Microsoft may be best known for their operating system and Office suite, but their presence in the hardware market has been there for longer than the past decade. They’ve sold everything from web cameras and joysticks to gaming mice. While they’ve decided to discontinue with some of the hardware, they continue to focus on some key product categories such as mice. And the latest, big release from Microsoft is their new Touch Mouse.
Hands on with the Microsoft Touch Mouse
Microsoft has tried to be unique with some of the mice designs in the past. The Microsoft Arc line of mice is the perfect example. However, the Touch Mouse is different. It appears more refined and more precise.
Markings that denote the touch sensitive area of the mouse
Unlike other mice where there a whole bunch of specifications and details to talk about, there are none in the Touch Mouse. It’s wireless and it’s powered by Microsoft’s own BlueTrack technology, that has been in use on some of their other mice. The mouse, as its name explains supports touch functionality.
Apart from that, it has two physical clicks and a USB dongle that acts as a wireless receiver. There are no drivers required and the mouse doesn’t come with it. Microsoft claims that it’ll run just fine on pretty much any other OS, including older Windows Vista and Windows XP, but to be able to take advantage of the the gestures, you’re best using the mouse on Windows 7.
A little too low, perhaps
There a few shortcomings. For example, there is no middle click so you can’t directly open a link as a background tab. For an expensive mouse such as this, there are no DPI or sensitivity switching buttons either. The base has two long strips of pads that help the mouse on the surface. The weight of the mouse with the batteries makes it a little more resistant on hard surfaces.
Updated 20 May, 2013, 8:22 pm IST
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