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Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical

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  • Ergonomic Design
  • Customizable Buttons
  • Optical Technology
  • Comfortable in Either Hand
  • Scroll Wheel
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Product Details

Product Manual [167kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.9 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006B7HB
  • Item model number: D66-00029
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 21, 2002

Product Description

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Microsoft has replaced the old-fashioned mouse ball with the Wheel Mouse Optical, featuring an IntelliEye optical sensor to provide smooth and precise motion. Without a mouse ball, there are no moving parts to clean or wear down. The IntelliEye optical sensor is sealed in to keep out the dirt and lint that can cause a traditional mouse to skip or jam.

The Wheel Mouse Optical comes with a scroll wheel for scrolling and zooming. Move through documents by simply rolling the wheel forward or backward instead of clicking on a scroll bar. Use the wheel to see either close-up or big-picture views without having to use menus or toolbars (in compatible applications). The mouse also features an ambidextrous design for comfort. Whether you are left-handed or right-handed, have a large or small hand, the design of the Wheel Mouse Optical feels comfortable.

The Wheel Mouse Optical's IntelliEye optical sensor scans the desktop 6,000 times per second, delivering smooth, precise motion on virtually any surface, even through dirt, dust, and fingerprints. The IntelliEye sensor performs best on surfaces with detail to track. It will not function on surfaces without visible detail (e.g., glass) or surfaces where it will see its reflection (for example, mirrors or glossy surfaces). The sensor may also have difficulty tracking on highly repetitive patterns (for example, some printed photographs from magazines or newspapers).

Microsoft offers a three-year warranty on the Wheel Mouse Optical.

Product Description

Mice that Skip and Jam Are a Thing of the Past. The IntelliEye optical sensor tracks movement thousands of times times per second, giving you smooth and precise motion. Without a mouse ball, there are no moving parts to clean or wear down. The optical sensor is even sealed to prevent dirt and lint from getting in and affecting performance.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It feels very comfortable in your hand.
Matthew D'Agostino
This is probably the best mouse I've ever encountered.
Ian
No way can you go wrong by buying this mouse!
chasms51

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D'Agostino on October 12, 2002
Mouse technology catches up with PC technology.
I am responsible for order PC equipment for my department. I am constantly asked for a new mouse. The reasons are always the same - it won't roll smooth, it sticks, I have to bang it to work. The traditional mouse uses a ball the runs over an actuator. As the spring wares the actuator shift slightly causing the mouse ball to catch on the corner. With optical there is no mouse ball only a beam of light.
I have ordered every type in every price range with the same results. It is fine for a few months then in the garbage. Ironically, the ones that come with the new IBM Net Vista are the WORST.
I was so impressed with my new optical mouse I immediately order 20 more. It feels very comfortable in your hand. My people liked them so much they ordered them for their home PC's. It has been a month now and no problems. I plan to order an additional 40 more before year end.
The only OS I've tried the optical mouse on is Windows 2000. There is no need to load additional software. We also swap out the mouse while the PC's are running. No need to reboot.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2002
No more having to dislodge cat hair from the inside of my mouse with tweezers !
This cheerful, glowing mouse zips along with terrific accuracy on the "Precise Optical Mousing Surface" I bought for it...the wheel responds to the lightest touch, as do the buttons.
At a reasonable price, this is a marvel of a gizmo, and since I like a dimly lit room at night, the red light is a jolly and friendly touch that delights the kid in me.

It does come with a CD, which I'm not informed on, as I'm a "plug it in and use it" type of person...so I can't tell you what it has to offer...but if you want to keep your life simple, get this mouse. No more cleaning, no more sticky wheel.
Though it works on any surface except for something like glass, I do recommend the "Optical Mousing Surface"...not only does it provide an even better glide, but it's noiseless as it moves on it, contrary to the slight scraping sound you might get on other surfaces.

Update from what was written above, in October of 2002: nearly 2 years later, this trusty mouse is not quite as "zippy", but is still going strong, and is serving me well.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Geissman on September 19, 2002
The Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical is the cheapest way into an optical mouse. The mouse is shaped well for your hand and is designed to be used left or right handed. The scroll wheel is large and easy to use. The buttons are large and click well no matter if you are pressing in the middle or the edge of the button. The optical sensors work great. This mouse works perfect on any surface I've tried. Microsoft includes a install CD that has software to customize the mouse to your hearts content. Can be installed via USB port or PS/2 port (USB to PS2 adapter included). If your tired of the goo that collects on the roller ball of your current mouse or are just looking for a second mouse look no further than here.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rheumor on September 21, 2002
If you haven't yet switched from a roller ball mouse to an optical mouse, you're in a for a very pleasant surprise. You'll be amazed by both the improvement in accuracy and the ease with which these optical mice can be adjusted. Of course, optical mice do not require a mousepad, a very nice bonus when you're tight for space. (However, it should be noted that they do not work well on glass or on a highly polished surface.) This particular model is just fine, though I've never been a big fan of the constant red glow. It is in the long run however that the optical technology really shines. With no moving parts to wear out or get gummed up, they age particularly well.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "ohiorocket" on September 16, 2002
This mouse is [inexpensive] but works great. Optical sensor works well without jumping around. Overall a great deal
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James W. Anderson on October 1, 2002
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I can't say enough good things about this product. I bought one of these because I was tired of my mechanical mouse sticking and hesitating on me at work, and having to repeatedly clean the ball and rollers every couple weeks, even though I am pretty much a clean freak at the office. This is no longer an issue for me since I switched to the optical mouse. It is extremely precise and it never, ever hesitates or sticks. What I didn't count on was how much I'd grow to depend on the scrolling wheel. This feature is so handy for scrolling up/down long web pages and documents that now I can't imagine being without it.
The optical mouse was such an improvement for me at work that I ordered two more of these a few weeks later to replace my mechanical mice at home. I now use this very same mouse everywhere I use a computer, and could not be more pleased.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ned on December 30, 2002
Microsoft IntelliMouse works as advertise. It was easy to install, insert the CD and within a couple of minutes the mouse and its features are ready to be used.
You don't have to use a mouse pad anymore but you can still use one if you want. I'm sure there are a few surfaces the optics won't work on but it worked on my mouse pad and desk surface.
Only time will tell if it will last longer that a ball mouse!
The features include:
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Three Programmable Buttons - The three buttons, including the wheel button, can be reprogrammed easily to perform popular commands with a single touch.
Faster Wheel Scrolling - Move through documents quickly without clicking on the scroll bar.
Designed for Right or Left Hand
No need for a mouse pad (You can still use your favorite mouse pad)
System requirements:
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Pentium 133mhz or higher processor (Pentium 233mhz or higher for Windows XP)
For Windows 98 or Windows ME - 32 MB of RAM
For Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP - 128 MB of RAM
25 MB of available hard-disk space
An available PS/2 or USB port
For Macintosh:
15 MB of available hard-disk space, USB Port, MAC OS 8.6 or 9X, MAC OS 10.1 (Excluding MAC OS 10.0)
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