Microsoft Hits New Low (in Price), Releases Trio of Sub-$30 'BlueTrack' Mice - HotHardware
Microsoft Hits New Low (in Price), Releases Trio of Sub-$30 'BlueTrack' Mice

Microsoft Hits New Low (in Price), Releases Trio of Sub-$30 'BlueTrack' Mice

Sure, those of us into first person shooters would love to frag our friends with a Razer Mamba or Logitech G9x, but if your gaming diet consists of Peggle with a side of Bejeweled, then there's no sense in dropping a Benjamin (or more) on a rodent. Nor will a dedicated gaming mouse level up your Microsoft Office Ribbon Hero skills (yes folks, this one actually exists - check it out here).

Lucky for you, there are no shortage of wallet-friendly rodents to choose from, including three brand new entries from Microsoft's Hardware division, each of which costs less than $30. Two of the new mice -- the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 and Wireless Mouse 2000 -- ditch their tails in favor of a Nano transreceiver, while the Comfort Mouse 4500 kicks it old school with a corded design.



All three models take advantage of Microsoft's BlueTrack technology, which means you can toss your mousepad into the dustbin and never skip a beat. As Microsoft touts it, BlueTrack makes it possible to "use a mouse anywhere and work with confidence on more surfaces than ever before," just so long as you're not trying to use it on clear glass or mirrored surfaces.

Full press release (and specific pricing info) below.

REDMOND, Wash. - Feb. 24, 2010 - Today Microsoft Hardware extends its award-winning line of BlueTrack Technology mouse products, debuting the advanced tracking technology at its lowest prices ever — under $30.1Now people have the opportunity to track on virtually any surface2 at an affordable price with three new mice to choose from — the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, Wireless Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 and Comfort Mouse 4500 will be available in bright colors just in time for spring so people can add a touch of personality to their computers.

BlueTrack Technology was created in response to people’s increasingly mobile lifestyles, letting them ditch their mouse pad and use their BlueTrack mouse virtually anywhere — from the granite kitchen counter and the wood table at the coffee shop to the armrest at the airport. Debuting in September 2008, BlueTrack Technology is now available in eight Microsoft mice so consumers can choose the best design, color and price to fit their needs.

Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 and Wireless Mouse 2000

The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 includes a Nano transceiver that sticks out less than a centimeter from the USB port, so it can remain plugged into the computer at all times, and the Wireless Mouse 2000 comes with a minitransceiver that easily snaps into the bottom of the mouse when on the go. The two mice also offer an ambidextrous shape with rubber side grips; the Wireless Mouse 2000 is a full-size mouse while the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 is a bit smaller, so people can pick the best fit for their hand size. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 will be available in Loch Ness Gray and Dragon Fruit Pink, and the Wireless Mouse 2000 will be available in gray.

Comfort Mouse 4500

The Comfort Mouse 4500 is the first wired mouse featuring BlueTrack Technology, making it a great choice for people who never want to deal with changing batteries. Like its wireless counterparts, the Comfort Mouse 4500 will track on virtually any surface2 and will be available in black as well as three fresh special-edition colors: Sea Blue, Poppy Red and Strawberry Pink.

Pricing and Availability

All the new mice are available for pre-sale on Amazon.com today. The Wireless Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500 will be available for $29.95 and $24.95,1 respectively, and will ship in March when they are widely released. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 will be available for $29.951 and ship in April when it is widely released. All three mice are backed by a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty. More information about this and other Microsoft Hardware products can be found athttp://www.microsoft.com/hardware.

About Microsoft Hardware

For more than 26 years, the Hardware Group has employed innovative engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create products of exceptional quality and durability that enhance the software experience and strengthen the connection between consumers and their PC. Microsoft Hardware leads the industry in ergonomic engineering, industrial design and hardware/software compatibility, offering consumers an easier, more convenient and more enjoyable computing experience. More information about the Hardware Group is available athttp://www.microsoft.com/hardware.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 Estimated retail price. Actual retail prices may vary.

2 BlueTrack Technology does not work on clear glass or mirrored surfaces.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed athttp://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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The Blue Track software/hardware sounds cool. I also appreciatte M$ letting out lower price line, but quality equipment. I have however used Logitech mice since my first personal build. So I am kind of attached, lol better equipment would mean a change though. However I don't neccesarily see this as better, but I will try one out some time.

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It's nice to see a decent quality mouse from MS for less than $50 I suppose. I'm also a big Logitech mouse/KB junkie and don't see that changing anytime soon.

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@rapid i agree! although it would of been better if it worked on clear glass cause my cousins and friends use a clear glass table :).

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«Today Microsoft Hardware extends its award-winning line of ...» Am I the only one who react to this type of «award-winning» self-promotion ? After all, if a major company wishes to win an award for its products, all it has to do is sponsor an award or two - as we know, there are more than enough entities out their will to «award» just about anything ! These may very well be excellent mice, but we shan't know until someone performs a reasonably objective test on them and compares them with their competitors (with, of course, allowance made for price differentials). Reproducing the firm's press release just doesn't cut the mustard....

Henri

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I used to buy MS Optical Wheel Mice at the computer shows for $4.00 each. I bought 45 of them for $100.00 once, late on a Sunday afternoon. (that's when you get the very best deals at computer shows) As a result I have a drawer full of them and sometimes give them away to people I do work for as a goodwill gesture. I never had one of them fail either, except one that I ran over with my Wheelchair.

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