Back in December we reviewed the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse, which co-launched with the Surface Book 2. The mouse not only has neat features like running simultaneously across three computers (Smart Switch), but it is quite comfortable to use too.
Previously only available in grey to match the Surface Book, Surface Laptop, and Surface Pro it looks like Microsoft quietly has added a new, all-black version with silver accents. The name has also shifted from Surface Precision Mouse to just Precision Mouse as well (the Surface Precision Mouse is still available, as expected).
We were tipped off to the new color variant by Thomas M who noticed online and we're not sure when it came out, but it's new to us. Selling for the same $99.99 ($89.99 with education or military discount) the all-black Precision Mouse is the same as the grey one besides the apparent shift in color.
We don't want to reach an early conclusion here, but the matte black with silver accents looks darn good. It should also make non-Surface owners quite happy who have more traditional PC box setups at their home or office.
|Features||Surface Precision Mouse|
Molded TPE side grip and thumb rest
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0/4.1/4.2 Low Energy|
|Range||At least 16 feet (5 meters) in office environment|
|Power supply||Rechargeable (USB)|
|Dimensions||122.6 mm x 77.6 mm x 43.3 mm (L x W x D)|
|Compatibility||Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (USB only)|
mac OS X 10.12+ (USB mode only)
We'll see about picking one up to grab some photos of it to get a better idea of what it looks like in real life. In the meantime, you can order it from Microsoft, Best Buy or even Amazon (who has it for $94) and let us know in comments what you think- hot or not?
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
Yes, now make the Surface keyboard (with finger print scanner) in black too
I literally just bought the silver one a week ago. Might have to return it and swap out if they release a black Surface Keyboard
They should release a surface in black with the chrome and blacked out logo edition
Meh. The Intellimouse is half the price and without the gee-whiz nonsense of a 3-device setup and whatnot. Plus, the Intellimouse already matches my black/dark silvery grey aesthetic of my peripherals and Dell monitor. OK, I will admit that the Precision Mouse looks hot in black.
I own the silver Precision Mouse as well as a Logitech MX Master 2. I really want to like the Precision Mouse, but two things about it are a deal-breaker: 1) The activation force for the buttons on the Precision Mouse is just a tad higher than other mice I've owned. It might not seem like a big deal at first, but if you play any mouse-intensive games with it, you'll definitely notice it. My index finger started to hurt and I had to switch back to the MX Master 2. 2) The thumb-rest on the Precision Mouse is made of some soft-touch rubber that stains and wears out after a while. It does look pretty hideous. I hope this new SKU isn't just a new paintjob, that they've actually fixed these issues.
Thanks for pointing that out, I had a Surface Arc Touch Mouse (the early one with touch stripe) and it was the gray one, and has the same wear and staining issue as you describe... It looked horrible after a month, and then it failed on me on the 6th month, while the original Arc mouse (with usb receiver) lasted me 6 years... It was a very regretful pechar, so I want to get the MX Anywhere 2 or maybe the Master... But i really loved the low profile of the former... Either way I want a mouse that charges with USB C, so maybe I'll just wait
Thanks for this. I've been on the fence for ages about getting a SPM. I own a white MXM2S, grey/black MXM2, and 2 older MX Master mice.
I don't want to see an expensive mouse look rough after a month. That is a flat-out deal breaker.
I've had it for a couple of weeks now. Really like the black because the grey one was getting fingerprint stains. Having the side buttons a set to copy and paste and the wheel click to open the Snipping Tool is pretty awesome. If the Smart Switch supported drag /drop or copy/paste like some Logitechs do would make it much more useful. Had to change out my mouse pad and Surface Ergo keyboard to match the black though.
Does this mean we get a Jet black Surface product line?
That would be awesome :D
Why doesn't anybody just use mouse without borders. It supports copy paste for files words spans across screens includes a mouse wrap
It is a lot of money for a mouse, the most I paid is around £50 for a logitech and that was too much, I still got it, tucked behind the keyboard for the odd games I play. the mouse I use everyday now is a Anker vertical mouse, cost me £20, a great little mouse and it did not take me that long to get used to it. My only bugbear is that it is cordless and I do not normally buy cordless mice, but the batteries seems to last for a long time. I did have to put the dongle on the end of a usb extension cable and stick it to the bottom of my desk, as the mouse would not work that well with it on the back of my computer.
This is good news, and gives me hope that they might release a burgundy edition to match my Surface! If they do it'll be an insta-buy for me.
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