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Product: TrackBall Explorer
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware
Estimated Street Price: $74.95
Review By: Julien JAY

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Setup and Design
3: Usability & Programmable Buttons
4: Conclusion

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

 

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 95%
Performance: 95%
Look: 100%
Ease of use: 95%
Drivers: 95%
Ball Control: 100%
Price: 95%
Overall: 96%

 

The Microsoft TrackBall Explorer is a great addition to the Microsoft mice family. Itís a top-notch model that features a cool silver design. If the way of controlling the ball using index and other fingers isnít revolutionary the inclusion of the IntelliEye technology is. Best of all the enhanced IntelliEye technology is more accurate than ever ensuring high precision touch-ups for use in PhotoShop, for example. If that wasn't enough, the new programmable buttons make surfing the 'Net and completing redundant tasks much easier. This new TrackBall is worth the buy and its great software justifies the cost of the purchase, so really you can buy it right now, eyes closed. Compared to the TrackBall Optical the surface of the Explorer is more opulent, the ball control concept is more accurate while the rubbers located on the base donít smell.

 

 

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 96%
Version Reviewed Microsoft TrackBall Explorer
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? 1 TrackBall Explorer Device
1 USB to PS/2 adapter

1 CD
1 Manual
The Good Points Excellent Drivers
Comfortable shell
Enhanced IntelliEye technology
Reprogrammable buttons
Interesting new ball control mode
The Bad Points No bad point, really
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium III 1 Ghz B
Intel VC820 Motherboard
Windows Millennium Edition
256 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
DirectX 8.0
17" Sony Trinitron Monitor
64MB Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra 4X AGP Graphics Card
Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card 
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB

Microsoft TrackBall Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
PC Required Windows 95/98/Me or Windows NT 4.0 SP3/2000
CD-Rom Drive
29Mb of available hard disk space
Round Mouse Port (PS/2) or USB port (requires Windows 98/Me/2000)

 

 

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