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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, Ergonomic Design, Learning Curve

    Posted
    celiamarie
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The first thing I noticed when I received this product was the beauty and aesthetic of not only the mouse itself, but the box and packaging design. The box is high-quality coated cardboard, covered in beautiful graphics. The package label “Artist Series,” affirms that this product is designed for the more aesthetically minded. The box is hinged, small, and everything fits inside quite ingeniously. The mouse I received is pure-white, decorated with gray scrolling lines reminiscent of the trail a scrolling mouse might create if it had a tiny marker inserted in the bottom of it. The transceiver (plugs into the USB port of your PC) fits conveniently into a spring-loaded slot in the bottom of the mouse when not in use. This is a great design element. Setup was extremely fast and easy. Two Duracell AA batteries come packaged with the mouse. Plug the transceiver into a USB port, turn on the mouse (switch is on the bottom), and drivers are installed in less than a minute. The shape and form of the mouse is a bit different than any I’ve used before. Its design is more ergonomic, that is, shaped in a way that one’s hand conforms more naturally to it. Instead of my fingers arching up and over the top of the mouse (with my 2nd and 3rd fingers resting on the left and right), I found my hand and fingers extending forward so that my fingers were not bent or arched, but resting fully extended over a surface that is smooth (no indentations for fingers) and without a scroll wheel. The feeling was a bit strange at first, and I didn’t care for it for the first few times I used it. However, I’m finding myself warming up to it the more I use it. Left and right clicks work as with any mouse. What is different with the Microsoft mouse is that it is a Touch Mouse – it responds to sweeping movements of the fingers on the top and thumb on the side of the mouse. I don’t usually find a need for instruction manuals with a mouse, but found one page invaluable in this case: The graphics and text which explain how to use the gestures. Here’s a quick list of sweeping gestures: • 1 Finger sweep is used to scroll and pan by sweeping one finger in any direction. To scroll quickly, flick in any direction. • 1 Thumb gesture (above the line on the sides of the mouse) right = Go forward; left = Go back. (I found this a bit awkward). • 2 Fingers sweeps: forward = maximize a window. Back = Minimize or restore a window. Right = Snap or unsnap a window. Left = Snap or unsnap a window. • Sweep all 3 fingers at once: Forward = Show all open windows. Back = Show desktop (I liked using this feature.) I’m using the mouse now as I type this review, and the more I use it, the easier it becomes, and the more I am enjoying it. My hand more naturally wraps around it. PROS: Aesthetically pleasing (Artist Series) Ergonomically designed to fit the human hand Very easy set up Transceiver fits inside bottom of mouse for storage and portability Beautifully packaged CONS: Learning curve – gestures and finger sweeps, sensitivity of touch Price Conclusion: After using the Microsoft Touch Mouse for a couple of days now, I am finding it more comfortable, and am adapting to using finger sweeps and flicks (along with the accustomed left-, right- and double-clicks) instead of a scroll wheel. I’m a dedicated mouse user, as I find using a touchpad awkward and time consuming. I like it well enough, but at $59.99 (today’s Bestbuy.com price) I can’t find a good reason to spend that much money on a mouse. I may be overlooking some application that this mouse may be just perfect for, but for everyday web browsing and office applications, I’ll have to stick to my under-$15 Logitech wireless.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Almost a great mouse, but 2 big problems end that.

    Posted
    rippie
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    OH, MICROSOFT ALMOST gets mouses, mice, meeses right. Unfortunately, they are never quite there. Sadly, this is no exception, and two serious problems (for me) very negatively affect my enjoyment and use of this mouse, with a couple of annoying minor ones acting as the icing on the cake. First, the good stuff: This mouse does track on anything, well... except water and air! It uses a blue led and an infrared laser to function, though you see none of that when using the mouse. Slick or matte surfaces are no problem, and a sheet of glass is fine, too. Yay. It tracks on anything, as advertised, and for under a hundred bucks. It is kinda cool looking. This version is the limited white artists signature series version by Deanne Cheuk, and it's cool. I'm worried that, since it's painted on, the finish, which is grippy, not slick, will wear off over time, revealing a simple white mouse over time... and we all know that white computer hand-operated peripherals get really dirty and grimy looking over time. I've been using this now for about a week and a half, and it's not getting gross yet, but I also was my hands fairly often and try not to handle my mouse around food. Instead of four little tiny teflon/nylon sliders on it, like MANY meeses out there, this has to long bars, one front, one rear, so it's not too slippy and doesn't feel wobbly like many others can. I also expect that the chanced of these bigger pads coming off is a lot less than with the little ones. This mouse is very configurable and intended for Windows 7 (and presumably will be forward compatible with Win8, shortly, already in preview online) and includes automatic driver installation (you MUST be online when you first plug this into your WINDOWS 7 PC. I won't pretend that this will work at all on Vista or earlier, so if you haven't upgraded to Win7, don't order this mouse. The installation was a SNAP, but was preceded by a disappointing problem, which seemed odd, since this was a new package: the metal sleeve on the teenie-tiny RF dongle (a button that inserts in a USB 2 or 1 slot) was damaged and off the dongle. I repaired it and it's fine now, but this needs to be addressed, and I see that someone else had this problem. If you want to take this mouse with you, by the way, there is a handy little slot to push this into under the mouse and you can turn the mouse totally OFF by sliding a little cover over the optical window, protecting the lenses, too, in your briefcase/backpack/pocket. That is nice. This way, you can use this on any WEB-CONNECTED WIN7 PC you wish to do so. The mouse has a nice solid feel. First thing you notice is there is only one switch. What???? Yes. First configuration question is whether you want to set the mouse for right or left handed use. It is completely symmetrical. It must have some form of capacitive lining under the shell to do what it does. There is a central "split" line etched into the shell front to back, midway, to let you know left from right side. More on this later. It senses where your finger tip is and how many fingers are on the surface, and what they are doing: clicking or sliding (gesturing, like on a touchpad). This allows you to have a well thought out set of gestures that the software runs you through a tutorial to teach you how they work (which just takes a little practice, not rocket surgery) or you can alter some to do other things. All the stuff you expect to be able to do is there with some nice touches. You can do flicking, dragging, flick and float with abrupt stops, rock back and forth or up and down and all that's just with one finger moving a page around or scrolling. You can also throw one page or everything off to one side or the other, or obtain an iTunes-like booklet of all open pages/docs to flip through to find what you need to open back fully. You can stash everything in the sidebar and then snap it all back open, and bunches more stuff. The gesture functionality is very nice... BUT, and there's always a funky "but," isn't there... I use a computer for hours at a time. I'm not a gamer. Good thing, too. This mouse would be horrible for gaming, thanks to its lesser problems and one big one. I'm a big guy. I'm 6-2 and have reasonably big hands. Not huge, but bigger than most. I like to rest my hand completely on a mouse and have it make my hand cup around it, leaving my fingers relaxed and on the buttons. No can do with this one. Two problems: first, the height of the mouse is insufficient to allow me to get any support and put my fingers where they belong... second is the capacitive functionality: you cannot be touching the mouse with the fingers you intend not to use for that instant. For example, if you want to scroll, you slide your middle finger in the center as if over a wheel, but may leave you index finger in place over the button on a regular mouse. Not on this one. It won't know what you're doing. Other functions get similarly confused as your computer tries to figure out what you were actually trying to do. So, if you hover over your mouse not touching it much, this may be pretty okay, but the more relaxed you get, the more mistakes you may make. The big thing that bugs me is that I do a LOT of right-clicking to open new tabs, copy/paste, etc. Sometimes this mouse mistakes a properly executed right-click as a left click, a few times in a row, opening something directly instead of giving you the menu, and then gets it right. NOT cool. This has also made some photo editing a bit of a problem, causing undos a few times. I'm a photographer, so that bugs me. I've had other incidental and unintended gestures happen, too. Sometimes, too, the tracking gets chuggy or jittery. I thought that MS had finally fixed that problem. I guess not. MS have long had a problem with switches in their meeses not lasting long. Comfortable as their other meeses are, having to keep restoring switches is a pain, and tossing a perfectly good mouse because of one 8 cent part really bugs me. This mouse comes with a new feature, presumably to address that problem: a THREE YEAR WARRANTY. Perhaps they finally got that message, and getting back a heap of 2 year old meeses because of a bad switch under warranty is probably not what they are expecting to have happen. The packaging is nice, it looks cool, should fit hands smaller than mine much better. It's not as full feeling as the Mouse 5000 Desk is, for example. It does a bunch of stuff, is configurable and for someone who does not rest his or her hand on it, should be really worth looking at. For me, it needs a couple of things fixed up to be what I was hoping it would be, despite the good looks. I've enjoyed it less and less each day because the problems, while they may be as a result of how I use meeses, really do affect my ability to work, and thinking about whether I'm using my mouse "properly" or not just doesn't seem to be a good thing. For some people, yes, I'd recommend this. For others, noooo. Make sure you can live with this for a week or so to be sure you want to keep it without penalty if you want to try one. The gee-whiz factor at the start will very possibly wear off quickly for some folks and for others... it's a great thing! So, I would recommend this conditionally: if your hands are smaller than mine, if you don't lay your fingers on the front of the mouse all the time and if you are not a gamer. When it's behaving, it's very nice, but the right-click issue is just too much for me to accept on a constant basis for myself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A mouse with a mind for management

    Posted
    QuietBunny
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    When I use the Microsoft Touch Mouse, I definitely think about all of the Apple mice that I've used in the past, especially in this white configuration. The texture is the first thing that Microsoft changed, with mixed results. The touch sensitive surface is textured differently from the rest of the mouse, allowing you to immediately determine what surface you should be swiping on but it always feels dirty (for lack of a better word), like your mouse has a grime on it that you can't clean off. I'd have appreciated a rubberized texture instead. The gesturing system is fairly intuitive. Scrolling in most applications was pretty easy, as long at the program wasn't lagging. Once of the nice things about having a scroll wheel is that you know exactly how far to go. The sensitivity of the mouse doesn't quite give you an exact idea of where you should be scrolling and how so sometimes you'll overzoom or overscroll. During web browsing, the thumb flick controls were fantastic, it was intuitive and natural to just flip between pages. Other gestures were helpful. I made sure to use this mouse while I was doing some webdesign work and photo editing. I was really impressed with how easy it was to flip windows across the screen and when you're working with multiple applications, flicking three fingers up brings up an interface similar to Apple's Expose. My large hands made some of the gestures a little difficult but once I got used to exactly how much input the mouse required, I felt like my productivity benefited from the features. Microsoft provides a software suite on their website for the mouse. While the mouse's drivers and basic features work out of the box, to get full gesture support, you'll need to install this software, downloadable from their website. I did have a couple of issues with the software, namely it being completely incompatible with the touchpad drivers on my Asus G73 laptop and changing the DPI/movement relationship on my Cyborg R.A.T. 7 mouse. Mouse movement was fine and controllable but it really would have been nice to see a DPI adjustment feature/gesture. I feel like this was a big missed opportunity. I did encounter a few issues with the mouse's features not working because the Microsoft Mouse software suite wasn't running, requiring me to launch the mouse configuration. The USB receiver is tiny it's very low profile and comes with an extension cable. I never encountered any issues with distance, however, and I can't imagine why you'd need to use the extension. The mouse was working very responsively at around 20 feet away in testing, with some perceived lag issues when I pushed it around 30. The receiver also stores neatly under the mouse, in a covert, spring-loaded slot. From an ergonomics standpoint, I couldn't get behind the touch mouse. The design seems counter-intuitive to me because I have large hands. The mouse has a large hump but the front end slows down entirely too low. I believe this is supposed to make the surface used for gesturing more available but it simply made it more uncomfortable for me. Also uncomfortable was what I would have to do to get a right mouse click out of this mouse. You cannot touch the left side of the touch surface at all while right clicking because the entire surface of the mouse is a button (you could click with your palm, if you so chose). This also means that you can't right click and hold and then left click. Or left click and hold and then right click. This is a huge design flaw for most of these touch mice but there's really no excuse for it. With that in mind, I could only recommend this mouse to someone who's going to juggle a lot of applications, especially if you're limited to one or two monitors. The gestures are intuitive and really made me feel like I'd made improvements in productivity while I was using them. If you can get past the atrocious 7-10 day battery life (or learn to switch the mouse off when you're not using it, which I am incapable of doing), you'll find a fantastic, and I guess very portable, productivity tool. In every other application, I say pass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well built mouse, especially for multitaskers

    Posted
    TheDream
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    Let me get one thing out of the way first. This is NOT a gaming mouse. If you are looking for a gaming mouse Razer and Logitech (as well as Microsoft themselves) have better options. That said.... nice job Microsoft. The Touch mouse combines the use of a traditional mouse with some of the cool features of a laptop touchpad. It takes a few minutes to learn the gestures, but overall is a great way to navigate Windows 7 (and dare I say, adds an Apple-like experience to Windows). It's not perfect by any means as there are a few quirks. The touch controls work better for those of you who "palm" the mouse, rather than hold it near the bottom. Here are how the gestures work: -3 finger scroll up or down- "Windows" all of your open programs so that you can see everything you have open. This allows you to quickly pick between them -2 finger scroll up or down- This will minimize, "window", or maximize the currently open program -2 finger scroll left or right- "Snap" freezes the window on the left half or right half of the screen. GREAT if you want two documents open at a time. -1 finger- scrolls up and down (or left and right) inside the window that you have open. -Thumb swipe- go back or forward in a web browser Yes the mouse does work with Windows 8 and is quite useful both in the Metro view and traditional Windows. Also it should be mentioned that the mouse will work with both left and right handed configurations. Pros: -Excellent build quality and has a heavy feel. The design on white version is a bit on the feminine side, but it's not boring (but they also offer a black model). This is the first non gaming mouse I've felt in a long time that just feels expensive. -Gestures are intuitive and work quite well. -Great battery life and tiny USB receiver. It comes with an extension cable if you are using with the desktop and the receiver is too far away. -Excellent packaging. This is a weird pro, but opening up the mouse was a joy since it was packaged like a high-end piece of equipment (which it is at $80!). -Has a spot built in the bottom of the mouse to hold the USB receiver when not in use. Cons/Nitpicks -Pretty expensive at $80 when there are a lot of excellent mice on the market -It's a heavy mouse (which I like, but some people may not) -Two and three finger gestures work well, but the scrolling with one finger is annoying. If you aren't holding the mouse in the right way, it doesn't scroll smoothly. What's wrong with a scroll wheel? -Right click sometimes doesn't work properly if you don't "palm" the mouse -It's not Bluetooth -Not great for gaming simply because there's a lack of buttons. A good gaming mouse needs at least 5 or 6 buttons -The gestures are software driven so if you have an slower computer, they may be a bit sluggish to respond. This wasn't an issue on my i5 laptop. Overall, a very cool mouse especially if you're into the gesture controls. Much better built than the Apple mice. I recommend it, but personally I'll stick to my Microsoft Sidewinder gaming mouse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Great Microsoft Mouse but has Button Problems!

    Posted
    TheDesertRat
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 25 ContributorTop 25 Contributor

    PLEASE READ TO BOTTOM for FINAL REVIEW OUTCOME! The mouse was easy to install. Comes with batteries, button, and instructions, which come up via a tutorial when you plug it into your Windows 7 operating system. They take you step by step through the operations of the mouse, 1 finger swipes, 2 finger operation, and 3 finger operations as well. You can test the mouse and get used to the functions on the tutorial. The mouse is large so is harder to use with smaller hands. This is a blue-track unit, so it worked well on every surface I tried, even on my glass table. In every day use, I found the mouse to be very adaptable. The button-less design takes a little getting used to, but the scroll functions, and left and right clicks work well. There are many things you can do with the 2 and 3 finger swipes across the mouse. If you have large hands, you are going to find those functions harder to perform. I have smaller hands, for a man, and even I had some problems doing the 3 finger-swipes comfortably. The mouse feels solid and is very smooth, although the design is a little 'feminine' in my opinion. The lines design is attractive, but not for everyone. The mouse scroll is the best feature, moving up and down in either a fast or slow motion, and stopping the scroll takes just a touch on the middle of the area where a 'wheel' used to be. The software is installed when it is plugged in, so you can go into the Control Manager and change the clicks and scrolls to perform many tasks, from changing screen size, resolution, and page movement to opening and closing windows when you have multiple screens open. You can also review the tutorial at any time, which I had to do to remember all the functions the mouse performs. All in all, if you like the Mac Mouse and the way it behaves, you will enjoy this unit as well. Microsoft has given it a solid feel, functionality, and great looks for a good price. And Microsoft mice are the best on the market when it comes to reliability and durability. BEWARE! When trying to remove the button from the USB port, it would not come out. I had to destroy the button to remove it from my USB port, which rendered the mouse USELESS. I had the same problem a few years back with another Microsoft Mouse I had purchased new. It damaged my computer, but the port still works. The mouse has to be returned. Microsoft needs to design their buttons more like Logitech, which are firm but easy to remove every time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A learning curve.

    Posted
    stevor
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    If I’m honest, I found this mouse a bit of a clunky challenge at first, in many respects. Even the packaging fits that description, a bit heavy handed to deal with, although it looked like a conscious effort to package for strong protection. From a look and design standpoint this mouse is very nice albeit a little large, but with the “Artists series” design it looks the part and it feels good in the hand but it seems slightly oversized to me, and this makes some of the multi functional finger movements a bit challenging, and I’m a male with hands in the average size range. Considering that it’s these very finger movements that drive its main functionality, this may become a frustration for some at first. I think it’s a learning curve product in that sense . I also struggled with the USB plug when trying to slot it into the USB port of my PC. I couldn’t tell you why, it just wouldn’t slot in easily, it took many attempts and it just seemed poorly shaped or sized, or something? It did finally slot in after much encouraging and under breath language, but I’ve never experienced that effort on any other USB device when simply connecting a USB plug. Perhaps this is a minor design or engineering miss-step from Microsoft? I’ve persevered with the mouse for a few days, it does get better but it’s taken some effort on my part to flatten out the learning curve. I don’t think I’m sold on it overall though. Using a mouse shouldn’t be this challenging, and shouldn’t be a learning experience to this degree. It should be second nature and it doesn’t yet feel that way for me. Some of the movements are just too hit and miss, the scrolling particularly is very frustrating at times. I think this mouse is going to appeal to a small select group of mouse geeks with fast fingers, rather than the masses.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't be my first choice

    Posted
    Michelangelo
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I play a lot of games on my computer that require a separate mouse in order to progress very far in them. When playing games like Collapse or Diner Dash, you won't get very far trying to play with a touchpad, so when this mouse arrived, I was very excited. The first thing I noticed and was very happy about, was the on-board storage for the wireless receiver. I own so many gadgets, 9 out of 10 of which are wireless, and one thing I've noticed is that those tiny receivers are the easiest things to lose, and once they're gone, the product is useless to you for anything other than a paper weight. The reactivity of the mouse is great, which is a necessity for when you're using it to play games. Also, the buffers on the bottom are great, you can use just about anything as a mouse pad, and the mouse glides across it like ice. However, one of the main selling points of the mouse, which is the touch capability, is almost completely useless. I've tried several different things to try and make it work, but it doesn't. I've attributed this problem with the texture of the surface of the mouse. It's gritty, almost like trying to smoothly run your fingers across cement. I've had much better scrolling experiences with the scroll wheel built into the top of most mice. The scrolling I was able to use every once in awhile, but it's not smooth at all. The flicking features, that is supposed to let you move back and forth through browsing, I was never able to successfully try, I've flicked that mouse in every conceivable way, and I never was able to get it to work. All in all, unfortunately, for the price, I would go out and spent half the money on just a regular wireless mouse and save myself the money. The main selling point is basically the problem, it doesn't really work that well.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An OK mouse for casual use

    Posted
    Keyan
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 10 ContributorTop 10 Contributor

    I really wanted to like this mouse, but for my uses it falls short of the mark. For casual users or someone using it in an office it will probably be just fine. The gesture support is nifty, especially the window switcher and being able to minimize all of the windows at once. The USB adapter is small and fits inside of the mouse, creating a compact package for putting in a laptop bag which is also handy. For my use with both image editing using Adobe Lightroom and for gaming this mouse falls very short of the mark. Lightroom uses the scrolling feature to increase and decrease the size of the editing burshes and the scrolling senstivity of this mouse combined with it's accleration/smooth scrolling means that it is impossible to get the brushes sized accurately. Overall I found the scrolling support to be fairly inaccurate, it seemed that if I just barely moved my finger it wouldn't register, and then when it finally did it would scroll more quickly than I wanted. For gaming, the mouse is not as responsive or as accurate as others and is certainly not a replacement for a high performance wired mouse. I also wish you could either remap what the gestures do or create your own custom gestures. My biggest issue is that Microsoft did not use a rocker switch, there is only one switch in the mouse to detect that you are clicking it, which means that you have to lift your index finger off of the mouse completely in order to get it to register a right click. This makes the mouse very unnatural to use for me. If you are looking for a mouse for casual use and can get used to it's quirks it does offer some benefits, but for the money I feel that there are better options.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really fun to use

    Posted
    User451

    I've only had it one day but I find it very easy to get used to and the touch features make web and computer use a lot easier. The touch scrolling is the nicest part. You can scroll in a diagonal direction which I have never seen before on a mouse. Also, I found lateral scrolling was always difficult with a wheel-hard to push the wheel sideways. Now you can just slide your finger wherever you want to go on a page. How it works does depend on the program that you're using so not everything will scroll right, left or diagonally but, fortunately, most of the programs where I wanted to use this feature do have it. It is a little slower to respond than a wheel mouse (I think because the mouse software has to interpret what you are doing) but it's not so much that I think of it as a issue. The art mouse design is nice looking and now I need a new mouse pad to make it stand out better. This one calls for something other than YBB-Your Basic Black. Overall I'm really happy with it and liking the ease of doing movements that were more involved on traditional mice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a mouse for serious work or gaming

    Posted
    riechman76
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Looks great - a bit feminine in feel and look. It is meant for surfing and someone who like more of a apple mac type of mouse - refering to the buttons are flat. Not very practical for a road warrior - traveling and working in different locations - not durable and some what trendy and not ergonomic. I rate this lower for the price, not practical, and durablitliy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Gamer's... don't buy.

    Posted
    Geeknerd

    Well it's a great mouse in all but is NOT compatible with games. Well, it is but the scroller zooms way too fast in games. So it's only good for people who do email,word, ect. Plus, you can't click both left and right clicks at the same time. Overall, if you don't play computer games buy it. But if you do, DO NOT.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend