Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 (Black) review: Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 (Black)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.4
  • Installation and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Service and support: 6.0

Average User Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review

The Good Comfortable; ambidextrous; inexpensive; lag-free performance.

The Bad Software not included; no extra buttons; short, three-foot range; lacks horizontal scroll.

The Bottom Line The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 is a decent choice for mobile users, but the Logitech V400 is a far better one.

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The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 offers basic mousing functionality at a cheap $29.95 price. Unfortunately, it's a little too basic for our tastes: it doesn't come with software, there are no extra buttons, and the receiver has a very short, 3-foot range. For users who won't stray far from their notebooks, this mouse could be a good fit, but we prefer the slightly more expensive, but much more functional Logitech V400, which boasts included software, five programmable buttons, and a 30-foot range.

To start using the Optical Mouse 3000, you need only to insert a single AA battery and plug in the wireless receiver. Microsoft's IntelliPoint software isn't included in the package, but you can download it from Microsoft's Web site. This software adds a tab to your regular mouse control panel. From there, you can select the left and right buttons on the scrollwheel and customize them from a list of functions and tasks.

The body of the mouse is an attractive blue-gray, and it features a contoured design that makes it fairly comfortable to hold. The left and right buttons are nearly full-size and are easy to click. The scrollwheel is a little small--about the size of two stacked nickels--and only allows vertical scroll, unlike the Logitech V400 which features a four-way scrollwheel. The Optical Mouse 3000's ambidextrous shape fits left-and right-handed users.

The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 comes with a USB receiver that snaps into the bottom of the mouse--a feature we consider essential on notebook mice. Unfortunately, this dongle is fairly weak, and it provided a pitiful 3-foot range in our tests--the Kensington PilotMouse Laser Wireless, for example, worked at distances up to 30-feet. Despite the Optical Mouse 3000's range, we were pleased with its tracking performance: we didn't notice any lag or errors from the 1,000 dots per inch (dpi) optical sensor.

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Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 (Black)

Part Number: B2J-00001 Released: Apr 1, 2006
MSRP: $24.95 Low Price: $99.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr 1, 2006
  • Color light gray
  • Type Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A
  • Movement Resolution 1000 dpi
  • Type USB
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Form Factor External
  • Type mouse
  • Movement Detection Technology optical
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Compatibility Mac