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Review (with Surface Pro)
on February 20, 2014
I have the Surface Pro and really enjoy it -- one of the problems, however, is that because of the high PPI (1080p on a 10" screen), some programs have really small icons! For those, I wanted to pick up a mouse. I've tried the "mini-mice" before without luck (I just can't get into the super-small mouse!) -- I was skeptical of this one because of the weird design and high cost.
I picked it up and really do enjoy it! Not quite perfect, but very nice.
First of - it appears to be the same as the "Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse" -- the difference is that the Surface version uses Bluetooth instead of a USB dongle.
This is nice for a couple reasons; No USB dongle to lose! No USB dongle to take up a USB slot! (Surface Pro has 1 USB slot).
The mouse takes 2 AAA Batteries (included). I can't comment on the life because mine are still going just fine.
The mouse folds flat and takes up VERY LITTLE ROOM - this is important for use with a Surface or Laptop as it fits easily in a bag (no bulky mouse). When in the flat position, it's OFF (also very nice since I've had USB keyboards randomly turn on while in my bag, and drain the battery).
Folding it into mouse shape automatically turns it on.. with the surface pro it connects in about 1 second (unlike some Bluetooth devices that take their time)
The mouse appears to be very basic, but does include many 'features'.
The left/right mouse buttons are clickable -- with a name like "Touch mouse" I wasn't too sure before I tried it.
The "scrollwheel" is a touch strip. I was expecting Scroll up, Scroll down. Fortunately it does a lot more! The scroll up/down works very nicely and it makes a "scrolling noise" (speaker in the mouse?) with vibration to give the feel you're scrolling. Tap the top part to page up (bottom part to page down), double tap the middle to to middle click. I believe there is also a Home/End function possible on it. Whats also nice is that it reacts to the speed you scroll -- scroll fast and it will scroll fast.. slow and it will slow slowly.
My only complaint is that it seems a bit "iffy" at times.. smaller details like adjusting the volume in iTunes (on surface) seems to be very jumpy (going from 100 to 80 instead of smoothly transitioning). Other than that, it does work very nice and highly recommended for a surface pro!