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Microsoft Intellimouse Optical Mouse

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  • Optical pointing device for right- or left-handed users
  • 5 programmable buttons
  • Provides more control and accuracy than trackball mice
  • Requires no cleaning or mouse pad
  • IntelliPoint software included
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Product Details

Product Manual [167kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9 x 2.1 inches ; 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005TQ08
  • Item model number: D58-00026
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 6, 2001

Product Description

The Intellimouse optical mouse offers precise, responsive cursor movement, and smooth tracking, thanks to its optical technology. Five customizable buttons, and ambidextrous, ergonomic grip make Intellimouse easy and comfortable to use. Each button can be programmed to do a different action in each software application you set it up for, so you get the features and functions you use most, right at your fingertips!

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The buttons and scroll wheel are fine.
Flatfive
I think this is the best mouse i have ever used and everybody I let use it buys one.
Amazon Customer
The Microsoft Intellimouse Optical is the best mouse every created.
Jonathan Hickman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Thom on December 12, 2001
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like the title says, this mouse is a great value, sitting between the intellimouse explorer and intellimouse wheel. it fits my hand perfectly too, as it is not as big at the explorer.
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!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Fernandes on June 12, 2003
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I got this mouse as a gift and loved it as soon as I started using it. It definitely provides skip-free performance, has a great feel to it, has
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.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By TestMagic Inc. on June 5, 2004
I've tried all kinds of mice--corded and wireless; optical and ball; Logitech and Microsoft; high-end, low-end, and in-the-middle.
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).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 2, 2002
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I purchased a Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical to replace the Apple Pro Mouse on my PowerMac G4. As much as I liked the Pro Mouse's aesthetics, it was beginning to annoy me in use. The biggest problem I had was it's slow tracking - especially for an optical mouse. If moved at all quickly across the mouse pad, it would loose it's bearings and throw the cursor back to the opposite side of the screen. Very annoying.
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.
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