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Product: IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price: $54.95
Review By: Julien Jay

Microsoft IntelliEye Technology

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

Microsoft IntelliEye technology employs a tiny chip with a sensor and digital signal processor (DSP). The sensor's glowing red light captures "snapshots" of the surface you move the mouse on at the exceptional rate of 6,000 images per second. To capture movements your mouse uses a laser LED that emits lighting impulsions at a specific frequency while the optical sensor picks and interpret them up so the DSP can translate changes between the images into on-screen pointer movements. While classic Logitech optical mice are stuck with a capturing rate of 1500 dpi, the new Microsoft IntelliEye technology will clearly provide users with the smoothest, most precise and fastest tracking speed to date.  The revamped Microsoft IntelliEye technology used by the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer is now 300% faster than before to achieve an unprecedented accuracy.

Features and Functions with IntelliEye Optical Tracking Technology

  • Increased precision and better control: Moving parts can break or wear out with use. IntelliEye replaces the moving parts inside the mouse with a tiny optical sensor, creating a smooth, flat underside to the mouse. The completely digital design of Microsoft IntelliEye means the mouse will remain as responsive and accurate as it was the day it was purchased. 
  • No more cleaning: Traditional mice feature moving parts that are susceptible to the accumulation of dirt, dust or grime, which cause pointers to stick or move erratically. With IntelliEye technology, there is no mouse ball to clean and no parts to break.
  • No need for a mouse pad:  The optical sensor in IntelliEye works on virtually every surface (see usability), thus eliminating the need for a mouse pad.

Benefits of the new IntelliEye technology

Improved tracking speed:  The most common complaint optical mouse users have is that the cursor gets “lost” during periods of quick hand movement. The problem is, most optical mouse products can only move up to 14 inches per second. But usability research indicates that computer users can move the mouse up to 30 inches per second - far faster than the tracking capability of today’s mouse products. Microsoft’s IntelliEye optical technology is better. It enables the mouse to keep up with the hand, tracking up to 37 inches per second.

Increased accuracy:  Due to the limits of existing optical mouse technology, the cursor does not always land where you want it. This causes reduced accuracy and increased frustration. IntelliEye optical technology provides superior accuracy and enables the cursor to land where you want it.


   Installing the IntelliMouse Explorer Version 3 is a breeze. You just have to unplug your old mouse and plug the USB cable of the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 to your computer. Despite the fact the PS/2 port isn’t able to provide  sufficient bandwidth for the enormous flow of data that comes from the brand new 6000 dpi sensor, the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 is provided with a PS/2 adapter so you can use it on old computers. The new mouse will be instantly recognized by Windows XP, etc. and the only thing left to perform is to install the IntelliPoint 4.01 set of drivers to unleash the full potential of this awesome mouse.

Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 (click to enlarge)

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