Ah, more new hardware.
Ended up getting a new mouse; my old Logitech was getting long in the tooth so I decided on a Microsoft Blue Track mouse, which is MS’s new laser tech.
I quite like this mouse. It’s got a very precise tracking and has a decent heft. I was used to my wired Logitech which had no batteries. This does, being wireless (2 AAs).
Also, having batteries makes the mouse heavier than what I’m used to. I liked the lightness of the Logitech. Having a wire made it a little more tethered than this is. I’m slowly getting used to the weight of the mouse as well as the rubbery grips on the side. Awesome.
- Speed of movement.
- Extra buttons: I have 2 side buttons. They seem to be mapped to forward and back in my web browser.
- Scroll wheel. It’s so smooth and fast. It needs a little breaking in for clicking, but other than that, it’s great.
- Blue Track: it’s very precise. Wow.
- Weight. Seems a little heavy with the batteries, but I’ll adjust.
- Wireless. I really, really wanted the corded version of this mouse. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Maybe Microsoft doesn’t make it. Oh well; I’ll use batteries. At least I can take the USB dongle and stick it in a spot on the bottom to shut it off.
This is an awesome mouse. It’s fast, precise, has horizontal and vertical scroll, two extra buttons, and rubber grips on the side. It’s very comfortable to use. Microsoft makes great peripheral hardware!
Oh, I have it running just fine in Ubuntu. It says that it “requires Windows 7 or Mac OSX” on the box, but it’s a mouse! There should be no software required to get it up and running. If it was a gaming mouse, I could see requiring extra software, but not a basic mouse.