Microsoft used to make the very best mice on this planet, however for causes which have by no means been solely clear to me, the corporate determined to surrender on this a couple of years in the past. Whereas the corporate has continued to make a lot of fascinating and weird mice, for the final decade or so its focus has primarily been on cellular mice—the form of factor you’d chuck in your laptop computer bag—moderately than button-laden feature-rich desktop mice. When my Intellimouse Explorer three died after a few years of use, I ended up switching to a Logitech Efficiency MX, as a result of Microsoft now not had something comparable.

Introduced right this moment, the Floor Precision Mouse could also be one thing of a return to kind. It is a full-size desktop mouse. It is an ergonomic design that is solely actually appropriate for the right-handed—a design that appears extraordinarily acquainted to customers of the aforementioned Logitech. It has a wheel, in fact, and the wheel has a button that toggles between notched mode, beloved of avid gamers, and free-wheeling mode, designed for scrolling and zooming. On the left-hand facet, it has an array of three thumb buttons. It helps each wi-fi connections over Bluetooth and wired connections over USB. When utilizing Bluetooth, the mouse can pair with three completely different units concurrently and has a bit of swap on the underside for selecting between them.

In a short hands-on, the mouse has a very good measurement and weight. The wheel feels good in each modes, and the facet buttons are well-placed. The software program is decently configurable, enabling customized button configurations on each a system-wide and per-application foundation. All in all, it looks like a strong mouse.

Is it going to get me again within the Microsoft mouse camp? It’d but. Microsoft mice have historically had a greater wheel than Logitech ones, particularly in terms of clicking the wheel as a center button. I feel the Floor Precision Mouse continues this custom. The additional buttons—notionally there in order that heavy customers of apps like Photoshop can bind instructions to the mouse—are important for gaming, and so whereas this is not a “gaming mouse,” it does seem to have all the primary traits required of a gaming mouse.

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