike. This is most probably to increased sales of the device as there is therefore a bigger market. However, it seems that in their noble quest, they managed to make it comfortable for neither type of people. The mouse sits horribly in either hand. The mouse is not hand shaped at all. There a grooves on the side which rub against the 4th finger and as there is a back/forward button on this groove it ends up getting accidentally click all too often. Luckily fro right-handed people this button they will be accidentally pressing is the forward button which usually will do nothing, but left-handed people will have to deal with the back button getting pressed.
The scroll wheel of the device is very annoying also, it is far too sensitive and it is difficult to tell if you are moving it or not. Many scroll wheels move in clicks, however this mouse is perfectly smooth. Admittedly some may like this, I do not. I have found that due to the lack of a clicking mechanism and the sensitivity, it is very difficult to click the scroll wheel down (for example in a web browser) as even a slight movement of the wheel will cancel the click and begin to scroll the page instead!
The BlueTrack technology in this mouse does make it suitable for use on more surfaces. Although it is still not as good as I was expecting. I have a glass desk and even though I would still prefer to use a mouse mat to prevent scratching, I tried the mouse and got poor results. The mouse can detect the glass but not very well and this leads to sharp jagged movements of the cursor across the screen.
An issue I also came across is that the receiver uses 60% less power than a standard receiver. You may be thinking this is a good thing but for people who use more unusual devices (In my experience it was a Raspberry Pi - a miniature computer) the receiver will not work because of it. The 60% saving of power is nothing to base a purchasing decision on either as receivers use so little energy you will be lucky to save any money whatsoever through this 60% power saving.
Summary: I would avoid this mouse unless you find it at a REALLY good price
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