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Microsoft breeds new generation of Windows 8-compatible mice

Alex Cocilova | May 27, 2013
Meet the second generation of rodents optimized for Windows 8: the Sculpt Mobile Mouse and the Sculpt Comfort Mouse.

Sculpt Comfort Mouse
Microsoft's Sculpt Comfort Mouse is the desktop alternative to the Sculpt Mobile, and it makes a great companion to the Sculpt Comfort keyboard that Microsoft shipped last fall. This model dispenses with the USB dongle in favor of Bluetooth wireless connectivity, making it the better choice for tablets such as Microsoft's Surface that lack USB ports to accommodate a wireless dongle. And in place of the single-function button behind the scroll wheel, there's a blue touch-sensitive button on the left side, dubbed the "Windows touch tab," where your right thumb comes to rest (southpaws won't cotton to this one).

The Sculpt Comfort Mouse has a blue touch-sensitive button on the side for right-handed mousers (lefties are out of luck).

Pressing the touch tab calls up the Windows 8 Start screen (or the Windows 7 Start menu, as the case may be), and a second press takes you to the most recent application you used. Each time you slide your thumb up the tab, Windows 8 will cycle through your open applications. Swipe your thumb down, and Windows 8 will display all your open apps so you can select the one you wish to use. If you're using Windows 7, you can use the touch-sensitive surface to open and then move up and down the Start menu.

The Sculpt Comfort's smooth, glossy-black finish is comfortable for your two resting index and middle clicking fingers, and the rubber sides and indentation for your thumb provides a comfortable grip that won't slip. A four-way scroll wheel performs the same functions as the one on the smaller Sculpt Mobile.

This mouse is large enough for average-sized hands, but you could still throw into a laptop bag with your computer or tablet.

The mouse matters
Mice are often overlooked as computer accessories, even though they're one of the primary ways we interact with our computers. These new mice from Microsoft take a big step up from ordinary with their comfortable designs and useful navigation features, tailor-made, of course, for Windows 8.


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