Microsoft Wireless Laser Notebook Mouse 6000 Review

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By Vivek Gowri

A big name for a small mouse, the Microsoft Wireless Laser Notebook Mouse 6000 (NB6000) is the premium laser version of the popular line of Microsoft wireless notebook mice.  It offers cutting edge technology and good performance at a correspondingly high cost, although it can be purchased online for less than the retail price.


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Features

  • High-definition wireless laser wireless technology
  • Four-way tilting scroll wheel
  • Magnification feature that expands areas of the screen
  • Ambidextrous, ergonomic design
  • Silver colored plastic with gray rubber side grips
  • Battery saving standby mode
  • Smaller USB receiver than older Microsoft mouses

Design, Ergonomics, Performance

Compared to the regular Microsoft Optical Mouse that I use on my desktop, the NB6000 is about the same width, but an inch shorter and is about the same weight when you include the battery and USB receiver. Considering the fact that the regular Optical is one of the lightest mice out there, the NB6000 is a very portable mouse. I don’t even notice the additional weight and size when carrying my daily load.


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In total, there are six buttons on the mouse: Right click, Left click, Middle click/Scroll wheel, Magnify, Battery release and the Connect button. The right and left click work as advertised, nothing positive or negative to report about them. The scroll wheel works fine, but it offers no feedback (notching into position) like on other mice, which took a little while to adjust to. The middle click is a bit touchy, sometimes it doesn’t work and often, while pressing the scroll wheel for a middle click, the scroll wheel is moved and then what you were trying to click is in a different position on the screen. The magnify button is rather difficult to press and again, is a bit touchy, but when it works the magnify feature can be pretty useful like when editing photos. The battery cover release button does what it is supposed to do without any problems. The connect button is in the cavity that the receiver is usually in, and is rather hard to press, but it is hardly ever used. There is a similar button on the receiver as well.


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I wasted about an hour trying to get the mouse to work with my computers. I tried installing the software, reinstalling it, using different computers, etc, until I realized that I had put the battery in the wrong way. A simple diagram or even a plus and minus sign at the appropriate ends would easily correct this.

Performance wise, the mouse is decent. There does not appear to be a problem with battery life for the mouse. It is rated to be over six months. There are more issues with scrolling: it has a much faster scrolling speed than the standard touchpad on the laptop, so you either need to have a very slow touchpad or a very fast speed on the external mouse. I have the speeds set somewhere in between, so it is acceptable both ways, but by no means optimal. This is relatively easy to get used to in a few days, so it isn’t a critical issue.


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Purchase Info

This mouse is available at most tech stores, and also many online stores. It has a retail price of $49.99, but it can be found online for as cheap as $20 including shipping. I paid $20.84 from 3BTech.com, and received it in 3 business days after ordering. However, it came in a cardboard box with the mouse and installation disc inside bubble wrap, with no indication of where the retail packaging was. No matter, it has all you need to get the mouse working.


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Conclusion

This is a very compact and stylish laser mouse with an excellent feature set that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for just a wireless external mouse while on the move. However, it has some design and usability flaws that make it somewhat of an additional annoyance as well. Overall, I give it a 6.5/10.

Pros:

  • Easy for carrying due to small size and low weight
  • Sleek and comfortable design with nice silver color
  • Many useful (and not so useful) features

Cons:

  • Somewhat spotty response to middle clicks
  • Hard to press magnify button
  • Large speed disparity between touchpad and mouse


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