Microsoft introduces the Surface Precision Mouse, which could easily be the best mouse you always wanted. The company has been making mice for a long time, but this new one is designed specifically with better ergonomics and more buttons for anyone who prefers more functionalities.
Surface Precision Mouse design
At a glance, the Surface Precision Mouse looks very similar to the Logitech MX Master S2 mouse, and that’s OK, because it’s also one of the best mouse you can get today. (I have one and it works amazing.)
Alongside the ergonomic design with the thumb rest, the Surface-brand mouse also includes three customizable buttons that can be easily programed to execute almost any task, such as starting a program, save a document, run a macro, and much more.
|Precision Surface Mouse tech specs|
|Design||Ergonomic design with side grips
|Dimensions||4.8 x 3.05 x 1.7 (122.6 mm x 77.6 mm x 43.3 mm)|
|Weight||4.76 ounces (135 grams) including rechargeable batteries
|Buttons||6 buttons, including right and left click and scroll wheel button|
|Scrolling||Smooth or magnetic detent customizable horizontal and vertical scrolling.|
|Interface||USB 2.1, Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0/4.1/4.2|
|Wireless Frequency||2.4GHz frequency range|
|Battery Life||Up to 3 months
|Battery||Rechargeable lithium ion battery (included)|
|Compatibility||Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 8.1 – fully customizable
Windows 10 S1
Windows 7 (USB mode only, cable included)
To be used in wireless mode, host device(s) must support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.
(Note: many Apple and Windows 7 devices do not support these versions.)
Customization of buttons and Smart Switch2 only available by using Mouse and Keyboard Center Software. Not available on Windows 10 S.
Control multiple PCs at once
Perhaps the best feature is that you can pair the Surface Precision Mouse with up to three devices, and use the mouse on those three devices at the same time. (You have a similar feature with the Logitech MX Master S2 using the Flow software.)
There is also a button above the scroll wheel that allows you to switch between line-by-line or infinite scrolling. You won’t find a middle button, but if required, pressing down the scroll wheel simulates this functionality.
You can also connect the Surface mouse using Bluetooth LE 4.2 or using a micro USB cable. However, all the connectivity options are compatible with Windows 10. The mouse is compatible with Apple macOS and Windows 7, but it’ll only work over USB, and if you have an Android device, you’ll need to pair it using Bluetooth.
Another caveat with the Surface Precision Mouse is that you can only customize the extra buttons or use it with up to three devices with Windows 10. Unfortunately, this also exclude Windows 10 S, because it uses the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center app that is not available through the Store.
However, this shouldn’t be a problem for many users, as Windows users are the ones more likely to get this mouse.
If you’re looking for an ergonomic and functional mouse, the Surface Precision Mouse should be in your short list, even more if you’re a Windows 10 user. It’s expected to be available sometime in November in the United States and Canada (with preorders starting in November 9). It’ll cost $99, which is very close to the Logitech MX Master S2 mouse. Though, the older MX Master, which still a pretty good mouse can now be found for around $60.