Microsoft Releases All-Terrain Mice

Posted: May 19 2009, 11:20am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 2:28pm CDT, in Hot Gadgets


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Let's be honest; the track pads on most netbooks suck, and they're a real pain in the butt to use for any significant length of time. That's why portable USB mice are one of the almost-necessary peripherals that comes with any netbook purchase. Unfortunately, wireless mice have their own issues, and it can be a pain to find a surface that they work well on.

That's why Microsoft has unveiled their new series of BlueTrack Technology wireless mice. BlueTrack is a technology that works on optical and laser mice in order to let them work on surfaces that would normally be troublesome. When your mouse has BlueTrack, it will work on granite, carpet, pillows, or even your own belly. I've done it.

Microsoft came out with BlueTrack last fall, and since its release the new technology has won awards from Popular Science and our friends at CNET. Now Microsoft is offering an even wider array of BlueTrack devices. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 (which packs a nano transceiver), the Wireless Mouse 5000 (which is a full-sized, ambidextrous mouse), and the Wireless Desktop 3000, which is a keyboard/mouse combination. The new mice cost $49.95 and $39.95 respectively. The mouse/keyboard combo will set you back $69.95, and just the BlueTrack keyboard costs $39.95.

If you are a frequent netbook user, you can do a lot worse than investing in a BlueTrack device. The only real issue I've had with Microsoft's current BlueTrack models is their size (folding USB mice are much more portable), and the fact that they have a sort of difficult shape to get used to. It's like surfing the Internet with a flat-bottomed pear at first. These new mice are supposed to be 'sleek' and 'portable', so with luck Microsoft's fixed some of the line's earlier issues.

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