Five button action
The 6000 has five buttons: your standard left and right mouse buttons, the scroll wheel button, and two buttons along each side of the mouse. The scroll wheel isn’t notched but rolls smoothly, and it can be nudged left or right for horizontal scrolling.
The button feel solid when you click them, and don’t require much effort. Micorosft uses rubber on the sides of the 6000, which provides a nice grip.
The buttons are programmable through Microsoft’s IntelliPoint software, which installs as a System Preference pane. Microsoft includes version 6.3.1 of its IntelliPoint software on a CD, but don't install the 6.3.1 software; I encountered an error message when installing the software on Snow Leopard, though the software still appeared as a pane in System Preferences.
Go to Microsoft’s Web site and download IntelliPoint 7. If you’re running Snow Leopard, IntelliPoint 7 is compatible with the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the OS.
The 6000 uses one AA battery. Microsoft says a that a battery should last “up to 10 months.” I had no power problems during my testing.
The one drawback to the 6000 is purely about comestics and doesn’t affect the functionality of the mouse—it’s about the glossy finish on the mouse body.
The glossy black, combined with the the shiny silver detailing, makes the mouse look sophisticated, but I scratched the glossy surface while removing the 6000 from its plastic packaging. And the finish started to lose its luster after repeated stowing in my backpack.
The Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 is a nice mouse, nice enough to be used on a regular basis, not just when you’re traveling with your laptop. If you use Snow Leopard, be sure to download the IntelliPoint driver software.