Microsoft Natural Laser Mouse 6000 Review


Microsoft knows mice

Microsoft has been making quality mice for about as long as there have been personal computers (well, actually it was back in the time when 386s were brand new, and Windows 3.0 had just shipped, but I digress). Back then the simple and humble mouse sported two buttons, a nice big rubber mouse ball, and a 9600 baud serial interface, and were primarially used solely for CAD and business computing with graphic interfaces. At the time any mouse was just as good as any other mouse, and they were all horrible by today’s standards. As the mouse started to catch on, various manufacturers thought of new and innovative ways to make the humble rodent more responsive and ergonomic.

Flash forward to today, and Microsoft still makes some of the most innovative input devices available. Their latest product is an attempt to be so ergonomic that it is the missing link from the underside of your hand. This mouse is one of the curviest mice ever developed, and is so different that people will either like it or hate it. We take this mouse out on the virtual town to see how it stacks up.

MS Natural Mouse 6000 Features & SpecificationsThis mouse is designed to conform to your hand in its most relaxed position. Breakthrough ergonomic design, the tilted, elevated hand position is designed to reduce pressure on the carpal tunnel and wrist.

Revolutionary Ergonomic Design Soft-touch materials and an ergonomic design fit your hand as naturally as a handshake.
Instant Viewer Too many open items on your desktop? Click the scroll wheel button to instantly display your open windows, then point and click to select.
4-Way Scrolling Scroll four ways for greater efficiency and comfort with Tilt Wheel Technology.
Magnifier Point and click to enlarge and edit detail using the Magnifier*
Battery Life Indicator You won’t get caught with a dead battery—the Battery Status LED Indicator glows red when the battery is running low.
High Definition Laser Technology Microsoft® High Definition Laser Mouse products are more precise, more responsive, and deliver smoother tracking.
Customizable Buttons Get quick access to the media, programs, and files you use most often with customizable buttons.
Wireless Freedom Give yourself room to move—wireless mouse and keyboard products let you work without worrying about tangled wires.
Five Customizable Buttons This mouse has five buttons that can be programmed to do a variety of functions.

* The Magnifier is not compatible with Direct3D® API in full screen mode, media players, OpenGL, and Layered Windows. If you are using Mac OS X, the Magnifier enlarges text and images on the entire screen.