Microsoft announces Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 for $14.95

Microsoft has given us a new reminder that it makes other hardware products besides the Surface tablets and the Xbox One. Today, the company revealed plans to release the Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 later this month for $14.95.

As the name suggests, the mouse is made for being used primarily by notebooks and for people who find themselves traveling a lot and don't have the space to use a full size mouse; it's only 3.95 inches long and 2.29 inches wide. The design has been made for both left and right handed people but still has space for a scroll wheel in the middle.

The mouse uses a mini USB transceiver with 2.4GHz wireless technology that can be stored inside the casing when it is not in use.

Taking a page from Nokia's Lumia smartphones, the Wireless Mobile Mouse will be available in five different colors which Microsoft has given some rather interesting names: Coal Black, Flame Red, Orchid Pink, Pantone Purple, and Wool Blue. While its not the most high profile hardware product Microsoft has, these new mice sound like they will be something that business and frequent travelers will like to take alongside their notebooks.

 

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It's helpful when traveling to just have the Bluetooth built-in to the mouse like they do for their Sculpt. Works very well, and you don't have to worry about the messing with the little USB transceiver.

I disagree with the "works very well" ... i've got one (the sculpt) and i've had endless problems having both WiFi and BT on at the same time. Basically it feels like the WiFi jams the BT and the mouse becomes useless. It has seriously improved though (driver updates ?) now it only jams the mouse when I open the Network pane in the Settings charm.
Just saying.

There must be something about this. If I talk on the BT headset connected to my mobile, and enable wifi while I listen to the other party speaking, I hear 3-4 seconds of cracked sound and degraded speech codec quality. But then it suddenly resolves, and does not happen later, even if I generate heavy wifi traffic on the phone.

dopydope said,
... endless problems having both WiFi and BT on at the same time. Basically it feels like the WiFi jams the BT ...
Just saying.

I thought it was only me. Maybe its a problem in Windows 8.

AsherGZ said,

I thought it was only me. Maybe its a problem in Windows 8.

It's the wifi frequency and has been discussed at length with other owners of the Surface Pro's. Switching your wireless frequency to 5Ghz only should resolve the issue. I guess it has to do with wifi/bluetooth using the same controller or something, I'll need to go back and look. But I had the same problem and it went away after designating wifi to 5ghz band only.

Not ideal for some especially if you're wireless router doesn't support it, but I've seen no other fix int he way of firmware/software to resolve it.

Tarrant64 said,
It's helpful when traveling to just have the Bluetooth built-in to the mouse like they do for their Sculpt. Works very well, and you don't have to worry about the messing with the little USB transceiver.

I was really shocked when my relatively high-end "business class" Lenovo Thinkpad at work did not come with stock Bluetooth support. Turned out it was a $35 extra "addon" that was not selected.

I don't think Bluetooth is a standard thing on Windows based PCs like it is on Macs.

Shadrack said,

I was really shocked when my relatively high-end "business class" Lenovo Thinkpad at work did not come with stock Bluetooth support. Turned out it was a $35 extra "addon" that was not selected.

I don't think Bluetooth is a standard thing on Windows based PCs like it is on Macs.

On the Lenovo's (I have an X1 Carbon) you do have to pay attention to detail when ordering their laptops. Can't speak for HP/Dell/Acer/Etc. but you're right, it's not standard. You can have all the bells and whistles and Bluetooth won't be there by default. Apple does do a better job about "standardizing" some features across the board. These days, Bluetooth shouldn't be optional - it should just be there - like it is on cell phones now.

I have the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse which is bluetooth and I love it. Honestly these new ones look like a giant step back from it. I guess because you can buy 3 of these for the cost of the Sculpt Touch, rofl.

needs more buttons, i've used 5 button mice for so long now it's a real pain with out the forward / back buttons.
I use ms wireless mobile 5000 on all me systems.

Key here is battery life. I bought a Logitech cordless mouse recently. I had the choice between a cheaper model and a more expensive model. The cheaper one was rated for 12 months on a single battery. The more expensive one said 18 months. For me the extra $10 is worth it twofold: not only do I save batteries, I will have an extra 6 or so months free of the hassle of the battery going flat.

My experience with Microsoft cordless is they go through batteries more often and they don't even state on the packaging how long it will last. Until that changes I'll stick with Logitech thanks

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