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Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000  (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000  (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft's new mice continue its trend of long, horrible product names

Microsoft today announced a pair of new computer mice for desktop computers. The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 is a rechargeable mouse that charges on a horizontal charge station. Power for the mouse comes from a single rechargeable AAA battery good for three weeks of use on one full charge.

Wireless connectivity for the mouse is via 2.4GHz technology providing a range of 30 feet from the receiver. Sensitivity for the mouse is low by gamer standards at 1,000 dpi, but higher than typical mouse fare at 800 dpi. The Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 features one-touch access to Vista’s Flip 3D feature and has a magnifier button for enlarging onscreen text. Pricing for the Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 is $69.95 and the mouse will be available in March 2008.

The second mouse introduced by Microsoft today is the Wireless Laser Mouse 6000. This mouse is sized like a desktop mouse but features a snap in transceiver more commonly found on notebook mice making for easy portability. This would make the Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 a good option for notebook users who like a full size mouse.

Sensitivity for the 6000 is 1,000 dpi and the mouse uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology for connectivity. Wireless range is up to 30 feet. The mouse is rechargeable and has LEDs on the mouse body to indicate charge level. Rounding out the features is one touch access to Flip 3D, a tilt wheel and a magnifier. The Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 will be available in March 2008 for $49.95.

Last summer, Microsoft announced its first in-house designed gaming mouse and revived on old moniker with the SideWinder Mouse.



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Wanted: Bluetooth
By TomZ on 2/5/2008 12:06:54 PM , Rating: 4
What I really want in a mobile/laptop mouse is Bluetooth, so that I can finally pitch the USB dongle and use my built-in Bluetooth radio.

And by "Bluetooth," I mean an implementation that works, intead of the various existing Bluetooth mice where users typically have complaints of connection drop-outs.




RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By Mudvillager on 2/5/2008 12:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
MX Revolution Bluetooth has been cleared by FCC according to Engadget:
http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/31/logitechs-mx-re...


RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By Shane McGlaun (blog) on 2/5/2008 1:25:56 PM , Rating: 2
Folks at Logitech said at CES that the only place to get the Revolution mouse in Bluetooth was the MX5500 wireless desktop. I would assume the FCC clearance just getting posted was why the Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution is still on pre-order. Unless they do an about face if you want that Revolution mouse in Bluetooth get the desktop, its pretty good if you can work without a high sensitivity mouse.


RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By rudy on 2/6/2008 3:50:57 AM , Rating: 2
All blue tooth laptop mice I have seen so far have connection problems. This is why I have yet to purchase one and probably why many good mice do not come bluetooth. There appears to be some trouble getting it to work well.


RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By qwertyz on 2/6/2008 1:33:02 PM , Rating: 1
I'm actually using my mouse on 2000 DPI and still is not enough maybe 4000 DPI would do the job right.


RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By ImSpartacus on 2/5/2008 12:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I have been wondering why I don't hear more about notebook blue tooth mice. It would be nice too, but its just so much simpler to just plug the damn dongle in, I honestly don't think many people would like to screw with connecting wirelessly.


RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By zolo111 on 2/5/2008 1:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
I've had my Logitech V270 BT mouse for almost 2 years now with no complaints. I still use it, after I sold my dell 9400 laptop six months ago, for my HTPC and the range is just fantastic. I can control the PC from accross walls and stuff.


RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By Shane McGlaun (blog) on 2/5/2008 1:30:31 PM , Rating: 2
I know what you mean, every time my notebook went to sleep with the MS Bluetooth mouse I have I had to repair the two. I use a Razer Pro solutions Bluetooth mouse and it just plain works, connection never drops even after reboots or months with the notebook turned off.

On another note, is it just me or does it seem like all of Microsoft's non gaming mice have names that should be sung to the tune of Mystery Science Theater 3000?


RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By iwod on 2/5/2008 9:20:55 PM , Rating: 2
The reason for lack of Bluetooth Input is because they are more power hungry.

Bluetooth 2.1 was suppose to solve this problem. But none of the current Mac or Laptop support Bluetooth 2.1 yet


RE: Wanted: Bluetooth
By Omega215D on 2/6/2008 1:52:20 AM , Rating: 2
You still want to use a mouse.... how quaint ;)


Larger Please
By Mitch101 on 2/5/2008 2:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
I wish someone would make a larger mouse or at least make a mouse shell and let me transfer over the electronics to the shell. If its too big to be called a mouse let it be called a rat then. New York sewer size please.




RE: Larger Please
By DarkElfa on 2/5/2008 2:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft needs to add recharging and more buttons.


RE: Larger Please
By Mitch101 on 2/5/2008 3:00:33 PM , Rating: 3
For my wireless mice I havent had much problems with battery life but I still prefer a corded mouse. Especially since high end ones should be scanned quite frequently.


RE: Larger Please
By TomZ on 2/5/2008 3:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Microsoft needs to add recharging and more buttons.

Did you read the article?

The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 is a rechargeable mouse that charges on a horizontal charge station. Power for the mouse comes from a single rechargeable AAA battery good for three weeks of use on one full charge.


RE: Larger Please
By Chadder007 on 2/5/2008 4:47:31 PM , Rating: 2
Werd
Recharging Docking Station FTW!


Pretty Nice
By Operandi on 2/5/2008 12:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
I prefer MS mice for their simplified design (no 25 button mice for me) and driver functionality. Currently I'm using the corded Laster Mouse 6000 it's nice but not without it's faults. A corded version of one of these would be nice.




RE: Pretty Nice
By HackSacken on 2/5/2008 12:56:03 PM , Rating: 2
The sleek and clean design attracts me as well. I have a keyboard to be overloaded with when it comes with extra buttons. :P


RE: Pretty Nice
By BladeVenom on 2/5/2008 1:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
I prefer the shape and feel of the current Logitech mice. Those mice in the picture just don't look like they'd be very comfortable.


RE: Pretty Nice
By iSOBigD on 2/5/2008 6:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on that one, but maybe I'm just too used to that shape. I also really don't mind the 800 dpi. Honestly, it's more than enough for the majority of people, even gamers. I have no trouble even with 200dpi when playing online FPS games competitively.


Wireless Mice = Fail
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 2/5/2008 12:49:07 PM , Rating: 1
Wireless Mice can't play twitch games. Need wired versions. :(




RE: Wireless Mice = Fail
By archcommus on 2/5/2008 1:56:45 PM , Rating: 2
I love my wireless MS IntelliMouse from 2001 ( http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YWP023NXL.... ), it has the best shape and feel of any mouse I've owned really, better than my current MX510, but it was my first and only wireless mouse and I learned from it that wireless is pretty pointless unless you're a notebook user. I mean really, the keyboard and mouse pretty much stay in the same spot all the time, so if the cord reaches the computer okay what's the problem with it? I don't know why people want wireless for desktops, it's just another device that requires batteries or a wall outlet.


RE: Wireless Mice = Fail
By zolo111 on 2/5/2008 2:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you use your mouse on your comfortable couch away from your pc that's connected to a HDTV..


RE: Wireless Mice = Fail
By Blight AC on 2/6/2008 8:31:25 AM , Rating: 2
Good point zolo111. Also, most mouse cords are too short, tend to get snagged on something, have to be routed properly to have slack.

archcommus, just because you don't find a use for them doesn't mean there isn't a valid market for them. It's like adult diapers, just because I don't use them, doesn't mean that there isn't a valid market for them.


Wireless
By stebog on 2/5/2008 12:25:02 PM , Rating: 2
I want a mouse keyboard combo that can co-exist with my wife's Logitech 710 Laser combo.




RE: Wireless
By Nekrik on 2/5/2008 5:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
Just curious, have you had issues mixing Logitech and MS Wireless devices? I have the Logitech Comfort Keyboard Pro with a MX Laser and an MS Natural Wireless Keyboard and mouse combo living happily on the same desk. My biggest annoyance is that I have three different recievers stashed behind my displays.


RE: Wireless
By stebog on 2/6/2008 9:00:40 AM , Rating: 2
What's your secret? I have a closet full of MS Intellimice, mouse, meese, whatever and can't get them to not fight with her Logitech combo. I even engaged SecureConnect mentioned in a Logitech KB and it didn't help. They fight over channels all the time. Both computers sit on the same desk, mouse and keyboards about 4 feet from each other. Wired keyboard, no problem but I miss my wireless mouse.


Logitech MX1000
By Blight AC on 2/6/2008 8:52:10 AM , Rating: 2
Hrmm.. not going to replace the most perfect mouse ever made... well, IMO. The Logitech MX1000 is the best mouse I've ever owned.
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_pointers/mi...

Everything about the MX1000 mouse is perfect for my needs, the side button placement, on a rocker, is superb, easy to determine which button my thumb is over, and tactile feel is perfect. The automatic scroll rocker around the mouse wheel is the best quick scroll that I've used on a mouse. It has side scrolling too, which is useful, even if on rare occasions, but I do miss it when I go to work. Also, 3 LED lights for battery level is fantastic, and finally, the design is pretty attractive too. Battery life is pretty good as well, it'll last a full weekend of heavy gaming. I haven't seen another mouse since that puts all of that together.




RE: Logitech MX1000
By masteraleph on 2/6/2008 5:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
Amen. It's absotluely wonderful and far superior to the MX Revolution, which supposedly replaced it.

It does occasionally have charging problems, and after a while you'll note the need to get it into the charger *juuuuust right*....but that's the only big issue with this great little mouse.


RE: Logitech MX1000
By Blight AC on 2/11/2008 11:28:01 AM , Rating: 2
There is the problem with the charger, but I find taking an eraser to clean up the contacts on the bottom of the mouse helps it for a while.


Yikes.
By PAPutzback on 2/5/2008 12:26:13 PM , Rating: 2
IMO those are hideous.




RE: Yikes.
By FITCamaro on 2/5/2008 1:02:07 PM , Rating: 3
Why because they look like a mouse? They look fine for the audience they're targeting. Business professionals or a home user. Those people don't need a fancy mouse. Just something simple that works well.


Picture
By fuser197 on 2/5/2008 12:44:04 PM , Rating: 2
The picture for this post is awesome.

For some reason I always have to adjust down the sensitivity of Logitech's mouse, while MS's mice would always be perfect everytime, hence my preference of MS mice.




RE: Picture
By murphyslabrat on 2/5/2008 2:07:01 PM , Rating: 3
Or, it could be that you aren't part of the gamer elite, who prefer their sensitivities measured in kDPI's. Yeah, I know what you mean. FYI, wall-mart carries 1,000 DPI corded mice for $10. They don't have tilt-wheels or special-function buttons, but they work fine.


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