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Microsoft Bluetooth Wireless Laser Mouse 8000
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|Connectivity Technology||Wireless, Bluetooth, USB|
|Movement Detection Technology||Laser|
|Number of Buttons||5|
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- High Definition laser technology for more precise, more responsive, and smoother tracking
- 2.4GHz Bluetooth with First Connect Technology so you can connect wirelessly right out of the box
- Four-way scrolling button with Tilt Wheel technology for greater efficiency and comfort when ripping through long documents or web pages
- Fully rechargeable so you save money on batteries, includes a battery-status LED indicator
- Runs on one AA NiMH battery, and requires a PC running Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista, 45 MB free space
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WLS Laser DT MSE 8000 32BIT/64 USB ALUM
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 combines cutting edge features with sophisticated design. Microsoft's first rechargeable mouse, the 8000 delivers 2.4GHz Bluetooth wireless performance, high definition laser and more, all in a sleek and stylish brushed-aluminum package.
Fully rechargeable so you save money on batteries, this mouse has a battery-status LED indicator that indicates when batteries need recharging so you won't be caught without power to run your mouse in a critical moment. This Microsoft wireless mouse is designed to be symmetrical for right- or left-handed users, with an authentic brushed-aluminum casing that feels as good as it looks, and has a four-way scrolling button with Tilt Wheel technology for greater efficiency and comfort when ripping through long documents or web pages. This mouse utilizes Microsoft's High Definition laser technology for more precise, more responsive, and smoother tracking, as well as 2.4GHz Bluetooth with First Connect Technology so you can connect wirelessly right out of the box. For convenience features, Microsoft's 8000 mouse has an Instant Viewer function that lets you click the scroll button to display all your open windows so you can click to select the one you need, a Magnifier function that lets you point-and-click to enlarge and edit sections of detail, and customizable buttons that provide you with quick access to media, programs, and the files or functions you use the most.
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 requires a PC running Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista, 100 MB free space for installation and 45 MB free space for ongoing usage, an open USB port, and a CD drive for installation software. This unit comes with a mini-Bluetooth transceiver, one AA NiMH battery, an installation CD, and a user manual.
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The reviewer who said it's "damn near perfect" is exactly right. Most every attribute of the mouse has been discussed already, but I'll add my list of highlights for the record.
I'll go ahead and list my singular complaint right up front: the mouse wheel gets stuck (requires more force to move) after a couple years of daily use. I would still be using my first Laser Mouse 8000 if not for the mouse wheel issue. I tried cleaning the mouse -- even taking it apart -- but it seems to just plain wear out after a while.
Knowing this, I simply buy a new one when I start to feel the mouse wheel getting resistive. I figure 40 bucks for a couple years of service is not too bad.
So, on to my list of highlights:
1. The mouse's tracking is as smooth as glass, as well as precise. Anyone doing pixel-by-pixel work in Photoshop (or any image app) should use this mouse. The thing has never made a tracking error in the several years I've been using it. (Actually none of the several I have owned over the years has ever made a tracking error, so quality control is excellent.)
2. The mouse wheel has completely smooth action, with no "motion stops/clicks" that most other mice have. It glides up and down effortlessly, providing precise control with no control errors, overshoots or undershoots. (At least until it stops working -- see the single complaint above.)
3. I personally use a mouse pad because I find it to be more comfortable, but the mouse works on practically every surface, if mouse pads are not your thing.
4. No annoying red or blue light underneath.
5. Perfect weight and balance. Not a cheap plastic-feeling featherweight like most mice. Feels substantial without being too large. In fact, its proportions of length, width, and height are perfect. It's not like those "ergonomic" mice that are actually more akin to a discus than a mouse.
6. It has an on/off switch!
7. Charges very quickly -- an hour or two to fully charge a depleted battery.
8. Lets you know when the battery is running low with a red light on top of the mouse that slowly fades on and off. As the mouse charges, a green light on the mouse fades on and off to let you know it's actively charging. When the charge is 100%, the green light stays on steadily until you remove the mouse from the charger. This might sound nutty or obsessive, but even the light feels/seems like quality. Not a cheap, blinking LED.
9. The charger, a flat plastic plate that is slightly wider and longer than the mouse, makes it simple to sit the mouse in the correct spot to get it charging properly. Why is this important? Because with other mice it is not so easy. Take Microsoft's new Explorer mice for example (the one with the piercing blue light underneath). The charger is a tiny little device that you have to get the tip of the mouse to sit on. Because it is so small and light it seems to flip and flop around your desk, and getting the mouse to sit on just the right spot can be a tricky two-handed job. The Laser Mouse 8000's charger has an extra rounded "bump" that centers the mouse so you can just drop it on the thing and nearly always get it right. If you do happen to mis-align the mouse on the charger, the light will let you know. With all the Laser Mouse 8000s I have purchased over the years, the charger is still labeled "Microsoft Mouse Charger 1.0" on the bottom, so I guess they got it right the first time.
10. The rechargeable battery can be easily replaced with an off-the-shelf Ni-MH AA-size battery (which I did one time).
11. Microsoft's excellent and free IntelliPoint software is simple to install, and the one software package works with every Microsoft mouse. In fact, if you have multiple Microsoft mice, you can easily configure the software back and forth between mice, and it has a nice big photograph of the mouse you're currently set up to use, with the various button actions superimposed over the photo. Furthermore, Microsoft keeps IntelliPoint (and its IntelliType software for Microsoft keyboards) constantly updated for the latest Microsoft operating system -- something they *should* do. For example, their Windows 7 versions are out right now -- two months prior to the official release date of Windows 7. Downloading and installing is aided by the nice web page that leads you to the right version based on which OS you're using -- with 64-bit OSes fully supported.
12. The Bluetooth dongle plugs into any USB port and does *not* require any mating procedure with the mouse. Just plug it in and everything "just works". In fact, because of the "hard-wired" Bluetooth mating between mouse and dongle, the mouse can be used in a pre-boot environment, as if it were a wired USB mouse. Nice!
13. The Bluetooth dongle is a fully-functional Bluetooth receiver that can be used to connect with any other Bluetooth device. For example, your mobile phone with Bluetooth support can connect with your computer once you've plugged in the dongle.
In short, I would be sad if Microsoft ever discontinues or changes this mouse.
I'm mystified by those who report difficulties with setting up the mouse to work with Vista (or any other OS), because it is so dead-simple to do. My guess is that they have screwed up their Bluetooth settings or something. Or maybe they previously (or later) installed another Bluetooth product that supplanted the Microsoft drivers. Or maybe they have more than one Bluetooth device installed. I have no idea, but the cause would probably be along those lines because of just how easy it is to use this mouse, with its hard-wired mating to the receiver.
It may seem odd to write such a lengthy review for a mouse, but the fact is that a mouse is an essential piece of hardware that a computer user interacts with many times every day -- so it makes sense to me!
This is the first mouse I've found that meets all of these criteria. After 2 days of use, it's still charged, fits great in my hand, and has a logical layout. I've been using wired optical mice for years on my desktops and have no issue with them, but I like this mouse so much, I'm getting 3 more for my various machines.
As a bonus, this mouse comes with a Bluetooth USB dongle, so if you don't have Bluetooth you can add it very easily. Setup for my desktop was painless and quick. I didn't even need a reboot.
The rechargeable battery is AA, so when it wears out, you can find an replacement just about anywhere. The power switch on the bottom of the mouse is a nice feature, as long as I remember to turn it off when not using it.
Tracking is spot-on and even after sitting for several minutes, there's no delay in getting things moving again. Very nice.
This is a slightly pricey mouse, but you won't regret it. I'm going to have about 4 others I've tried up for sale real soon. :)
[UPDATE: In the week or so I've had this mouse, it's been absolutely flawless. I have ordered two more for the machines I use on a regular basis. It would be nice to simply move the mouse from machine to machine, but apparently Bluetooth devices get "paired" and have to be re-paired. No biggie, really, but enough of a pain that I just ordered more mice.]
1) on off switch - worth mentioning twice
2) invisible laser very accurate
3) works on every surface I've tried
4) on off switch -- if you're a traveler like me and you prefer a full size mouse, this is a fantastic option
6) can take a regular AA battery if you aren't in a place to recharge
7) energy efficient (2 weeks on a charge)
8) looks good
9) the wheel is very smooth and silicon
10) the wheel tilts left and right and you can push as a button although the pushbutton is a bit hard as another reviewer commented.
11) if you're a home user the recharging base is fantastic, looks cool and very easy to plug set the mouse on for it to charge
12) Full sized -- I love full sized mice and with the on/off switch, this is a wonderful laptop traveling mouse
13) BLUETOOTH -- this is huge if you have a laptop or desktop replacement with built in bluetooth....Microsoft includes a bluetooth dongle but my mouse mated up perfectly with my HP laptop and with my Dell. Bluetooth is a standard so the mouse should mate up with any bluetooth laptop. With a bluetooth laptop, I don't have to worry about dongles or wires or anything like that...the mouse just works.
What I don't like about this mouse:
1) the side minature (supplementary) buttons are either hard to use or unusable especially the right hand side one, haven't figured out a real way to click it. I can use my thumb for the left one. Although with the other mice were really right handed mice and this one is more of an ambidextrous --- in the other mice, if you were left handed, you were out of luck unless Microsoft made a left handed version of the mouse. With this mouse you get one auxilliary button that you can click with your thumb if you're a lefty or a rightie...just a thought. Microsoft might have just split the difference in the design to create an ambidextrous mouse that isn't perfect for the right handed person but which provides one thumb auxilliary button for the left handed...
2) the charger should be able to plug in directly into mouse but with the options of taking a regular A battery and with the long life of battery this is almost a nonissue
3) when I bought this mouse it was too expensive but its dropped some, I imagine it will continue to drop
I'm very glad that the people at Microsoft people listened to the users and made this pretty much the best ambidextrous wireless bluetooth mouse.