Product Type: Microsoft mice & trackballs
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WAY better than I expected.
Microsoft Intellimouse Optical
Member Name: Boonoiy
Microsoft Intellimouse Optical
Date: 06/01/04, updated on 06/01/04 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Looks cool, Works very well
Disadvantages: Bit expensive
"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?
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.
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
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