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New Microsoft BlueTrack Mice Are Way Cheap

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Microsoft Hardware is introducing three sub-$30 mice in its BlueTrack line of peripherals.

Microsoft Hardware said Thursday that it has added three new mice to its current BlueTrack Technology-based line of peripherals. The new models will be dirt cheap, costing just under $30, and includes the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, Wireless Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500.

All three were touted with the ability to "virtually" track on any surface, designed for the mobile consumer who doesn't have the room or patience to carry a mousepad. Supposedly these guys even track on glass.

All three mice are now available for pre-order on Amazon starting today, however the 2000 and 4500 won't ship until March; the 3500 model ships in April.

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    Anonymous , February 25, 2010 9:12 PM
    I have the BlueTrack 2.4 GHz Wireless Mouse 5000, and love it.
    It does indeed track on glass, and every other surface I have tried.
    The range is awesome - it works 2 rooms away (~25')!
    It was a smidge over $30, but well worth it :) 
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    XD_dued , February 25, 2010 9:05 PM
    I wonder what battery life is for wireless. Sounds like a good price :) 
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2010 9:12 PM
    I have the BlueTrack 2.4 GHz Wireless Mouse 5000, and love it.
    It does indeed track on glass, and every other surface I have tried.
    The range is awesome - it works 2 rooms away (~25')!
    It was a smidge over $30, but well worth it :) 
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    happi , February 25, 2010 10:05 PM
    I would not called it dirt-cheap, sub $30 probably ranging from 19.99 - 29.99 is decent price
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    JohnnyLucky , February 25, 2010 10:21 PM
    For the mobile consumer? They're going to wind up with so much extra stuff they'll wind having to use backpacks and suitcases to carry all the stuff around.
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2010 10:57 PM
    $30 is cheap? I think not, ive bought many $5-$10 mouses over the years. And they often work better then the expensive mice heh. Tho im currently using a higher end ms sidewinder, historically the cheapo mice have been better and lasted longer lol.
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    toastninja17 , February 25, 2010 11:09 PM
    This could be a really good, inexpensive and solid product. Microsoft isn't trying anything super-special here, which is why I think it will be a well-rounded product, given what its intended purpose is.
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    tipoo , February 25, 2010 11:33 PM
    I hope Bluetrach makes it into the Arc mouse.
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    victomofreality , February 25, 2010 11:58 PM
    meh it seems to be superior tech with minimal price increase I see a lot of companies switching to blue track in the future.
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    theubersmurf , February 26, 2010 12:38 AM
    I buy one and only one product from microsoft. Having my hand forced in terms of OSs, and the cost leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Their periphrials seem popular though. Low price point and decent quality.
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    DearSX , February 26, 2010 1:33 AM
    I'm currently using some kind of catalog as a pad, works better than a mag, and a newspaper. I'm in my living room and my mom does not like stuff on the table, so I just grab whatever is around and use it. These mice would be nice.
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    apmyhr , February 26, 2010 1:46 AM
    i just bought one of their blue track notebook mouse a while back. I figured the blue track stuff was just marketing bull shit. Therefor I almost shat my pants when I found that I could use the mouse on carpet. So its not just a marketing gimmick, it actually does work very well.
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    Gin Fushicho , February 26, 2010 2:32 AM
    Track on glass you say? I may be buying a new mouse. Since being that my whole g&dd$#n desk is glass.
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    Zinosys , February 26, 2010 5:02 AM
    As the owner of a G9x and a blueTrack mouse, I have to say yes. Both mice track on glass, although the MS mouse can skip or stall, and the G9x definitely has that quality, precision feel. But for $30, BlueTrack is definitely worth it.
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    micky_lund , February 26, 2010 5:10 AM
    thats what they should be..its low quality+[performance, so low-medium price range...not low quality+performance, high price
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    anamaniac , February 26, 2010 5:43 AM
    Cool.
    Would love a $20 wireless mouse for my living room and laptop. =)
    Using a normal mouse on the carpet and couch can be such a pain.
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    back_by_demand , February 26, 2010 8:16 AM
    Armchair remote for the HTPC? Tracks nicely on your leg, or the chair arm, or the coffee table?
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    JonnyDough , February 26, 2010 2:34 PM
    We'll see what the durability on these things is. :) 
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2010 7:53 AM
    They are cheap in many ways, the scroll wheel for example has zero tactile feedback (clicking) so if you intend to use it as a push button, you will almost ALWAYS end up scrolling up/down and the click will not register. The familiar forward/back buttons have no bite, and are a bit minute- it can honestly be hard to tell if you are even hitting them. The real gem is in the blue track- which performs excellently. Maybe the sidewinder is ok for gaming (was not one to purchase at the store) but anything from the 5000 and under line are not favorable. But for now it makes a somewhat novel temporary replacement for me, which was fairly priced.