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Wireless BlueTrack Notebook Mouse with Nano Receiver – PC USB
I heard about the new Blue-Track technology and just figured it was just a marketing thing and not really something new. I figured it was perhaps just an Optical mouse in disguise. After losing my receiver for my VX Revolution (which is a very good mouse) I needed a new mouse for my laptop with a small receiver. I read up about these and a almost went for the Mobile Mouse 5000 instead, but glad I didn’t. I saw these on display at a local store and they were out of stock. I checked online and most every place was out of stock of them. I waited a week and my local store only got in the white version. After another few weeks I ended up driving a half hour just to pick up this mouse in black. Yes, I actually waited just so I didn’t have to buy the ugly white version!
Instead of connecting it to my laptop I immediately hooked it up to my PC connected to a 24″ display. I immediately noticed there was no micro-lag AT ALL. I was pretty impressed to say the least. It actually tracks just as well as my Logitech G5 that I was previously using. So far I have not installed any of the software on the disc, so I can not comment on that. I usually prefer not to if I can avoid it.
In my picture viewing software the mouse scroll wheel skips by pictures too fast, so that it’s nearly impossible to scroll down one image at a time. I can fix the scroll speed in the software easily i’m sure. The scroll wheel itself is a bit too thin, but this is a laptop mouse, so it’s not a big deal. The wheel just feels cheap and i’ve always preferred the Logitech wheels due to the clicking sound it makes when you scroll it. The auto-scroll on the VX revolution is a really nice feature.
Unfortunately the entire mouse feels cheap. It IS cheap, so that’s not a big deal. It’s not bad enough to make me want to not use it though. There is a rubber grip material on both sides of the mouse and i’m not sure why this was needed, since it’s too smooth to begin with. It does however make the mouse look a bit better. It is a very well designed mouse and looks pretty nice.
I’m currently using this still on my desktop computer. As my main mouse it’s a bit small, but for a laptop it’s PERFECT. I actually liked the blue-track so much that I went out and bought the Wireless Mouse 5000 for my desktop. I didn’t like that much (too big and heavy!) so I’m going to keep this for desktop use despite it being so small.
My suggestion to Microsoft is that they should make a higher quality version of this. One with a metal scroll wheel and better buttons. Pretty much like a top of the line model like the MX revolution. This actually tracks better then that mouse, so why not?
It’s the best tracking wireless mouse i’ve ever tried and the best mouse you can get for the price!
I love this mouse so much that I did end up buying two of them. One for my main computer and the second for my laptop. The nice thing about it when using it on a laptop is the receiver is so small you don’t notice it. I tested the tracking on carpet, wood flooring and even glass and it was no problem. The most difficult surface for it to track on is tan leather. I often sit in my leather recliner while using my laptop and put the mouse on the arm rest (it’s pretty wide). Sounds dumb, but it works! It’s not even all that flat, but slightly curved! Occasionally after every 10 minutes the mouse starts to throw a fit and I have to switch to a different surface. Once I use it on a different surface for a few minutes and switch back, it’s fine. It’s almost as if the mouse re-learns how to track on the new surface. Very strange. I’m just amazed that it’d even work on such a surface to begin with.
The only minor negative i’ve found is that the battery doesn’t last long. It’s not even worth mentioning since batteries are so cheap. I’ve been through about two in a month. I’ve also noticed some stores charging more for some colors due to being hard to find!
Plugged it into my 2009 Mac Pro tower, worked flawlessly. The scroll wheel is smooth with the absolute perfect amount of resistance. The wireless tracking is flawless, compared to any bluetooth version I have ever tried. On the mac, there was a slight lag with the scroll wheel on small adjustments, so I finally installed the software, adjusted the settings, and that fixed it. There are four buttons, I have all windows expose (mac) for the scroll wheel, and dashboard (mac) for the thumb button.
Okay, so this purchase began after I was forced to return my Apple Magic Mouse by my wife. I basically enjoyed it but there was some Bluetooth lag when mousing over some windows, and my young daughter always had her fingers all over it, causing extra clicking and right clicking when it was not wanted. My wife told me it wasn’t worth the $70 so I returned it. Using the previous Mighty Mouse that came with the Mac Pro was also problematic, with the little scroll ball often requiring cleaning to scroll well and I often mis-click for some reason.
Finally, I’m no fan of Microsoft mice — the big ones are too large and hollow cheap, and I’m no fan of wireless mice since all I want is a wired one without a battery. But I gotta write that this is the best mouse I have ever used. The first Microsoft product I’ve ever purchased, well, since Word 97.