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Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000 review

The latest budget to come with BlueTrack technology

For

  • BlueTrack tech
  • Responsive

Against

  • Scroll button hard to use

You might recognise this five-button, wireless wonder from Microsoft's latest wireless desktop kit where it's bundled alongside the 2.0 version of its Wireless Keyboard 3000.

There is no difference between that and the standalone version we have here apart from the all black trim setting it apart from the old-school grey and black, two-tone stylings of the mouse in the desktop set.

There are five buttons, with the usual Microsoft software for button-mapping, though the placement of the forward and backward buttons being on opposite sides of the mouse makes navigation more awkward than if they were aligned on the thumb side only.

The placement setup however does ensure that the mouse is totally ambidextrous, making it just as comfortable - or as awkward - for either the left or right-handed user out there.

Microsoft wireless mouse 5000

As I mentioned, when looking at the mouse as part of the kit, the scrollwheel and middle-button are the weakest points of this otherwise solid mouse. Clicking the scrollwheel down can often result in the computer registering that action as a movement rather than a button press, which can make browsing a bit of a hit-and-miss affair.

That said the combination of Microsoft's impressive BlueTrack technology and the 2.4GHz wireless connection means that the mouse is otherwise very responsive indeed.

The use of standard AA batteries means that there's no need for a charging stand and also adds a certain re-assuring weight to the device and means that it doesn't slide across the desk at the slightest breeze.

The 5000 then is a solid little mouse, perfect for the left-hander after an all-round device. That said if you're not a leftie, it's worth mentioning that both the Logitech G9 and Microsoft Sidewinder are available for less than £40. They're excellent mice and not just in the gaming circle.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMouse
Number of Total Buttons4
Pointing Device Host InterfaceUSB
Scroller TypeTilt Wheel
Ergonomic FitSymmetrical
ColourBlack
Brand NameMicrosoft
Pointing Device Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Pointing Device Wireless TechnologyRadio Frequency
ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
Product Model5000
Product NameWireless Mouse 5000
Manufacturer Part NumberMGC-00005
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.microsoft.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000 features Microsoft BlueTrack Technology, the world's most advanced tracking technology, that allows consumers to take their mouse anywhere and work with confidence on virtually any surface. Microsoft's proprietary tracking technology combines the width and power of optical technology with the precision of laser tracking to allow consumers to mouse on virtually any surface, from a granite kitchen countertop to the living room carpet.