Microsoft Touch Mouse

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Reviewed by JamesHD720 (Currently owns)

Aesthetically speaking, this mouse is gorgeous. Very simplistic with a very nice matte finish. The touch area not only gives this mouse additional functionality but also gives it uniqueness with the "X's" dotting the surface. There's a little bit of gloss finish on either side of the mouse. Personally, I'm not a fan of glossy devices I have to handle regularly; That was my one complain with the Arc Touch. However, it's just enough to give this mouse character without being a finger-print magnet. Physically, this mouse feels very solid. A little heavy, but feels very well built. It's also very comfortable and has about the right high, even for someone who use large/long hands like myself.

At first I was skeptical about how well the touch functionality worked. Most reviews I've seen are either "love it" or "hate it." But, after using it for a while and getting use to it, the touch functionality works very well (as it should as it's the main selling point of this device.) Touch is responsive and most gestures cut down on the amount of mouse movement the user has to make. My favorite is the two-finger left and right swipe for Aero-Snap. The "Expose" three-finger swipe is a little gimmicky, but it works fine nonetheless if you're into that type of thing.

At first, I had a little issue with right-clicking. It felt very much like Apple's Magic Mouse, being a single button. You cannot have your index finger on the touch area while using your middle or ring finger to right-click or else it won't register. Eventually, I got over that and I think most people who use this device for at least a day will get it.

Finally, scrolling is fantastic; Very fluid and responsive. In fact, I'd say this mouse has better scrolling support than most laptop track pad. The only thing that would make this mouse complete is pinch-zoom functionality. I do miss "middle-click" with a mouse wheel at times however, it's only a small tradeoff.

At the very least, I'd recommend people try this mouse. Some just don't like touch-control and I get that. Just as a mouse though, this thing is solid. Overall, compared to the Magic Mouse, this mouse is pretty good competition (for the Windows side of things.)

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