Reviews and Problems with Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer
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Great Feel, Bad Buttons!
24 October 2011
Summary: I thought I'd write this review as I've now had two of these mice. The good: The design and feel of the mouse are amazing. For me it's just the rite size and shape to make the mouse extremely comfortable to work with.
Summary: I have a Mouse Systems 3-button serial that I bought in *1988* for use with DESQview and Windows 2.0(!) that still works flawlessly. There is NO excuse for this kind of low quality. Replaced the Intellimouse Explorer with a Logitech G500 and will never look back.
Pros: Look and ergonomics are fantastic.
Cons: I ignored all the bad reviews, because I loved the look and really have never seen a mouse fail (aside from mechanical mice needing cleaning every year or two), and assumed it had to be an isolated, bad run. After six months of trivial use (not even one of my gaming machines), the left-click butt...
Summary: My solution to the mouse not responding was that once my computer is that I don't fully turn my computer off. It still responds after coming back on from sleep mode. Overall an okay mouse, but faults detracts from it value. Got mine for free though from a friend :D
Pros: Feels good in the hand. Horizontal scrolling is neat (although rarely used.
Cons: First things first. The feel of the scroll wheel is weird. It's smooth and doesn't have *clicking* feel of other regular mouses. Extra buttons on the side are not easily used unless you hold the mouse in a way it was not intended too be held. The main problem for me is that the mouse won't respon...
Summary: Functionally, the mouse is actually pretty good - except the unreliability of its wheel. If I have to replace it with a new mouse every 1 year and 3 months, I would rather get a SideWinder...for lower cost/year.
Pros: Versatile (5 buttons and tilt wheel) and comfortable. Acceptable build quality and tracking accuracy. Good driver.
Cons: Wheel is not smooth after 1 year and 3 months, with wheel button not working for 50% clicks. I tried to repair by myself but it turned out to be very difficult, due to the weirdness of the wheel's structure.
Summary: For most of the Windows apps I use, this is much more comfortable, and easier to use than other mice I have tried. But for a few things that I use frequently, the smooth scroll is a deal-breaker. I need the clicks.
Pros: conmfortable, accurate, extra buttons
Cons: The smooth scroll absolutely sucks!!! I need the clicks, in order to scroll the right number of increments, and this thing always misses. The left click button is starting to die after about a year of use. It still works, but has to be pressed very hard. The lateral scrolling has a huge delay, ac...
Summary: Personally, I like the design with the two buttons above where the thumb rests; it keeps me from accidentally clicking back/forward when reading or typing something or, even worse, while taking an exam online. However, I have had just as many problems with this mouse as others have.
Pros: It is very comfortable to my hand, and unlike many ergonomic mice I've tried, it doesn't feel in the least bit awkward. I also like the high speed scrolling - when it works.
Cons: I've owned this mouse for about five months now - bought it at a brick and mortar store for 50% more than the price here - and I'm already experiencing problems with it. A few weeks ago, I started having troubles with left-clicking, and it wasn't simply failure as others have noted here. When I c...
Summary: Let me start out by saying this is the most comfortable mouse I've ever used. But as other reviewers have said, the left button gives out after a certain period of time (anywhere from 6 to 18 months). I'm on my third one, and luckily Microsoft has been very nice about issuing free replacements...
Summary: a very similar alternative (both prize and performance) is the Logitech Mx518, this mouse is still going strong after a year and a half. Hope this helps.
Pros: the comfort level of this mouse is high; the smooth wheel feels great; thumb button placement is good; light, good high performance mouse, good gaming mouse while it lasted
Cons: I purchased this mouse from best buy (luckily with a warranty plan), six months later the left mouse button stopped responding properly unless it was pushed in a specific way with an excessive amount of force (absolute trash), even browsing my computer became an intensely aggravating ordeal. Exch...