Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Review

This travel mouse includes BlueTrack technology

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The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 is a laser travel mouse that features the company’s BlueTrack technology. It’s a step down from the Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 in price, although not necessarily in features. 

Design

The mouse was originally offered in a variety of artist-signed designs as part of Microsoft’s Studio Series, some of which were available exclusively through Best Buy. Currently, it is available in four solid colors.

 The side thumb grips have a rubberized finish. 

Like all good travel mice should, the 3500 uses a nano receiver, and it has a sturdy receiver placeholder in the mouse for it if you don't want to leave it plugged in. Microsoft now includes a push-button placeholder with many of its travel mice, so you don't have to worry about the receiver dislodging itself.

The 3500 runs for up to eight months before you need to change the batteries. A battery status indicator lets you know when the battery power is low. You can conserve battery power by turning off the mouse when you aren't using it.

The design of the mouse is ambidextrous, so you can use it comfortably with either hand.

What Is BlueTrack?

Microsoft's BlueTrack technology is designed to let you mouse on almost any type of surface, including the jeans on your leg, the carpet in your living room, or the granite counter tops in your kitchen. It does not work on mirrors or clear glass.

As with other BlueTrack-capable mice from Microsoft, the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 works smoothly and seamlessly with zero lag or connectivity problems.

Compatibility

The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 is compatible with Windows 7 and newer Windows versions. It is also compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10, and some Android mobile devices.

Buttons

The only real weakness of the 3500 is that it features a standard three-button design with a left-click button, right-click button, and scroll wheel. There are no programmable side buttons, so if you're dependent on those, look elsewhere (like the 6000, for example).

On the plus side, this mouse features detent scrolling, which is tactile, click-to-click scrolling. Some users love this feature and some don't.

The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 is reasonably priced for a basic three-button mouse. That BlueTrack technology itself is worth paying for.