Review: Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Ergonomic Mouse 6000

By Posted 2008 Updated   ComputersGadgets

Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000I recently used the Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000, an ergonomic mouse often claimed as the most comfortable mouse from Microsoft. One of the most expensive mouse available in the market, it was interesting to note if it was worth its value. As I adjusted to the new ergonomic mouse design, there were some good and bad features…

The first thing that amazed me about Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 was the soft feel of the mouse, it was not plastic-y, but very comfortable to hold and feel without getting rubber-y. However, it was definitely heavy. After using the extremely light wired laser mouse from iBall, it was indeed too heavy. But I guess the bulky mouse design and the batteries might contribute to the excess weight. I had to increase the mouse pointer speed so I did not have to move the mouse too much.

Ergonomic Mouse PostureAs I grabbed the mouse, it takes some time to get used to the new hand posture. The ergonomic design ensures you grab the mouse in a tilted lateral position, relieving any carpal tunnel pressure in the wrist (so its rather good if you suffer from Carpal tunnel syndrome). The hand pressure is transferred to the hands lateral edge, with new pressure points you need to adjust to.

The mouse keys were really easy to click, though larger hands would feel more comfortable using it. As you rotate the scroll wheel, you can again appreciate the exceptional Microsoft hardware quality. The scroll button scrolls very smoothly with no breaks. This middle scroll button can be moved in 4-way scroll to perform horizontal scroll, again amazingly comfortable and smoother than any mouse I have ever tried. However, as I clicked the scroll button for use as a middle click button, I was disappointed by the hard to press middle click button.

Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000This 5-button wireless mouse has 2 extra buttons which can be customized to perform any cool task you want. Though it was difficult to reach the button in front without lifting my hand off the mouse (need larger hands!), the button behind was easier to reach with the thumb (I like to use it to minimize windows). Instant Viewer and Magnifier are 2 cool features that help improve productivity.

Now for the performance – Very smooth and focussed. High Definition Laser Mouse are definitely more precise, more responsive, and deliver smoother tracking. Remember to load the Intellipoint software that comes packaged with it which gives you lots of customizing options for buttons and performance.

Connectivity of the wireless mouse is instant once you attach the connecting device to the computer. Battery status is displayed in the mouse itself and the Battery Status LED Indicator glows red when the battery is running low, so you know when you need a battery replacement. Note that there is no power button on the mouse and I guess that the connectivity activates the mouse, which means it gets switched off without connectivity leading to much longer battery life.

Unfortunately only right hand users can use it. It is available as a standalone mouse for around $80 on websites and Rs 4000 in India or as part of the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 combined with the Natural ergonomic keyboard. Its expensive, but its unique, ergonomic, wireless, laser powered and backed by the high quality of Microsoft Hardware – Would you buy it?


6 comments on “Review: Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Ergonomic Mouse 6000

  1. Kevin says:

    Personally, I love my MS Wireless Laser Mouse 8000. Probably the best mouse I’ve ever owned… And it’s rechargeable, and bluetooth.

    Kevin

  2. Sumesh says:

    Good review, but a larger image would’ve been nice (complete with a backdrop of the packaging).
    PS: Are you a left-hander?

  3. QuickOnlineTips says:

    I am right hander. Add a new photo. Appreciate the lateral tilt.

  4. Liza says:

    I’m actually testing it out right now. I do suffer from tendinitis, and mousing is especially irritating the syndrome. What I’ve found with this mouse is that the grip is wonderful, it curves my hand just right to relieve pressure, but it is too high for my wrist to support my hand on it. Someone without complications with tendinitis might not notice this. However, I am a girl with very small wrists, that may not help the situation.

  5. Ergonomic Mouse says:

    This mouse is fantastic. I love using mine and it has helped a lot with creating a lower strain less pain computing environment.

  6. Santosh says:

    Hi,

    I’m looking to buy this mouse in India. But I am unable to find it in shops or online. can anyone suggest me a website which is selling this mouse in India. Thanks!

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