Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 review

I use a MacBook Pro on a daily basis, and I prefer to use a mouse than the trackpad. I find most mobile mice too small or too light, and for a while, I used Microsoft’s Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition.

However, for those times where I’m spending several hours at a time in front of the computer, I prefer a mouse that’s bigger than the 3000. I recently gave Microsoft’s new Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 an extended ride, and was impressed.

Measuring 2.4 by 3.8 by 1.7 inches, the 6000 is a little wider and taller than the 3000, which makes a world of difference to me when it comes to comfort. While I didn’t have difficulty using the 3000, I was always conscious of its smallness.

Not so with the 6000. The 6000 carries most of its weight in the middle and bottom of its body, which suited me fine. I didn’t have any tracking problems, and I liked how the mouse felt when moving on most surfaces.

The 6000 uses Microsoft’s BlueTrack Technology, which, according to Microsoft, allows the mouse to be used on almost any surface. My experience with the 6000 was similar to that of another BlueTrack-equipped device, Microsoft’s Explorer Mouse - it worked on a wide variety of surfaces, and I was surprised that the 6000 kept tracking even when used on a glass window.

The few surfaces that prevented the 6000 from tracking - an optical disc, my iPhone screen - aren’t surfaces you’d seriously consider using as an area for your mouse.

As a deal breaker for some users, the 6000 uses a wireless 2.4GHz RF signal, not Bluetooth, and Microsoft doesn’t offer a Bluetooth version of the 6000. Personally, I don’t have a preference. I do find that some Bluetooth mice take a second or two longer to reconnect with my MacBook Pro after waking from sleep, and that RF mice feel like they reconnect instantly, but quibbling over a few seconds is trivial.

I don’t have a problem using a USB RF receiver, which the 6000 requires, and many RF receivers are small like the 6000’s, extending about a quarter of an inch when plugged into a USB port. That’s small enough to leave in my MacBook Pro when not in use. Or you can plug the receiver into the storage port located underneath the mouse.

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