Review: Microsoft Notebook Mouse for Mac

Ever since I got my MacBook Pro back in June, I’ve been on the hunt for a decent bluetooth mouse. I wanted something portable, small, and easy to use, without being a small fortune to purchase. Sure, wireless mice are neat too, but I always worry about losing that tiny dongle. Then there’s the Apple Magic Mouse, but I’ve covered my debacle with the Magic Mouse here before.

Through it all, I watched a buddy of mine use his Microsoft Notebook mouse, and resisted the urge to buy one. I had used small mice before, and they never really felt right in my hand. Then recently, he tells me about his shiny new Magic Mouse, so I ask him what he’s doing with his old one. “Nothing. You want it?” Now that’s an easy way to save $50.

Pairing it up with my MBP took no time at all, just a quick stop at System Preferences | Mouse, then to Set Up Bluetooth Mouse, then pushing the button on the bottom of the device. In no time flat I was surfing the web.

How do I like it? Well, it’s nice. As expected, my pinky and ring finger don’t fit on the mouse so they drag the desktop as I work. Turns out, that doesn’t bother me as much as I seemed to remember. This mouse also has a higher profile than most notebook mice, so even though it’s fairly bulky for carrying in a bag, it’ll still fit just fine and fit in the hand even better.

That said, the side buttons are the only real issue I have with it. It comes with one back button on the left, and the scroll wheel acts as a fourth button as well. Unfortunately, I can’t find a way to program them, so I can’t get them to work the way I want to. It’s not a huge issue, but every time I click to go back a window, I end up pulling up Expose instead. Hopefully there’s a workaround for it.

At $50, it’s not a bad deal, and at $41 on NewEgg, it’s even better. Of course, if you can get one for free like I did, take it. You won’t be disappointed.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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  1. Programming the microsoft mouse is easy – go to the microsoft web site and find the driver for it – Intellipoint – it gets installed as a preference on your Mac. With that you can customize the wheel and button, pointer speed, scrolling, etc.

  2. great…thanks for the article…I’m not a fan of M$ but as the new Apple Expert at my Best Buy…I am always looking for different accessories to offer my clients because to each his own…and our profit margin on M$ accessories is better than that of the Magic Mouse…which everyone loves…sorry you don’t…lol

    feel free to do more 3rd party Mac accessory articles so I can use them to build my Apple department into the amazing success I know it will be…since we are South Beach, Miami Beach, FL…thanks