TechTV101 – Microsoft Explorer Mouse with BlueTrack Technology REVIEW
Specifications & Features
The mouse uses a rechargeable AA battery for power and has a snap in mini transceiver. The Explorer Mouse uses BlueTrack technology and can track on virtually any surface. The design of the mouse is ergonomic and design for right hand use. Connectivity is 2.4 GHz wireless offering 30-foot range and Microsoft says the mouse will go three weeks between charges.
Testing & Use
Power for the mouse comes from a removable and rechargeable AA battery. This is a great feature because in a pinch on the road you can plug in a normal AA battery and keep working. The BlueTrack technology uses a blue incoherent light beam and the mouse features blue lighting effects for visual appeal. The Microsoft Explorer Mouse is a full size mouse, but it is designed with mobile users in mind.
The shape of the mouse is much like any other traditional mouse for general PC work with a right handed ergonomic design and customizable buttons. The thick design of the mouse means that you end up palming the mouse, which is comfortable. However, if you prefer to use your fingers more than your wrist for mouse control the thick design makes that harder to do. Tracking capability is the main claim to fame for the Microsoft Explorer Mouse, and it tracks Excellently. If you have no mouse space at all, you can use your lap, arm, face, head, or even massage your neck and shoulders with the Explorer Mouse. It took some practice to adjust to surfing the Web with a back-scratcher, but it really can be done, We even Tried tracking on a 50 inch LCD Screen and On all surfaces, the Microsoft Explorer Mouse tracked flawlessly.
In short, we found Microsoft’s claim to be true: The Explorer really does work on virtually any surface. The Explorer Mouse is an innovative peripheral with a stylish design. When the novelty of trying to make it work on every surface in your home or office wears off, chances are you’ll still be pleased with the mouse — it’s comfortable to hold, it offers excellent tracking and scrolling, and it’s easy on the wrist. Plus, that sexy blue light will match many desktop systems’ tower LEDs. The fact that you can take it with you and use it on just about any surface is icing on the cake.The dual side buttons on the Microsoft Explorer Mouse are located well. You can reach them easily when you need them, but they are out of the way and donâ€™t get hit accidentally when you are surfing the web or working.
Microsoft also gave the scroll wheel a left and right click function and the wheel can be pressed down for an additional click function as well. The scroll wheel is very similar in feel to the Logitech G9 scroll wheel.
Set Up / Installation
To get started, you’ll need to install the (Windows XP or Vista or Mac OS X 10.2 and up) IntelliPoint 6.3 software found on the bundled CD. The easy-to-configure software lets you customize the mouse’s five buttons — left, right, wheel click, and front and rear thumb buttons. Options are provided for setting four-way scrolling with left and right wheel tilt for horizontal scrolling, a feature increasingly common in medium- to high-end mice. You can assign buttons to more common functions such as Copy, Paste, Shift, and custom macros, as well as for one-click access to popular Vista features like Flip 3D (which i have only started using because of the mouse!)
The Microsoft Explorer Mouse deserves your attention for its BlueTrack sensor technology that lets you use it on surfaces where other mice fail. Laptop owners, or anyone else who uses a nondeskbound computer, will benefit from Microsoft’s innovative new technology.
The Cost of the mouse is around â‚¬47.39 on www.elara.ie