Im not a huge user of our computer at home or this one at work as im a nanny. I have to help the children with their computer though so I do have some contact with the mouse. We have one of these mice at home and I wish we had one at work. Reason being is that the child that uses it at work is Left handed. She always has the mouse on the Left of the keyboard. Im right handed so I have to pick up the mouse and move it to the right all of the time If I need to use it. This required dragging the maouse cable around the monitor. It can be quite difficult to keep the desk tidy with things in the way and once I even knocked a cup of Orange over. A messy way to use the mouse. My husband uses a cordless mouse which would be much easier. No cable to get in the way so no spillages. No tangled wires to untangle. Simply lift the mouse and move it. It relies on some form of infa red sensor to work. This transmits the Mouse's new location to the PC via a small plug you insert into the mouse port. On top of this function, it has a small wheel in the centre of the mouse. I find this very useful for scrolling up and down menus. Im trying to teach the children to use it but their hands are just too small for it and they dont understand the concept. My husband is always talking about inventing "mini Mice" for children to use. If he does, I hope it includes this wheel. Its very handy. One critism would be the fell of the mouse. The Mouse at work is also a microsoft one. Yet it is shaped to the contours of your hand. The Cordless Wheel mouse is a more conventional design and does not sit as nicely in your hand. Perhaps if Microsoft combined all of these good points into one mouse they would make a lot more money. Our Mouse came with our latest PC but I think they cost about £35 to buy and are a simple replacement for a conventional mouse.
We just got a new computer desk, which we badly needed. Its so much better than the old table we were using! Anyway, this desk has a place for the CPU in a closed cabinet about 3 feet to the left of the keyboard. I needed to buy an extension cord for my keyboard, mouse and monitor. I priced these and they were about £7 each. My mouse was also dying, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and buy a cordless mouse. These are more expensive than regular "mice", but I wouldn't need the extension cord. Also, I'm tired of buying a cheap mouse that breaks after a couple of months. I looked at the brands available, and decided to buy the Microsoft cordless wheelmouse. There were one or two other brands available, but I decided to go with a name that I knew this time. This mouse cost me £20, and comes with a 3 year hardware guarantee. Even though the mouse itself is cordless, there is a receiver that plugs into the back of the computer. The receiver has a 3 foot cord, and can be placed up to five feet away from the actual mouse. It works through the clutter and interference of the other computer components without a problem, and has two channels to choose from. There is a scroll bar to make scrolling easier, and also a zoom feature. It works with Windows 95, or later, and needs 30 MB of available hard disk space. You also need to have a CD rom drive to install the software that comes with it. After I had this mouse three weeks, it became hard to use. I thought that maybe there was interference, so I tried moving the mouse - no luck. After trying a few different things, I decided to call Microsoft. I was not looking forward to this, because I'm used to sitting on hold for hours and finally talking to customer service reps that need to learn about customer service. I was very surprised! After a few confusing phone calls to locate the correct customer service area, I was treated with courtesy by a VERY helpful customer service repr
esentative. After working with her a few minutes I needed to leave. No problem - she set up a time to continue our call, and actually called back at that time. She made some suggestions, which did not work, so it was decided that I had a bad mouse. Again, no problem, she put in an order for a new mouse for me and I had one 3 days later. She then called to see how it was working and sent me a follow up email to check again a few days after that. I felt that this company was really trying to stand behind their product and wanted their customers to be happy. My new mouse is working fine several weeks later. I strongly recommend this mouse if you are in the market for a cordless mouse, and I know that I will be buying Microsoft products in the future.
I bought this mouse as a replacement for a normal MS Wheel Mouse, because I thought it would be more convenient not haveing a long lead getting in the way, and although that is the case, the actual mouse is not that impressive to use. Setting it up was a chinch, just load the driver software and plug the radio unit into the mouse port and put the batteries into the mouse (it takes 2x AAA), and away you go. The mouse itself is about twice the size of a normal mouse and is not that comfortable to use (well it wasn’t for me, although I do suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis in the hand and wrist – no sniggering at the back, it was brought on by an accident!). The buttons feel very springy and not too strong and the wheel has some resistance and is not very smooth to use. The quoted range for the mouse from the radio unit is about five feet and this seems fairly accurate with new batteries, but they don’t last long. If you are in the market for a new mouse, I would say avoid this and buy an optical wheel mouse for only a little more money, and put up with the lead.
I've always had a lot of faith in Microsoft products and usually for good reasons - they ARE good. So when I wanted to replace my mouse I didn't think too long about which one to get (yes you guessed it). The added bonus with this mouse is the fact that it's cordless. I was very unsure about just how well a cordless mouse would work and I'm pleased to say that it's extremely good. You get the usual excellent Microsoft build quality, and a central wheel for essential quick page movement or weapon selection in first person shooters. The buttons respond well, the wheel is precise and the on-screen movement is very good (although not always quite as precise as you'd like). The cordless part works well although I would recommend keeping the remote receiver unit on your desk rather than hidden away too much. I really like this mouse, it's a bit heavier than most due to the 2 AAA batteries (which are included - bonus!) but not having a cord dragging over the back of my desk really helps keep the movement smooth. The software included to drive the mouse is excellent as always.
These are pretty cheap at the moment, it seems MS are pushing their intellieye stuff much harder right now. These are separately powered cordless mice, you can use it pretty much anywhere you like as long as youre within a certain distace from the PC. Sometimes the mouse is not as responsive as a normal mouse, but perhaps thats because I am spoiled by MS' amazingly good Intellimouse explorer. If only they could do a cordless version of that! The ergonomics of this mouse arent that great though the wheel is ever useful. I recommend this mouse to anyone who has little room at their desk or moves around a fair bit.