Reviews and Problems with Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer
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Mouse with good potential
Khashayar Eghtedari, Amazon
27 October 2009
Summary: It is getting harder and harder to find "full fledged" wired optical mice these days. Every mouse company is focused fully on wireless which sounds good at first until you take into account: Charging station (or battery change) and the signal interference. And if you are a gamer like me, you hate that tiny bit of lag that at best some times, and at worse all the time is present in wireless mice. So I was glad when I got this mouse.
Intellimouse Explorer 4.0 -- WORST mouse I've ever used
Product Reviewer, Amazon
19 December 2005
Summary: The Intellimouse Explorer 4.0 has several major design flaws that make it a burden to work with, and may lead to significant repetitive use injuries if used for an extended period. The flaws are explained below. 1. The so-called "tilt wheel" has four major flaws: 1.1. Clicking the wheel requires an incredible amount of finger pressure. The smooth and light wheel click of earlier Microsoft mice is gone.
Summary: This mouse feels and works great. However, the buttons break very easily. My right button stopped working within 3months, I called Microsoft and they sent me a new one. After 2months, that right button stopped working again. The buttons still work, but they only work once in a while. For ex, to get the right button to work, I have to click on it at least 3-4 times. I now have 2 broken mice.
Oh, what a difference another six months make: what was once a Five-Star rating is now a One-Star rating
2 September 2005
Summary: Back on 9/5/05, I wrote a glowing Five-Star review of this mouse after six months of use. Mea culpa. After barely a year's worth of M-F 8-5 usage, it is now headed to the landfill. The switch under the left mouse button started failing a few weeks ago and finally quit altogether this past week. It took awhile to figure out how to disassemble the mouse without breaking anything, but I was able to confirm that, yes, it was indeed the left switch that was the culprit.
Summary: The switch under the normal button (left button) is unreliable, and apparently this is a known problem with late models of the Intellimouse.. serves me for buying a mouse without doing a thorough online check to see if it was a lemon first. The scroll wheel is great, the tracking is smooth, the extra buttons are fine, it's comfortable and looks pretty--but since the primary function is that left click button, having one as shoddy and nonfunctioning as this, ruins it.
Summary: Like another reviewer, the mouse worked fine for about a month, then the L-click button stopped working. Now I have to click on items about seven times before they are recognized. I would have given this five stars if my expectation was to have the mouse work for 30 days, but seeing that my expectation was for it to work for years, it gets only one star.
Summary: This mouse was absolutely wonderful until the left button stopped working. I now have to smash it before it will 'click' on anything. I thought it was a driver problem. Then I reconfigured it so the right button actually performed the left-click. Sure enough, the right button worked just fine. It seems that Microsoft did not test this mouse for sufficient durability. After 10 months I now have to get another mouse.
Summary: I upgraded to this mouse from an older wheelmouse optical. I enjoyed the mouse when it worked, but after about 6 months the left button required multiple clicks to register. I thought it might be a software issue and spent time making sure everything was correct. I changed to two different mice and both worked correctly. It seems that the buttons for this mouse wear out after only a few months. I have seen multiple other reviews on other sites that say the same thing.
Summary: I had the older version of this mouse and it worked fine for years. I would have purchased an identical mouse, but could only find this "new and improved" model. It requires version 5.0 of the Intellipoint software. Installing that softwares removed the TrackPoint software on my IBM ThinkPad X30 laptop and disabled some of the TrackPoint functions.