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          Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0

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Optical Tilt Wheel Mouse

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Reviewed by :

Wayne Brooker

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Date :

October 26th, 2003.


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We've already had a taster of Microsoft's fall refresh to their wireless product range with our review of the excellent Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Elite keyboard and mouse combo. With as much focus placed on function as on form and a new, more sophisticated 27MHz wireless technology update Microsoft already had the backbone to a great new product range but that was just the beginning.

Today's victim doesn't come with a classy black and silver wireless keyboard to keep it company but it does have an emphasis on bringing style and perhaps a little fun to your desktop. It also sports the latest in scroll wheel technology.....the Tilt Wheel.


Designed to scroll up and down in the now familiar manner, the Tilt Wheel sits in a cradle that also allows you to rock it to the left or right and scroll horizontally. It sounds like the simplest of implementations but a quick look at the exploded diagram below revels so fairly intricate piece engineering.

As I mentioned the last time I witnessed the Tilt Wheel in action, by far the hardest thing to get used to is the fact that the scroll action in now completely smooth. It does take a little while to get accustomed to the lack of detent clicks as most regular app users know precisely how many clicks they need to turn the wheel to move a prescribed distance up or down a page. I can imagine the instinctive reaction from some people will be to declare the new, smooth action a mistake and although I don't think it detracts from the experience once you're used to it I'm not sure it adds a great deal either.

I mentioned earlier that the new Optical mouse 2.0 was as much about style and fun as it was about function so let's take a look at it.



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