HP x4500 review: A wireless mouse with curves so smooth, your hand won't want to let go

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MSRP: $34.99

The Good The HP x4500's sloping surface and large thumb rest hold your hand in a natural position for all-day comfort. The small wireless receiver offers the ease of plug-and-play, and the laser sensor has razor-sharp precision across most surfaces.

The Bad It's not quite as good as some cheaper competitors. The mouse is contoured for right-handed users only.

The Bottom Line The HP x4500 is a reliable and comfortable mouse, but it's just not quite as good as some rival models you can buy for less.

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7.0 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 7

Let's face it: buying a new mouse for your computer is something even less than an impulse purchase. You want to spend as little time as possible doing research for this purchase, so I'll give it to you straight. The only three reasons to buy the HP X4500 are if (1) you just need a basic three-button wireless mouse; (2) you're right-handed; and (3) you have an aversion to the many better Logitech and Microsoft mice available.


For shoppers on a budget with simplicity at the top of their list, the HP x4500 is a reliable mouse that cradles your hand with all-day comfort.

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The allure of the x4500 isn't its contoured platform or the razor-sharp laser sensor. It's actually the bargain price tag. You can get it online right now for less than $25 in the US, £21 in the UK and AU$40 in Australia.

The x4500 keeps it simple with standard left and right clickers on top and a notched scroll wheel in the middle that also works as a third button. If you're looking for a faster way to access application shortcuts, the Logitech M510 is a tinkerer's dream with seven buttons and a budget price tag.

Without any complicated drivers for your computer, installation is as easy as plugging the small wireless receiver into any available USB port. Of course, that means this mouse doesn't work with tablets. If you prefer Bluetooth for dongle-free compatibility, go with Logitech's MX Anywhere 2 or M535 instead.

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