Review: Microsoft Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000

Just recently Microsoft decided to throw out a new revision of their wireless laptop mouse. I had the chance to try out their new version called the Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000 – although it sounds like a b-movie title or a Ron-Co product, this mouse means business. While not a dpi-giant like some of those 2000+ dpi gaming mice, the 6000 sports a solid grand in the dots department; more than enough to get your laptop experience on. And it gets it all done using one of those new-fangled invisible lasers (no more blinding red lights), though I still wouldn’t recommend resting it on your eye socket.

But of course, as long as the mouse tracks smoothly it shouldn’t even matter how many dpi it has or what kind of laser it uses since it’s intended for the laptop market.

What makes this mouse so laptop friendly? Well for one thing, it’s small; I’m talking probably 30% smaller than your average mouse. Another reason is that, although not linked up by Bluetooth, the proprietary USB connecter for the wireless connection stores inside the mouse when being transported or not in use. That’s handy. And to top it all off, the power consumption is very good. Using only 1 AA battery and running the most up-to-date power-saving features you can expect quite a run until you have to go and replace the cell.

In the packaging you’ll find the 6000 itself, the wireless adapter, 1 AA battery, and a driver disk. The disk in question is the latest version of the IntelliPoint software (v5.4), with it the mouse enables you to take advantage of some new features.

Apart from the standard 2 mouse buttons plus a scroll wheel (in this case, a tilt-wheel), there is a small button on the left hand side of the mouse. Most of the time this button would be used for the “back” action, but with the default driver installation this button activates the magnify function. Think the accessibility option in Windows XP that magnifies a part of your screen… but this time with more customization, all controlled by mouse movements. Quite handy if you happen to be one with vision that might not be all that it could. If not though, it’s not exactly the most “must have” feature you’d want mapped to the button, but it’s easily changed.

Going back to the main mouse buttons (as I said 2 of them), they’re integrated right into the body of the mouse and can be quite tricky to depress if you’re not positioned correctly on the mouse. This is definitely a problem with a mouse so small, as it can easily get lost in your hand. If you can get over that hurdle though, they work quite swimmingly, as does the tilt-wheel.

If you’re of the “big hands” persuasion, this mouse might be just a bit too dainty for you, with the buttons a bit too difficult to mange, and the tilt-wheel a little too tiny to get a grip on (especially when tilting sideways). So yes, it’s small, but that’s sorta the point. So if you accept that fact, you can’t really beat the smoothness combined with portability that this mouse offers you. And at only around 50 bucks (CAD) it sure beats most of the Bluetooth mice out there.

Pros
Small and easily portable
Great battery life
Looks pretty slick

Cons
Maybe TOO small
Buttons are kinda finniky


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