Top positive review
on 5 December 2012
I've used many mouses (?) over the years but Microsoft always seem to produce the best for me. I've used them on both Apple Macs and PCs.
This mouse - the Wireless Mouse 1000 - is my favourite (And I have owned Apple Magic Mouses)
Being essentially wi-fi technology as opposed to the more expensive Bluetooth, doesn't seem to impair performance at all. If fact whereas my Apple mouse would need new batteries every 4-5 weeks, the first set in the Microsoft rodent lasted about a year! This is not an exaggeration, I had to go and dig out the receipt to prove it to myself. OK, they were Duracells and made to last but still a hefty saving on replacements.
Any negatives? Maybe the slightly "coarse" wheel clicks which can make the screen "step" a little too far in scrolling, however don't forget to explore the Control Panel for the Mouse settings where you can make adjustments.
The wireless range is not great. If you have a laptop you'll be fine. A desktop PC with the main unit on the floor and receiver plugged in there might experience drop-outs. I did, so used a USB extension cable to put the dongle on the desk behind the monitor. Works perfectly.
After 18-months of use the plastic has worn smooth in the common places my fingers sit, but in reply to the other comments that the mouse has a cheap feel, I disagree. It's not unnecessarily heavy but has shown no signs of imminent failure. The buttons still work as they should and the Teflon pads underneath are still smooth and have plenty of life left in them.
OK, a long review for a simple item. You can guess I recommend it! :-)