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Product: IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com
Estimated Street Price: $54.95
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Microsoft IntelliEye Technology & Installation
3: Design & Surfaces Compatibility
4: IntelliPoint 4.01 & Usability
5: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.

 

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 90%
Look: 80%
Optical Accuracy: 95%
Performance:
90%
Drivers: 85%
Compatibility with
existing applications: 95%
Price: 90%
Overall: 89%
 

There’s no doubt that Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 is a great device. The unrivalled accuracy of its sensor combined to the outstanding IntelliPoint drivers that offer a myriad of ways to program the five buttons ensures everyone will be able to customize the mouse. The new Optical sensor is a real advance over previous generations of sensors making the mouse a must have for users that require high precision clicking like die-hard gamers or graphic designers.

The “new edge” design of the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 may disrupt some users, but after a few hours of use they will get used to it. The only thing I regret is that Microsoft didn’t keep this mouse as comfortable as the first IntelliMouse Explorer by keeping the same body. Nonetheless the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 is a winner which we highly recommend despite its ergonomics level is clearly under the first model.

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 89%
Version Reviewed Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box 1 IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 Device,
1 USB to PS/2 Adapted,
1 Drivers CD-Rom,
1 Users' Guide.
The Good Points New 6000dpi Optical Sensor,
Outstanding IntelliPoint 4.0 Drivers,
Fast Scrolling Wheel,
5 buttons,
High accuracy and quick response.
The Bad Points Weird Design,
Not as comfortable as the first IntelliMouse Explorer,
Previous & Next buttons are way too small and incorrectly positionned.
Reviewers PC Setup

Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
Intel D850GB Motherboard
Windows XP Professional
512 MB PC800 RDRAM
DirectX 8.1
19" Sony CPD-E400 Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
Adaptec 19160
Adaptec USB2Connect 3100LP

Logitech Cordless Freedom Optical

DVD Pioneer 106s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW2200E

PC Required

Minimum System Requirements

486DX 66MHz (or higher processor)
16MB of RAM
Microsoft® Windows®  95, 98/98SE, Windows Millennium, Windows NT 4.0 (with SP5), Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home/Pro
25MB of hard disk space
Quad Speed or faster CD-Rom/DVD-Rom drive
Available PS/2 or USB port

 

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