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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but some serious problems, 19 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000 (Accessory)
Having used the Wireless Mouse 5000 for a couple of weeks now I have a few observations. First, the good points. The mouse is well made, comfortable to use with either hand, and looks suitably businesslike. It installed instantly with Windows 7, and for the most part operates smoothly. It the BlueTrack technology does work well on a wide variety of surfaces, although unsurprisingly it doesn't work on clear glass if there's nothing underneath it.

Unfortunately I have also encountered a couple of problems. The range of the wireless connection seems to be very limited. I initially plugged the dongle into a USB port on the back of my PC, which is beside my desk no more than three feet from the mouse's usual position. Even at this short distance I found that the mouse pointer would frequently freeze for a second as it lost and regained connection. I plugged the dongle into a USB extension cable, enabling me to position it much closer to the mouse, and this seems to have solved the problem. Of course this may be a problem with radio interference, but even so I'd have expected better performance.

A more serious issue is the "smooth scroll" feature. This refused to work properly with several popular programs, including Fallout 3, the latest version of Mozilla Firefox and Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro. Even adding these titles to the list of programs in the mouse driver interface didn't help. The file browser in PSPP goes nuts if I try to scroll through files, jumping to the top of the window and then shaking rapidly up and down. Unfortunately there's no option to turn off the smooth scrolling feature, so there seems to be no real remedy for this problem. The only option is to turn the scroll sensitivity right down, which makes scrolling through long documents very tedious. Also, the smooth non-clicky scroll wheel itself is far too loose and sensitive, and documents frequently scroll up or down by a few lines even when nobody is touching the mouse.

In conclusion, I wish I'd bought a Logitech instead.

UPDATE: After a couple of month's use, the rubber tyre on the scroll wheel started to perish and became so loose and sticky that it became impossible to use, as well as extremely unpleasant to touch. I've binned it and bought a Logitech instead, which is much better and considerably cheaper.
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