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The Microsoft Explorer Mouse, with revolutionary Microsoft BlueTrack Technology, works more places than ever before, including on granite countertops, living room or airport carpets¿even on a wood table or rough, unfinished park bench.
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer
Works on Virtually Any Surface. The Microsoft® Explorer Mouse, with revolutionary Microsoft BlueTrack™ Technology, works more places than ever before, including on granite countertops, living room or airport carpets—even on a wood table or rough, unfinished park bench.
Easy Recharging The battery status indicator tells you when a quick recharge is needed. The compact, stable recharging base is easy to use.
Reliable Wireless on the Go Microsoft 2.4 GHz wireless and the snap-in mini-transceiver deliver a reliable connection with up to a 30-foot range.
Sophisticated Design and Comfort The glowing blue light effects and comfortable curved surfaces set your mouse apart.
Go Anywhere - Microsoft BlueTrack Technology™ combines the power of optical with the precision of laser for remarkable tracking on more surfaces.*
5-Button Mouse - Get quick access to the media, programs, and files you use most often with customizable buttons.
4-Way Scrolling - Scroll side to side as well as up and down.
What is BlueTrack?
Microsoft’s proprietary BlueTrack™ Technology works on more surfaces than both optical and laser mice.** It uses high-angle imaging optics to generate an accurate picture of the surface.
The first thing that I loved was that the mouse works fine under Linux (and Windows, of course), even the two side buttons: under Linux they are "Back" and "Forward" in a web-browser by default.
The mouse is rechargeable and requires one AA Ni-MH battery (which means it can be easily replaced when the battery dies eventually) and comes with a low charge indicator (slowly flashes red when the mouse needs recharging and slowly flashes green when the mouse is being charged) and an easy charging station. After some minimal charging is done, the green flashing stops and the indicator just stays on green. Unfortunately there is no indication as to when the mouse is fully charged - the indicator does not change to blue or some other color, instead it just stays on green).
The two customizable buttons can be assigned (under Windows) many different functions out of a list.
The mouse indeed works well on most surfaces. However, I found out that it does not work at all on a concrete wall painted with a white paint. It also barely works on its original package (which could mean that it performs poorly on transparent surfaces). I guess there are always exceptions.
The mouse looks beautiful! Although, keep in mind that you won't see the blue light from under the mouse and the BlueTrack sign all the time - it only turns on for a few seconds when the mouse is turned on (i.e. after one takes the receiver out of the mouse) and after the mouse returns from a sleep mode (the mouse goes into the sleep mode to save battery if it is not used for a while).Read more ›
I purchased two of these mice, one for my iMac and then when I liked it, one for my MacBook. I basically like the mice and after getting used to the heavier weight find it easy to use.
The reason I am writing this review is to tell about the defective rechargeable battery system on both mice and hope it helps other folks. I will try to keep the story short, but with enough detail that might help others with the same symptoms.
The mice appeared to work for a few weeks, the red light never came on, but I would recharge them every so often. Then the red light (indicating low battery) would come on very soon after taking off the station. I purchased new rechargeable batteries thinking perhaps the batteries were defective. The behavior continued with two different sets of batteries. Using a friend's battery tester, the rechargeable battery tested almost completely full, but the red light would still come on. I put a regular battery (which tested 100% charged), used it for a week and the red light came on. I put one of the new rechargeables in for about 24 hours and the green light was still flashing, indicating it was still charging.
I called Microsoft support, 800-642-7676, talked to a representative, who talked to his advisers and they declared both of them defective and are sending two replacements, which I appreciate.
Here's hoping the new ones work correctly. I know someone else with two of these and the battery charging system works just fine, so we shall see.
This mouse is an excellent replacement to my older corded laser mouse. I was having issues tracking on my new desk because of the wood grain. I did some reading on the bluetrack technology and it's improved tracking effect so I took the plunge and I can't be happier.
The mouse tracks perfectly on multiple surface types. I even tried it on carpet just for fun and it works on there too!! It's pretty cool to sit on my bed with my laptop and use my mouse on the comforter.
Anyway, I've only been using it a few days so I have no comment on battery life. The mouse turns off on its own pretty quickly, which will hopefully conserve battery.
The shape of the mouse makes for a comfortable fit in my hand. The scroll wheel turns VERY smoothly, unlike my previous click-scroll wheel. This meant it took a little bit for my fingers to adjust to the same level of accuracy with scrolling but it's definitely not a minus. The extra two buttons alongside my thumb were a nice idea but the one closest to my palm is harder to push. I never use it but that may be an issue for someone else.
Overall, I'm really happy with this mouse. It's got this awesome blue halo it throws around itself when you're using it. It fits great in my hand. It tracks flawlessly. What else could I really want?
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I just bought this mouse and it is absolutely amazing and I think everyone is being way too critical! The scrolling is wonderful, the bluetrack technology is great, the recharging is very useful.
I have a Mac and so far all of the buttons have worked exactly as they are supposed to. The forward and back buttons work perfectly in Firefox and Safari and the scroll wheel works in iTunes.
When recharging the mouse, the light turns solid green once it is fully charged. Not to mention that you don't have to fiddle with it to get it to stay on the charger because the light (either red, blinking green, or green) comes on when charging begins.
Furthermore, for the person that complained about the mouse not working on transparent surfaces, the box specifically says "BlueTrack Technology does not work on clear glass or mirrored surfaces" - so it's really not fair to expect the mouse to do something that it specifically says it can't do.
This mouse is a replacement for the Mighty Mouse which seems to break ever 6 months or so, and doesn't have nearly as many wonderful features as the Explorer. Hands down, best mouse I've ever used!
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