Review of the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse
Recently Microsoft launched a number of additions to its hardware range, including the Sculpt Touch Mouse which is designed to work with Windows 8. We’ve been using it for a while now and here is our review.
Looking for a portable mouse that helps you get things done? Sculpt Touch Mouse saves time in long documents and works virtually anywhere, with no cables or transceivers to connect. And it’s designed to fit comfortably in either hand.
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the Sculpt Touch mouse, some batteries and some manuals.
A Closer Look
Fitting the two batteries is easy and just involves you turned over the mouse – just be careful as the battery cover needs to be bent slightly to fit it back in place, don’t do it too hard or it might snap!
Using the Sculpt Touch Mouse with Windows 8
Connecting the Sculpt Touch Mouse to Windows 8 via Bluetooth is simple, and you can easily adjust the settings to suit your personal preferences.
This new Sculpt Touch mouse from Microsoft is designed to be portable, so you take it with you when you are out and about and use it with your laptop. You can use it at home on your desktop if you want, but because it is designed to be portable it is slightly smaller than the average mouse and so for prolonged use it might be a little uncomfortable.
Talking of size, it fits well into the palm of your hand and is fairly light weight.
It has the usual left and right mouse buttons, although it has been designed so that those buttons are not visibly obvious, but they work and they work well.
The big feature of this mouse really is the 4 way touch scrolling on the top of the mouse. Usually you get two way (up and down) but for this mouse you can also scroll left and right which is invaluable when using with the new Windows 8 Start Screen. It works very well too and only needed the slightest of touches, which felt very natural.
As usual with hardware that uses batteries, make sure you either have a spare set ready just in case, and in fact consider swapping the batteries for a set of rechargeable ones, it will save you money in the long run, although Microsoft do claim up to 9 months of battery life, but obviously we can’t test that just yet – ask us again in 9 months!
The Sculpt Touch Mouse works with Windows, Mac and also Android tablets via Bluetooth. If your computer doesn’t have Bluetooth built in, consider buying a little Bluetooth dongle as they are very cheap.
The cost of the Sculpt Touch mouse is £49.99, but as usual look around for a good deal.
If you have Windows 8 and you want a portable mouse that using Bluetooth rather than wireless then take a look at the Sculpt Touch mouse from Microsoft.