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Thankfully eschewing Bluetooth, Microsoft’s 5000 utilises 2.4GHz RF for excellent reception within a range of around nine metres. The accompanying transceiver is nice and sleek, though it is quite large compared to the miniature dongles found on both Logitech’s and Microsoft’s own notebook mice.
As with most of the company’s desktop mice, including the recent Explorer, the transceiver can be easily slotted into the mouse’s base. Unfortunately the recess is quite shallow meaning the dongle protrudes from the base, but at least it’s held in securely thanks to rubber grips.
Inserting the dongle also automatically switches off the mouse, saving the twin AA batteries – though with Microsoft claiming up to eight months from a pair it’s not a great concern, especially since you can use rechargeable ones. As usual there’s a small green LED below the scroll wheel to warn you when they need replacing.
Last but not least, how does the sensor perform? As we discovered when we looked at the Explorer Mouse, the answer to that question is: very well indeed. On surfaces like your desk or cloth you wouldn’t notice any difference between it and laser, but getting onto more challenging things like marble, thick carpet or even bark, BlueTrack lets you work where no mouse has worked before. It’s still stumped by glass or highly reflective objects, but everything else ought to be navigable.
So what will left-handed owners of marble countertops have to pay to take the 5000 home? How does £23 sound? Affordable as that is, we really do only recommend this mouse unreservedly if you are left-handed or use it on unusual surfaces. Otherwise both of the big players have more comfortable previous-generation laser rodents available, especially if you’re willing to spend a little more. Logitech’s amazing 1100MX, for example, offers superior ergonomics, finish, scrolling and build quality, a three-part battery-indicator, adjustable dpi and more buttons, all for around £33.
In the Wireless BlueTrack Mouse 5000, Microsoft has created a reasonably attractive and fairly comfortable ambidextrous mouse which offers class-leading BlueTrack sensor performance at an excellent price. For south-paws and those who mouse on unusual surfaces it’s a bargain, but thanks to a few ergonomic failings everyone else might wish to check out other mice first.
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