Installed the Microsoft Laser 6000 Wireless mouse this afternoon. It uses a 700 microwatt laser instead of the coloured LED that previous versions of the optical mouse used. This means no more eerie glow. The beam is invisible.
It promises finer tracking. This seems to be the case to some extent but it’s a difficult thing to quantify. If you’ve used an optical mouse previoulsy then you won’t see a dramatic increase in tracking because the optical mice do well in that area anyway. You may notice some improvement however when working with detail in an image editor, at least I did.
The mouse has a steadier and sturdier feel than my Wireless Opitcal 2.0 but that could be because it’s new and just out of the box.
The long main buttons are nice. Easy to click with the most casual grip on the mouse. The two side buttons are used by default for the magnifier and as a BACK button. The button are configurable with the included IntelliPoint software.
I was generally satisfied with my Wireless 2 Optical but the magnifier feature of this new mouse intrigued me. It hasn’t disappointed me. It is triggered by the small side button the mouse. You can resize the magnification window and change the magnification of the window both from the mouse with little effort. It’s a well designed UI and the zoom doesn’t interfere with normal point and click operations.
The zoom button is out of the way enough so that you won’t trigger it accidentaly but convenient enough to turn on and off with little effort. The zoom window is much like a page magnifier that one might use with a book. It’s resizable in all four directions. One changes the magnification amount by holding down the zoom button and rolling the wheel button. The window size is changed by moving the mouse while pressing the zoom button. These both work well and should take only a couple of minutes to get used to.
I’ve attached an image so you can see the magnifier window in a real world situation. Click on the thumbnail image to view it full-sized.
The magnifier feature is handy for reasing small print on web pages, EULAs and your own documents amongst other things, also for zooming in on an area of a graphic. You don’t have to be visually impaired to use and enjoy it. I can see myself using it not only as described above but when I’m tired and could use a bit of a vision boost. I imagine it would be well suited to those with minor visual impairment as well, such as the eldery. The amount of magnification available is impressive.
So far I’m quite pleased with this mouse.