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Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000

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      09.11.2012 09:11
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      I would definitely buy this mouse again if needed

      I decided to buy myself a mouse to use with my laptop as it is just so much easier and quicker than using the mouse pad. I chose this one as it is smaller than a lot of others and fits nicely into the pocket of my laptop case.

      I also liked the ergonomic design as it is very comfortable and I had got used to, and like, using this shaped mouse with my desktop pc.This shape is slightly bigger than a normal shaped mouse and it took me a little while to get used to my first one but, once you've been using it for a while, you'll soon wonder why you haven't always had the ergonomic design. I much prefer to be able to have a wireless mouse as I found with wired versions, which I used with my desktop years ago, always got the wire caught on something and made it difficult to use it efficiently. This one uses one AA battery which I haven't had to change yet. I have been using it for over a year - although I do often forget to actually get it out of the bag - but it has had many hours of use on the original battery.

      Being a good optical mouse I have not need to use a mouse mat and often just use it on whichever table I am sat at. Although it also works on top on my quilt if I am sitting in bed working and have even had no trouble with using it on my leg so it doesn't even need a hard, flat surface.

      The back button on the top is very handy when browsing although I don't often need to use it as I tend to open most of my searches in a new tab.

      This is a good, solid mouse which is still showing no signs of wear and tear. The mouse wheel moves smoothly and it all works as well now as it did when I first bought it. Setting up is very easy. Simply plug in the wireless dongle that comes with it and wait for it to connect. The dongle is a bit smaller than my thumb so does stick out a bit so at some point i will invest in one with the smaller nano connector. When not in use the dongle clips into a space on the underside of the mouse so even I haven't managed to lose it. I have the pink version which is currently selling for £7.25 on Amazon so not a huge amount of money for a quality product.

      This is well worth the money, comfortable to use and hasn't let me down.

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      14.08.2010 13:27
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      Great quality feel, great price, trusted brand.

      Buying my first laptop I decided that i would opt for a mouse aswell because I have never been able to cope with the pad on my sisters laptop. Microsoft is one of the most trusted manufacturers when it comes to all things computer related. Wiht it being wireless I find it much easier to use than a standard cabled mouse. It is a very simple to use plug and play device and although the battery needs changing occasionally, it is just a case of plugging the usb fob into the laptop and away you go.

      It does come in a variety of colours but mine is the standard edition. It is in what I can only describe as a dark grey top section (includes the buttons) and the rest is in a lighter grey. On the sides of the mouse are two curved areas of rubber which allow for easy grip with your fingers and also makes the handling a lot more comfortable to grip than traditional completely hard plastic shell. There is a trackball also, which has a ridged texture and feels quite rubbery so it is also easy to grip and manouvre.

      I think the mouse cost me around £20, but they are much cheaper now, as with everything I buy! I would most certainly recommend this mouse to anyone who buys their first laptop and therefore may find it difficult to adjust to using the navigation system on it. The low price and high quality feel from a trusted brand make this a must have accessory.

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      25.05.2008 22:25
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      A nice compact mouse.

      The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 (bit of a mouthful) is a nice piece of kit to go with your computer (particularly a laptop, but it would also be fine for a desktop PC).

      As mentioned in the title it has no wires, and no ball inside, using instead what Microsoft calls "High Definition Technology" - or a little red laser thingy to the rest of us. Apparently it is clearer than other optical mice, but they would say that. I have found that certain surfaces such as magazines upset it, and it also goes haywire if you take it too far away from the computer (0.762 metres according to the spec).

      This is because the mouse comes with a USB receiver which plugs into the back of the computer while you are using the mouse, and which can be slotted into the bottom of the mouse to switch it off when you are not. Microsoft claims that (presumably even if you don't switch it off at night) the battery will last more than six months, but it didn't for me. At a rough guess with a decent non-rechargeable AA battery I would say it lasts about three months for me and now that I use rechargeable ones it is more like one month.

      Changing the battery is not exactly a hassle though. Press the little button on the back and the top pops off allowing you to change the single battery without difficulty. As of its first six months or so of use I can say that it has not yet malfunctioned, which I would certainly hope to be the case since it (should) come with a three year warranty. And because it doesn't have a ball it doesn't get clogged with fluff and gunk that has to be extracted using precise surgical instruments every other week.

      Measuring 99mm x 58mm x 38mm it is quite a small mouse, but doesn't compromise on comfort, fitting nicely in your hand although there is really only enough room for your fingers - not your palm. Because of this it is very portable, but it is a question of whether you mind the small shape. Personally it doesn't bother me at all.

      Finally it has three buttons (including the wheel which doubles as a button) - so not one of this go-anywhere-do-anything uber-mice with a gazillion buttons and a smoothie maker, but perfectly adequate for everything that I use it for. Oh, and it can be used in either hand.

      The only problem really is the price tag - normally one of these mice will set you back about £21, which strikes me as quite a lot since you can get a perfectly acceptable mouse for a fiver, even an optical one. How reliable these are however is another question: I have never tried them, and really I am very impressed with my little Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000.

      It is also worth noting that it will only run on the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista and Apple Mac OS X 10.1 - 10.3. It also has various system requirements:

      PC
      - 45 MB of hard disk space
      - USB or PS/2 port
      - CD drive
      - Microsoft Intellipoint Software version 6.1 (the mouse should be shipped with this)

      Mac
      - 15 MB of hard disk space
      - USB port
      - CD drive
      - Microsoft Intellipoint Software version 6.1 (the mouse should be shipped with this)

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