It was a blessing in disguise when I started my new IT contract with a grimy, worn and bits-of-food-infested keyboard and mouse. Whoever was a previous owner was a grot. The keyboard was uncomfortable (old acer) as the keys were hard and stubborn. The mouse was so 2005 with only 2 click buttons and scroll wheel.
So, naturally, I jumped on Microsoft's website for their latest offerings. The Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 stood out. Mark ordered one for me and I smiled as I tucked away the old and setup the new.
The first thing that strikes you about the Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 is it's tilted design. When I look at my hand as I type, it makes sense - our hands naturally rest on an angle. It took some minutes to get used to but now I'm using it hours on end without any discomfort.
It has the standard right and left buttons and scroll wheel, with the addition of two buttons above the thumb which are programmable. I use these as my 'back' and 'forward' buttons for web surfing. The default action for one of these extra buttons is the 'magnifier' function. This is pretty cool - simply press the button then it will highlight and magnify whatever you are viewing.
I also own 2 x Razor Copperhead Mice (one for home and other for laptop) and it felt kinda weird with my thumb not resting on buttons. But the thumb-groove is soft and grippy and allows for comfortable thumb placement.
Movement is precise and smooth. Being laser you're guarantee accurate pointing.
Still monitoring the battery life, but 1 week in battery indicator hasn't flashed red. I'll be happy if the battery at least lasts for 1 or 2 months before I need to change.
I rate the Microsoft Natural Laser Wireless Mouse 6000 at 9/10.