Microsoft Sculpt Touch Bluetooth Mouse Review

Microsoft Sculpt Touch Bluetooth Mouse - featured

I was kindly sent a Microsoft Sculpt Touch Bluetooth Mouse to review by the folks at EBuyer. Portable mice are always a key element for road warriors, but connectivity and battery life have been an issue for Bluetooth mice in the past, and I wanted to see if the latest offering from Microsoft had tackled these issues.

For testing I paired the mouse with a Dell E5440 laptop running Windows 7 Pro and also with an Acer T100 Transformer book running Windows 8.1. There is no Bluetooth dongle however, so any device you want to use it with must have Bluetooth included, or you’ll have to buy your own dongle.

Wireless mice can suffer from lag, meaning there is a small delay between the mouse being moved and the pointer responding on screen, however the Microsoft Sculpt Touch has no noticeable issue with this, movements were always responsive, and I never felt I was waiting for the pointer to ‘catch up’.

Microsoft Sculpt Touch Bluetooth Mouse - side view

Hardware

The Sculpt Touch mouse doesn’t come with a bag or pouch but due to its slim size – it weighs approximately 100 grams including the batteries and measures 96mm L x 63mm W x 33mm D so slips away in the pocket of a laptop bag without issue.

Unlike many travel low profile mice, this sits high enough to ‘fill’ the palm of your hand making it comfortable to use for extended periods.

The Sculpt Touch takes 2 x AA batteries, which means its easy to pick some up if you ever run out while travelling, however Microsoft claim an exceptional battery life of “up to 9 months” which will obviously depend on usage, but even half of this would be impressive. There is also a physical on/off button on the underside, which is great to save battery life, and means there is no chance of a key being knocked while in your bag and turning the mouse on.

Microsoft Sculpt Touch Bluetooth Mouse - underside with batteries

 

For most basic actions, there is no need to install any drivers, simply connecting to the laptop via Bluet ooh provides all the core functions you’ll need, but for more granular control over things like pointer movement speed, acceleration etc. you can download the Mouse and Keyboard Center software from Microsoft which gives you some additional settings.

The four way touch scrolling is an odd sensation, there are no moving parts to the touch area, you simply swipe left and right or forward and backward and your movement is picked up. This will be good in the long term as there is less opportunity for dirt or anything else to get in and gunk up the mechanism. There is however tactile feedback as you move across the touch area ‘simulating’ the movement of a wheel. It’s a nice idea, but feels very odd in operation, particularly as it employs kinetic scrolling, so an sudden swipe will lead to the prolonged scrolling of the feedback, while the actual mouse display will simply stop at the end of the gesture.

In Windows 7 the scrolling works in all directions for windows that support it – web browsers or image editors for example. In Windows 8 you get this, plus support for scrolling up and down, left and right through the live tiles interface which is nice and very handy for those devices without touch screens.

In Summary

The the retail price of £49 I’d really suggest looking into other options, but at the discounted online prices like the £25 that Ebuyer have it for, its good value for money and a quality mouse albeit with the compromise of the unusual haptic feedback.

>> Buy the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Bluetooth Mouse from Ebuyer for £24.99

This post was written by Rob Gordon, an IT geek, gadget lover and blogger. Rob has been using the internets since 1994 when the only streaming video was that coffee pot in Cambridge (rip).... Follow Rob on Twitter - @robgordon - about.me/robgordonuk