Updated on April 20, 2016
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse Review
As a Mac user, I’ve always found it a bit strange that Apple refuses to make a truly great ergonomic mouse or keyboard. Sure, the magic trackpad and bluetooth keyboards look great, but they tend to put your wrists in uncomfortable positions. That’s why my keyboard of choice is the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the sculpt mouse. Despite my initially mixed feelings, I decided to give the Sculpt a try for a week or so to see if my opinions might change with time. It’s clear from the get go that the sculpt mouse is not designed with Mac users in mind. The biggest issue I ran into is that the sculpt has a big blue windows button on the side. That’s great for Windows users who are used to beginning each action by going to the start menu. The button is not keyboard mapped, however, which means that for Mac users it is permanently mapped to the ctrl key.
However, there are number of redeeming features of the sculpt mouse as well. Windows users will be pleasantly surprised in particular, starting with its affordable price. The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse proves to be a solid, well designed, entry level mouse for those looking for a basic ergonomic mouse with wireless capabilities. No more zip ties or fiddling with wires on your desk! It is also stylish and surprisingly ergonomic for something that looks a lot more a ball than a typical mouse. The major downsides involve the dedicated USB dongle, which cannot be paired with multiple devices (unless purchased as a keyboard bundle) and the size, which may prove to be too small for those with large hands.
Pros of the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse:
- Size – The size is probably appropriate for an average adult, if perhaps a bit on the small side.
- Precision – The sculpt features Microsoft’s Blue Track technology, meaning that it can track on even the most reflective of surfaces, including glass!
- Style – Sleek and smooth, the Sculpt mouse looks great.
- Customizable Buttons – On Windows, at least, it is possible to create custom mappings for feature buttons
Cons of the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse:
- Shape – Shorter than many comparable mouses and shaped like a ball. This may be appealing to some users, but in practice, it means that more of your wrist may rest on the mousing surface. As I discussed in How to Use a Mouse, it is important to mouse from the arm, rather than wrist. The Sculpt may inadvertently encourage poor mousing habits.
- Button Position – The feature buttons are placed further forward than many comparable mouses, meaning that you may have to strain to reach them.
- Power Source – Relies on AA batteries. Enough said. In my experience the best ergonomic mice tend to use lithium polymer batteries and this one doesn’t, adding weight and potential hassle.
- Smudges Easily – The sleek, smooth exterior also shows smudges and fingerprints easily. Personally, I could really care less, but for some folks this is something that matters.
Considering all the pros and cons of the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, is it worth purchasing?
My personal preference leans more towards the Logitech family of mice, particularly the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse. The Sculpt lacks bluetooth connectivity, didn’t fit my hand particularly well, seemed to encourage poor mousing habits, and just didn’t feel as “sturdy” as my Logitech.
With that said, the Sculpt costs less than half as much as the Logitech, and does include a number of features found on higher end mice. The tracking quality is good, and the styling is fantastic. For a Windows user, this might make a fantastic entry level wireless ergonomic mouse.
Final Verdict: Good, but not Great