by October 11, 2003 0 comments



This standalone wireless optical mouse is the same as the one included in the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Elite. It takes two AA batteries (preferably alkaline) to run, and lasts about 6 months of typical usage. The wireless receiver can be connected to any computer using the PS/2 or USB ports. 

Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0
A much cheaper option to the Intellimouse Explorer, this mouse costs Rs. 2995. Two of the additional buttons on the side have been removed, but otherwise the mouse is more or less the same. It is slightly less contoured, but is by no means uncomfortable. Also, we found this mouse was slightly more responsive in demanding applications like games. If you’re on a budget, we say go for the Optical Wireless Mouse. 

Using the mouse is quite a nice experience — its ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use, and the mouse is very accurate as well. The mouse has three modes of operation so as to consume as less power as possible — active, idle and dormant.

Active mode is on when you’re using the mouse and moving it around, whereas the idle mode takes over when the mouse is at rest and consumes less power. The power-efficient dormant mode takes over after 10 minutes of no motion, and puts the mouse to sleep. There is a very slight delay as the mouse wakes up after detecting motion. The software can also tell you the current status of the batteries. 

The mouse has two extra buttons located close to where your thumb would rest. These buttons can be programmed to execute any task through Microsoft’s software. Apart from that, the mouse wheel can also be used as a button. The big new feature that Microsoft is touting these days is the ability to scroll horizontally using the wheel. Tilting the wheel in the direction in which you want to scroll does this. Horizontal scrolling is still slightly cumbersome though, because even though the speed can be configured through software, it still becomes a test of patience as you wait to reach your destination. 

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Price : Rs. 4,378
Key specs : Wireless optical mouse, 5 buttons
Contact : Microsoft, Delhi.
Tel : 6294600, 6292650
E-mail : mohita@microsoft.com 

Overall, this mouse is a good product and should be considered by anyone exploring the market for a new mouse. 

Anuj Jain

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