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How good is BlueTrack cursor precision compared to MLT04?

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I have a few BlueTrack mice at home namely the Comfort Mouse 6000 and Comfort Mouse 4500. How do these mice compare to gaming mice in terms of cursor precision to the Wheel Mouse Optical and IntelliMouse Explorer? Can someone explain to me which mouse is more precise/accurate and why. Is the BlueTrack a worthy replacement for the old Microsoft mice?

I have tried both and I like both of the mice but no one really seems to mention BlueTrack why?

The only con is 125 Hz max polling rate.

Supposedly, BlueTrack technology combines the best of both worlds its basically laser and optical in one... the beam itself is blue and apparently much wider than laser and optical mice.


Edited by Mancubus - 6/4/13 at 8:05am
post #2 of 9
at 125hz they both suck at an equal rate when it comes to perfect control, but the bluetrack should be able to track on more surfaces (not that any gamer would need that.)

Any reason you didnt ask this in the other thread regarding the Comfort 6000?
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Supposedly, BlueTrack technology combines the best of both worlds its basically laser and optical in one... the beam itself is blue and apparently much wider than laser and optical mice.

Bluetrack - Blue Optical LED
Optical - Any color LED
Laser - VCSEL

By definition, All of these are Optical mice. (Optical Laser, Optical LED etc...) Underlying framerate and image array tech is the same, and varies by architectural differences, specific driver etc.. Unless we're talking about Philips Twin Eye which utilizes doppler methodology.

There are specific sensors available that can alternate between both VCSEL and LED solutions.

As Axaion has mentioned, the only benefit will be surface compatibility as that is one of the key points of BT.

In terms of IPS speed, BlueTrack will perform better @ 125hz rate. It has a larger data path compared to 8 bit SoC MLT 04. That 72 IPS rating is completely justified. Intelli will only pull 40 IPS @ 125hz and around 60 on 200hz PS/2.

The new BT mice would likely do even better if MS wanted to squeeze out performance. Granted they are designed for office use in mind.

Precision wise, I subjectively prefer the intellmouse @ same polling rate. I'm sure I would also like BT if they rewrote the tracking algoritm.
Edited by Skylit - 6/4/13 at 1:52pm
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What about BlueTrack sensors found in the newest Wireless Mobile Mouse series? Are they the same as the ones found in wired ones? The specs seem to be the same: Dynamically adaptable framerate up to 8000, 72 IPS malfunction speed and 1000 DPI fixed.

Me personally, I find the Comfort 6000 to be roughly similar precision wise to the Logitech G400 but it has a far nicer shape and seems to be a lot lighter. However there are several issues that may affect certain users:

1) The middle button click has a input delay of 300 ms. This makes this mouse practically unusable for programmes such as CAD.

2) The polling rate is fixed and 125 Hz and cannot be adjusted via hidusbf.

3) The build quality is rather poor compared to this mouse predecessor (IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0) and over time the clicks will become very sticky and unresponsive after which even slight pressure decrease on either buttons could result in it clicking again.



If these issues could be corrected than the Comfort 6000 could certainly be a decent mouse and probably be as good if not better than high end gaming mice in every aspect. The main issue is that obviously that the quality simply isn't there when compared to the mouse that had it all right (IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0).
Edited by Mancubus - 6/4/13 at 3:50pm
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Also, the Comfort Mouse 6000 also has prediction although its quite mild:




All in all compared to what the competition has to offer I will continue to say that this mouse is fairly good. But ONLY by modern standards, make no mistake that this mouse is nowhere near as good as the mice Microsoft have made in the past but it definitely beats most modern non-gaming orientated mice.
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MS's race to the bottom in operating systems, mice, and consoles.
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dno whats up with them.. are they not picking up all the feedback they got on the mlt04 even after these years? if I knew my 10 year old device had such a fanbase I would try to make a successor asap.
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Originally Posted by jayfkay View Post

dno whats up with them.. are they not picking up all the feedback they got on the mlt04 even after these years? if I knew my 10 year old device had such a fanbase I would try to make a successor asap.

yeah why they dont want to make good sensor that 0.1% of consumers care about.
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actually they are a powerful agenda, not just some company, so they could change that and educate people and at the same time, market a new mouse in this segment.
if not, then they could simply rerealese the mlt04 in a new shell with better switches that is better suited for gaming, as a "tribute" or revamp if u will.

also making slight adjustments to that sensor wouldnt be that costly or hard.. i dno man, just saying that there is possibilities that would also net them profit if done right.

all these big companies have so many possiblities.. but i guess we will have to endure the DPI marketing another 3 years at least (but srsly.. 11k dpi is already way too much even for a 6 screen setup), will probably switch over to framerate, and then to something else untill they start to actually improve on rly important things..
or until Skylit releases his new ultra precise ball mouse concept tongue.gif
Edited by jayfkay - 11/17/13 at 8:00pm
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