January 5th 2011 10:57 pm

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conclusion:We're mixed

78 May 20th 2012 1:15 pm

With its gesture-based controls, Microsoft's Touch Mouse provides unparalleled control over your Windows 7 environment. However, to take full advantage of it, you essentially have to relearn everything you ever knew about working with a mouse, from scrolling to clicking to minimizing and maximizing windows (the gestures can be disabled from the Control Panel if you like the feel of the mouse and don't want to use them). The Touch Mouse does have a good, comfortable feel in the hand, and if you're willing to take the time to get used to its gestures, you may find it useful. But if you're happy with the level of control you get from your current mouse, there's little reason to switch.

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Critic reviews

7.3
7 reviews
  • Ergonomics / comfort
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Configurability
    6.9
  • Accuracy
    7.4
  • Portability
    6.0

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User reviews

7.8
25 reviews
9.0
PC Mag Aug 11, 2011

Looking for a PC equivalent of Apple's Magic Mouse? The Microsoft Touch Mouse is it, and as unique and useful a pointing device as you'll find for Windows 7 PCs.

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8.0
TechCrunch Sep 3, 2011

After getting hands-on with the Touch Mouse, it really is an entirely new sense of control over your machine that is, in short, delightful. Again, the idea is fantastic. But until they can make those controls more reliable, it’s hard to recommend it.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 16, 2011

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.

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8.0
CNET Aug 26, 2011

We like the Microsoft Touch Mouse for its thoughtful, complementary gestures that simplify the experience of moving in and around Windows 7 applications.

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5.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 21, 2011

We wanted to love the Touch Mouse, but something stopped us. The button press system just doesn't work that well... The touch gestures are clever, but until you get used to them require extra thought, something which a lot of people won't want to fuss about with.

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4.0
TechRadar Sep 7, 2011

It's horrible to use, and prone to randomness. Microsoft is responsible for some of the most important mice in history of PCs. This, unfortunately enough, really isn't one of them.

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7.0
Everything USB Sep 12, 2011

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.

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9.0
brett brett

I have been wanting this mouse since it was first announced. Finally Microsoft has created a great looking mouse that eliminated the scroll wheel. The industrial design is great. It can fit large or small hands comfortably and is definitely suitable for long periods of use without pain. The matte...

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7.0
marc marc

The Microsoft Touch Mouse has a lot going for it, if you're willing to take the time to learn to use its gesture-based system — and if you're comfortable using it. That could be a tall order for some people, since it's a very different user experience than working with a mouse, or even with a...

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6.0
Vas Vas

Positives: 1. Premium quality. 2. Very good interaction capabilities. 3. Elegant and ergonomic. 4. Good laser track technology. Negatives: 1. Questionable design for the button surface - big part of the mouse is moving while clicking. 2. Lack of third button - very annoying 3. Big battery...

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7.0
dees dees

Just a basic (2-button + vertical scroll) mouse to other operating systems, and the touch controls cannot be re-calibrated to avoid accidental gestures. I know it's designed for portability, but a full-palm size mouse would be way more comfortable for a grown man like myself, and then I might...

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8.0
sergeyd sergeyd

In theory - the best mouse can be! Some features are very cool and even useful. I'm using it for about one week and honestly can't tell that I'm happy with it. The first thought is that you can get used to it, but before that mouse I used "Magic Mouse" from Apple and can definitely say that you...

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9.0
DantheMan DantheMan

This mouse is everything I hoped it would be; responsive, comfortable and mostly effortless to use. Perfectly integrated into Windows and all of the gestures are geniunely useful, particularly for window management with Aero Snap to dock windows on the side or maximize/minimize in one step. The...

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9.0
dotCARBON dotCARBON

I was initially concerned about the touch accuracy based on Amazon reviews, but don't be fooled: the mouse is smooth. Scrolling responds instantly and does smooth, pixel-by-pixel movement. The gestures are easy to remember and really accurate. I've done a few I didnt mean to, but those times are...

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7.0
livedevil livedevil

Scrolling w/o wheel, Areo snapping, switching app, maximize / minimise windows, going back/ forward/pan for webpage by a flick of your fingers on the mouse is flicking awesome. Inadditional to the functional gesture, it still retain the precision of traditional mouse. That is Functional magic,...

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