Microsoft 5000 (MGC-00001) Wireless Mouse

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Was great, until the rubber started disintegrating.

Feb 25, 2011
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Pros:Great scroll wheel, batteries last forever, wireless is a treat to use

Cons:Rubber delaminated from the grip, gets everywhere, and feels gross.

The Bottom Line: It's a GREAT mouse, everything is perfect, EXCEPT the rubber grip. After about a year of daily use it just disintegrates. Which is unnaceptable considering the high price.


Boss bought these for all the employees, and I was very happy with it for almost a year. In that time I had to change the batteries once, it always tracked well, it felt great in my hand, and I never had connection issues even though the USB transmitter key is plugged into the back of the pc, which is stowed under my solid wood desk in a cubby and surrounded by lots of wiring. I really enjoyed the wireless part much more than I thought I would, whenever I use another mouse now I feel like I'm fighting with the cord.
However, after nearly a year of use, the rubber grip started coming apart where my thumb rests, on the left side of the mouse just behind the "back" button on the side. The rubber is balling up and coming off, and it's sticky now and it just feels really distracting. The little rubber bits stick to the rest of the grip, so the whole mouse feels dirty. Rubber bits get onto my mouse pad too, so I'm having to brush it off every hour or so because the mouse will start skipping and not reading properly as it runs over those bits. 
I'm guessing it's the oils in my skin that caused this to happen, but really Microsoft should have used a rubber compound that wasn't susceptible to this, as, you know, the ability to hold a mouse is rather sort of a design specification.
I really liked this mouse, especially the scroll wheel, which didn't jump around like so many cheaper mice do... but the rubber delaminating is really gross feeling, and I'm going to see if I can find an old corded mouse. Better to deal with a cord than this rubber stuff everywhere.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 75


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