Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000
Microsoft's latest addition to the world of
peripherals is finally out with their Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 that
boasts a variety of new features for not only comfort and performance
but also new quick charging technologies ensuring faster and less
The mouse itself is powered by Bluetooth
which offers 2.4Ghz which guarantees almost flawless performance.
Microsoft claims that this technology is actually superior than wired
connections which we will soon test.
A battery status indicator flashes when batteries need recharging.
Scroll four ways for greater efficiency and comfort with Tilt Wheel
2.4 GHz Bluetooth®
with First Connect Technology
Connect wirelessly right out of the box with 2.4 GHz Bluetooth®.
Microsoft High Definition Laser Mouse products are more precise,
more responsive, and deliver smoother tracking.
Too many open items on your desktop? Click the scroll wheel button
to instantly display your open windows, then point and click to
You won't get caught with a dead battery—the Battery Status LED
Indicator glows red when the battery is running low.
Get quick access to the media, programs, and files you use most
often with customizable buttons.
Point and click to enlarge and edit detail using the Magnifier*.
The sleek, symmetrical design features an authentic brushed aluminum
that feels as good as it looks.
Give yourself room to move—wireless mouse and keyboard products let
you work without worrying about tangled wires.
This mouse has five buttons that can be programmed to do a variety
The design of the Microsoft Wireless Laser
Mouse 8000 boasts an ergonomic feel with a brushed aluminum design with
all the buttons and wheel purposely yet comfortable placed. Another
selling point of the 8000 is that the mouse is designed for both left
and right-handers, ensuring that both users are catered and needless to
say that I alternate both hands with my mouse, it felt just right. Add
in five mouse buttons and there's little to complain about this item.
Installation? What installation! The mouse
comes with a rechargeable NiMH battery which simply fits into the unit
without any difficulties. Ironically, we did not need to charge the
mouse and the device has a green LED which signifies that the mouse is
charged. When the charge goes down, the batter indicator will flash red
which means it's time to charge the wireless mouse.
Once we plugged in the USB transceiver into
our PC, the mouse automatically worked without any installation of
software. We tested the mouse on both Windows XP and Vista operating
systems without any need for software which was brilliant. Wired versus
Cordless... I think the Wireless Mouse 8000 wins, I could not tell any
performance issues with the mouse and it performed almost on par or
better than wired mice.
For those that want to tweak the mouse, the
8000 comes with Microsoft's IntelliPoint 6.0 Software which allows the
user to define their functions for the buttons on the mouse.
The software also allows you to set a
variety attributes of the mouse such as speed, pointers and wireless
settings by just a click of the mouse. As you can see from the above
screenshot, the interface is extremely user-friendly and quite
When the mouse starts to decline power, you
simply put the unit on the recharging plate which is extremely small
compared to other chargers on the market at the moment and comes with an
AC adapter. Microsoft claim that users will only need to charge the
mouse once a week.
The mouse also comes with Microsoft's
latest optical technology with one of the most accurate lasers on the
market that allows for 6000 frames per second, 1000 dots per inch, .18
CMOS technology and 85 million operations per second which is probably
the most accurate and high performance mouse currently available.
Needless to say, we use quite a variety of design programs and this
mouse was extremely accurate and dare I say it, the most accurate
"mouse" experience that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
We also tested the 8000 with your basic
Windows XP and Vista programs, Adobe Photos and a variety of games such
as Doom 3 and Call of Duty which also added to improved game performance
due to the accuracy of the mouse. Simply put, this mouse is perfect.
In conclusion, the Microsoft Wireless Mouse
8000 is a flawless product that we would recommend to all computer users
and despite the relatively high price, it is one investment worth making.
Good stuff Microsoft!