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Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition review

£26 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Microsoft

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Road warriors who pack a mouse into a laptop bag want something small and durable, like Microsoft's Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition. Despite its small size, it's a comfortable mouse that tracks well.

Road warriors who pack a mouse into a laptop bag want something small and durable, like Microsoft's Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition. Despite its small size, it's a comfortable mouse that tracks well.

The 3000 measures 58x99x38mm, and weighs 90g, so it'll fit nicely in the side pocket of a bag. The mouse doesn't use Bluetooth, so you have to attach an included USB receiver to your PC. Fortunately, you can latch the receiver to the bottom of the mouse when it's not in use, which keeps the two items together.

The mouse has three buttons: left and right buttons, and a scrollwheel button. The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition is designed symmetrically, making it usable for both left-handed and right-handed people.

As small as the mouse is, we were able to use it comfortably. You may have to hold the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition using your fingertips, but this isn't awkward.

At 90g (including batteries), some people may find the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition a little too light; at first, we had to adjust to the weight, but we were comfortable after a day.

To customise the mouse buttons, you need to download Microsoft's IntelliPoint software, which installs as a system preference. You can reassign the right and scroll-wheel button to a number of options. You can also modify the tracking and scroll speed.

According to Microsoft, the Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition uses the 27MHz wireless spectrum, and the mouse has a range of only 2.5ft. We got a range of nearly 20ft inside a meeting room, with no physical barriers between the mouse and PC. Considering that some mice have a range of 30ft (while using the 2.4GHz spectrum), the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition's range is a bit on the short side.

A single AA battery fits inside the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition. Microsoft claims six months of battery life; the Energizer battery that comes with the 3000 is still going strong after one month of use (eight hours a day, five days a week).

What makes this version of the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 a Special Edition? It's available in five colours: Aloe (light green), Crème Brûleé (beige), Dragon Fruit (pink), Milk Chocolate (light brown), and Pomegranate (red).

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Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition Expert Verdict »
USB wireless receiver
99x58xx38mm
90g
compatible with PC, Mac
movement resolution: 400dpi
programmable buttons, scrolling wheel
1x AA type battery
OS required: Microsoft Windows 98/2000/Me/XP, Apple MacOS X 10.1+
3 years warranty
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition is a solid travel mouse. It feels good and tracks well - and with its colours, it even has a little bit of design flair.

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