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Microsoft Touch Mouse Review: Mouse with a clever Touch

Installation was quick and easy, with barely a snag. Well, truth be told, I had to download and install the drivers when nothing happened the very first time I plugged in the USB Nano transceiver — but it was a smooth ride all the way after that. Thanks to the BlueTrack technology, the Touch Mouse also worked well on different kinds of surfaces, from wooden tabletops to a plastic tablecloth.

The key selling point of the Microsoft Touch Mouse is the handy gesture control, and yes, it delivers the goods for the most part. You can indeed do away with the touchpad if you’re a notebook PC user. (And for desktop users, it’s like having the benefit of an additional touchpad for scrolling and hopping windows without needing to lift your fingers away from the mouse).

The surface works somewhat like a laptop's touch pad, allowing you to scroll up and down Web pages or Microsoft Word documents with one finger. With two fingers, you can pan from whichever window you’re working in to peek at the desktop, and back again. Swipe with three fingers, and you can toggle between all the different windows that are still open. In a nutshell, gestures work well most of the time — kudos to whatever mojo that’s been hidden in Microsoft’s gesture recognition technology. However, do note that the Microsoft Touch Mouse is designed for Windows 7 operating system, and so, if you are using the older Windows OS, it will only work like a normal mouse without the multi-touch functionality.

Three fingers swipe allows you to toggle among the opened windows easily

I admit, I was sceptical at first — after all, a mouse is a mouse, right, so what’s the fuss about touch controls on the mouse? But any notebook user will soon realise the Touch Mouse’s convenience and forget about using the computer’s touchpad — not when swiping the Touch Mouse is fun. Yes, very fun.

In fact, you might have to stop yourself from mindless swiping or gesturing on the Touch Mouse especially if you have trigger-happy fingers. In my case, I had no major issues even when repeatedly clicking the left or right mouse buttons, moving the mouse around in a rough manner — that is, I suffered no accidental actions triggered by the mouse misinterpreting my hand actions.

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