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Product:  IntelliMouse Optical
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price: $54.95
Review By: Robert Stein & Julien Jay

The Features

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: IntelliEye Technology
3: Setup & Usability
4: New Design
5: Programmable Buttons
6: Conclusion

As if the first generation of Microsoft's IntelliEye mice were not good enough, the second generation has just gotten better. Microsoft's latest mouse, the IntelliMouse Optical has the same attractive new look as the former, however this time it features a new ambidextrous design for improved comfort. The  lefties and odd-sized hand people of the world will now love Microsoft as this new style is ergonomically fit for everyone. Combined with the newest IntelliEye Technology and the new programmable buttons, even the sternest curmudgeons will buy this mouse.

Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical Features:

  • IntelliEye Technology - provides unsurpassed accuracy over time by replacing mouse-ball technology with an optical sensor and digital signal processor (DSP). The sensor snaps pictures of the work surface at a rate of 1,500 images per second and then translates changes between the images into onscreen movements. This technique, called image correlation processing, results in smooth, precise pointer movement. 
  • Ambidextrous Design for Comfort - Whether you are left-or right-handed, or have a large or small hand, the design of IntelliMouse Optical feels comfortable. The shape supports your hand and encourages natural posture.
  • The scrolling and zooming wheel lets users enjoy universal scrolling in their favorite applications directly from their mouse without having to use scrollbars. Users can zoom without using toolbars or menus.
  • Two new customizable function buttons Browse the Web without using toolbars or the keyboard. Simply use either side button to go forward or backward on the Internet. Or, you can program the buttons to execute routine actions in many of your favorite programs
  • Precision over time - With the new IntelliEye technology, there are no more mechanical parts to become worn or dirty!
  • A proven ergonomic design allows users to align their hand and forearm in a natural, relaxed position on the mouse. The shape of the IntelliMouse Explorer supports the entire hand and fingers, while the slope helps keep the hand and forearm aligned naturally.
  • The IntelliMouse Optical comes with a five year hardware warranty. 


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