Cracking open Microsoft's Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000

Notebook Mouse 3000: The antenna

Here's a closeup of the antenna used to broadcast the mouse's movements and clicks to the notebook receiver.

This Microsoft mouse model broadcasts at 27 MHz and features a reliable range of approximately six feet. The device's optical sensor, meanwhile, reads up to 6,000 frames per second.


Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...