Microsoft Touch Mouse Review

Posted by Mayank on November 9, 2011 in Review

Not long ago we had mouse which had a roller or a ball beneath it. We had to detach it every now and then to clean the ball. Then came the optical mouse which worked on LEDs or lasers. Apple has had this touch interface, which makes the mouse and keypad work wonders with single, double and triple finger touch gestures. If you used it and felt how great it is – here is something similar for PC : The Microsoft Touch mouse, which introduces the touch interface on PC.

This mouse makes the use of what Microsoft calls as Blue Track Technology. Introduced 3 years ago, Microsoft’s proprietary BlueTrack™ Technology works on more surfaces than both optical and laser mice. It uses high-angle imaging optics to generate an accurate picture of the surface.

Touch Mouse is made exclusively for Windows 7 and is supposed to make Windows 7 further popular. It makes everyday task more fluid and intuitive by using natural gestures instead of clicks. You’ll be more productive, with less effort. Plug-And-Go Nano Transceiver – Leave the Nano Transceiver plugged in when you’re on the go, or stow it in the mouse System Requirements – Computer/Operating System – Requires Windows 7 Hard Drive – 100 MB Available USB port 2 AA alkaline batteries required (included).

Have a look at the below images to understand the 1-2-3 touch gestures.

1 touch gesture:

Microsoft Touch Mouse 1 finger gesture2 touch gesture:

Microsoft Touch Mouse 2 finger gesture3 touch gesture:

Microsoft Touch Mouse 3 finger gesture

Microsoft said that the software drivers are automatically updated when you plugin the transceiver (provided your PC is connected to the web). Some users have told that they had t download a 20MB driver installation file from the Microsoft website.

The touch sensitive area on the mouse has been responsive, letting me scroll up and down or pan sideways across a website or document with ease. Minimizing and maximizing windows requires 2 finger swipes. A 3 finger upward swipe lets you preview of all the windows you have open.

Negative Aspects

Compatible only with Windows 7.

Bottom Line

Microsoft Touch mouse really works. It feels sturdy, easy to use, smooth gesture recognition makes you work easily and smoothly. If you have Windows 7, you should definitely give it a try. You can check user comments, videos and pictures at Amazon.

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