Microsoft Sculpt Comfort 3-Button Mouse Review

Microsoft sculpt 3 Mouse-1 Microsoft took a shot at giving us a new and innovative way to access the metro, flipping through active metro apps, and reaching the metro app menu with their “Sculpt Comfort” mouse.

The innovation comes in the form of the not-so-subtle blue button on the side where your thumb goes. this is not just a button to push, but a light swipe from the bottom to the top of this button, and you’ll flip to your most recently active app. From top – down, and you’ll open your app tray on the left side of the screen.

The good:
This is a typical Bluetooth mouse for the most part. The battery life is fantastic, and of course you don’t have to worry about plugging it in. Everyone loves cordless!

The button gestures make flipping from app to app quick, similar to the alt+tab function on your keyboard. The gestures are completely customization in the mouse’s software interface.

Scrolling is very fluid.

Connecting the mouse to your system is quick, pairing takes only a few seconds.

The rest:
My biggest complaint about this mouse is that it didn’t come with a USB dongle. The Microsoft Sculpt Comfort mouse relies on your system’s built-in or after market Bluetooth capabilities. If you got a desktop without Bluetooth  you’re out of luck. Great for laptops and tablets that have Bluetooth built it, but aside from that, not much good.

My distaste for Bluetooth is long standing. I was turned off by it with flaky connections between phones and earpieces as far back as 2004, and this makes me feel like the last nine years has done little if anything to improve the technology.

The blue ultra-sensitive button is right where your thumb goes. I found myself frequently opening the metro by accident. The up / down swipe gesture is a little flaky, sometimes it doesn’t bother to work, so you do it a couple times, perhaps add a little pressure, and commonly accidentally push it opening the whole metro.

I don’t particularly like the shape, I find it isn’t tall enough to really fill my palm enough, so I grip mostly by the sides with my thumb and pinky, which of course, makes using the blue button a little more inconvenient.

I believe they made this Bluetooth rather than including a dongle to make it more of a mobile option. Less moving parts to worry about. However, the mouse itself is a little big for such a thing. It’s pretty much the same size as a standard wired mouse; not exactly the sort of thing you can drop into your pocket comfortably.

To summarize, all in all it’s a little too big to be my first choice for mobility, a little too unreliable to stay connected a full day, and a little too uncomfortable to call a “comfort” mouse.

The Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse will run you about $40 US.

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