Microsoft Intellimouse Optical Mouse
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- IntelliPoint software included
- Requires no cleaning or mouse pad
- 5 programmable buttons
- Optical pointing device for right- or left-handed users
- Provides more control and accuracy than trackball mice
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fuctionwise, the tracking is unparalleled--the new intellieye scanning at 6,000 times per second makes the mouse virtually skip-free, unlike older optical mice. the 5 fully programmable buttons are awesome too. the inteiipoint software allows you to assign different functions to different buttons, in different programs! i even have a button that saves my document in microsoft word! it's really a brilliant invention.
my only gripe about this mouse is its weight. it is on the light side, and i hear the hollow cluck every time i pick it up when i'm playing a game. i've grown used to it by now, but it took a couple of weeks.
in short, i believe this is the perfect mouse for me. its optical eye works great, the buttons are ingenious, and the low price at amazon.com (...) make this mouse the best bang for your buck!
the scroll wheel, and my new favorite thing - those programmable buttons!
At first I wasn't used to those programmable buttons and I'd accidentally press them getting unwanted results (like going back to the
previous web-page when pressing the left button, or going forward when pressing the right). But then I got so used to it and realized how helpful it was - so much so that I got another one for my work because I kept trying to press those buttons that didn't exist on my mouse at work!
There's definitely no going back to a mechanical mouse in this day and age after so many optical mouses (or is it mice!) are available.
But if you haven't used a mouse with programmable buttons before, I'm telling you - give it a try and you won't ever want to go back to
one that doesn't have them! And for the price, this one's a great bargain.
First, optical mice are the way to go. There's enough said about that, and the "ball" mouse will eventually go the way of the floppy drive. I've tried a few wireless mice by Microsoft, but they fall way short of their promises. You have to plug in a transmitter to the USB port to send the signal to the mouse, and this transmitter is the size of the mouse itself--you end up with twice the volume! Worse, I find I have to keep the mouse within two feet of the transmitter, meaning I have to keep two "mouse-sized" things on my desk. Also, with wireless mice, responsiveness decreases as the batteries die--I have to hold down the right-click button relatively long to click, which is a pain.
I also like the scroll wheel on this mouse--it provides a nice tactile "click" for every increment; some of the Microsoft wireless mice don't have a click, which makes it difficult to scroll down just one "click."
There is also at least one "known issue" with this mouse--sometimes the mouse will freeze for no reason. After a few weeks of rebooting my computer to get the mouse working again, I finally found the solution--stop using the mouse with the USB connection, and use the little green adapter that came with it instead.
I also just bought a relatively inexpensive Logitech optical mouse, and while it works fine, it doesn't have the solid feel of this mouse.
So, although this one is corded, it works great, has a nice feel, and is my current favorite among all the mice I keep around me (after the fix I mentioned above).
This is not a problem with the IntelliMouse Optical. It'll track fast as you can move it! Of course, the programmable buttons and scroll wheel are the icing on the cake. The included software installed without a problem (I'm currently running MacOS 9.1), and the mouse was easily configured. Being left handed I appreciated the fact that, unike the Intellimouse Explorer, it can be used with either hand. Along with the button positioning, it's size and weight feel just right. Also, the cord is very long compared to the, some say too-short one connecting the Pro Mouse (not problem for me though).
For the price (including rebate) and it's nice operating features, this purchase was a no-brainer.
One minor negative, and it has nothing to do with the product itself. Product registration must be done via Microsoft Passport. Recently, in the press there have been some security concerns mentioned about this 'service'. No thanks, Bill.
Update: Microsoft has now released a MacOS X driver for the Intellimouse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best mouse ever. I'm not a gamer. I use computer for music notation and production. I've tried Logitec highend products, some mid-range wireless mouses. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken
I think this mouse is very functional and well-designed. The problem is it doesn't last as long as I would like. Read morePublished 2 months ago by benjamin bannister
What can you say about a Microsoft mouse? It's okay... It lasted a few years and died. It was okay...Published 2 months ago by Rollin L. Astra
I purchased this as a replacement for my old Intellimouse which was dying after 12 years, which I think is pretty dang good for a mouse. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna L.
Perfect condition. Exactly as pictured and described. Very pleased with purchase. Very comfortable in my palm, no fatigue as of yet since purchase. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael R. Ramos
Great mouse. I love the side buttons and the feel of it in my hand. Left and right mouse buttons go bad after a while though, but considering how much I was using it, it's to be... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bob Johnson