Microsoft Touch Mouse | New drivers for Windows 8

The Microsoft Touch Mouse is a product almost two years old, but the arrival of Windows 8 has brought it back on the scene with a new driver that brings new gestures and shortcuts specific to the new OS. The gestures can be configured through the control panel of the mouse including a range of swipe per inch or two or three finger maneuvers familiar to anyone who uses touch screens but which is not very easy to make a mouse for, especially those with three fingers. Among the configurable actions there are the opening of the lateral bar of charms, the new start screen and so on. The vertical and horizontal scrolling is done instead by moving the finger in that direction.

Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft Touch Mouse

On paper there is everything you need to bring the experience of non-touch Windows 8 on a step slightly higher. Only on paper though, because while Shortcuts allow us to save clicks and actions, on the other hand the Touch Mouse has far more serious problems in the software side. The first is the ergonomics. The shape is symmetrical making it a good candidate for left-handers but not for those looking for an ergonomic mouse. Using for more than a year a Logitech VX Revolution and the difference is noticeable, especially in the absence of a resting place for the thumb.

Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft Touch Mouse

Ergonomics is just one part, the other problem is in the pure and simple usability even for trivial actions. The mouse is nothing but a large button, so forget too rapid succession of right-click/click of the left or concurrent because they are simply not in a mechanical level. As if that were not enough, right is often misinterpreted as left click, a problem encountered on other specimen. If these defects also add strength to the click, the lack of fluidity of the vertical scrolling and even the lack of smoothness of the legs make it so we find ourselves with an object that cancels out the advantages of tactile shortcuts and ultimately makes our lives difficult , rather than facilitate them.

Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft Touch Mouse

For a casual user who does not play, does not work, does not spend a lot of time on the computer and they do not come from an ergonomic mouse it can be an attractive purchase, but for everyone else, they should look elsewhere and towards the new ergonomic wireless models medium-high, even if they have no form of optimization towards the new Microsoft OS.

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