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Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000 with Bluetrack Technology Review
Jul 19, 2010
by Sara Zielinski
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Good size, ambidexterous, smooth finish, long battery life
Cons:Won't track on mirrored surfaces or glass (minor con)
The Bottom Line: Excellent mouse, buy it if you need to upgrade an older mouse or if you just need a new mouse.
The Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000 is an excellent mouse from Microsoft and one you should definitely look at buying. I received this mouse as a warranty replacement for an Intellimouse which has been discontinued. Microsoft's customer service when getting a warranty replacement is extremely good if you call their parts department to get a replacement. The entire Intellimouse line has been discontinued (which might be useful information to someone reading this) and this mouse makes a very nice replacement for that line. If you are looking to replace an older mouse or older Microsoft mouse, this is a very good choice.
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The mouse has a sort of ball like design, its very nice, sleek and modern looking. The mouse does not look very big but feels much bigger in your hands. There are your standard 2 buttons, a scroll wheel which does side scrolling as well and 2 more side buttons one on each side. I think there is a button underneath the rubber too. All of these buttons can be customized by installing Microsoft's mouse software which is available on Microsoft's website for free if you do not have an install disk. I usually just download from the web because its the easiest way to get the most updated Microsoft mouse software. The buttons respond very nicely.
This mouse is not a roller ball mouse, it is an optical mouse. I haven't used a ball type mouse in years (or seen one for sale in stores for at least a few years), and I suspect if you have not tried an optical mouse and are still stuck to the ball type mouse you will not go back after trying an optical mouse.
I think the size of this mouse would be just about right for most people, if you have trouble with fitting a mouse to your hand then you probably want to try it in a store. The mouse is not a giant but it is not too small either.
You can use this mouse in either hand, right or left, so it would be excellent for lefties or for someone like me who can mouse with either hand. The design is the same on both sides of the mouse, and there is an extra button on both sides too so it works very well for either hand.
The retail price of this mouse is 39.99 however you can probably find it on sale for a few bucks cheaper if you shop around.
This is a wireless mouse, and therefore it has a reciever and batteries. If you are used to the clunky microsoft wireless recievers in the past then you will love the reciever on this one as it is a typical USB stick type reciever. It is not a nano reciever so if you are using this mouse on a laptop you will have to remove the reciever before putting the laptop into a case. The reciever is pretty small though and does not create clutter. The previous recievers on Microsoft's mice were huge and created more desk clutter than a single wire did, thus kind of defeating the purpose of getting a wireless mouse for a desktop. I personally choose to set it up with an extension cable, but you can just plug it in to a USB port if you have one available that is semi-close to your mouse. I have not had any reception problems with this mouse.
The batteries are said to last 8 months (on 2 batteries), like previous Microsoft mice this one can also be operated with only one battery inserted if you choose to do that. I really like this feature because I use batteries that are half-drained in it and just change them when the battery is dead. This saves me from having to buy extra batteries and lets me squeeze all the life I can out of the ones I have. Its great if you have something that takes 3 batteries and you have an extra one left after getting a pack of 4 batteries, that extra battery can then go in your mouse. Operating with one battery also makes the mouse a lot lighter. Obviously if you operate with only one battery the battery life will be much shorter than stated so if you don't want to change batteries a lot put 2 fresh ones in and your mouse will last a very long time. The battery compartment on this is very nice as both batteries go in the same way which ensures you won't put the batteries in wrong. The mouse includes batteries right in the package, so you won't have to buy any right off the bat.
This mouse uses Microsoft's Bluetrack technology, which is supposed to track on many surfaces, even carpet. I tried the mouse on carpet and yes it does work, though you may find it somewhat rough to push a mouse around on carpet but it does work. The only con I can find with this mouse is that it does not track on a mirrored surface or on glass as the package states. This is a very minor con though for an otherwise flawless product.
I really like the smooth finish on the top of this mouse, some of the previous line of Microsoft mice had indents in the top of the mouse that made your hand hurt after a while, a big problem if you use a mouse a lot like I do.
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