Pros Ergonomic, confortable and functional, long battery life and accure
Cons Right hand only, no "click-to-click" wheel, no rechargeable battery
Summary Microsoft’s head-to-head competitor against Logitech’s MX Revolution offers simpler and more comfortable yet cheaper ($20) price tag. This mouse has a higher angle and it is tilted so it fits your hand nicer and offers less pressure and stress, compare to traditional “flat” holding position. Basically you grab the mouse naturally without twisting your hand. This helps especially when you are on the mouse for a long period of time.
Pros: Offers more comfortable and natural operating position and simpler functions. 4-way scrolling and many functions considered standard are included. Among decent battery life, the large receiver also offers better reception. Lower price tag.
Cons: No rechargeable like it is competitor, less detailed battery indicator and does not offers traditional “click-to-click” wheel where the competitor offers a more flexible and advanced wheel function. Left-handed users are out of luck unfortunately.
Other thoughts: Although it doesn’t offer as advanced and fancy functions like it is competitor, however this mouse is very comfortable. The software (IntelliPoint) brings out all the functionalities of this mouse. If comfortable is your first choice, then you should consider this mouse.
Pros Shown Below
Cons Shown Below
1.Long battery life (as advertised);
2.Handsome (as you can see);
3.Durable (as long as you don't toss it to the trash can);
1.Inhumanly awk-gonomic design (to make everyday of my life not worth living);
2.Imprecise pointer movement (makes a mouse a pile of beautiful plastic cr@p);
3.Very short range (anyone knows how to make a wired mouse out of a wireless one?);
4.Nonproductive tilt wheel (I'm dare to say: "The Emperor is naked!");
5.Tricky buttons ("tricky" here is the exact opposite of "sticky");
6.Thumb buttons (your highness);
7.Non-customizable buttons (makes the tilt wheel even more useless);
8.Huge Receiver and
9.Mouse too (for the size, I expect greater range);
10.Inconstant scroll speed in Vista
12.Pricy (so I can't get ride of it easily);
10 + 3 - 12 = 1
Leave the Pros part,
Con1: A great leap backward, this mouse is too high. For most people, a wrist rest is needed to elevate the hand to accomodate the steep shape. This mouse gets reviewed by my doc, and in his qualified PROFESSIONAL opinion, this thing is made especially for Shrek. I'm suffer from CTS in years, I thought my right hand finally home when I saw this mouse, apparently, I was wrong.
Con2: Don't need explaination, grab IE3 and drag a window and move it slowly, you can still see the text inside the window with little joggling. do the same thing with this mouse and you'll understand what I'm saying.
Con3: Even the receiver is placed just a few inches from the mouse, the signal gets droped sometimes, but not too often.
Con4. The Tilt Wheel is not as useful as it looks. scroll horizontally could be a pain, it either too fast or too slow since it's just two on/off microswitches.
Con5: Now this one is tricky, this mouse releases the left button if no significant amount of pressure is on its shoulder. that means the microswitch sends "I'm OFF." to the PC even your finger tells you a different story. (a friend of a friend of mine who owned this mouse has exact the same problem. so this could be general.)
Con6: As CNET reviewed.
Con7: The Tilt Wheel consists of 3 microswitches, However, the only one that is customizable is the middle-button. since the tilt wheel is not much of a handy function, why not let us customize it to fit our needs? my investment yields little return on this stupid wheel.
Con8 & 9: The size of the receiver and the mouse is "tremendous", Microsoft surely did a poor job on portability.
Con10: The Tilt Wheel is a dead tech, but I can still use the good ol' vertical scroll till it decided to gone nutty under Vista. In some programs, the wheel is extremely sensitive and in others, helplessly slow. now I've sealed the wheel with glue to avoid accidental touch that kills my vib.
Con11 & 12: Those two cons are deadly.
Buttom line: For the name (Natural), for the brand and for the price, I expect more. Don't buy this if you have average sized hands and has CTS like me. You'll regret buying this. Mark my words.
Pros Nice scroll whell, sturdy design, comfortable
Cons no rechargeable battery, large reciever
Summary if you have large hands like myself, this mouse is for you. it takes some getting used to, but overall it's a solid mouse, and cool looking too.
Pros * Great Ergonomics
* Can use for hours with forearm or hand cramping.
* Wheel button is excellent with 4 way scrolling.
Cons * One of the two thumb buttons is very difficult to use. I have to stretch my thumb out to get to it. The other thumb button is fine.
* Is not rechargeable. That said, I get about a year out of a single pair of batteries. So not an issue for me.
Summary You can tell if this mouse will help your ergonomic issues based on the following tests:
Forearm Cramping Test:
Hold your hand out like you are going to shake and rest it on the table for 15 seconds. No pain. Now position your hand on the table as if you are using a standard mouse for 15 seconds. Notice that you have to twist your forearm to do it. The later leads towards muscle cramping in the forearm. With a regular mouse you doing that for hours. The way this mouse is angled, it leaves your arm in the handshake position eliminating that cramping.
Hand Cramp Test
Lay your palm down on the table. Let all your fingers comfortably stretch out where they may for 15 seconds. Now pretend you are squeezing something by moving your thumb and pinky each closer towards your palm by about an inch. Hold it for 15 seconds. You can feel your hand start to cramp. This is what you are doing with a regular mouse. The newer ones even have cutouts in the side that make you squeeze even more than a normal mouse! This ergonomic mouse is purposely made wide so that you don't squeeze it.
I had used the 3M handle-like mouse the reviewer had talked about prior to using this mouse. Although it eliminates forearm cramping, the thinness of the handle forces you to squeeze on it causing hand cramp.
I used this mouse for 1st person shooters and it is really good. The middle button is top notch. My only issue is that one of the thumb buttons is easy to use while the other is just behind the reach of my thumb. I have to move my hand forward a bit to use that button; so I don't very often.
The only reason it does not get a perfect 5 stars it that one thumb button. If there were half star ratings this would be a 4.5. Since there is not, I only drop it to four to reflect it has one thing wrong with it.
The non-rechargeable battery isn't even an issue to me because I get about a year out of a single pair of batteries.
"Unnatural Mouse"on by Denkzettel
Pros Plastic feels good, wheel surface too.
Cons The mouse "flips" due to a small bottom surface area, which makes the work with it very slow and precise clicks almost impossible. Thumb buttons unreachable.
Summary It might be called natural, but it is nothing, but a normal MS mouse turned on one side, which makes it completely useless for most users.