Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer - mouse

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Give your desktop style - form meets function in this amazingly advanced wireless optical mouse. Microsoft combined optical and wireless technologies ...

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Review of "Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer - mouse"

published 27/09/2003 | allans1
Member since : 23/07/2003
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Excellent
Pro Perfect shape, precise movement, looks great!
Cons Batteries last up to 1 month, battery connector sometimes disconnects
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"Excellent mouse with a few problems"

I bought this mouse because I wanted to try out this new optical mouse technology since my previous Microsoft classic ball mouse use to clog sometimes and then the ball required cleaning. Plus the 5 buttons and Wireless functionality would be very useful for me.

In using the mouse for the past 12 months I find the extra 2 side thumb buttons absolutely amazing! I use them all the time now with the default forward and back internet browser functions. You can assign a wide variety of functions to the buttons for example copy, paste, maximize, etc. This mouse also has the standard left and right buttons and a click button on the scroll wheel. All of these buttons are also customisable in the IntelliPoint software.

The wireless signal from the mouse is picked up by a small receiver device (palm sized) which connects via a cable to a USB port on your computer and has a green light on it. This receiver device sits on the back of my desk out of sight. You may want to consider this if you are using this mouse with a laptop. I have tested the range of this mouse and it worked through walls about 10 metres away, so range shouldn’t be a problem.

The movement of the mouse is excellent and very accurate, the optical sensor of this mouse was meant to be twice the scanning frequency of other optical mice, making the movement much more accurate. A point to note it that there is sometimes a very short delay when you put your hand on the mouse to move it as I understand this mouse turns itself off to save power as you remove your hand from it. Movement feels much better without the resistance of a cable!

A major problem I have with this mouse is when changing the batteries it sometimes decides to play dead and not come back on. I have to keep taking the batteries out and putting them back in. I think this may be a defect with the battery connectors in my mouse and I think I will have to return it for a replacement. This brings up another good thing about this mouse; it comes with a 5 year Microsoft Warranty.

Now for an important part of any wireless mouse, the battery life. I have found that good quality batteries (for example Duracell) tend to last the longest which is up to a month, where as cheaper batteries tend to last up to a week. The mouse takes 2 AA batteries. I do use my mouse a lot and I find 1 month acceptable for the amount of use I get out of it. But this is something you should think about before you buy any wireless mouse. You will need a never-ending supply of AA batteries. The IntelliPoint software also has a battery monitor for the mouse which warns you before they run out.

As good as this mouse is I do not trust it 100%, for instance when I change the batteries and it does not come back on. I recommend you have a back up corded mouse somewhere handy in case this one breaks down.

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  • Linzee published 11/10/2003
    the 5 year warranty is impressive!
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Product Information : Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer - mouse

Manufacturer's product description

Give your desktop style - form meets function in this amazingly advanced wireless optical mouse. Microsoft combined optical and wireless technologies with Microsoft's revolutionary Tilt Wheel Technology to achieve a new standard for performance in freedom, comfort and style. And with Microsoft's new longer battery life many users average more than six months without changing batteries!

Product Details

Product Description: Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer - mouse

Device Type: Mouse

Connectivity Technology: Wireless, Wireless - RF

Colour: Metallic grey, Black leather, Platinum, Metallic blue

Wireless Receiver: USB wireless receiver, USB / PS/2 wireless receiver

Movement Detection Technology: Optical

Buttons Qty: 5

Features: Scrolling wheel, Tilt Wheel technology, Programmable buttons, Tilt Wheel technology, Programmable buttons, scrolling wheel, Scrolling wheel, Tilt Wheel technology

Cables Included: 1 x mouse adapter - external

Battery: 2 x AA type

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98, Apple MacOS 8.6, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Apple MacOS 9.x, Microsoft Windows XP

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Localisation: France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain

Package Type: Retail, OEM

Packaged Quantity: 3 (specifications are for single item)

General

MPN: M03-00002, M03-00034, M03-00043, M03-00033, M03-00037, M03-00040, M03-00044, M03-00016, M03-00038, M03-00003, 803KH90, M03-00047, M03-00020

Device Type: Mouse

Wireless Receiver: USB wireless receiver, USB / PS/2 wireless receiver

Colour: Metallic grey, Black leather, Platinum, Metallic blue

Localisation: France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain

Packaged Quantity: 3 (specifications are for single item)

Input Device

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Movement Detection Technology: Optical

Buttons Qty: 5

Features: Scrolling wheel, Tilt Wheel technology, Programmable buttons, Tilt Wheel technology, Programmable buttons, scrolling wheel, Scrolling wheel, Tilt Wheel technology

Interface: RF

Max Operating Distance: Up to 1.8 m

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces: 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type A, 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style), 1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) ¦ 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type A

Miscellaneous

Cables Included: 1 x mouse adapter - external

Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play

Package Type: Retail, OEM

Battery

Type: AA type

Installed Qty: 2

Technology: Alkaline

Run Time (Up To): 6 months

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, Microsoft Intellipoint

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98, Apple MacOS 8.6, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Apple MacOS 9.x, Microsoft Windows XP

Peripheral / Interface Devices: USB port, CD-ROM, CD-ROM, USB port

Additional Requirements: CD-ROM, USB port

System Requirements Details: Windows 2000 Pro/Server - Pentium - 133 MHz - RAM 128 MB - HD 35 MB ¦ Windows XP Home/Pro - Pentium - 233 MHz - RAM 128 MB - HD 35 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.1 - 10.2.x - HD 15 MB

Min Hard Drive Space: 25 MB

Min Processor Type: Intel 486 or higher - 66 MHz

Min RAM Size: 16 MB

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