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Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse review

A unique design for a mouse - but is that a good thing?

Our Verdict

For

  • Responsive
  • Portable
  • Works well with Windows 8
  • Easy to connect

Against

  • Pricey
  • Not for desktop PCs

With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has released some new peripherals that have been designed to complement the new operating system, and its new way of doing things. First up is the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse, a rather odd looking Bluetooth-only mouse.

In the past, Microsoft has launched a number of ergonomic peripherals that are comfortable to use for long periods of time. As you can guess from one look at this mouse, this isn't one of them.

But that's not the aim of this mouse. It's not designed for sitting in front of a desktop PC for hours at a time, but for quickly using with a Windows 8-equipped tablet. There's no dongle, but as long as your tablet is Bluetooth capable you can get Windows 8 to search, detect and connect to the mouse rather painlessly.

Software for adjusting what the mouse can do can be downloaded from Microsoft's website, but there's not many settings to change, so it's pretty pointless.

The mouse is small, so easy to carry around with you, and you can fit a few fingers on there to move the mouse around. As with previous Microsoft mice, the Bluetrack technology keeps the mouse responsive over a variety of surfaces.

The mouse also works with some touch gestures, such as swiping horizontally or vertically. While it doesn't seem to support multi-touch gestures, such as pinching to zoom in, it does make the Windows 8 interface more intuitive, as opposed to using a traditional mouse.

Verdict

The Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse is certainly not going to be to everyone's taste, and we had some serious reservations when we first saw the design, but it's actually not that bad at all if you want a light mouse to quickly work on your tablet when a touchscreen won't do.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMouse
Number of Total Buttons2
Scroller TypeTouch Scroll
Ergonomic FitSymmetrical
ColourBlack
Brand NameMicrosoft
Pointing Device Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Pointing Device Wireless TechnologyBluetooth
Movement DetectionBlueTrack
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Width60.9 mm
Depth53.6 mm
ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
Product NameWedge Touch Mouse
Device SupportedTablet, Computer
Product LineWedge Touch
Manufacturer Part Number3LR-00001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.microsoft.co.uk
Marketing Information

Small and stylish, and perfect for Windows 8

With the new Wedge Touch Mouse, you can comfortably navigate Windows 8 using Microsoft's touch technology-while at the same time wowing those around you with a mouse that looks and feels like no other.

Comfort without the bulk of a traditional mouse

Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into a compact frame that's great for your mobile lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your pocket, it's the perfect companion for your laptop or tablet when you're on the go. Plus the artful, minimalist design (complemented by high-quality materials and craftsmanship) gives you fluid, four-way Touch scrolling and navigation in every direction. Bluetooth® technology means no clutter Not only is Wedge Touch Mouse compact, it doesn't come with cables or USB transceivers. Just turn it on and connect it to your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or tablet. Additionally, BlueTrack technology means it tracks on virtually any surface, whether you're at a conference or a coffee shop.

Conserves battery power

Wedge Touch Mouse even knows how to conserve energy. When your PC or tablet is shut down or hibernating, the mouse goes into "Backpack Mode." You can throw it into your bag and not worry if you turned it off because it senses that it no longer needs to be on.

Package Contents
  • Wedge Touch Mouse
  • 1 x AA Alkaline Battery
Limited Warranty3 Year