Microsoft Adaptive Accessories – Unboxing & Hands-On
Now today we are unboxing and taking a first look at Microsofts new adaptive accessories, uh yep Microsoft sent over a pizza box, but inside this pizza box is uh four of its new adaptive accessories. We have the Adaptive Hub, we have the Adaptive button, we have the Adaptive Mouse and we have the Adaptive Mouse tail so well be unboxing all of these in this video uh, putting it all together, uh setting it all up and taking a first look at how All of these work so lets dive straight in so lets begin with the Adaptive Mouse. This is a tiny little square, thats a mouse and the whole point of these accessories is that they can be built upon. They can be added to Via 3D printing or, however, you want to create these extensions. The whole point is you: can you can shape it in any way you want. So, as you can see in the Box here we get our literature as well as the mouse itself within this little sleeve. Here we have a very brief sort of tutorial on how to set this up as well as our and our charging cable. This is a USBC to USB a cable which is pretty standard and thats how you charge this if we take out the sort of mouse itself, its very tiny Mouse, as you can see here, lets take off this wrapping and show you what it looks like here. We are, this is the mouse very clicky buttons which is really nice to hear and um yeah.
Like I said this is designed to be built upon, you can attach things and Microsoft has sent over its Mouse tail, which well unbox in just a second, which is an example of what you can do to this little puck. To enhance it and sort of create. Your own accessory with it. So if we pull off this little back bit here, that is where you can detach the thing that comes with it, and then you can reattach other sort of accessories that either you 3D print or you can buy from somebody else. Who may have 3D printed it already so yeah lets grab the uh Mouse tail here and show you how this goes together. So this is a sort of ergonomic Mouse tent. It has a thumb rest on it and um yeah its a very basic sort of accessory. Very plasticky, but again thats the whole point. These are sort of 3D printed things. So if we pop that off here and connects to the mouse tail, we now have a fully functioning sort of mouse looking thing and it functions just as youd expect. It feels like a normal Mouse and I can now begin Mouse around begin Mouse around. I can now begin mousing around uh on my computer now whats great about this is that the thumb rest here is actually replaceable and you can swap it around as well. So if I pull this off here and switch it over if youre left handed, for example, you can use this mouse left handed just fine, you can jump into settings and also flip the uh.
The left and right click buttons, and that is pretty awesome and you can also use it without the thumb rest. If thats, something youd prefer like this, its kind of like a chunkier surface Arc Mouse, which is pretty funny, but there you have it. That is the the mouse tail and thats just one example of what you can do with this Mouse uh. Thanks to its you know, ability to build off. You can 3D print your own things. You could 3D print something completely different if you wanted um but thats. The um accessory that Microsoft sells as the sort of demo, or example accessory as to what you can do with this adaptive Mouse, which is pretty awesome all right up. Next lets, take a look at the Adaptive button and the Adaptive Hub. Now these go hand in hand uh, whereas the mouse can sort of be connected to a PC on its own. These two go together, so you have to use the Adaptive Hub to connect an Adaptive button to a PC but thats good, because you can connect multiple adaptive buttons to the hub and then switch the Hub between PCS with the click of a button which is really Nice anyway, heres the Adaptive button itself. This is a sort of d pad uh similar to the elite. Xbox Elite controllers d pad has nine buttons on it and you can configure all of those buttons to do something different via Microsofts accessory Center, app uh, quick impressions of the buttons.
The buttons are quite mushy on this, which uh isnt great, then tactile feedback is quite um, its almost non existent, its very difficult to actually tell if you press the button or not. I dont know if thats just my unit but something I figured Id note heres. What you get in the little sleeve here, you get your literature and you get a USBC to USBC, cable and thats, because you can either connect this to the hub wirelessly or you can connect it via USBC as well heres, the Hub itself. Again, we have our literature here and the Hub which looks like this very small. All of this is plastic feels very nice. As you can see, shows fingerprints like nobodys business, use three USB C ports on the front there, five uh 3.5 millimeter jacks on the back for assistive Technologies, and then we have our USBC ports on the side. There we have our profile switcher, our Bluetooth, uh pair button, our accessories pair button, there power button and, as I mentioned, a USBC charging power port on the other side, so lets get all of this set up actually wait before we do that lets quickly. Look at the literature any different, no its the same. We have a USB a to use, VC, cable, and that is about it. So lets get these all set up here. So to do this, the mouse is very easy, its just like a normal Bluetooth mouse.
You connect it via Windows, bluetooth, settings and uh. You should be good to go connecting any of these accessories will automatically download the Microsoft accessories app, which is where you can configure them. So by default, the DPI in this mouse was set to 1600. I think or 1800 it was very high, so jumping into the Microsoft accessories app allows you to turn that down, which is the first thing I do. I turn it down to about a thousand so its a little bit easier to use on this small screen, but once theyre in here, as you can see, uh lets get to the app itself lets go through the um setup process, so heres the Adaptive Mouse. If we tap on that youll see all of the settings as well as a quick sort of tutorial on how to get started, so we can set different dpis, of course, which is like. I said the first thing I go in and do we also have uh? You can customize all the buttons you can change their function and purpose you can swap them around if youd like, and you can also add different mouse tails, as we have just demoed a minute ago. So we just press done here. You can see first thing. I do turn down the cursor speed because it was just too high for me and then we have the ability to reverse scrolling directly within the app which is really nice, and we also have the ability to adjust the cursor angle, which is really interesting.
So what this allows you to do is change the sort of position the which the way in which the laser pointer is actually pointing. So, for example, you can set it so that moving the mouse right will actually move the cursor left now. This may be useful for using the mouse in a 3D printed sort of extension that may not have the actual front of the mouse pointing forward things like that. That can help with adjusting the angle there so thats pretty awesome. Then, of course, you can change what the left right and wheel buttons do, including enable sticky buttons. So if you need to press the mouse button once you can tell Windows to hold that button down, even if youve let go of it, which is really nice. So up next is the Adaptive Hub now, like I said, if you want to pair an Adaptive button to a PC, you have to do it via the Hub. So if we power this on here, just like with the Adaptive Mouse windows, will automatically pick it up and ask if youd like to connect. So if we tap on connect there well see it show up in the accessories app it. Interestingly, Windows identifies it as a Bluetooth keyboard, even though its very clearly not so yeah once thats connected it should sharpen the app like so and then we can go through the setup process for the Adaptive Hub very similar to the Adaptive Mouse.
You get a brief tutorial on what this thing does. So, yes, meet your new adaptive Hub. The Adaptive hubcap can connect to your current assistive technology, pay your debt Hub adaptive Hub with PCS tablets and more then switch between them by pressing the Bluetooth button. You can connect your adaptive Hub to the Microsoft adaptive buttons via USBC or via wirelessly, so thats very interesting thats, why they include a USBC to USBC cable of the button, because you can plug one end into the button and the other end into the USBC ports. On the front of the Adaptive Hub, theres also the assistive switches on the back, similar to the Xbox adaptive controller, and then we also have different profiles. So you can actually switch between three profiles and you can configure them to have the buttons do different things in each profile, which is pretty awesome, and then here we are, we have the Hub settings. You can configure all of those 3.5 ports which is fantastic. We can also enable sticky buttons, of course, and now we want to pair the the Adaptive button to the Adaptive Hub. You press the sync button on both for three seconds and they should pair up automatically and youll, see that happen uh within the app that it should appear along the bottom there in just a second there. We are so if we tap on that, we now get another tutorial on um. What the Adaptive button can do.
So, as you can see, the topper can be changed by default. We have this sort of nine button d pad here, but you can also get like a joystick sort of shape theme and get one with two buttons and and of course, you can 3D print your own if youd like Ill show you how to remove the top In a minute, unfortunately, we dont have any other Toppers to demo, but we can demo taking on and putting on taking off and putting on the um adaptive button d pad we have here so you can see we can configure all of these buttons to do a Number of different things uh by default, they will not assign, but of course we can set one here to do a Windows shortcut. So if we set this to open the Snipping Tool. Now, if I press the up button here, that will open the windows Snipping Tool, which is pretty fancy, and we can also do a long press as well. So our long press can be an entirely different task if you would prefer it that way. So lets actually do that here. Oh no thats open calculator first, another example of the single press, and now, if we switch over to long press here, which is happening any second, now there we go. We can now set this to say, for example, open task view, so you can do the same. Button can do two different tasks depending on how long you um hold it for so we do a Windows shortcut here, win plus tab which should open task for you.
So press and hold – and there we are so the site works. All of those buttons are customizable, so you can set it up to do a number of different things if youd like, which is pretty awesome, again support sticky buttons, which is something really handy as well, and there we are now, like. I said the the attack, the tactility of these buttons on the d pad isnt, very good, its a very mushy button. So keep that in mind if youre looking for this – and you need something very tactile. At least my model isnt very tactile. Maybe you can change that with uh different Toppers, but with this default d pad here, its its, not a very tactile experience, but it still functions as you would expect. Now, as I mentioned, you can customize the topper. Microsoft does sell a handful of other Toppers itself, but this is an open platform here. You can 3D print your own Toppers if youd like as well, and to remove the top youve already have installed. This is very simple. You simply just take two thumbs and twist ever so slightly youll see that here so two thumbs here and then turn to the left and then its unlocked, and then you can sort of pour it out and um, replace it and thats what it looks like without A Top Up on so again you can 3D print your own Toppers or you can buy one of Microsofts pre made Toppers and then to reinstall.
You just line up the sort of grooves here and then twist it back into place like so, and then it locks in and youre good to go super simple to set up and works pretty nicely. So there we are. That is a quick look at the Adaptive Hub, the Adaptive button and the Adaptive Mouse and adaptive Mouse tail. This is a fantastic set of assistive accessories which can be built upon and customized in many ways to fit. Everybodys needs. Thank you so much for watching, and we shall see you in the next one.