Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 2.0 Review - Page 2

By Eric Grevstad
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I'm a One-Mouse Man

The IntelliPoint 6.2 driver does let you reassign all five buttons, counting a click of the scroll wheel, to other functions ranging from the usual undo, cut, copy, paste, or zoom to Flip 3D -- Windows Vista Aero's pretty shuffle-stack of active windows -- or Instant Viewer -- a tamer Win XP version of the same that arranges current program windows on the screen like a geeky art gallery.

More options include launching a specified application or creating and running a macro combination of keystrokes. And Microsoft didn't forget the convenience of program-specific settings, so the same button that's Back in your browser can be Undo in your word processor.

A Magnifier function opens a zoom window that you can drag around the screen for a zoom view of the pixels beneath. A slightly awkward process of holding the assigned button while moving the mouse or scrolling the wheel lets you resize the magnifying lens or switch among several levels of magnification.

Set loose on a crowded desk, the 6000 turned in a fine performance. Its 1,000 dpi resolution -- what Microsoft calls High Definition Laser Technology -- gives sufficient room to move even with just two and a half or three inches of free space next to a notebook. After a few minutes' practice, we were maneuvering as precisely as a Smart car in city traffic.

It worked smoothly on every surface we tried except that nemesis of optical mice, a mirror, while its interference-resistant 2.4GHz radio connection kept the mouse and PC in contact even from the next room with a wall in between.

Travelin' On

A light on top of the mouse glows when its two AA alkalines are growing weak, which we didn't have time to observe -- Microsoft claims some users will see up to six months between battery replacements (or refills if you're doing the green thing and using rechargeable NiMH cells). Such users probably get in the habit of unplugging the mouse's flash-drive-sized USB transceiver from the PC or laptop and snapping it into its niche on the 6000's underside, which automatically turns the mouse off.

Basically, the Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 breaks a decade of silence in exposing the secret shame of so-called notebook mice: It's not that much harder to find room in your briefcase or laptop case for a mouse that's two inches larger. As such, the 6000 is a first-class candidate to be your only mouse -- to use both when you're at your desk and when you're moble.

Adapted from Hardwarecentral.com.

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This article was originally published on April 29, 2008
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