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I can't even remember how long I've had it for, but if my Microsoft Intellimouse ever fails, I will replace it with another - There's nothing this mouse lacks and there's no frilly gimmicks either. In addition to the absolute basics we have a scroll wheel doubling as a third mouse button for browsing and reading and two side buttons for whatever you choose (typically for browser backwards and forward buttons) Being symmetrical, it can also cater for right AND left handed people.
The key to this piece is how durable and comprehensive it is. All of the buttons are light and whispy with a confirmed click, even after an ungodly amount of usage on the particular one I have here. the scroll wheel is quiet and again is just as wear-resistant as the rest of it. The footpads on the base of the mouse glide effortlessly with again very little noise and avoid any plasticy grating you find with the pattern-part mice chucked in with most brand new PCs. The side buttons are only just out of the way so you don't need to reshuffle your fingers to use them, though being as big as they are you can sometimes catch them by accident when you move your hand on and off it; or at least if you're not paying attention and just chuck your hand back onto it like an unkempt yobbo who takes no pride in his mouse. Otherwise, it won't be a problem. The USB cable fitted to the mouse is approximately a meter and a half, but whatever way you look at it Microsoft were thankfully not shy with their raw materials.
I use this mouse for all purposes. Browsing, gaming, working, Photoshop etc, and there's just no need for anything this mouse doesn't already have. No funny shapes or designs, no fashion statements or outspoken styles, but simply a trusty mouse for everyone. If it's not on here, you don't need it.
I got this mouse about 3-4 years ago and its still the best mouse there can be. Its a very reliable mouse that serves it perpose very well.
I have dropped it countless time on hardwood and tile and it still looks brand new. It has very good precision, so It'll take you exacly where you want to. It has cool buttons on the side for going back/forward. It's apperance is also very nice and elegent.
All you need to do is plug it in to your computer via USB and you are ready to roll, but Microsoft provides software for those andvanced wusers who want to go above and beyond.
It's speed is great, so you can use it to quicly dart from one side of the screen to the other on your quest of getting the most kills in a 1st person shooter.
This is a extrodinary mouse that does all that is required of it and will not let you down.
Having a clean out the other day I came across this Microsoft Intellimouse Optical mouse, a product I had forgotten that we still owned and one that was a faithful servant for a number of years stretching back to when we first bought it five years ago.
This is an old style wire mouse which plugs into your PC via a usb port or specialist mouse port on some PC's for which there is an adaptor to suit whiochever type of port you use. Instead of using the old style ball this was the first laser driven mouse that I ever owned and I was so impressed with the quality and accuracy of the control that this device provides, trying it again the other day it was still as responsive and sensitive as I remembered and an easy mouse to work with.
There is no software to install as your Windows PC automatically detects the mouse so it can be used straight away however if it does not there is an installation CD supplied with it.
It has a red light at the base to show that it is connected, with an ergonomic design andbuttons on the side and top of the device. It is a very reliable product and one that I got a good three years of use out of before we switched to using a laptop and the touchpad instead of a mouse and then when we did start using a mouse again it was for a cordless option that we went for. However as a back up it is useful to still have this around to use when we need it.
All that fluff and gunk that gets stuck to the rollers and stops your mouse from working properly, that needs to be cleaned off regularly. Well what did you think I was talking about?
Well after getting annoyed with the bog standard mouse supplied with Ernie, trusty computer for about the hundredth time, I thought there has got to be something better. And indeed there was, in the shape of an optical mouse, which instead of using a ball to track movement uses a laser.
So we had a look around the shops, and Dixons happened to be selling the Microsoft Optical Intellimouse at half price. Now, I bought this mouse going on for two years ago for £24.99, and it appears to still be available for the same price, although the design has changed slightly.
~~~Installing the mouse~~~
The mouse is very easy to install, especially if you are using Windows XP, as the drivers are already on your computer. Simply, connect the lead into a spare USB port and Windows will automatically, detect and install the mouse. If you don't have a USB port going spare, then Microsoft have kindly supplied a PS/2 adapter.
An installation CD was also supplied, but I haven't used it, seeing as Windows did all the work for me.
Well there's not much you can say about a Mouse's looks is there. My mouse is a light grey colour with darker grey sides. However the new look, is grey with silver detailing. The first thing you will really notice about the mouse is the red light, that comes on as soon as you switch the computer on, it gets quite comforting, as you know it's connected properly.
This is not a cordless mouse, but the cord is huge, which I find annoying, it's of such a length that it's hard to keep the wire out of the way.
~~~Using the mouse~~~
The mouse is very comfortable to use and extremely responsive. It seems to fit perfectly into my hand, but is a little large for younger children to use. The buttons are placed perfectly, so that even though I'm left handed, I have no trouble pressing them. The wheel is also intuitive to use, and scrolls through pages effortlessly. One function I really like is that when you press the wheel down, moving the mouse will then allow you to move pages left, right, up and down.
Although Microsoft claim the mouse can be used on any surface, I have found that it doesn't work particularly well on shiny surfaces (I had one mouse mat that it hated). But it does work on a wooden surface, or dare I say it on my knee.
The mouse is extremely easy to maintain, a simple wipe with a damp cloth is all it takes. There is absolutely no need to take it apart as there is with ball mice. This is what I love so much about it, all I had to was plug it in, and use it, nothing else.
The mouse is also very forgiving on what operating systems it works with, and it works on the following OS
Windows : 95/98, 2000, ME, XP, NT workstation 4.0 SP3 or later
MAC : OS 8.6 or later
~~~Price and availability~~~
The new style optical intellimouse can be purchased from various on-line stores starting at £24.79 (excluding delivery) from savastore.com
I love this mouse so much, that whenever I've bought a new computer, I've dumped the supplied mouse and used this instead. It's extremely durable, having lasted something like two years, and exceptionally easy to maintain. I would never, ever go back to using a ball mouse, not even if you paid me.
"Tech boys," I called, "I need a nice new mouse, this old ball-roller's clogged up to death!" "Why certainly, dear boy, pick one up to £30 and best of luck to you!" Came their cheerful reply, bless 'em. Onto PC World I went and had a look around. The mouse I chose was the Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical - priced at a very reasonable £29.99 (what do I care? It comes off the technical budget ;-)) and within a few days I was ready to roll (or to optic...? Oh I don't know but the mouse was here). First things first then - packaging and appearence: ---------------------------------------------------------- It's a nice box that it comes in - flat, red and with a nice bubble of plastic that holds the mouse, the USB extension and its instruction manual, it obvoiusly protected the mouse well as the Royal Mail didn't manage to harm the mouse at all! A first for them wiht something I've ordered. The mouse is just sex itself! Sleek lines, a nice red light illuminating it's back end and it's bottom and a funny little swirl thing on the back and the word "Microsoft" on it. Anyhow, it looks quite cool compared to the old monstrosity I had. It has 5 buttons (if you include the scroll wheel) compared to the old mouse's 2 AND IT LIGHTS UP - it's just like bonfire night everyu day at my desk! Or am I just too easy to please? Functionality: --------------- To set the mouse up I've hearsd all sorts of talk of software and discs and the likes. I don't even remember geting a disc witrh mine - I just pluged it in using the standard ps/2 connection (yep - it comes with this too) and the mouse lit up and moved my pointer all over the screen! Great stuff. Apparently it also glows red all over if you use the USB connection but I'm not so I don't know if it does or not. Use of the mouse could not be e
asier, it doesn't clog up with office grime as a ball-roller does and ther buttons are programmable for you to be able to do pretty much what you want. I have the standard web-browsing settings for mine and I think they're great. Let's go thyrough what's what: Top left button: Click/double-click Top right button: Right-click (menu display kinda thing) Top centre button: Scroll wheel/press to auto scroll. (now for the best of the bunch) Right-hand side button: Forward (like the forward arrow on your browser) Left-hand side button: Back (likewise) I love this, the forward/back buttons make browsing the web so much easier and the scroll button is such a welcome relief from clicking on the up and down bits at the side of a browser window. Quick scoring - Looks: 8 out of 10 (can't get that glow) Ease of use: 10 out of 10 Posh little features: 10 out of 10 Price: About 4 out of 10 if I were to buy it myself but full marks when I'm being bought it by work. So all in all - lovely. Certainly recommended by me. ***Additional*** I knew there'd be something I forgot to mention - this mouse is also great with all Microsoft applications and points well at non Microsoft ones :-) That is all
The simple mouse. It has been around for ages, and yet remains the most popular way of interacting with desktop computers. As it is used so often, I wonder why people put up with using the cheap, tacky and uncomfortable mouse that maybe came with their PC. When I was getting fed up with using the ugly lump of plastic with a few buttons plonked on it, I thought it was time for something new. Wow ? after changing from one to the other, the difference is massive. When I now come to use the computers at school, or any other computers with ?basic? mice, I really appreciate the difference that having a good mouse makes to your computing experience as a whole. One of the major problems with old mice is the way in which they ?pick up? the movement that the mouse makes across the mat. This is done with a ball that sits just inside the mouse, with a small part coming out of the bottom. Then when you move the mouse back and forth, the ball moves too, and this is picked up by rollers that are in contact with the ball inside the mouse mechanism. There are two problems with this ? firstly the mouse relies on moving parts. The rollers and springs inside the plastic case don?t last forever, leading to rubbish performance from the mouse. The second problem is dust and dirt. It?s amazing how quickly it builds up inside the cavity where the mouse ball sits in normal operation, and unless you clean it out very regally, the pointer will not move evenly across the screen as you use the mouse. So, Microsoft being the innovative and creative (ha!) people that they are, they have come up with the Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical, available almost everywhere for about 25 quid. OK, lets looks at some of the mouse?s good points (well there are quite a few actually!). Firstly, and I guess where most of your money goes to, is the optical sensor that replaces the archaic mouse ball. This is quite simply a fantastic improvement on the old design. When u
sing the mouse you will be surprised at the clear and accurate response on screen as a result of your hand?s movements. The optical sensor makes the mouse glide easily around, and the results are a huge improvement on the mouse ball. The sensor basically works by shining a bright red light down onto the surface and then a component in the mouse tracks the movement of the mouse by monitoring the reflections. Because of this, the mouse can be used upon any surface you want ? so no more of those tiny mouse-mats that restrict your working area (although I?m a bit sad to see the old mouse mats go ? there are some excellent deigns out there!) One point to remember, however, is that the mouse doesn?t work on shiny or glossy surface. The mouse is fine for both right and left handed users; in fact I actually trained myself to use the mouse in my left hand with the Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical. This is so that I have my right hand free to write things down (this is actually very useful when you need to take down notes from a web site, for example). The mouse can connect to the standard PS/2 socket, and it also has a USB connection if you would prefer. One thing I should mention at this point is that if you use the PS/2 connection then the bright red light that is part of the optical sensor stays on all of the time, even if your computer is shut down. This can be annoying if your computer is in the same room that you sleep in. If you use the USB connection then there is no problem. One of the most useful features of the mouse is the black wheel that is instead of the centre button. This is set up by default upon installation to scroll up and down the page. This is so much easier that having to move over to the scroll bar on the side of the screen, and really helps when you?re working on long documents, or want to scroll up and down (or sideways) in a dialogue box. In most graphics applications, the wheel is used to zoom in and out as you
move it up and down ? again very useful. You can get the wheel to do this in word processing applications by holding down the Ctrl key as you move the wheel. The mouse has a robust feel to it, without being too heavy. The surface of it is slightly textured and is white, giving the mouse a quality feel. I think that the mouse looks sleek and stylish, and at the same time looks as though it will last for many years. Microsoft have also added some cool design features to the mouse ? the lower sides of it are made of translucent plastic, so that when the red optical light is on, it shines through, making the mouse look excellent. There is also the small red light that shines out from the back of the mouse that all mice in the Microsoft Optical range have. The driver software that comes with the mouse is excellent ? Microsoft IntelliPoint 4.1. This allows you to customise the function of all three mouse buttons (the wheel can also be pushed into the mouse and ?clicked? like the other mouse buttons). Although you really need the two side buttons for left and right click, I currently have the wheel button set up to close the active window. I find this very useful as I often have many windows open at once, and everything can get too congested on the desktop. There are many other functions that you can assign to buttons too ? such as to minimise the active window, or to carry out the ALT + TAB function of changing to the next window. Installation of the driver software is easy ? just pop the CD into the drive and an easy to use wizard pops up to guide you through the set up process. There is also a clear and detailed instruction manual that comes with the mouse. I think that the only disadvantage of the mouse is the cost ? at £25 it is not cheap. However, I think the cost is well justified ? I?ve had my mouse for a couple of years now and nothing has gone wrong with it, and the extra cash is worth it in the difference made by t
hat optical sensor. The mouse is also full of other great features that make this product well worth the money. A truly excellent mouse ? if only Microsoft could apply the same innovation and design to some of its other products!
Way overpriced I thought, when lookin for a new rodent friend in PC World a couple of months ago!! Ahh, but, doesn't need cleaning!! Well, sometimes it does, I found that polishing ( sad I know) the little gliding pads underneath made it even better!! Use any furniture polish, just keep a firm grip on it afterwards ( the mouse ). Never wiil I go to a regular mouse again, winds me up something chronic at work when the damn things get clagged up!! I don't know if its just me, but can I h*ll as like find drivers for it on the net, ( lost disc), but Ive found that they aren't really needed anyhow. Just another way of Microsoft keeping tabs on people? The extra buttons on the side are excellent, used for back/forward on the net, and as extra commands on games etc. I also find it more accurate than a standard mouse, this is probably due to the magic eye reading thingy as written about in other ops.. Apparently its ambidextrous to, good for them lefty types then!! Overall a good bit of kit...
Every knows what its like when you've been using your mouse for a while and dirt and dust builds-up on the mouse ball and those tiny little wheels that the mouse ball moves to make to guide the cursor on the screen. Takes ages to get it off and even then it ends up hiding inside the mouse itself. You have to push down really hard on the mouse and move it speedily if you want it to move even one pixel on the screen. There is a solution to all of this. Optical GUI input technology. Put simply, instead of having a ball in the bottom of the mouse, you have a powerful LED and a high-speed optical sensor to track mouse movement, and they don't come much better than the Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse. The optical sensor in this beauty tracks mouse movement, 'looking at the surface', at an amazing 7,500 (approximately) times per second so there is absolutely no delay with cursor movement on the screen. And because there is no mouse ball, it means you can use it on any surface at all! Try it on your hand. It comes with two forms of connection for your computer - a standard PS/2 mouse connector and a USB connector. If you have a USB port free for this mouse, its a very good idea to use it as it makes it even more accurate as USB technology can shift data a lot faster than standard analogue PS/2 ports. The mouse comes with some excellent software making your already fantastic mouse even better. This mouse is compatable with the Microsoft IntelliEye software. This comes free with the mouse on a CD-ROM which also contains a full set of multi-language manuals and all the necessary device drivers. The mouse has a scroll wheel which allows you, for instance, on the Internet to scroll a page up and down by simply moving the wheel up and down rather than move the cursor all the way to the side of the screen and moving the on-screen scroller. With the IntelliPoint software on the CD-ROM, you can set the mouse wheel to do all kinds of different things, fr
om making it a replacement for the Shift key, to having it open the start menu. The IntelliPoint software also allows you to full calibrate the mouse to your individual needs and orientate in certain way depending on how you hold the mouse and whether you are left or right handed. With regards to aesthetics, its smooth, easy on the hand, and best of all, it has something the attracts most people to new computer products, well me anyway, it has red LED on the back that makes it glow! If you buy this mouse, you won't be disappointed.
I'd read many reviews about it, I'd compared it to many reviews about many other mice, and then I stepped into the exotic world of Optical Mice. Was it a good move? Yeah! I ordered the Microsoft Intellimouse Optical mouse online as it was considerably cheaper than at high street stores. The mouse handilly came with a USB to PS/2 converter for those still without the ever useful USB ports. Also included was the software CD with the latest version of Intellipoint - the tool to tweak around with the settings to your mouse. I just couldn't wait to install the software and hot-plugged the mouse into the computer and wow, the red light came from beneath the mouse and I had the power! The movement of the cursor to my hand movements was so true and so gone are the times when I have to bang the mouse to stop sticking! The little lens at the bottom of the mouse actually works! The mouse also features a scroll wheel which you can customize (especially useful in games such as Max Payne), and I especially love the two extra buttons on the side of the mouse which are ergonomically placed so that you can click away with two extra customisable buttons. I currently use them for Forward and Backward in Explorer (the default settings), but you can easily change these to a range of functions such as Copy, Paste, Close Window, etc. It's just so versatile. It was also for a bargain price! Buy this mouse straight away, my orders! Of course, we're not just buying this little gizmo for the flashing lights now, are we?! ****** UPDATE ****** Ok I got this mouse for around £22 + P&P online at Jungle.com. This was compared to: Dixons: £34.99 Currys: £34.99 PC World: £29.99 (Some sort of special offer with £5 off) All identical models.
Ever since I bought my pc I have spent several hours a day surfing the net and also using programs like paint shop pro. The mouse that came with my pc didn't last long as it was in constant use and forever needed cleaning.I bought several replacements that cost me around £7-£10 each and these did not last very long either. I decided to buy a microsoft intellimouse which looks identical to a normal mouse but has a magic eye on the bottom instead of a ball. I have had the new mouse for a month now and it works as smoothly as the day I bought it. The mouse is very comfortable to use and has a scrolling internet wheel and will work on almost any surface. At around £22 the intellimouse is not cheap but hopfully it will save money in the long run as it will never need cleaning inside.
Well if you purchase yourself one of Microsoft's new optical mice, then the answer is yes. Gone are the days when you spent 10 minutes with a small screw driver trying to get rid of the fluff and gunk that has magically appeared from your imaculatly clean mouse mat! You could say that this is the most important development in mouse technology, since the mouse was first incepted, but then that would be over the top, a bit! ** Features ** There are several feature of this new mouse, the most important being the "IntelliEye" optical sensor which makes your mouse work. This nifty piece of kit checks for movement 1,500 times a second, wow, and will work hundreds of surfaces including wood, plastic or even your trouser leg (providing of course that the surface is smooth and the motion the mouse ise used in is smooth!). The mouse also has the now standard feature of most mice the wheel, which I would herald as the second most important development in mice! The mouse is also designed, apparently, so that a person with either hand orientation can use the mouse comfortable. The nice designers have also catered for people with small and large hands, claiming that the design encourages natural posture (natural posture when using a mouse?). ** Installing ** This was as easy as finding the USB port or PS/2 port to plug the mouse into, very easy, and when the computer detected the new mouse install the software on the computer, this also was very easy all you have to do is to click next as there are not many option for installation. Overall a very easy products to install. ** Software ** As I have said this is very easy to install, it is also just as easy to use. Basically this software lets you configure the operation of the mouse. You can assign certain actions to the numerous buttons it may have, depending on the version. You can set the mouse to left or rifgh hand mode, swaps the two main buttons
around. You can assign the action that the scroller has, although the default is the most useful. You can also set the orientation of the mouse, which way it moves when you move it. Overall this is avery useful bit of software for managing the operation of your mouse, and you thought it just move the pointer around the screen! To access this software you can either open it from the system tray icon or from the control panel. Either way you get the same bit of software. Overall this software is very easy to use. ** System Requirements (Source Microsoft.com)** For the Microsoft Operating System: Hard Disk 30 MB of available hard disk space. Drive CD-ROM drive Operating System</b> One of the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows® 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT® Workstation 4.0 Service Pack 3 or later or Windows 2000. PeripheralsRound mouse port (PS/2-compatible) or USB port (USB requires Windows 98,Windows Millennium Edition or Windows 2000). Miscellaneous IntelliPoint version 3.0 software (included). For the Macintosh Operating System: Hard Disk 15 MB of available hard-disk space. Drive CD-ROM drive. Operating System Mac OS 8.6 or later operating system (excluding OS X or later); iMac also requires iMac update 1.1. Peripherals USB port . ** My Thoughts ** When I needed a new mouse for my computer I had a think for a while and decided that my best choice was this new mouse from Microsoft. I have used other Microsoft hardware products before, such as their older mice and their keyboards. These I found to be very good, the build quality was excellent and the ease of their installation and use was re-assuring. Having used the mouse for a couple of months now, I have become a custom to the red glow that eminates from the mouse as the optical sensor does it's business. This red glow has become quite soothing, apprt from when it starts to g
et all of the monitor, but some inventive mouse positioning can prevent this. Overall, this is a very good product and would recommend any to purchase one of these mice when they need a new mouse.
With more and more mouses adopting the optical sensors instead of the conventional mouse balls I decided to invest in one as my old mouse was really getting on my nerves. The Microsoft Optical mouse claims to be "smooth, reliable, precise and durable" and so far it has fulfilled all its claims. Immediately I noticed that this mouse is more accurate than the mice with mouse balls. The mouse is also capable of being used on all sorts of surfaces with no loss in accuracy. The mouse also looks good and the silver finish adds a touch of mouse to it. The scroll feature is also very useful but is not a new technology as most conventional mouse ball mice now come equipped with the scroll feature which makes browsing the web easier. Although it is an all round excellent solution the mouse also has one or two problems which let it down. Firstly the mouse has two navigation buttons which I find very useful for using as "back" and "forward" keys but occasionally my hand knocks the forward key unintentionally and this gets annoying after a while. When the computer is also off one of the two LEDs also remains on and although this is not a problem with me I have read in newsgroups that some people find it very annoying and I believe the only solution to prevent the second LED from coming on is to cut it off!! I purchased this mouse in a package deal with the Internet Keyboard Pro from Microsoft and for £47 in total (from dabs.com) I believe it is an excellent deal featuring two excellent products with a very long lifespan because the mouse has no moving parts to wear down.
This mouse is by far the best I have ever used. It has an excellent feel and can be used by right and left handed people. Well made. Light but very robust and is sized very nicely. This mouse is great for heavy gamers or internet browsers as it has a geared scroll wheel and 2 extra buttons which you can assign many different functions made available by the intellipoint software. Great for things like ‘back’ and ‘forward’ in the web browser and for quick access to moves in fast FPS games like quake which I play a lot of. One of the best features is the optical eye instead of the ball which can soon become clogged up with dust and stick annoyingly. This is some thing that can be very critical when playing quake, if you need to make a fast move and you ball sticks, it could cost you a frag. Although you need a mousing surface that doesn’t have patterns or is reflective other wise you will experience adverse effect such as the cursor jumping around the screen.
Since my early days of computing I'd been content with low cost dodgy mice. You know the sort which only has two buttons and a name that doesn't exactly fill you with trust. After about my third one I decided I wasn't really getting anywhere with these cheapo mice and that it was about time I splashed out. Not to mention my game playing was suffering because of these poor mice. So just as Christmas was approaching I started nagging to my girlfriend about how mad my mouse is and how there have been soooooo many good things said about Microsoft Intellimice. Then low and behold on Christmas day I open a mysterious package to reveal a Microsoft Intellimouse Optical. The Microsoft Intellimouse Optical is one of a series of Mice manufactured by Microsoft which use new optical beam technology. The mouse has a small 'eye' at the bottom which projects out a little laser a few thousand times a second. The mouse can then track and movement and more the cursor on the screen. The result? No ball!!! No clogging either :) It also comes with the option to plug it into your computer via a PS/2 mouse port or USB port. Unlike some of the other optical mice the Microsoft Intellimouse Optical can be used by both left and right handed people as it is moulded especially for neither, useful for left handed people like me. I was immediately impressed with this mouse. The cursor seemed to move more smoothly across the screen when I was using just normal Windows. Also, the mouse was detected very easily by Windows and installing it was no problem at all. There are one or two small downers to the mice which I think in no way outweigh the benefits of this fantastic little thing. Sometimes when you leave the mouse on the table and look at the screen you could almost swear you saw the cursor move just a little bit. That's because it does. every now and again you'll see little twitches produced by the mouse, which is
n't really a major problem. Another problem I found is that the software package that came with the mouse, Intellipoint 3.1, wouldn't work properly and I couldn't fully configure my mouse. This meant that I had to connect to the internet and download the Intellipoint 3.2 software which didn't take to long. So overall this mouse is a little beauty of a product which I highly recommend. Microsoft have done themselves proud with this product. A final interesting fact is that the electronics inside the Microsoft optical mice are more advanced than an old Pentium 486 computer.
It looks pretty and it works (sounds like the ideal partner.) It really is an excellent product. The red light gives a satisfying sci-fi dimension to everyday tasks. More mundanely, it's much smoother to use than a ball mouse. It responds almost instantly. It makes you realise how the mechanical action of a standard mouse has been impeding you. It's comfortable in the hand. It fits my hand as if it had grown there. It's very light to move. You can use it on any surface except a mirror, although in practice this is unlikely. (After a brief experimental period of using it on my skirt, the walls, the carpet, my left palm, or whatever - I went back to using it on a standard gel-filled mouse pad. So this feature is not really much practical use unless you use your computer in really odd circumstances.) Mine came from the USA with Win2k, when both were unreleased/hard to find here. The drivers worked together straight away. The intention had been to use it to get a competitive edge in online gaming but the gamer couldn't get used to it, suggesting it may not be ideal for everyone. His game playing style had evolved to take into account the weight of a ball mouse. (However, it had originally been recommended by another gamer who found it indispensable.) Every other person who has tried it has loved it and decided to get themselves one. For my purposes - doing almost anything you might use a computer for - it couldn't be faulted. The mouse died of old age after a year- ten times longer than I usually manage to keep a mouse in reasonable action - the fault was in the USB connection - possibly MY PC's USB port, rather than the mouse at all. Due to temporary poverty, I had to replace it with a standard USB mouse - completely useless after two months, relatively useless from the beginning to someone who had got used to a REAL mouse. So - all I can say against it is - once you get one, if you love it, you will have to
keep replacing it with others of the same type. So make sure you stay reasonably well off in future. Given its long life, however, it works out much cheaper than cheap computer fare USB mice in the long run. So, bad as I should feel about recommending a Microsoft product - I can't say anything except get one if you can.