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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse Review

Mar 2

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016 10:26 PM  RssIcon

image My workhorse Microsoft Explorer 3.0 mouse started flaking out on me, so I needed to update it. I’m replacing it with the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic mouse, here’s my review.

In the past few months, I’ve been growing increasingly frustrated with my current workhorse mouse, the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0. It was skipping when I moved across the screens, missed double clicks, confusing single\double clicks, completely screwing up clicks and drags. It was just getting really frustrating. Problem? The Explorer mouse is so old, it’s well, ancient and not available anymore (first released in 1999 I believe). Well, it is available, but prohibitively expensive if you look at Amazon ($100C). So what’s the big deal? I LOVE the shape, heft, feel, two extra buttons, I customize one to MINimize windows for me, the rest is defaults. It just fits ME! So I am disappointed to say I think this one has to be put out to pasture.

The problem I’ve found with replacing it is, when I tried changing mice before is the feel (cheap, too light) as well as only having one button, or IF there is a second button, it’s in a weird, inaccessible spot.

I’ve looked at the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse before (when I considered the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop keyboard and mouse combo), but the baseball shape, tilting of the hand, and the Windows button placement always put me off. The keyboard itself warrants a review itself, notice I haven’t replaced my Microsoft 4000 with the Sculpt Ergonomic yet?!

Well, necessity if the mother of invention, or conversion in my case. With my Explorer mouse on the fritz, I decided to really try the Sculpt Ergonomic mouse. But I also tried the Microsoft Comfort 4500. Here is a summary of my review

Criteria\Category IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse Comfort Mouse 4500
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Connection

Cord

Wireless via USB ongle

Cord

Buttons

Each have 5 buttons, but configurations and customizing are different

Left, Middle, Right, Back, Forward (remapped to Win Minimize)

(Back and Fwd are on left side of mouse)

Left, Middle, Right, Back, Windows Start (very little options to remap)

Back button can be remapped to Min Win

Scroll wheel lets you scroll horizontally with subtle click, but click different from pushing down, less pressure required.

Left, Middle, Right, Back, Task (remapped to Win Minimize)

(Back and Task are on both sides of mouse)

Button Customizability Full, wide range Dedicated Windows Start button can't be programmed to Minimize Windows like the other two mice Full, wide range
Scroll Wheel

Clicks on spin

Can be used two or three fingered, feels good either way

Clicks on spin

Feels natural to use three fingered

Scroll wheel has tactile feedback

Scroll wheel can be used to click and scroll horizontally, side-click requires less pressure than down click.

Smooth on spin, no feedback

Hard to use three fingered

Shape Ergonomic, the palm height is supportive rather than low

Baseball, forces your hand to turn slightly sideways

Takes some time to get used to

Ergonomic but IMHO rather low for the palm
Naturalness Easy to rest hand on Since cordless, easy for mouse to become disoriented (slightly turned to one side or another) so when you goto grab it, it's not exactly where your hand expects it (blind usage take some getting used to) Easy to rest hand on
Price\Availability Unavailable, can't find anymore $70 + AA batteries $25
Notes

Nice fit, but can't really buy . Anymore. Scroll wheel has tactile feedback.

Hump feels natural while using.

The button clicks are louder than the Ergo Sculpt but not as loud as the Comfort and feel natural, solid, reassuring.

Hand turned slightly to right.

Due to cordless, sometimes when moving away, the mouse spins slightly, so when your hand returns to it, it's oriented slightly differently than how you're expecting it.

Hump feels natural while using.

The button clicks sound and feel natural, solid, reassuring.

Scroll wheel missing tactile feedback is annoying. I do like the 5th button.

Hump feels too low while using.

The button clicks are rather loud and sound "cheap"

  https://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-ca/d/intellimouse-explorer-3.0 https://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-ca/p/sculpt-ergonomic-mouse/L6V-00002 https://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-ca/p/comfort-mouse-4500/4FD-00026
Conclusions Unfortunate but ime to retire. I’m trying this one out. I found the feel to be cheap and scroll wheel unconfident and undesirable shape turned me off of this mouse.

So there you have it. I’m trying out the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse. I hope this helped you think about a few new things to consider when buying your next mouse. Now it’s time to grab a coffee and get coding!

 

 

Resources

Amazon: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0

Microsoft: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Microsoft: Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Microsoft: Microsoft Comfort 4500

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