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Product: Comfort Optical Mouse 3000
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com
Estimated Street Price:
$29.99

Review By: Robert Stein

One of the latest hardware devices coming out of Redmond is all about improving the latest technology, providing superior value while still providing essential functionality to your desktop. This device is just one of the new high-precision mice Microsoft has released this year. Does this mouse live up to its promises? Read on to find out.

  • New! Proprietary High Definition Optical Technology puts ultimate performance in the palm of your hand. Microsoft’s new line of High Definition mice uses technology that is two generations ahead of standard optical and laser mice. These mice are equipped with the exclusive Microsoft Intelligent Tracking System for smoother tracking, 1,000 DPI for more responsiveness and 6,000 FPS for better precision.
  • New! Magnifier tool enlarges any section of the screen, enabling real-time magnified viewing and editing of images, documents, Web sites and more. Simply push the Magnifier button and move the cursor over any portion of the screen you want to enlarge.
  • Ambidextrous grip design provides enhanced comfort in either hand, and the shape of the mouse provides more contact with your hand, so it takes the pressure off and is easy to use.
  • Proprietary mouse Tilt Wheel delivers revolutionary capabilities with four-way scrolling. You can now scroll smoothly vertically and horizontally, and enjoy more control and ease when navigating long Web pages or spreadsheets.
  • Four customizable buttons can be easily changed to perform popular commands with a single touch.

Setup & Installation 

Setup: The installation is quite simple. Just plug in the mouse which requires USB or PS/2 ports. To use the magnifier or to use the advanced functionality, you must install the Microsoft IntelliPoint software (see below).

Microsoft IntelliPoint Software

If you want to customize your mouse, you will have to install IntelliPoint 5.3 (about 60 MB), which requires a restart. To customize your mouse keys, select either "Mouse" for the Control Panel or "Microsoft Mouse" from the program menu. On the buttons tab you can click on the different buttons and reassign the keys to a variety of functions. In this software you can also change your pointers, other pointer options, view which hardware is connected, change scrolling options, and view wireless features. The software is easy to use and is required for advanced functionality of the mouse.

Mouse Design

The mouse has the exact same shape as the other Microsoft Wireless Laser 6000 released this season. The Comfort Optical Mouse 3000 is about 5 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, 2 inches high and weighs just a few ounces. The mouse includes four buttons (two on top, the wheel and one side). One of the new features of the mouse is the magnifier button. This new magnifier allows you to bring an zoom box on the screen in all types of programs. One really cool thing about this feature is if, for example, you use it in Excel, Word, etc. you can edit within the zoom box. This feature is a much improved version of the accessibility magnifier feature within Windows.  The side button (which is red) is meant to be the magnifier, but you can reassign that functionality if you wish. Of course, the mouse has the Tilt Wheel technology included, which allows you to scroll left and right as well as having the additional button. The mouse has a two-tone silver and black color design and is very aesthetically appealing. The top panel is all one piece but still easily retains the two button functionality. The scroll wheel is the standard transparent white. Finally, the cord is black and of ample length. Because the mouse is ambidextrous, both left and right handed users will be able to use it.

 

Microsoft High Definition Optical Technology

Microsoft has provided a well deserved update to an already great optical technology. This product includes the new Microsoft High Definition Optical Technology which aims to improve performance at much higher levels than the previous optical technology. The technology is 6000 frames per second (FPS) - an improvement over the 2500 FPS of most of the previous optical mice. Other technology improvements that have been made include 1000 dots per inch (DPI) resolution (responsiveness), 85 million operations per second (MOPS), .18 CMOS technology (preciseness) and the Microsoft Intelligent Tracking System (smoother tracking). Microsoft optical technologies have been well tested for many years now and work smoothly on most surfaces. It has been broken-in well with previous mice, so you know you won’t have any problem. 
 

Final Comments

How It Grades

Installation: 95%
Performance: 95%
Design: 92%
Price/Value: 99%
Overall: 95.25%

I give kudos to Microsoft for providing such great value for the improved technology and features the Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 3000 includes. The already great optical technology has been vastly improved to be more responsive, more precise, and much smoother. In addition, not only is the magnifier feature great for accessibility reasons, but also allows easy editing of small text, data, etc. Moreover, the mouse has a stylish, and attractive design and provides all the standard features (such as the Tilt Wheel) you have come to expect from Microsoft mice. If you are in the market for a entry-level wired mouse, I definitely recommend you purchase the Comfort Optical Mouse 3000.

Specs & Package
Overall Score 95.25%
Version Reviewed  Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 3000
Release Date Out Now
The Good Points HD Technology
Magnifier Feature
The Bad Points Wired
Similar Product Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000
System Requirements

For a Windows-based PC:

  • Microsoft Windows® 2000, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

  • Pentium 233 MHz or higher processor

  • 128 MB of RAM

  • 60 MB of available hard disk space (install 100 MB)

  • CD-ROM drive

  • An available PS/2 or USB port on the PC

For Macintosh:

  • Mac OS X v10.2 to 10.3.x operating system
    (OS 10.0 to 10.1 is not supported)

  • 15 MB of available hard disk space

  • CD-ROM drive

  • USB port

 

 

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