Microsoft announces three new BlueTrack mice

Today Microsoft announced that it will be releasing three new BlueTrack versions of its mice, at its lowest price point ever.  The three new mice, Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, Wireless Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500 will be available in March and April.

Wireless Mouse 2000:

The Wireless Mouse 2000 is completely wireless, using a Nano transceiver, which stands out less than a centimeter from the USB port.  The Wireless Mouse 2000 is a standard full-size mouse, which will sell for $29.99 in March. The Wireless Mouse 2000 will only be available in Gray.

Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500:

The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 is also wireless. The 3500 is smaller than the 2000 in size, and will debut for $29.99 in April. It will be available in both Loch Ness Gray and Dragon Fruit Pink colours.

Comfort Mouse 4500:

The Comfort Mouse 4500 is the first wired BlueTrack mouse, for users who don’t like changing batteries. The Comfort Mouse 4500, like the other BlueTrack mice, will work on virtually any surface, except mirrors and glass.  The Comfort Mouse 4500 will sell for $24.99 and ship in March, available in black and three special-edition colours, Sea Blue, Poppy Red and Strawberry Pink.

All three mice are backed by a three-year limited hardware warranty, and are available for pre-order on Amazon.com today.

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Yeah it's a bit insane that perephial manufacturers still favor other forms of wireless interfaces over bluetooth. If battery life is a real concern then consider adding a power plug that can connect to the PC via USB to recharge the thing. As it is, I doubt the drain would be that bad for most people and it'd be so much more convenient for laptop users.

Gah no bluetooth... I hate those USB things that waste a port... a precious port when you only have 2 or 3 of them...

I really wish Microsoft would either 1) Start using Bluetooth with more of their wireless devices, or 2) Work out some arrangement to get their spec on laptops... Because I really like Microsoft's mouse (The Arc is my favorite at the moment), but I really an not a fan of dongles...

RealFduch said,

Isn't it a plus? Bluetooth drains batteries.

Are you kidding? This is a wireless also, the adapter plugs into the USB port and draws power from there. BT uses less power than the USB port which is like 100mA at the low end and up to 500mA at the top end (800 in some laptops )

RealFduch said,

Isn't it a plus? Bluetooth drains batteries.

It doesn't use that much power... And a lot of people don't like dongles... There's just no need IMO at this point for them. Agree on a wireless spec and ship hardware with it...

angrybrit said,
no back and forward buttons. no sale.

The wired one has 5 buttons, which means two side buttons, which means back and forward buttons.

I think I may get it. I don't know why people hate wired mice, but I prefer them. I need a new mouse, anyway.

These fit below the current Wireless Bluetracks, I'm using the Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 which has thumb buttons on it and a nicer finish.

Look good though.

I have the same mouse as you, would like to use the Wireless Mouse 2000 to see how it compares to it, looks like a bigger version of the Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000

Awesome mice, I have a wireless desktop set 3000, the quality of the set for the price is unmatched.

The mouse is very comfortable in my hand and the keyboard is rich of special keys.

I bought a desktop set (Wireless Desktop 3000) with a BlueTrack mouse and, while the tracking was fine, the scroll wheel was useless. With or without intellipoint installed, the scrollwheel barely worked in any applications. I eventually got so fed up that I went out and bought a Logitech Performance Mouse MX and just kept the MS keyboard.

bangbang023 said,
I bought a desktop set (Wireless Desktop 3000) with a BlueTrack mouse and, while the tracking was fine, the scroll wheel was useless. With or without intellipoint installed, the scrollwheel barely worked in any applications. I eventually got so fed up that I went out and bought a Logitech Performance Mouse MX and just kept the MS keyboard.

Really? I got the same set, using the scroll wheel at everything, games included.

Beastage said,

Really? I got the same set, using the scroll wheel at everything, games included.


Barely worked in Chrome unless I cranked it all the way up and refused to work in other apps such as Digsby, Trillian, Winamp, and iTunes (to name a few). I would have to spin the wheel ferociously to get a line of movement.

bangbang023 said,

Barely worked in Chrome unless I cranked it all the way up and refused to work in other apps such as Digsby, Trillian, Winamp, and iTunes (to name a few). I would have to spin the wheel ferociously to get a line of movement.

I have the Wireless Natural Ergonomic 7000 set and the mouse is exactly like that.

I think maybe they moved the scroll speed handling to into a higher level of software (IntelliPoint?) which is screwing up some apps. In some apps the scroll works as expected while in some others it's exactly as you described.

If I reboot from Windows into Linux the scroll speed is insanely fast. Goes back to normal after I unplug the usb receiver and plug it back in which I guess resets the settings. There's no official software/drivers so I have to replug the transmitter whenever I'm in Linux otherwise the mouse behaviour is wacky.

Edited by Rob2687, Feb 24 2010, 6:08pm :

I've had a few Microsoft Mice, and the last one I had was a smooth-scroller (i.e no "clicks" on the wheel), which aside from being completely useless for games was awful in general usage. The scroll "Acceleration" (which is supposed to make you scroll further the quicker you move the wheel) actually slowed down the scroll speed, even at its highest setting, and the tracking, while good, was let down by lousy wireless reception. Don't even get me started on using it in virtual machines too.

I've historically had good fortunes with MS mice, but my last experience means that my new one is a Logitech.

bangbang023 said,
I bought a desktop set (Wireless Desktop 3000) with a BlueTrack mouse and, while the tracking was fine, the scroll wheel was useless. With or without intellipoint installed, the scrollwheel barely worked in any applications. I eventually got so fed up that I went out and bought a Logitech Performance Mouse MX and just kept the MS keyboard.

Vista and Win7 add new support for the higher resolution abilities of the mice, and in Win7 it is enforced HARD, so this creates problems in applications that are incorrectly using the scroll wheel APIs. (So yell at every program team that it doesn't work in properly so they use the APIs correctly.)

Here is a cure all fix for the mouse, as it makes it work like pre Win7/Vista modes for all applications.

First UNINSTALL The Mouse Intellipoint Software - If iPoint runs, these settings get ignored and will not help.

1. Start menu, in search box, type REGEDIT and hit Enter (Click through UAC Security Prompt)
2. Expand down through the registry to this section...
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\H ID
3. Click on HID
4. Hit CTRL-F (to Open Find Box) Type FlipFlop Then Click Find Next
5. It will Take you to the First Mouse Entry for your computer
6. Click EDIT - NEW - DWORD (32bit) Value
7. Type HScrollHighResolutionDisable
8. Press Enter then Double Click on VScrollHighResolutionDisable
9. Change the number from 0 to 1
10. Hit CTRL-F Again and Click Find Next Again
11. If it finds another Mouse, repeat adding the VScrollHighResolutionDisable (6. through 9.)
12. Do this until it no longer finds FlipFlop in the Registry

Then restart the computer, and Windows will treat the mouse like a non-high resolution mouse and all applicatoins will work as they did before.

Good Luck...

Edited by thenetavenger, Feb 24 2010, 8:35pm :

Beastage said,

Really? I got the same set, using the scroll wheel at everything, games included.

It's not just Microsoft's mice that support the ScrollWheel APIs; Logitech's mice (which can use either Logitech's SetPoint *or* Microsoft's IntelliPoint mouse drivers/utilities) use them as well. (I have Logitech's V220 Cordless at my desktop, but use IntelliPoint as the mouse driver in 7 Ultimate x64.) Like you (and unlike the OP) I use ScrollWheel in any and every aplication that supports it (from games to browsers).

I have a Comfort Optical Mouse 3000 which has the non-clicky hi-res mouse wheel and I find it great! Never liked using the mousewheel in FPS games though, even before I had this mouse.