Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse Review
The Surface Mobile Mouse is slim and lightweight; perfect for slipping into a laptop bag and rushing off to your next meeting. But it’s this slim profile that also makes it a poor choice for long sessions behind a desk.
There’s no denying it. The Surface Mobile Mouse is a looker. Which is interesting considering that there’s so little to look.
Following Microsoft’s Surface design aesthetic, the Mobile Mouse is sleek with a matte finish on the plastic chassis and a stainless steel scroll wheel which pops out and gives the mouse a premium feel.
The Mobile Mouse connects to your computer over Bluetooth, which is handy if you have a machine that has Bluetooth hardware. Most computer mice have alternate connection options, like a detachable wired option or wireless with a USB receiver. Bluetooth has the advantage of being truly wireless and dongle-free, and that it is possible to connect it to devices like smartphones and tablets, but the lack of options will make it impossible for some people to make use of this mouse.
|Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse||Specs|
|Battery||2x AAA (12 months)|
|Street price||Approx. $40|
The scroll wheel is the standout feature on this mouse. Not only does it give the Mobile Mouse a premium feel, but it scrolls with good tension and a gentle clicking as it turns. Now, this is certainly one of those things that you pay attention to when reviewing and comparing different computer mice but it feels better than we’ve found in competing models recently. In terms of the smoothness of scrolling and accuracy, it’s the closest to the feel of a high quality laptop touchpad that we’ve experienced.
The maximum DPI sensitivity is 1800, which compares well to other cheaper mice which max out at about 1000 DPI, but significantly less sensitive than premium models, like the Logitech MX Master 3, which sport 4000 DPI and the ability to switch between sensitivity presets with the click of a button.
There aren’t many options for customisation at all with this mouse. You can change some basic settings and assign a custom command to the scroll wheel click action.
But I think my biggest concern is the long-term comfort of using a mouse with a flat, slim profile like this. I can see how this shape and size are perfect for road warriors who want something small and light to chuck in their bag with their laptop, and who may spend an hour at a time in a cafe catching up on emails, but I don’t see myself using this mouse day-in, day-out at my desk in the office. Otherwise, the Surface Mobile Mouse is a great device that works as expected and looks great in the process.