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- Tuesday, December 25th, 2001 Like Share


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patrick Dec 25, 01
This article pinned it exactly. I owned this mouse exactly one day before taking it back in exchange for the corded Intellimouse Explorer.
For surfing the interent and basic navigation in Windows, it works just fine. Once I opened up Photoshop to do some graphics work, however, the mouse just fell flat. It just couldn't get those minute movements, instead preferring a more overt drag of the hand to respond. Web design absolutely needs down to the pixel precision, which this mouse can't deliver, unfortunately.
Disappointing, really. This is such an awesome mouse, I can only hope that perhaps sometime soon they will release a version that isn't quite so crippled.
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hfk Dec 26, 01
I agree completely with the review, and with Patrick: this mouse was a big disappointment, in good part because the ergo-shape of it is, imho, perfect, but is sadly lacking in other areas. the only ergo mouse I've ever used that could compete in the shapeliness department was the old logitech mouseman wheel. I too owned the intellimouse explorer cordless and returned it for the corded intellimouse explorer, an awesome mouse, light as a feather, with incredible response, perfect for games like RTCW and Q3A. Cordless mice just can't cut it in gaming: I've just auctioned off my Logitech cordless (their current top of the line model) on ebay for the same reason I returned the cordless microsoft: too much lag. If only MS would release a corded version of that mouse, with the same software packaging...once again the review hit the nail on the head, the software, particularly the per-app button programming, is an awesome, and long overdue, feature. Man I hated to return that mouse: it fealt so good in my hand. Oh well, maybe MS will take the hint and release a corded version and it will have the advantage of lighter weight than its cordless cousin.
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Still wondering Dec 29, 01
"By far, the Intelligent Touch technology is what allows this mouse to squeeze the most longevity out of your batteries, and our tests found that Microsoft's techniques work well."

The sentence above implies you did a fair comparison. If tests were done why not publish them? How long did the batteries last and how does that compare with the Logitec?

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Toekiller Dec 30, 01
Worst mouse in the world.

How they expect you to use this in everyday use is beyond me. It sticks, it lags, and misses small movements.

A joke of a mouse. Stick a wire on it and it would be awesome.

Toe.

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Redemption Jan 6, 02
Actually, what Ether probably meant was that the mouse managed to conserve batteries well. He never really said that the MS or the Logitech cordless mice had better battery life.

I think battery life is moot when the MS mouse is far less sensitive then the Logitech one anyway.

quote Still wondering
"By far, the Intelligent Touch technology is what allows this mouse to squeeze the most longevity out of your batteries, and our tests found that Microsoft's techniques work well."

The sentence above implies you did a fair comparison. If tests were done why not publish them? How long did the batteries last and how does that compare with the Logitec?
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bluzbrother Jan 9, 02
I don't think the mouse is terrible... but there is absolutely no comparison with the Logitech cordless optical. The microsoft mouse feels damn cheap for how much it costs. If it was under $35 I would have no complaints... but it's not, so it's a waste of money.
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__rune Feb 1, 02
I really love it. It's a brilliant device, except for the hand on/off 'sensor' that doesn't seem to be working - meaning dead batteries in a few weeks time.
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Tor Egil Apr 15, 02
They say it samples the desktop 8000 times/sec... The sad thing is that it only reports its location 80 times/sec. (My old intelli "ball" mouse reports at 120 hz..)

it realy sux!!!!
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jsteiger Apr 24, 02
After a month of using the IntelliMouse Explorer, I can confirm that the battery life is, well, OUTRAGEOUSLY
AWFUL!

After exactly 14 days of use, the (included) Eveready
Energizer Alkaline batteries died. I replaced them with a pair of fully charged, brand new Eveready NiMH rechargeables. That was 13 days ago. I just got the "battery
low" warning from the software, which, with the alkalines,
means about 1 day of active use before the mouse starts
to malfunction.

What this means is that, were I foolish enough to use
alkaline disposables, I'd purchase about 50 batteries
per year to run this mouse! Good grief, is this normal?

One more thing. Since you'll be changing your batteries
(very) frequently, you'll want to take a very close look
at the shoddy construction on the battery compartment
cover. The tang that holds it shut is positioned on a
piece of plastic that is approximately 1/8 of an inch thick.
This flimsy little piece of plastic has to be bent back
in order to open the case. Anyone wanna bet how long
this lasts before it SNAPS? Anyone wanna bet whether
this "abuse" will void your warranty?

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chubz9 Apr 27, 02
I still prefer the Corded IntelliMouse Explorer, which also features the new IntelliEye technology. I currently have the old Intellimouse Explorer, which has the 1,500 per second sensor. I think it is more comfortable than the new explorer, but then again, that's just me.

It is so cool to have everything wireless, but for the mouse, i think corded USB mouse is still the best, as your review said, 120-125 frequency versus 83 to 85.

I wonder when will microsoft release an ergonomic keyboard, just like the Natural Keyboard Pro or Elite, which would feature the silver/gray color into it, for it to match the mouse very well.....
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AD Wyce Apr 27, 02
It's a great mouse for me. I can't use those tiny mice. I just wish it wouldn't be no slick because oil and grease sticks well. And this thing eats batteries like cheese!
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kb244 May 1, 02
I am ver close to posting my own review of this mouse over at envynews.com , in my own opinion it is an excelent mouse, just the pointer speed and acceleration needs to be tweaked a tad before you get used to it. Also NiMH batteries are not recomended for things like cordless keyboard and mice, they're not intended for long battery life, but high power output in the short run. I would recomend NiCD as they last longer and give a sort of trickle effect, and have excelent shelf life ( how long the batteries can hold the charge ) where as if you just let NiMH batteries sitting, its likely they'll be dead in a short time, also I will be roughly comparing it to the cordless mouseman optical and original intellimouse explorer ( not 3.0 ).

But I have to say , this site hit the nail on the head about a majority of the topics discussed.

Course in the end its all a matter of personal opinion, just gota make sure you advise others of things you may not notice as much, but the next person might jump off a roof because of.

quote jsteiger
After a month of using the IntelliMouse Explorer, I can confirm that the battery life is, well, OUTRAGEOUSLY
AWFUL!

After exactly 14 days of use, the (included) Eveready
Energizer Alkaline batteries died. I replaced them with a pair of fully charged, brand new Eveready NiMH rechargeables. That was 13 days ago. I just got the "battery
low" warning from the software, which, with the alkalines,
means about 1 day of active use before the mouse starts
to malfunction.

What this means is that, were I foolish enough to use
alkaline disposables, I'd purchase about 50 batteries
per year to run this mouse! Good grief, is this normal?

One more thing. Since you'll be changing your batteries
(very) frequently, you'll want to take a very close look
at the shoddy construction on the battery compartment
cover. The tang that holds it shut is positioned on a
piece of plastic that is approximately 1/8 of an inch thick.
This flimsy little piece of plastic has to be bent back
in order to open the case. Anyone wanna bet how long
this lasts before it SNAPS? Anyone wanna bet whether
this "abuse" will void your warranty?

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Mad Bunny Aug 27, 02
Worst mouse I've ever seen. Period. Bought one and returned it the next day.
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Rob Watt Sep 6, 02
Yes, this mouse is unusable junk for precision work. It sticks. And every little while when XP starts up it decides it's not installed. Another joke overpriced product from Microsoft.
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