Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Microsoft Touch mouse review
Posted on 3-Jan-2012 13:56 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Reviews


Imagine you have a mouse and a touchpad, all packaged together in one single product. That’s pretty much what the Microsoft Touch mouse is.
While I do have a preference for a different style of mouse for my desktop at home, the Microsoft Touch mouse proved to be the perfect companion to my laptop, replacing the touchpad – that I never use anyway.

Basically the Touch mouse has no buttons, although the whole mouse “clicks” when you press it. It will decide if you are doing a left- or right-click depending on where your fingers are when you press the mouse.

It will instruct the system to perform different things depending on how you slide your fingers on its surface. For example slide your finger from its front to back (or the other way around) to scroll pages up and down. Or scroll your finger left to right (and vice-versa) to scroll pages horizontally. Back and Forward buttons are replaced with thumb movement on the side of the mouse, while two fingers can be used to minimise or restore windows.

All this is controlled by the Microsoft Intellipoint software, usually installed when you plug a Microsoft mouse. This will be downloaded directly over the Internet, so no need for a CD reader.



It will take you a couple of minutes to get used to it, and initially you may feel tired (I did), but after a while it seems more natural than those more common button-based mouse devices.

In terms of tracking performance, the Microsoft Touch mouse uses blue laser, which seems to be much better at working even without a mouse pad, tracking well over surfaces as tables, desks, even benchtops and gless.

Obviously you shouldn’t think of this as a gaming mouse…

Pros
- Cordless mouse
- High tracking with blue laser, works on almost any surface
- Easy to use
- Perfect for small areas

Cons
- Mini transceiver works only with this mouse, so a cordless keyboard would use a second transceiver
- Your fingers can get a bit tired due to the position over the curved side of the mouse






comments powered by Disqus


Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

rail between Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the Waikato
Created by kingdragonfly, last reply by Technofreak on 19-Aug-2017 11:43 (72 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Climate change: what are YOU doing to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand?
Created by frednz, last reply by tdgeek on 18-Aug-2017 09:22 (218 replies)
Pages... 13 14 15


Vodafone or Sparks
Created by Unubis, last reply by Linux on 16-Aug-2017 17:07 (37 replies)
Pages... 2 3


NZ Post is dropping 'Fast' snail mail
Created by DarthKermit, last reply by wratterus on 18-Aug-2017 08:30 (40 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Router with 200mbps and parental controls
Created by networkn, last reply by xpd on 16-Aug-2017 14:16 (13 replies)

Alexa plus Harmony Hub plus Veon TV
Created by kryptonjohn, last reply by kryptonjohn on 15-Aug-2017 22:53 (12 replies)

Anchor Milk, lightproof containers, and consumer - can you notice the taste difference?
Created by surfisup1000, last reply by Fred99 on 18-Aug-2017 19:00 (89 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


Freeview (satellite) on Samsung UA50MU6100SXNZ Smart TV?
Created by Geraldm, last reply by kharris on 16-Aug-2017 14:43 (11 replies)