Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse review: A dongle-free Windows mouse, high on comfort and low in price

Aside from the two main left and right clickers on top, the notched scroll wheel in the center is also pressable, and yes, you can also assign any function to that one too.

Tired of plugging and unplugging a wireless dongle into all your devices? The Sculpt eschews USB entirely and uses Bluetooth to connect to a PC or tablet. (The catch, of course, is that you need to make sure your PC has Bluetooth support; some older models don't.)

The bottom of the mouse has a power switch (turn it off to conserve the two AA batteries, which Microsoft says can boost the overall life up to 10 months) and a Bluetooth button that you use to pair it -- the process is simple, but some users online have complained about connection drops.

The workaround is just as easy: all you have to do is access the Intel hardware adapter under the device manager's Bluetooth settings and uncheck the box labeled "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power."

A blue light underneath glows softly to let you know the mouse is connected. It uses Microsoft's proprietary tracking technology called Bluetrack that works on virtually any surface.

I tested it with success on a number of tabletops, carpets and other rough or reflective textures. While these surfaces present a problem for traditional mice, the Sculpt scrolls beautifully across all of them. Glass is the only exception.

While this mouse works best with Windows, the Bluetooth connections means it can also pair with Mac OS, Android and Chrome OS devices, albeit with limited functionality.

A combination of convenient shortcut buttons, ergonomic design and a supremely precise laser sensor earn the Microsoft Sculpt Bluetooth mouse high marks and a no-brainer recommendation for Windows users. If, however, you're looking for a Bluetooth mouse to use exclusively with MacOS, Android or Chrome, consider the Logitech M535 for a few bucks more, or the far-more-expensive Logitech MX Anywhere 2 or flagship MX Master if you want to go luxe.

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