Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 5000 review: Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 5000

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Installation and interface: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 6.0

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Smooth performance; comfortable to hold; five configurable buttons; includes magnifier feature.

The Bad Range of wireless reception could be longer; diminished feature set on a Mac.

The Bottom Line The Microsoft Windows Optical Mouse 5000 is a straightforward, reliable mouse for basic home or office productivity.

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Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 5000

The $40 Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 5000 (WOM 5000) is comfortable to use (for the right-handed, anyway) and offers a simple but useful assortment of features and niceties. Sure, there are less expensive options out there, but we like the WOM 5000 enough to recommend it to anyone who wants a straightforward, reliable mouse for basic home or office productivity.

Almost identical in design to the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Fingerprint Reader --just without the fingerprint reader--the WOM 5000 has a cool two-tone, gray color scheme. A right-handed reviewer found it fairly ergonomic and comfortable. The soft plastic sides provide a smooth and comfortable resting place for the thumb and the last two fingers. The two thumb buttons are well placed--comfortable to click, but not so convenient that you'll hit them by accident. The rubber four-way scrollwheel is easy to grip and move, and we dig the horizontal scrolling capability; however, the scrollwheel doesn't click or provide feedback in any way when you roll it; we sort of missed the tactile response.

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Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 5000

Part Number: M03 00090 Released: Sep 1, 2005
MSRP: $39.95 Low Price: $288.13 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep 1, 2005
  • Color platinum
  • Type Microsoft Windows Vista
    Microsoft Windows XP
    Microsoft Windows 2000 SP 4 or higher
  • Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A
  • Movement Resolution 1000 dpi
  • Type USB
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Form Factor External
  • Type mouse
  • Movement Detection Technology optical
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Form Factor AA type
  • Compatibility PC