We recently gave the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 an extended ride - and we were impressed.

Measuring 61x97x43mm, the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 is a little wider and taller than the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000, which makes a world of difference when it comes to comfort.

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 carries most of its weight in the middle and bottom of its body, which suited us fine in use. We didn't have any tracking problems, and we liked how the mouse felt when moving on most surfaces.

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 uses Microsoft's BlueTrack Technology, which, according to Microsoft, allows the mouse to be used on almost any surface. Our experience with the 6000 was similar to that of another BlueTrack-equipped device, Microsoft's Explorer Mouse - it worked on a wide variety of surfaces, and we were surprised that the 6000 kept tracking even when used on a glass window.

The few surfaces that prevented the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 from tracking - an optical disc, an iPhone screen - aren't surfaces you'd seriously consider using as an area for your mouse.

As a deal breaker for some users, the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 uses a wireless 2.4GHz RF signal, not Bluetooth, and Microsoft doesn't offer a Bluetooth version of the 6000. Personally, we don't have a preference. We do find that some Bluetooth mouses take a second or two longer to reconnect after waking from sleep, and that RF mice feel like they reconnect instantly, but quibbling over a few seconds is trivial.

We don't have a problem using a USB RF receiver, which the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 requires, and many RF receivers are small like the 6000's, extending about a quarter of an inch when plugged into a USB port. That's small enough to leave in a laptop when not in use. Or you can plug the receiver into the storage port located underneath the mouse.

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000: five button action

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 has five buttons: your standard left and right mouse buttons, the scrollwheel button, and two buttons along each side of the mouse. The scrollwheel isn't notched but rolls smoothly, and it can be nudged left or right for horizontal scrolling.

The buttons feel solid when you click them, and don't require much effort. Micorosft uses rubber on the sides of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000, which provides a nice grip.

The buttons are programmable through Microsoft's IntelliPoint software, which installs as a System Preference pane. Microsoft includes version 6.3.1 of its IntelliPoint software on a CD.

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 uses one AA battery. Microsoft says a that a battery should last "up to 10 months." We had no power problems during my testing.

The one drawback to the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 is purely about comestics and doesn't affect the functionality of the mouse-it's about the glossy finish on the mouse body.

The glossy black, combined with the the shiny silver detailing, makes the mouse look sophisticated, but we scratched the glossy surface while removing the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 from its plastic packaging. And the finish started to lose its lustre after repeated stowing in a backpack.

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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000: Specs

  • Mouse
  • USB wireless receiver
  • Right and left-handed
  • 2.4GHz
  • Max Operating Distance: Up to 10m
  • Optical Movement Detection Technology
  • 5 buttons
  • Movement Resolution: 1000dpi
  • Performance: 10,000fps
  • Scrolling wheel (4-way), battery indicator, Magnifier, Microsoft BlueTrack Technology
  • USB - 4 PIN USB Type A
  • requires: Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista
  • 3 years warranty
  • 61x97x43mm
  • Mouse
  • USB wireless receiver
  • Right and left-handed
  • 2.4GHz
  • Max Operating Distance: Up to 10m
  • Optical Movement Detection Technology
  • 5 buttons
  • Movement Resolution: 1000dpi
  • Performance: 10,000fps
  • Scrolling wheel (4-way), battery indicator, Magnifier, Microsoft BlueTrack Technology
  • USB - 4 PIN USB Type A
  • requires: Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista
  • 3 years warranty
  • 61x97x43mm

OUR VERDICT

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 is a nice mouse, nice enough to be used on a regular basis, not just when you’re traveling with your laptop.

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