HP X7000 Touch Mouse with Wi-Fi (Black) review: HP X7000 Touch Mouse with Wi-Fi (Black)

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0

Average User Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good The lightweight, ergonomic HP X7000 Wi-Fi Touch Mouse transmits a pairing signal through a wireless network to liberate precious USB ports for other peripherals.

The Bad The X7000's ergonomic shape alienates left-handed users, the oversensitive touch scroll pad doesn't compare to the tactility of a classic scroll wheel, and the driver software lacks tools to reroute the functions of the mouse buttons.

The Bottom Line The HP X7000 Wi-Fi Touch Mouse frees up USB ports by pairing through a wireless adapter, but its hypersensitive touch dial and accident-prone design make it frustrating to use.

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The growing number of peripherals that use USB to charge, pair, and activate a wireless connection can create a traffic jam of dongles that forces you to choose between devices. Hewlett-Packard's $60 X7000 Wi-Fi Touch Mouse eliminates the need for a USB receiver by pairing with a Windows 7 computer though compatible wireless networking adapters. That sounds great in theory, but the mouse's everyday usability is marred by an oversensitive touch wheel that creates more problems than it solves.

Unlike its travel-friendly, ambidextrous linemate, the HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse, the X7000 has an ergonomic molded shape that doesn't work for left-handed users, but certainly offers a comfortable mousing experience for right-handers. The slanted angle and the thumb rest on the left side mimic the lines of Logitech's Performance Mouse MX, though HP's thumb rest doesn't double as an extra button like the MX's does. Finally, HP claims the mouse can last for nine months on two AA batteries, but I can't verify that until the Doc finishes repairing my DeLorean.

HP's instruction sheet indicates that the mouse only works with compatible Windows 7 wireless adapters, and you can find a list of these devices on Microsoft's Web site. I tried to install the X7000 on an IBM laptop running Windows XP and wasn't able to get through the driver installation required to proceed.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Type Microsoft Windows 7
  • Movement Resolution 1600 cpi
  • Type Mouse
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows 7
  • Form Factor External
  • Type mouse
  • Movement Detection Technology laser
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Compatibility PC