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When upgrading your computer or laptop, you will often look for a new mouse and keyboard to go with it, and sometimes you will be lucky enough to get recommended one of these (like me). They come in a range of styles and colours; Groovy, Periwinkle, Steel Blue and Blue Moon - which offer an easy way to add colour and style to daily life, they also go very well with the colours on walls etc. This product works on both PC's and MAC's and uses a standard USB connection. Unlike most mouses this mouse gives a scroll button which allows you scroll both vertically and horizontally, which is very useful on those odd and rare websites.
This product with me
About a year ago I invested in a new computer, and was offered one of these mouses for free, I choose the groovy design as it went well with the room, and I was surprised to find that it fitted my hand perfectly. It took me about a week to use to the mouse as I previously had a laptop, but after that it was second nature. I was also surprised how long the battery life is, it takes 2 AA Duracell batteries to make it last about 7-8 months. I haven't experienced any problems with this mouse so far, and as soon as I do, I will purchase another (possibly a different design!)
Responsiveness & connectivity
This is a very responsive mouse, which reacts immediately to every command, which is perfect. It takes very little effort to move and glides over most surfaces, even without a mouse mat. Although it takes a while to connect again, if you happen to lose connection, but it isn't a trouble as you can use the keyboard to operate many things while it is connecting. 8/10
In my opinion, these are some of the best looking mouses around; they come in 4 flamboyant colours and have a clear base which glows red when you move the mouse, also the faster you move it the brighter it glows. The mouse wheel has little groves across it which gives you extra grip and comfort. 9/10
As far as mouses go, they all last quite a long time, however after a while you sometimes notice a decrease in performance, however I haven't with this, I have had it over a year and it works exactly the same now, It has been dropped and knocked off the desk a few times but nothing has caused any noticeable damage. 9/10
Would I recommend it?
Yes! I strongly recommend this product as it offers you very fast responsiveness, it looks great and it lasts ages. Well worth the money (even though I got it free). It has a great shape and everyone who has used mine said it was very comfortable and easy to use. Also this product is a great way to liven up your room subtly.
This review was originally posted on Ciao, by me (warda010)
Having good access to a range of personal computer (PC) and /notebook/laptop gadgets provides us the ability to choose what devices and accessories that match with our computing requirements or personal preferences (style, model or brand). In particular, input devices or pointing devices (such as mouse) play an important role to enable us communicate/interact with the computer. The mouse also allows us to move or navigate the cursor the arrow, or any on-screen blinking icon/pointer in the computer screen effectively.
Based on my experience with PC and notebook/laptop, there are four common types of mouse devices. First, the non-optical wired mouse regularly used in our office/home PCs as being attached or connected to the computer unit by a cable/cord. An installation CD or floppy disk is required to install the device, and this CD or floppy disk is free upon purchase. This is a typical mouse that has a ball inside rolled by moving the mouse over the desktop or across flat surface. Lately, this is redesigned without the ball, and the latest version called the optical wired mouse. The second is the track point commonly available in a notebook/laptop which is permanently attached at the centre of the keyboard. It has a rough rubber-rounded surface for easy grasp and movement of a finger. The third type is the touch pad which allows the movement of the cursor by applying a pressure to the pad. This is very popular with notebook/laptop nowadays which is also located below the space bar of the keyboard.
As the technology progresses, there is another type of mouse which is complementary to the track point and the touch pad. This is commonly known as the optical wireless mouse which I am using now for my notebook. I know a lot of people are using it in varying models and brands; and I am perfectly happy of having one of them the Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 3000!
IMPORTANT FACTS/INFORMATION: Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 3000
1. The Package/Content
This Microsoft product is considered as the number one best selling optical mouse in the US (NPD Group/NPD Techworld, 2004-05). The package is a well-sealed plastic pack containing the wireless mouse (gray), the notebook receiver/connector version, one AA alkaline energizer battery, and the getting started manual. The battery is neatly attached inside the package which somehow not visible outside the package.
Be careful not to throw away the paper package where the battery is attached. As a typical getting started manual, it has the brief instructions for installation and the limited warranty agreement. The instructions are graphically demonstrated and easy to follow as I will explain later.
2. Installation and System Requirements
This wireless mouse requires a USB port and runs in Windows: Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 98 or in Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.2-10.4 except for Mac OS Xv10.0-10.1. It is obvious that before buying this product, make sure to have one of these existing operating systems in the PC or notebook/laptop. The specified operating systems are compatible to this type of optical mouse without any CD or cable installation.
For the installation of the battery, just press the Microsoft optical technology logo button located at the top of the mouse which allows the compartment cover to open. The position (positive and negative terminals/ends) of the battery is indicated/labelled inside the compartment. After placing the battery properly, return the compartment cover by allowing the three small protruding dowels to enter the designated holes and push down the cover slowly to create a click sound. If it is successful in placing the battery in the mouse compartment, a red light is beaming brightly at the bottom hole of the mouse.
To try the mouse, turn on first the PC/laptop/computer before the plugging the rectangular USB connector/receiver to the computers USB port which is located either at the side or at the back base of the computer keyboard beside the power terminal, or sometimes near the DVD/CD player and modem/fax slot. However, for Windows 98 system, it requires a Windows98 installation CD when plugging the connector/receiver into the computer USB port. The required USB driver is located in the Win98 folder of the Windows98 installation CD.
The mouse has three common function buttons (inclusive of the scroll wheel at the middle) not much difference from other optical wired mouse. The scroll wheel is use to move the documents up and down. Unlike with the non optical wired mouse, this is really gives a smooth movement of the cursor on the screen and does not require space to move the mouse. So, every millimetre movement, it is reflected in the cursor, and even the smallest icons on the screen could be detected and highlighted.
3. Price/Cost, Warranty and Product Support
I bought this device in Office Depot (Los Angeles, CA) at £29.99 + state tax (8.25%) = $32.46 (approximately, £18) with 2 years warranty. For troubleshooting, there is an available site: http://support.microsoft.com to provide technical support. Aside from the website, for international support in the UK, the number is 0870 6010 100 or in Ireland: +353 17065353. It seems that the mouse is functional well, but I still keep the receipt for possible claims defects discovered within the warranty period.
4. Precautions for Better Performance and Health Guide
It is recommended to have not more than 1.8 meters (6 feet) to position the mouse away from the PC and less than 1 meter (2.5 feet) for notebook. The connector/receiver should be away from any items that cause interference such as monitors, desktop fans and large metal objects.
To turn-off the mouse without removing the battery in the compartment, the snap-in receiver/connector is placed at the slot located at the bottom of the mouse, consequently save battery life. It is also expected that by doing this, the average battery life will extend up to 6 months.
I was surprised to find that the getting started manual contains much of the information on health and safety/regulatory measures in relation to the use of this mouse. It is worth sharing this information that occasional discomfort in our hands, arms, shoulders and neck while using a computer is associated to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and this may cause permanently disabling health injuries or disorders which require medical attention. Furthermore, it is advised not to use the mouse inside the plane/aircraft which can transmit radio frequency (RF) energy similar to cellular/mobile phones which can effect air navigation. A free CD copy of the Healthy Computing guide is available thru its toll free number (1-800-360-7561, US only) or just visit www.microsoft.com/hardware.
IN SUMMARY, I strongly recommend to acquire/use it, or have a comparable/equivalent device and it surely guarantees improvement in the interaction with the PC or notebook/laptop; and due to its ergonomic design, it facilitate the comfort with the wrist, fingers and hand. This mouse offers a hassle free for cleaning, repair and maintenance. Conventional wired mouse requires regular cleaning of the ball and other internal rubber parts and it always suffer malfunctioning due to the dirt and dust accumulated inside the compartment or sometimes the mouse pad itself triggers the problem. Even with the track point mouse, it is very hard to find this tiny rubber cover for replacement (always soften due to pressure and heat) and it is costly as well. In the long term, it also help maintains the efficiency of the touch pad and track point which could be dedicated for field works needs or having limited desktop space. Aside from that, it saves some money for not buying a mouse pad!
Its nice to be writing about a Micro$oft product thats a) good and b) something you werent more or less forced to buy.
It also makes a change to be writing about something one year down the line from buying it, rather than having barely unwrapped it and got to grips with it. At least this way youll know if its built to last to any great extent.
Lets face it; with the exception of Apple Mac users and those stalwarts who have seen the delights of Linux, Uncle Bill & Co. have more or less got a de facto monopoly of the operating systems market.
However much I dislike this situation, I have to admit that in the hardware field, where more obvious competition exists, they also have very good products, in this case, a wireless optical mouse.
Ive been a user and proponent of optical mice (as opposed to the Three Blind variety) for quite some time now. The advantage of never having to de-fluff any balls and the ability to use most smooth surfaces instead of the confines of a mouse mat make them very useful bits of kit.
Ive also dabbled with wireless rodents too, although my first purchase kept locking up after about 30 minutes use. Perhaps the £14 price tag was something to do with it!
A while back, my wife has been having to have physio on her right shoulder which the doctor thinks might be down to years of writing on chalkboards as a teacher, and more recently, years of using a mouse at arms length.
Remembering that the optical mice Ive had have always seemed to work even on your own trouser leg, being only constrained by the length of the lead, I set about replacing our long-binned wireless optical mouse, resolving maybe to spend a bit more on it this time.
This is where www.dabs.com and The Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0 came in. Paying £33.48 including p/p about a year ago now, it fulfilled my two main criteria. It cost a bit more without being outrageous it and had a three year warranty, promising, or at least hinting at, better reliability.
The mouse is available in three colourways, Blue Moon, Steel Blue and Metallic Red. I really didnt mind, but www.dabs.coms stock situation steered me towards Moon Blue, and having received it, I was quite glad about that.
The mouse itself is two-tone, with a dark metallic blue central panel in that fish scale pattern thats supposed to make you think its carbon-fibre, like those various dashboard bits that sports cars are sprouting these days. The two main buttons are the same colour without the scales. The scrolling wheel is grey and the rest, including the shaped side panels, is either a very dark blue, or its actually black; I cant decide.
The body of the mouse is symmetrical about its centre line so its not biased towards right-handers (or lefties like me).
The transmitter is all black with just one green LED for relief, which flashes to show its searching for a mouse, and goes steady when it has.
Despite appearing to be only a two-button mouse with a central scrolling wheel, the wheel performs three other button functions. A downward pressure gives the third button function, and clicking it from side to side give sideways scrolling, which to me sounds a little erroneous, like having hair that recedes forwards.
Terminology aside, it really is versatile, especially once youve set up the Intellipoint v 5.0 software that comes on CD-ROM with the mouse. Here you can customise speed of movement to suit yourself and your screen size. This software also provides for alternative themes for the look of your cursor etc, and you can arrange to leave a fading trail of cursors; useful if youve got a particularly lazy laptop screen where the cursor is prone to submarining, i.e. disappearing only to surface once your hand comes to rest.
Theres not really much to say. You unpack it, and put batteries in it (two alkaline AAs supplied). You plug the transmitter in where youd normal plug a mouse in the back of your PC. This caters for either the little 6-pin PS/2 socket or an increasingly more common USB port. The adapter is a little bulky for those using a PS/2 plug as it sits on the end of the USB plug, but since it will probably be out of sight around the back of the PC, appearance is not that important. However, the combined plug is quite long in this configuration, so just make sure you dont ram it against a wall, when putting the PC back into position.
Oh yes, THEN you bother to read the instructions!
Fortunately, the instinctive approach is not a million miles from the party line either. In fact the daunting manual can be stripped down to a few pages in your own language.
If, on rebooting your PC, the mouse doesnt seem to work, you can prod the radio link into life with a button on the transmitter, followed by a recessed button under the mouse which causes it to experiment with radio frequencies and locks onto the first successful one. One small point theses waves carry about 6-8 feet, so dont operate in close proximity to another mouse of the same type - you might get very confused. I suppose I just got lucky that my neighbour, whose PC sits through the adjoining wall from mine isnt using one, or wed be getting some pretty odd goings-on by now!
I took to this like a duck to water. Well, actually, theres very little to get used to. Its speed of movement across the screen was entirely what I was expecting, needing no adjustment. The two main buttons seem to have just the right amount of resistive pressure before yielding to a click. The scroll wheel feels a little odd, in that its utterly smooth with no sound or clicking sensation. Its movement is pleasantly damped, like the focussing ring on a camera lens. The sideways clicks are well, theyre sideways clicks, needing very little pressure, which is just as well as this is not a natural motion for the index finger.
I really do have to commend Micro$oft on battery life. My mouse is still running on its first set a year later, so initial worries about getting locked out from a vital 15-page document just before you saved it are unfounded OK, Im starting to get dire warnings from the software that the mouses transmission are getting low, but Im half inclined, (for research purposes of course) to see how far I can push my luck. Anyway, if you get used to the alternative ways of using menus, this wouldnt be a problem.
Another nifty feature is that the mouse will run on one battery, so if you only take them out one by one, you dont lose access to your PC.
Summing up, Im impressed. I just wish that other Micro$oft products didnt leave me feeling that Id been ripped off nearly 400 quid for Office, whats that all about then?
Hello. Is anybody reading this? I only ask because I know that in the high-tech world of PC's mice aren't exactly the most exciting things. Think about upgrading and improving your PC and you'll probably consider memory, hard drive capacity, processor speed, graphics card ... in fact pretty much everything apart from the mouse. Few of us give much consideration to this particular item yet whatever we do on the PC, be it surfing the net, editing photos, creating home movies from camcorder footage or playing the latest games, the chances are we will be using a mouse to do it and it's important to have one that you find comfortable to use Most of us soldier along with whatever came with the PC it but if you take a look around you'll find there is quite a bit of choice when choosing a replacement. I've always been pretty content with the basic design apart from two annoying gripes. The main problem I found was that the little rubber ball underneath the mouse seemed to clog up quite regularly. As the ball picks up surface dirt it stops rolling smoothly which means that the pointer on screen doesn't go where you want it to go and it's very, very annoying. The second issue was the cabling. There is either not enough of it or too much. On top of that it also has a habit of getting tangled up in things, hooked around things or jammed between things. And god help you if you've got a glass of water anywhere nearby while you're using one. A couple of years ago I bought an optical mouse. These do away with the ball and instead rely on a sensor underneath the body of the mouse that calculates in which direction and how fast the mouse is moving. They are not fussy about the kind of surfaces they work on, flat or horizontal, and there are no moving parts to get clogged up. This made a huge difference but unfortunately it didn't solve my problem with the cable. But now that
wireless technology is getting cheaper and more reliable I recently decided to treat myself to a new mouse. I still wanted an optical mouse but was also looking to wave goodbye to the cables as well. I ended up with the Microsoft wireless optical mouse. Love them or loath them Microsoft do produce some decent hardware although they do tend to carry a price premium. The RRP of this mouse is around £40 which does seem a little expensive. However Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) are currently selling it for £25 which makes it much more attractive. On opening up the packaging you get a quick set-up booklet, a CD containing the software, a two-pack of AA batteries, a USB to PS2 adapter and the receiver unit. Oh and the mouse itself, fortunately. The mouse comes in a range of colours. I chose blue for no particular reason other than it was the first one I came across but you can choose from periwinkle (blue), metallic red, steel blue or blue moon if you so desire (plenty of choice there if you like blue). You will need to install the software on your PC first before attaching the mouse but it's a simple task and only takes a few minutes. Pop the CD in the drive and follow the instructions. The receiver is an oval shaped unit that looks a little like a mouse itself. It attaches to your PC via a USB connection or, using the supplied adapter, a round PS2 connection. You have a couple of feet worth of cable to play with in order to position this receiver unit in a suitable location. The manual recommends placing it away from monitors or power supplies in order to avoid interference and it should be at least 8 inches away from the mouse itself. Since the whole reason I went wireless was, unsurprisingly, to cut down on the mass of cables so I though I'd disregard the advice and just leave the cable tied up and the receiver sat directly at the rear of my PC. Once the software is installed, the receiver plugged into the PC and
the batteries inserted into the mouse you are ready to go and on powering up I was pleasantly surprised to find that it all worked straight away. The mouse has two standard buttons and a scroll wheel, which also acts as a third button. This scroll wheel also tilts from side to side enabling you to scroll horizontally as well as vertically. As soon as it's up and running you'll probably want to tweak the mouse properties a little. During installation a new item is set-up in your start menu to access these. It allows you to assign a range of functions to each button but I was happy with the default selection and only needed to increase the pointer speed to get things as I like them. After a few weeks of use I really don't want to go back to using my old mouse. This is one of those gadgets that you think you don't really need until you try it and then you wonder how you ever managed without one. The mouse itself is a little larger than most I've used but its symmetrical design means it should be suitable for all users whether left or right handed. The arched body and contours down both sides allow you to get a firm but comfortable grip. It's powered by 2 AA batteries that fit in a compartment underneath the unit. The batteries obviously add to the weight but I find it's nicely balanced . It will be down to your own personal preference but I prefer a mouse with a little weight behind it rather than a lightweight model. There is no delay in response (so those gamers among us won't be able to blame poor scores on the controller) and it works perfectly within the operating range, which Microsoft claim is 6ft (1.8 m) away from the receiver. The one aspect I've yet to test is the lifespan of the unit. Microsoft claim one set of batteries can last over six months based on average use, whatever that is, although I'm willing to bet I fall into the above average use categ
ory. To save on batteries the mouse powers itself down after a period of inactivity and re-activates as soon as it's moved. One very nice feature is that you can set-up the software to alert you when the battery is starting to fail or if it detects interference from other devices. The mouse is designed to be used on Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Mac OS X systems only which is a bit of pain if you are running a slightly older system although it's worth pointing out that the mouse will still probably work on older operating systems, you just won't be able to access the more advanced features such as the tilt wheel. Yes, it may cost a bit more than you would expect to spend on a bog-standard replacement mouse but at £25 it's not going to break the bank exactly. It may seem a bit of a luxury item but if you spend a lot of time on your PC it's important to use a comfortable mouse and the cordless and ball less nature of this model should mean that it's a much more pleasant experience as well. The very fact it's wireless may put off some people because it sounds complicated but it really couldn't be easier to set-up and use. As I've said I've yet to test the battery life (which sounds excellent) but otherwise this is a highly recommended purchase. Go on treat yourself. After all it is nearly Christmas. Thanks for reading. © Nomad 2003 Description ---------------- Microsoft Wireless optical mouse with tilt wheel Interface - USB/PS2 Requirements ----------------- Windows 2000 Professional (133Mhz or higher processor, 128mb RAM, 35mb hard disk space) Windows XP (233Mhz or higher processor, 128mb RAM, 35mb hard disk space) Mac OS 10.1 to OS 10.2.x (15mb of hard disk space) Some websites worth a look ----------------------------------- Microsoft hardware site - http://www.m
icrosoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/default.mspx Microsoft wireless optical mouse at Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000AKML7/qid=1070053561/sr=2-1/ref= s r_2_27_1/026-3931503-2106809