Conclusion: On the whole, both the mouse and keyboard work as advertised in Windows 7 and 8. All we have to do is turn on our computer, plug in the dongle into our computer’s USB port, power on the mouse, and voilà! While this new and improved Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop bundle is by no means perfect or cheap, if you do a lot of typing or mousing around, it’s worth splurging for a more comfortable set of tools that can help minimize strain on your body.
Pros: Encourages proper posture, Modular number pad design, One USB dongle connects the entire bundle
Cons: Expensive, Some media keys don't work consistently, USB Adapter sticks out too far
Excerpt: As an everyday user of Apple's Magic Mouse, it has become the heart and soul of my everyday computing. Touch gestures have made it into nearly everyone's lives and a mouse with touch gesture use is just, well, Magic. Once the USB receiver is in, your PC does its thing and auto-detects the mouse. But, it goes a bit further than that. It detects the mouse and prompts to download the additional software online.
Summary: This is everything the Apple Magic mouse failed to be; it offers the best of both a mouse and touchpad with almost none of the negatives of either. If you can live with its slight learning curve and slippery body, it will make your Office-Fu more effective.
Pros: Multi-touch sensitive touchpad built into the top of the mouse, Short and simple learning curve, Truly ambidextrous design, Productivity boost for power users
Cons: Less than optimal grip areas, Touch sensitive area can be a tad too sensitive, Windows 7 only, Only 1000 DPI sensitivity, No customization of the touch commands, Sluggish vertical scroll
Excerpt: The Microsoft Touch Mouse combines a traditional mouse with multitouch gestures to make navigating and using Windows 7 on a desktop computer just like a notebook with a touchpad. While a little expensive, it is very responsive, comfortable to use and intuitive.
Pros: Easy to setup, Attractive, comfortable design, Responsive touch surface
Cons: A little costly, Only Windows 7 supported, No gesture for zooming
Summary: The Microsoft Touch Mouse offers slick control and a sleek design. This device is comfortable for long-term use, and it interpreted our gestures accurately. We especially like how the IntelliPoint software makes it easier to multitask than the Windows 7 OS does by default. Overall, the Touch Mouse is a great peripheral for laptops and desktops running Windows 7.
Pros: Easy to install, Quick and responsive multitouch gestures, Sleek, comfortable design, Software makes it easier to multitask
Cons: A tad expensive, Doesn't perform pinch-to-zoom, Only works with Windows 7 systems
Summary: Microsoft has priced the Touch Mouse at Rs. 3,999 in India. They say that the product is made for lifestyle users and therefore, there’s a very niche audience for this product. Apart from the weight and the slippery feel of the mouse, we’re quite pleased with it. A slightly lower price tag and perhaps a charging dock and use of lithium-ion batteries would’ve done a lot for it.
Conclusion: We wanted to love the Touch Mouse, but something stopped us. The button press system just doesn't work that well. There were multiple times when right clicking did nothing at all, and we had to repeat the action to get our computer to respond. Then there's the weight of the thing. It's a real issue, and one that made us feel quite uncomfortable using. Wireless mice are usually a little bit heftier than their wired cousins.
Pros: Stylish, touch sensitive, includes tiny wireless adaptor
Cons: Heavy, sluggish, requires fairly fast computer, single mouse button too stiff, touch gestures aren't perfect, quite expensive