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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 review

Ardjuna Seghers



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Review Price £19.82

Let's face it, however ingenious touchpads may have become, offering multi-touch, dedicated scroll zones and various other niceties, there's little that beats the good old mouse for moving a cursor around a screen. One such peripheral for those who want the comfort of a mouse while on the move is Microsoft's new Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000.

One factor that immediately differentiates the Mobile Mouse 6000 from the legion of other 'portable' mice on the market is that it uses Microsoft's BlueTrack sensor technology. Not to be confused with Bluetooth (a wireless transmission standard), BlueTrack purports to combine laser's accuracy with a large degree of surface independence - a claim we found to be true when we looked at Microsoft's revamped Explorer Mouse. In other words, the Mobile 6000 will work as well on granite as on woolly carpet, both scenarios where a laser mouse wouldn't cope.

Inside the package you'll find the mouse, a single AA battery, a CD with Microsoft's IntelliPoint software for both Mac and PC and a colour quick-start guide that clearly illustrates all you need to know.

Also included is the impossibly small pre-paired 2.4GHz RF dongle, which seems even smaller than the already miniscule effort that came with Logitech's V550 Nano Cordless Notebook Mouse. We're glad to see Microsoft catching up here.

In fact, it has surpassed Logitech in its storage implementation of the dongle: the Mobile 6000 features a spring-loaded hatch at its bottom into which you insert the dongle for transport, pressing an easily-accessible button beside it to pop it back out again. This is certainly a lot smoother than with the V550 Nano, where you had to dismantle the mouse to store and retrieve its dongle. One niggle is that - unlike with Logitech's peripheral - inserting the dongle doesn't automatically turn the mouse off, so if you don't remember to utilise the tiny on/off switch it will continue draining the battery. Still, with a claimed battery life of 10 months' constant use, it's not a big issue.

Getting onto the mouse itself, it's a very compact and light unit, weighing only 90 grams with the battery installed. Though its lack of heft does make it feel a little flimsy (especially compared to the V550 Nano's 120 grams), added weight to carry around is never a good thing.

We're less pleased about the finish for the main part of the mouse. Microsoft has gone for piano black here, which while looking great is as prone as always to fingerprints, dust and scratches - even more of an issue since the Mobile 6000 doesn't come with a carry pouch like Logitech's VX Nano or Gyration's Air Mouse.

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July 23, 2009, 12:18 pm

They should of made it rechargeable via usb cable


July 23, 2009, 2:21 pm


Indeed. Unfortunately, right now the mouse with Logitech's Wave Pro {http://www.trustedreviews.com/...} or Razer's Mamba {http://www.trustedreviews.com/...} are some of the few mice that have this feature.


July 23, 2009, 9:32 pm

Oh come on! What's the range of the mouse? Precision, range and battery are the main points! Why oh why these get so frequently overlooked?..


July 23, 2009, 11:46 pm

range on a laptop mouse?


July 24, 2009, 1:03 am

you only use your laptop on your laps?


July 24, 2009, 8:54 pm


I believe precision (just follow the Explorer link in the article - it's BlueTrack and therefore nearly always precise) and battery life ARE covered, but though I'm not sure it's an issue for most, range is something I should have mentioned: it's about 9-10 metres.

Roger Wilco

January 18, 2010, 9:23 pm

This mouse is great until it malfunctions.

The USB receiver malfunctions and causes sever overheating in the port, rendering the mouse useless.

Many customers appear to have this problem judging from the reviews on various websites.


February 4, 2010, 8:28 am

Yeah.. my mouse just malfunctioned. $50 gone..


June 17, 2010, 6:47 pm

Indeed - I bought this very mouse thinking that it would be reliable as it was from Microsoft. The product when actually working FANTASTIC. But the receiver overheated in my USB port and stopped working - unfortunately I had mistakenly thrown out my packaging and as mentioned by santhip - $50 gone. Very disappointed. From my experience, this is an issue with these types of micro receivers / transmitters - the problem is not limited to just this product.


September 18, 2013, 12:49 am

Just a junk mouse. Watching a movie and moving mouse over a web page it's impossible for this mouse to do. I have two monitors. Also playing Diablo 3 it's impossible!


September 23, 2013, 2:38 pm

mouse rubber on wheels separated right of the wheel, strange but true,, but you know the good part, phoned Microsoft, and they are sending me a replacement, no problems, I love my Microsoft Products... Awesome thank you Microsoft

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