With its latest peripherals, Microsoft did some digging into what its customers wanted, and, not surprisingly, what they want is an easy way to quickly access the Windows 8 Start screen. The $29.95 Sculpt Mobile Mouse has a dedicated Windows button that returns you to the Start screen just like the Windows key on your keyboard, but does this pointing device really make Microsoft's operating system easier to use?
Unfortunately, users who like side buttons like those on the Microsoft Mobile Mouse 4000 will be disappointed. If you want to go back in your browser, you'll need to scroll all the way up to the back button and click it.
On the bottom lies a compartment for the single AA battery needed to operate the mouse, as well as a power toggle and a Bluetooth button. The Sculpt Mobile Mouse is smaller than most standard-size mice, and its compact, wireless design appeals to those who want to toss it in their bag to use wherever they go.
Setting up the Sculpt Mobile Mouse is a breeze. After we secured the battery in its compartment on the bottom of the mouse and flipped the power switch, the light on the bottom of the Sculpt Mobile Mouse shined blue. We then inserted the USB dongle into our computer and waited as Windows automatically downloaded some drivers. The entire process just took a few minutes.
Pressing down on the right button made a right-click, just like on our regular mouse, and we used the middle-click to activate the wheel button. All click gestures were accurate, and worked without a hitch.
The real appeal of the Sculpt Mobile Mouse is its Windows button, which provides easy access to the Start screen. By clicking the Windows 8 button on the top of this mouse from whatever app you're in, you're instantly returned to the Windows 8 Start screen, where you can access any of your Live Tiles.
|Size||1.1 x 3.75 x 2 inches|