Features & Specifications
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 uses a rechargeable AAA battery and includes a small charging base that you sit the mouse on when it isn’t in use. Connectivity for the mouse is with 2.4GHz wireless technology and the mouse includes a USB receiver good for 30-feet of range.
The mouse uses Microsoft high definition laser technology and features a Flip 3D key and a magnifier. The scroll wheel also features four-way scrolling. The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 uses a right hand only design and has a LED status indicator to let you know when the mouse needs to be charged.
Installation & Use
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 and the Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 share a common design and the only external clue that they are different is the color of the mouse. The 6000 is silver and black and the 7000 is all black with chrome trim. The other differences between the two mice are that eth Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 is rechargeable and the 6000 featured a stowable USB transmitter not found on the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000.
No software or drivers are required for the mouse to operate with Windows Vista. All I had to do was plug the transmitter into a vacant USB port and the mouse was ready to use. Installing the software provides customization options and adds the magnifier and Flip 3D features to the mouse. With the software installed you can also accelerate the pointer, which users accustomed to high sensitivity mice may want to do.
As with the 6000, when you accelerate the mouse pointer with the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 via the software you give up some accuracy for the sake of smaller hand movements. The scroll wheel is smooth scrolling and lacks any click. This makes it easier to scroll long pages by flicking the scroll wheel. However, I found that I hit the scroll wheel often be accident making the page jump around a bit.
On the left side of the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 are the keys bound to forward and back for web surfing by default. As with the 6000, these buttons are positioned very well on the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000. They are easy to reach but out of the way enough that you don’t hit them accidentally. The rechargeable battery on the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 is removable and in a pinch you can use a standard AAA battery that isn’t rechargeable, just don’t sit the mouse on the charge station with a non-rechargeable battery in the mouse.
Overall, accuracy of the mouse is very good with the point set at default speed. You can easily pick certain spots for cropping images in Photoshop, which mice with poor accuracy have a hard time accomplishing.
If you want a wireless mouse for general computer use and don’t mind standard 800 dpi sensitivity, the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 is a good choice. Being able to use a normal AAA battery in a pinch is a nice option and wireless range is good.
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