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Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer - mouse

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 20/01/2005 | cbucolo
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Pro Comfortable, well built and looks stylish!
Cons Big and scroll wheel bit too sensitive for games.
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"Great mouse (Black Leather Look Version)"

Microsoft certainly produces solid and well-made hardware; the Wireless Intellimouse Explorer is weighty (with the two AA batteries in) and not shiny, with a black leather look finish on the top and black sides. Unlike some previous mice this finish looks as though it is designed to last and will not wear off over time.
As with previous Intellimice the body is big and arched; it is ideal for people with large hands - like me - for whom most mice are far too small, but my 10yr old brother manages fine as well. For me the two extra buttons, set by default to move back and forward between Web pages, are a little too far forward on the left of the mouse and don't fit easily under my thumb (mainly the forward button).
The big surprise is the scroll wheel; it is soft plastic and doesn't click as it is rotated, and also moves marginally from side to side to support horizontal scrolling. I suspect that the feel might be too imprecise for gamers - the middle mouse button click, made by pressing on the scroll wheel, is especially vague - but, after a little getting used to, the soft wheel is much more comfortable than a hard plastic scroll wheel.
Installation is very simple; remove any existing mouse drivers, install the 6MB of driver software, plug the (large oval) receiver unit into a USB or PS/2 port, reboot and the Intellimouse is detected on restart. The Intellipoint 5.0 driver offers the usual options, such as scrolling speed in both directions, acceleration rate, double-click speed, choice of mouse pointer graphics, and button remapping, and also gives an indication of battery strength. My only criticism of it is that the vertical scrolling is so fast only the lowest speed option, or close to it, is remotely viable for games. The "press Control to locate the mouse pointer" (by a series of concentric circles) option, which was present in previous Microsoft drivers and proved useful on laptop screens, has been removed, as has the option to display a short trail of pointer images behind the actual pointer.
Finally, a round of applause for the supplied batteries being Energisers rather than some mysterious Chinese or Korean brand.
All in all, an impressive piece of hardware, although may not be for those with VERY small hands.

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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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