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Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0
Page 1 - Introduction
Author: Jessica Holman (Strawberryswirl)
Editor: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: January 21, 2004
Category: Hardware
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Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0

When in search of the ideal mouse one often seeks innovation, functionality, comfort and style. This is what led me to the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer, a practical and yet intriguing mouse for the average user seeking an above average mouse. With this model they claim to offer longer battery life, revolutionary tilt wheel technology (for side-to-side scrolling), five programmable buttons, and an ergonomic design. It all sounds great, but is it as amazing as they say?

Box Shot
Box Shot
Another Box Shot...
Another Box Shot...

First, letís take a look inside the box. With the mouse you get the Getting Started guide/manual, the installation CD, a USB to PS2 adaptor (for those lacking USB slots), the wireless receiver, and two AA batteries. The Getting Started guide/manual is short, sweet and easy to follow for those that need to use it. One thing to note is that this model is only compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Mac OS 10.1 to Mac OS 10.2.x (excluding Mac OS 10.0). Installation was a breeze, you are supposed to install the software prior to plugging in the receiver and putting the batteries in the mouse, however not following that particular order has not hampered the functionality of the mouse or the receiver in the slightest. Next, I tested out the mouse to make sure that it was working properly, mine was up and running on the first try, if it had not worked there is several trouble shooting scenarios in the Getting Started guide/manual.

Contents of the Box
Contents of the Box

The design of this model I find to be very comfortable. There are extended grooves for your fingers and thumb and the scroll wheel is smooth with slight grove indications (it also feels like a softer, smooshier material, not hard like most scroll wheels). For the 3 months or so that I have been using this mouse I have felt no discomfort at all, in fact it's a big improvement from my last mouse (Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer). The mouse is offered in a variety of colors; however I think that the dark grey and black looks best.

Top Shot of Mouse
Top Shot of Mouse
Side Shot of Mouse
Side Shot of Mouse

Once I had the mouse all set up and I had tested it to make sure it was working properly I was able to customize the buttons to fit my needs. This mouse has 5 buttons that are all customizable and you can set each button up to do pretty much anything you want. For my purposes I left the 4 buttons at their default settings but changed the scroll button to AutoScroll.

Tilting Wheel to the Right
Tilting Wheel to the Right
Tilting Wheel Left
Tilting Wheel Left

Speaking of the scroll button, letís take a look at the tilt wheel feature. The tilt wheel technology is designed to allow the user to scroll from side-to-side, in addition to scrolling up and down. Personally, the only time I have used this feature so far was when I tested it for this review. However, I do think that it is a great feature to have; the scroll wheel is incredibly comfortable and can be easily shifted from side-to-side.

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