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Sony VAIO VGP-UMS50 review: Sony VAIO VGP-UMS50

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MSRP: $39.99

The Good Comfortable form; slides easily.

The Bad Only three buttons; short cord.

The Bottom Line This small mouse has an interesting design and is comfortable enough to use every day, but if you're into gaming or need more than three buttons, look elsewhere.

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6.5 Overall

With an eye-catching and decidedly unusual shape, the Sony VAIO VGP-UMS50 combines sharp angles and soft curves in an attractive but expensive mouse. Although its elliptical shape doesn't scream comfort, it fits the hand surprisingly well and offers support for your palm. At $40, you're paying a premium for the Sony name and styling, but the VGP-UMS50's responsiveness and feel are worth the cost to the style-conscious consumer.

These design elements combine to make a stylish and effective mouse, suitable and comfortable enough for everyday use, but if you need extra buttons for gaming, Internet functions, or editing, look elsewhere. The main attraction of this mouse is its interesting design. At 3.52 ounces, it's light enough for easy travel. It tapers at the front and the back, fits comfortably in the crook of your hand, and offers support for your palm. The left- and right-click buttons are sensitive, and they're a bit narrower than we normally like, but we adapted quickly. The scrollwheel is narrow and provides a little resistance, but it turns well and gives off a pleasing, audible click. The VGP-UMS50's USB cord is less than three feet long, making it better suited for use with a laptop; if you use it with a desktop, you'll need a USB extension cord.

The VGP-UMS50's sensitivity is 800 dots per inch (dpi) but its feet make it feel much more sensitive. Whether they're wireless or wired, travel size or full size, most mice create a noticeable amount of friction as they're moved over a surface. The VGP-UMS50, however, has a polytetrafluoroethylene sole, which minimizes friction and drastically improves the glide and the overall feel of this mouse.

Sony offers a one-year warranty for parts and labor and offers technical support via a toll-free number, but charges may apply. Limited product support is available through Sony's Web site.

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