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

IntelliEye Technology

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

You may wonder what makes these new mice so special. Well, to stay ahead of the competition Microsoft designed this innovative new technology to make our lives just a tad bit easier. Now we can finally throw out those mousepads (except ActiveWin ones of course). Here is how it works... 

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 work surface at a rate of 1,500 images per second. The DSP translates changes between the images into on-screen pointer movements. This technique, executes 18 million instructions per second (MIPS) and results in smooth, precise pointer movement.

Traditional mice execute only about 1.5 MIPS, make a mouse with this new technology about 12 times faster than an ordinary mouse.

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.
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