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      03.09.2007 08:50
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      love this mouse

      I like it well enough. nothing terribly fancy. not a million buttons to accidentially hit and its wireless. Very cool. The only bad thing I could really say is that it runs off of batteries and sometimes my computer stays on for two, three days at a time and it kills the battery. But I know thats my fault. It's attractive looking and it's an optical. It is very comfortable to use. Im on my computer every day working on stuff and I love the feel of this one and ease of the scrolling device in the middle, it glides instead of clicks like my last one. And my hand forms to it perfectly. couldn't ask for a better mouse.

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        08.05.2005 15:59
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        (Please note: This review was also written by me for Ciao under the name Louizalass)
        *****


        WARNING!!! This mouse was designed for right-hand users only – there is no way a left-hander could use it!!!

        I WAS GIVEN this Trackball mouse by my husband for Christmas because with my arthritis I was finding it painful when using the old style standard mouse which came with our computer.

        We had previously looked at some fancy ergonomically designed mouses
        (mice?!!!) at PC World and the ones which would have probably suited me even better where priced nearer £100 and that was just a few pounds too far!

        At £50 this mouse, though still a tad on the expensive side, is worth every penny to me.

        FIRSTLY, at approximately 8” long by 5” across over its widest part, it fits well beneath the whole of my hand. With the old-style mouse, my hand was scrunched up and became extremely painful when using the mouse for any length of time. Even if you don’t have arthritis, anyone would find this Trackball a vast improvement on the old-style mouse.

        AFTER CONNECTING UP the Trackball mouse, we then installed the software (we have Windows 98, so had to install from a disk but if you have Windows XP you can download the software from the internet.
        It comes with a USB plug and PS/2 Adapter so should fit any system.

        THE SOFTWARE is easy to follow – and an absolute must if you are to get the most from your mouse. From here, you learn how to use and customize the buttons. For example, reassign a button to perform a command or keyboard shortcut, such as Close or CTRL+P (Print), or modify the pointing device settings such as the pointer speed and wheel scrolling rate.

        Without going into too much technical detail (I couldn’t even if I wanted to) here are a few of the features available for the Trackball Mouse:

        THE TRACKBALL: Can’t miss it – it’s a big round red thing which sits in a hole on the top of the mouse unit. Beneath the ball is the IntelliEye Optical Sensor, which the trackball uses to track pointing device movement instead of the standard ball and moving parts, providing increased control and precision. Because of the snug design, it means there are no parts to get dirty and impair performance. May I say, at this point, that the device seems quite robust: I discovered this when I accidentally knocked the mouse off my worktop, the ball fell out and rolled away. However, it was easy enough to pop back into place once you realize that you actually have to press the ball into place until you hear a click. Phew!!

        The Trackball is extremely easy to move, with just the tip of your first two fingers you can position the curser quickly and easily to the desired position.

        WHAT THE BUTTONS DO:

        Multi-tasking is the name of the game!

        ON THE LEFT and RIGHT-HAND sides of the unit are buttons which can be customized, using the software provided, for different functions when used in different programmes.

        For instance, the two buttons on the RIGHT do away with the need to position the curser on the back or forward command buttons on a web page, providing of course you have viewed the pages in the same session. The speed at which I can click back and forth between pages is impressive!

        THE RIGHT-CLICK also displays short-cut menus or other programme specification features. Some programmes provide content specific shortcut menus according to pointer location. For example, when in Microsoft Word, I click the top left-hand button and a menu appears on screen where I can select:

        Paste, Font, Paragraph type, Bullets & Numbering, Hyperlinks and Synonyms/Thesaurus.

        When I do the same thing viewing a page from the web, the menu gives me options to, amongst other things Print, View the Source, Find Similar Pages and there’s even an option to TRANSLATE INTO ENGLISH! Yes, that’s right – a magic translation button! To test it, I bought up a page from the web written in German, highlighted the text, right clicked for the menu, chose ‘Translate into English’, and immediately a page came up with the English translation! Cool, huh?! It doesn’t work with languages such as Chinese or Japanese though. However, I can see a whole new career as a translator of the written word opening up for me!

        THE SCROLL WHEEL (not to be confused with the Trackball itself) is situated between the two function buttons on the left. When moved forwards or backwards your page will scroll up or down or, if you press and release the wheel, depending on which way you send the arrow, your document page which slowly ‘Auto-scroll’ in the direction you want, thereby doing away with the need to keep your hand on the mouse – great for hands-free note-taking!

        FINALLY: It took me about an hour to get used to the feel of the Trackball. It does feel a little odd at first but as with anything new, a little perseverance pays dividends. I no longer suffer from a cramping hand or shoulder strain so common with the use of the old-style mouse.

        I’d recommend this product – the review squeaks for itself!

        Thank you for reading.



        Price: Approximately £50 (but has been seen cheaper on ebay!)
        Available from most large computer outlets
        Also eBay for half the price

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          02.07.2003 03:16
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          Normally I am one to joke about Microsoft, and their faulty operating systems etc?. I cannot in any way fault this product, it is an excellent mouse in every way. It is extremely comfortable, reliable, stylish and works brilliantly. I bought the mouse for £18 at a computer fair, as my old one (a £3 ball mouse) was annoying me so much. I wanted an optical mouse, but not a cordless, as they require batteries, and that is one more thing that I don?t want to worry about. I got it home, with the installation disc and USB-Serial port connector, but no box (this is how I saved £22 off of the list price). I plugged it in, turned on the computer and as soon as I got into windows it asked for the disc. It all installed perfectly. This then led me through an excellent animated tutorial on how the mouse worked, and instructions on how to assign certain commands to each of its 5 buttons. The buttons are fully compatible with each key on the keyboard and combinations of them, i.e. you could make it do Ctrl + Alt + Del as one of the buttons if you really wanted. I have it set up for games (one side button is r (reload) and the other is Enter (open doors)). The buttons are very easy to set up, and quickly changeable. You can also set it up to react to different speeds of wheel scrolling and movement acceleration, as well as getting it to go in a straight line for each individual person. This exercise is done by moving a small picture of a car up the screen in order to calibrate it. As you can probably tell, it is all very simple to use and allows the least computer literate of users to access its most advanced functions. However, it is still a mouse, and £40 seems a bit much doesn?t it? Well, it is not just a mouse, it is a super mouse! I have had it for a year and a half now and it has worked perfectly. The scroller never fails or jumps, and the mouse never refuses to go in one direction ? the plague of all ball mice. It also has the 5 buttons and the extremely ergonomic
          (although admittedly right-handed) shaped shell. The rubber grip on the sides in a steely grey finishes the look, and oozes quality. So too does the little red light at the back to tell you that it is on. I only have one complaint, and that is that it has trouble using mousemats with highly and suddenly contrasting blocks of colour, i.e. a checker-pattern. This is due to the optical tracking system, but on the plus side, you can use it on your trouserleg in a train, or on a wall! Overall, an excellent mouse, reliable, solid and well worth the money.

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            26.08.2002 19:41
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            I've yet to find a mouse as good as this. After a good few years of service, my Intellimouse explorer packed the ghost. I was amazed it lasted so long. I replaced it, with it's cordless replacement, and have never had a more comfortable mouse. Both are based around the same design, the cordless optical verson being slightly more comfortable, with a more pronounced thumb rest. There can be a little lag on the uptake of the cordless version if left for a while, but the lag is so little, you would barely notice it. I had the same issue with a cordless logitech mouse a while ago, but it was much more pronounced and annoying. Battery life on the cordless version is not great. I've already had to replace the batteries once, and I've had it only three months. Mind you, it has been in use 24/7 as my PC is rarely off. Another slight disadvantage of the cordless optical combination, is that the light has to check there is movement every now and then which means battery life is running down even when your PC is off. A standard cordless mouse is told when it is moved because the ball moves. An optical mouse has to make sure it is stationary. That said, if wire length is not a problem, and assuming the original version is still available, I would highly recommend the Intellimouse Explorer pictured above. It is a comfortable, attractive mouse (despite what others say) and extremely lasting. I've never had a more reliable mouse. On the look of the mouse, however, I am shocked to see people put of because of it. I despise people who would rather have looks than features or reliability. Why? It is very attractive to have a study filled with the latest in titanium style, but when you are expected to pay much much more for it, why bother? The Intellimouse does not have this problem. I am confident you are paying for quality with this purchase. The buttons are well placed, it glides and operate
            s over just about any surface, and it never needs cleaning. I've never been a fan of Microsoft peripherals. Logitech always seemed to have the better build quality for me, but I did decide to buy the IntelliMouse Explorer Optical, and I'm glad I did. When it came to replacing my keyboard, I replaced it with a Microsoft keyboard and was just as happy with the quality of that, as I was the mouse. Don't overlook this mouse because of its price, or its looks, or its branding. It really is the best mouse I've used.

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              07.07.2002 03:16
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              Microsoft's New Intellimouse is just what it name claims it to be. Intelligent. Any heavy user of a PC will no how inconvenient it is to have to move around a large ball with a plastic case in order to navigate your way around your screen. Basically Microsoft have created a mouse which no longer uses a traditional ball but instead relies on the pictures it takes of the surface you are working on and then gives you the ability to scroll and navigate around the screen with this light weight instrument. However there are certain negativities of this product, for instance, the mouse is not really new technology. Although it was only recently released, there have been several imitations on the black market and I believe this will discourage some potential purchasers. In addition, I said that the mouse works on the surface you use on your desktop, however it will not work on glass surfaces because they are highly reflective so if you have a glass desktop you will need a mat to accompany it as well. The structure of the mouse is fresh and definitely modern and there are certain aspects which promote the aesthetics very much; however just because it is a new concept does not necessarily mean that it is the best and I have to say that I prefer the traditional petite design as it is more user friendly for a wider audience whereas I found myself stretching my fingers to grip this mouse appropriately. Although this is a newly released mouse, older computer owners should not believe that it would not be compatible with their hardware because although it comes with a USB connection port, a PS2 connection plug in is available on the market for a reasonable price. The Intellimouse has a range of buttons and although one might find them rather daunting at first, after a couple of uses it's like riding a bike and you will be using their functionality without even trying to and wondering how you ever got by
              without them. There are the two traditional buttons, which all PC users will be familiar with, in between these buttons there is wheel and underneath that there is a button, which can lock the scroll function. The two buttons at the side of the mouse where your thumb rests are used for backwards and forwards although their functionality can be changed using the driver software provided. This certainly is a mouse, which shall improve your scrolling accuracy, and also the level of skill needed shall push your IT skills into the twentieth century. Even for anyone who has sat at the desk of a PC for hours on end shall appreciate the new mouse as a breath of fresh air and something that shall rekindle their passion for their PC.

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                16.04.2002 03:43
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                The Microsoft Intellimouse. Not a huge amount of headway can be made into the world of mice, those tiny thingies you navigate around the digital world with - or so you'd think. Microsoft have integrated fibre-optic technology into our furry friends and created a female mouse - or, if you will, a mouse with no balls. On the face of it, the Intellimouse looks like your everyday mouse - white (with some silver trim interspersed in there to keep things "fresh"), two buttons on the top (with two more added, one on either side, that can be customised to perform certain mousey functions, and are supported by some games also), and a snazzy wheel in the middle. The underside is a whole different animal, however, being a large expanse of red, with some circuitry visible just below the transparent covering, and a tiny lens in the middle facing towards whatever surface it's placed on. My hands are of average size, and I personally think the mouse is a pretty good fit. My parents and sister regularly use the computer also, and I've heard no complaints as yet. The buttons are nice and big and have a definate clicky feel to them, and the wheel has a nice, smooth action. I don't really make use of the extra buttons as most of the features they perform simply replace key shortcuts, but I'm sure some of you may find uses for them. So how does the thing perform, what with all this new-fangled technology? Very well, actually. I'm an avid gamesplayer, in particular a huge FPS fan, and so a good mouse is essential. I've tested it and it performed well on a whole range of games, from Half-Life to Quake3 to Unreal to Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The action is smooth and fast, and control is good. What's more, I've yet to have a problem with it, and none of the lag that you'd expect with this kind of system is present. There's no ball to clog, either, which means no deterioration in performance (so long as you
                keep the sensor clean) and, best of all, no more dissassembly! Hooray! Apparently, the mouse is good for use on all surfaces, but keeping it on a mouse mat is a good idea. Not only does it slide more smoothly on a mat, but there's no risk of damage to the underside. All-in-all, if you can overlook the hefty-ish price tag, this mouse delivers performance and good looks (although it's definately a matter of taste), as well as reliability and the flashness of being able to lord it over your friends who are still stuck firmly in the ball age.

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                  07.04.2002 17:34
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                  I've used one of these mice for a while now and I'm very happy with it. There's no need to install the software with it as it works as soon as you plug it into your USB port (well if you're on a later version of windows it does.) The great thing is that it is responsive enough to give smooth online gaming as well be useful in all the other PC areas. It is rather large, but since I'm a bloke with large hands I found it to be ergonomically perfect. If your hands are a little smaller that might be a problem. because it's optical there's no ball to keep clean which is great because frankly who likes to clean? The other great feature about this mouse is the number of configurable buttons. Two by the thumb which I configured as back and forward on my web browser. Left and right click, plus the wheel button can also be clicked and used a fifth button. The only downside is that the thumb buttons are no good to you if you're left handed. There is a downside to all this. Some batches of the Intellimouse come with faulty wiring that can come loose internally causing the mouse to stop working. It has nothing to do with how rough or gentle you are. It's a manufacturing fault. Happily Microsoft I have been assured are very quick to replace faulty mice with a redesigned version, but batches of the faulty version are still available in the shops. So beware. I have heard there is a newer version coming out which is even more responsive and slightly smaller. Might give that a look since it's only a matter of a month or so away. All in all though well worth the money.

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                    28.03.2002 06:48
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                    For more than thirty years, whilst the rest of the hardware in your computer had changed beyond recognition, one of the most important tools used with a computer hadn?t. Sure the ergonomics of the mouse has changed with time, making them easier to hold, but the basic technology has always remained the same. The mouse was controlled by a little rubber ball in contact with rubber rollers and this is efficient but as with all things it has now been surpassed. When I purchased my new computer a few months ago, it came with the Intellimouse Explorer. I was intrigued as this mouse had no ball and instead a red light (like a laser) came from the bottom. I won?t go into detail as 99% of you are not interested and this is not what dooyoo is for but this is roughly how the Intellimouse works. With the Intellieye optical sensor, the mouse is capable of scanning surfaces at a rate of 1,500 times per second to track movement. The Intellieye uses a tiny digital camera, taking a whopping 1,500 pictures per second on the surfaces beneath the mice. After taking the pictures, the mouse?s processor analyses these pictures and translate the movement of the mouse to reflect the cursor position on the monitor screen. This leads to smoother movement and more precise cursor movements. Contrary to public belief the red light is of little more purpose than to act as a kind of flash to take the digital pictures. It has nothing to do with a laser like the ones used to play CDs. Anyway, on with the opinion. The main problem with the old roller ball mice was that they got dirty. The more dirt on the rollers, the less accurate it became and when doing detailed work (such as in a graphics package) this caused problems. The only way to remedy is to open up the ball cage and clean the ball and rollers. Though this is easy, it is a tedious chore. It really annoys me now going onto computers in University and the mouse being really sticky as it is filthy. I am so used to m
                    y new Intellimouse now that I have to sit there and clean every mouse I use!! Apart from having the advantage of not needing cleaning and being much more accurate, it also has a number of advantages. Unlike the roller ball mice, this mouse does not need (and in fact works better without) a mouse mat. I am sure you have all had the problem of running out of space on your mouse mat and having to lift it and place it back in the middle. This can be very annoying especially if you are using graphics packages. Also mouse mats used to quickly get worn or curl up in the corner. The Intellimouse can be used on any surface at all (except for highly reflective ones such as mirrors), from a desk to your own leg! This is good news for laptop owners, as they can now place their mouse on any surface and it will still be able to track. The new mouse comes with both PS/2 and USB connections so it can be used with older and new computers alike. However, the USB is up to three times more responsive as it is much faster. Installing your mouse is very easy and straightforward just following a few simple menus and then bob?s your uncle (it takes around 30 seconds!) As for the ergonomics of the mouse, it is quite large so only those with very small hands will have a problem. It has a nice comfortable feel and fits nicely into the hand. It is designed to be used by the right hand, I don?t know if this is a problem as I am left handed and still use the mouse with my right hand! As for buttons it as two large buttons on the top as you would expect and also comes with the scroll button in the middle. I did not have this on my old mouse and I am only now realising how useful it is to browse around web pages or even Word documents. For the lazy there are also two buttons for pressing back and forward on the size of the mouse which are also really useful. Also, if you are into computer games, these five buttons are really good as it means you have less to remember o
                    n the keyboard. Overall this mouse is brilliant and I don?t think that I could go back to using a roller ball mouse again as the difference in performance is so great. The only disadvantage to this mouse is its £40 price tag. This may seem a lot for a mouse when you can nip down to PC World and buy one for a fiver. However, (of course this depends on your budget and if you have a love of gadgets like me), if you can afford it, upgrade to luxury? you won?t be disappointed.

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                      24.03.2002 17:39
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                      Finally a product from Microsoft that works as it should. Many of you will be using some flavour of the Windows operating system and will know how often it falls over and dies. I am happy to report that in five months of use, I have never had a problem with this mouse. For those that don't know, the Intellimouse Explorer doesn't have a ball, relying instead on a tiny camera which takes pictures of the surface you use the mouse on, working out distance and direction by the differences in the pictures. This is actually quite an old technology, but the early versions had to use a special mouse mat, whereas this mouse will work on just about any surface (except highly reflective) The design of the mouse is quite good, my only quibble being the size of it. For those with small hands it will be quite difficult to use comfortably. It also has a small light at the rear, whose only purpose seems to be aesthetic.

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                        07.02.2002 02:16

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                        That is what I was thinking when using it one fine summers day in June, but then along came you and my life was lighted up. Then I thought: XXX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X XX X XX XXXXXX XX XX XX XXXXX XXXXX X XXX X XX XXX XX XXXXX XXXX X X X X X X X XX X X X X X X XX XX X X X X XX X X X X X XX X X X X X X X XX X X X X XX X X XX X X XX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX X XX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X XX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX XX X X X X X X X XX X X X X X X X X X X X x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x and everything was OK. Isn't that great?!? IT was really great sitting in the theatre thinking that...may be you should try it....a great way to waste time and a lot of fun too. As you can see, this op is great and I am really enjoying writing it and wondering how many absolutely stupid people will read it!!! Obviously you are one of them!!!

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                        by Suzan on 27.01.2002 at 18:30 Sorry...I was assuming that you actually have a brain. by Suzan on 27.01.2002 at 18:29 I think your only hope is a lobotomy. by Slim Lee on 27.01.2002 at 17:48 Well, I can vouch for sure that it isn't me! by alkaliguru on 27.01.2002 at 17:42 Me, him, or you?! by Slim Lee on 27.01.2002 at 17:36 Possibly K ... a sexually repressed hand shandy merchant for sure. by Jock_Goose on 27.01.2002 at 17:36 Please don't swear on dooyoo, nobody thinks your big by george_lazenby on 27.01.2002 at 17:33 Wanker. by Jock_Goose on 27.01.2002 at 17:28 Partay, because so many dooyooers wanted me back by popular request, so here I am. by alkaliguru on 27.01.2002 at 17:26 Am I the only one spotting a little sexual tension? by Partay on 27.01.2002 at 17:26 Congratulations, on being the most unpopular member on DooYoo. Why are you doing all of these ops? by Jock_Goose on 27.01.2002 at 17:25 CARE, are we trying to get VU, no u dappy little bitch by Slim Lee on 27.01.2002 at 17:25 If you're going to try and be insulting then at least be creative with it. I've seen primary school kids make better attempts than that. by zoe_page on 27.01.2002 at 17:24 And the prize for the most NUs in one day goes to...... by Slim Lee on 27.01.2002 at 17:21 There you go proving me to be right yet again. by triplecthegame on 27.01.2002 at 17:19 Damn - and here was me thinking you'd learnt how to cut and paste opinions properly, which obscenities have you learnt today then little boy?

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                          28.01.2002 00:04
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                          This mouse is undeniably good. The little infra-red LED tracer mejobby works a treat and picks up movement on just about every surface you might ever want to use your mouse on. Its weighs less than your average mouse, and looks as good as it works. FEATURES The mouse's main selling point is the IntelliEye infra red tracking device in the base. This very cunningly detects through various supernatural processes whether you moving it about. When you move the whole base starts glowing a deep scarlet lighting up your mousemat in a red aurora. It works very well and eliminates the need for any tinkering due to dirt that you might have to do with normal mice, as the whole thing is sealed. However it is known that the variety of mice with this feature tend to be slightly slower in response to movement than their mechanical friends. This is no problem for the average user, but if you play games alot or happen to be a mouse speed junkie... this might not be the mouse for you. In addition their are five, yes five buttons for you to fiddle with, and also a little wheel. These can all be set up for whatever you want them to be set up for via the helpful software you get with the mouse. The first two, mouse wheel and wheel button are accessable easily with the index and middle finger, and the other two are on the side can be reached with your thumb. I have found however that the second button on the side of the mouse a little hard to reach, so those with petit mits might want to try the mouse for size before buying. MOVEMENT The mouse moves very smoothly over your mousemat thanks to the fact there is no ball adding to the friction. This combined with its relative light weight make it a pleasure to use. SIZE This is no small mousey, this is one over fed fatboy moma mouse. Well maybe it's not quite that big but its certainly bigger than your average mouse. 5 inches. No the mouse. Thats 12 cm in length. It is not
                          that comfortable if you have small hands as so have to sort of perch on top of it, rather than rest on it. LOOKS Its got an impressive futuristic look, added to by the red light it emmits at all times. Sitting in its little space on your desk and blinking away it looks good in its evil red glow. PRICE It ain't cheap, but it ain't too pricey either at £35, but well worth the money I'd say. WHERE TO BUY Well your local pet shop of course. Or even PcWorld or Dixons or any similar PC shop.

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                              its funny how we used to have to put up with things that irritated us, we were sure that there was probably a better way of doing it, but we werent sure how and no one had come up with it yet. Like microwave popcorn and aunt bessies yorkshire puds, all examples of things that make our lives easier and happier. Well Microsoft's Intellimouse Explorer is another example of the phenomenon. If your mouse has a ball, your out of date, and you have yet to experience one of those moments that give you a little smile as you know we are as a society are moving in the right direction. Okay, overplayed I know but to get rid of the little ball in your mouse is probably one of the easiest steps you can take to making using your computer a more enjoyable experience.

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                                04.09.2001 07:11
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                                Features IntelliEye optical technology Works on hundreds of surfaces and doesn't require a mouse pad 5 programmable buttons IntelliMouse wheel for faster scrolling Designed exclusively for right-handed use ~~~~~~~ Fed up of constantly smacking your mouse on the desk? Pointer jamming? Then the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer is for you. This mouse replaces the usual ball with an optical sensor, which tracks your movements 1500 times a second by recording movement changes on textured objects. The mouse will never jam, as there are no moving parts to get dirty. A downside to the optical sensor, however, is that the mouse won't work on many mouse mats, as the surface is too shiny for it to be able to track movement. I haven't had any problems using it on a laminated desk, however. The Intellimouse Explorer is on the large size, it may not fit some smaller women/children's hands, though it fit mine perfectly. The two buttons on the side are pre-programmed to go backwards/forwards in Internet Explorer. These are extremely handy, though I didn't think I'd need them in the first place. It's a lot quicker than moving the mouse up to the back or forwards button and clicking. The scroll wheel seems a lot looser than on most other mice, but I actually prefer this, it takes a lot less effort and you can scroll a lot faster. When you open the package, the default connector on the mouse is a USB connector. There is also an adaptor if you wish to connect it to the PS/2 port. I found that the mouse movements are a lot smoother if in the USB, due to the higher bandwidth available to the mouse. Some people have reported problems with plugging the Intellimouse Explorer into the USB port. The only problem I experienced (due to owning a copy of Windows ME) was that I had to make a slight Registry edit to enable the mouse, but the software guided me through this. After owning this mouse for 8 months now, it's starting to look pretty bad. The Microsoft logo has rubbed off, there are many scratches on the mouse and the silver paint is starting to rub off. It's a shame they didn't put more time into putting a more hardwearing paint on. The Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer is a great investment, it will last you many years, and will definitely replace the mouse sitting on your desk now! ~~~~~~~ The Red Light Is sooooooo cool. Hmm the light.

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                              • Product Details

                                Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer is Microsoft's award-winning optical mouse with a design featuring unique comfort enhancements and is supercharged with Microsoft's proprietary IntelliEye optical technology - the most powerful in the world. The design of IntelliMouse Explorer leads in comfort and style, adding enhanced grip support, finger grooves and a curvy shape to its signature titanium silver shell and glowing red underside. Microsoft's IntelliEye optical technology marks a major milestone in the optical mouse category, taking mousing to the next level and giving IntelliMouse Explorer unprecedented performance, accuracy, and control.

                                Have you ever lost your cursor? You're not alone. Microsoft has a revolutionary solution - IntelliEye optical technology. This entirely new, proprietary technology delivers the fastest, most accurate mouse available today. As a result, Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer provides up to four times the performance of other optical mice. This superior technology translates into precise cursor movement and unmatched responsiveness. With its signature silver detailing and unique curves, Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer is designed for both maximum comfort and style. The IntelliPoint software enables both PC and Mac users to experience functionality well beyond the typical mouse. Replacing the mouse ball with an optical sensor means there are no moving parts to collect dirt, dust and grime and no ball to be cleaned. IntelliMouse Explorer works on virtually any surface, eliminating the need for a mouse pad.