Works on Any Surface – the Microsoft Mobile Mouse 4000
Jan 18, 2013 (Updated Jan 18, 2013)
Review by dlstewart
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:simple installation, comfortable responsive mouse, tilt wheel, wireless Nano Transceiver, comes with battery
Cons:cursor traveled too quickly across the screen for one family member
The Bottom Line: We enjoy this Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000. However, there is a feature we don’t use.
We needed a new wireless mouse to use with a Dell laptop. This Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 (D5D-00001) offered a few selling points: 1) wireless, 2) advertised to work on any surface, 3) long battery life.
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This particular mouse is advertised as a graphite color (dark gray; close to black in color). It is also promoted as being portable as well as working on any surface using BlueTrack Technology (the packaging shows carpet, granite, and wood surfaces). The package contains the mouse, a Nano Transceiver (USB), one AA battery, and a brief instruction pamphlet. Features of this scrolling mouse include 4-way scrolling (horizontal and vertical), 4 customizable buttons (left, right, wheel-button, and a left side button). Battery life is advertised at 10 months.
System requirements are Windows 7, Vista, XP (but not XP 64-bit), requiring 100 MB … or Mac OS X v10.4x – 10.5x., requiring 30 MB. It has 2.4 GHz wireless and does need a USB port for the Nano Transceiver.
I installed this Microsoft mouse on a Dell laptop computer. Easy! Essentially, open the panel on the bottom of the mouse to insert one AA battery. You will have to dig into the packaging to discover the battery. (Initially I didn’t see it and used a Duracell AA battery I had.) Next, insert the small Nano Transceiver into a USB port on the computer. I chose a USB port toward the back of the machine, so that the transceiver wouldn't be inadvertently be bumped. In a matter of seconds, the laptop was set and ready to use with the mouse.
There is software that allows configuration of the various buttons. From the menu, you will see the “Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center”. This is where you can customize the scrolling feature and four mouse buttons. A photo of the Microsoft 4000 mouse is visible along with each button listed. Click on the button you want to customize. We opted to leave the left mouse button as a single-click. The right mouse button is set for double-clicking. There is also a silver left button along the side of the mouse. We opted to assign “no function” to this button since the location was a bad one for my father. Every time he used the mouse, his fingers would click that left button triggering its function. I was easier for all of us to disable that particular button. One of the interesting functions you can assign to some of the buttons is a “flip” option that will show open applications in thumbnails. Macros can also be assigned.
A great feature related to the Microsoft 4000 mouse is that it can be programmed differently for various software programs. This feature is controlled through the “Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center”. There is a button that says “Add New”. Click this to reveal a dropdown menu of programs on the computer. Different programs offer different mouse-button options.
If you are looking for a responsive mouse, this Microsoft mouse will not disappoint. The cursor was zooming so quickly around the screen, that I slowed the action through the mouse control panel in order to obtain better cursor tracking. (My father found the cursor to quick for him.)
While we have not used this mouse on every surface, it has worked beautifully on everything we have tried. While sitting at the dining room table, I used this mouse directly on a linen table cloth that had a slightly nubby weave. My father and I have also used the mouse on the wide leather arm of a reclining armchair. I also tested it on clear plastic, laminated wood and smooth cardboard. The mouse works effortlessly. The action is smooth, the cursor accurate.
This mouse is also comfortable. It has textured rubberized “grip” sides for an easier hold. I have no trouble using the various buttons or scroll feature. Several adults use it and no one has complained. My father has actually fallen asleep in his chair while holding onto this mouse, and his hand stays curled around it. I can tell the grip is comfortable. Only he has a tendency to click the mouse in his sleep! This leads to some interesting results on the computer.
In comparison, for my main laptop computer, I am using the Microsoft Wireless Mobile 3500 mouse. The 3500 has smoother rubberized sides. It is also a smaller slightly rounder mouse than the 4000. My 3500 is more compact; whereas the 4000 has a longer look to it. The 3500 tucks into my palm, while the 4000 runs the length of my hand. Also, my 3500 mouse has a ratcheting scroll wheel. The 4000 mouse scroll wheel has a smooth gliding motion to it.
Since we have a few computers in the house, this mouse sees use about three to four days a week for sessions lasting two to six hours. So far the battery life is great.
This Microsoft mouse came from Staples and cost $29.99.
We are impressed with how well this Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 works. It is simple to install and use, plus the mouse is small enough for portability while still being comfortable to hold. We love going wireless!
I hope you found this review useful.
Enjoy the day,
Please read my other reviews:
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500
Logitech V220 Cordless Mouse
Targus Lap Chill Mat – laptop cooler
Western Digital Portable Hard Drive
Epson Stylus NX430 All-in-One Inkjet Printer
Jumbo Lap Desk
Phillips Portable DVD Player with screen
Copyright 2013 Dawn L. Stewart
Amount Paid (US$): 29.99
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