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Featuring thier new Bluetrack technology, the latest Explorer is a wireless productivity mouse from Microsoft.

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Pros

3 weeks between charges

4 agree

comes with a dock to charge batteries

4 agree

bluetrack technology makes it easy to track on most surfaces

4 agree

wireless

3 agree

comfortable to hold

3 agree

very solid build

3 agree
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Cons

costs as much as top-of-the-line gaming mice with fewer design flaws

3 agree

uses the 2.4 GHz band - can interfere and be interfered with by wireless signals

2 agree

sensor is placed low on the mouse - twisting motions are not picked up

1 agrees

Mouse wheel doesn't work with Adobe Illustrator CS4 or iTunes, there may be other applications as well.

1 agrees

back/forward buttons on the left cause user to lift mouse when pushed - super annoying

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Featuring thier new Bluetrack technology, the latest Explorer is a wireless productivity mouse from Microsoft. This new technological advancement allows the mouse to track more easily on surfaces that laser and optical mice struggle with (but it still wont work on mirrored or transparent surfaces of course) - which is all a non-issue for those that use a mousepad of any kind. The explorer also features a convenient charger, and while solidly constructed, the mouse is far from perfectly designed due to poorly placed back/forward buttons and the low placement of the sensor on the body of the mouse - making twisting motions almost completely ignored. The steep price of $80 also doesn't help, putting this fairly mainstream offering in a league with the top-of-the-line mice from Microsoft's competitors.

Features
  • Bluetrack tracking sensor - for good tracking on all surfaces (including some that optical and laser cannot track on)
  • Wireless up to 30 feet (2.4Ghz)
  • Docking station for charging (3 weeks between charges)
  • 4 way scrolling
  • 3 year warranty
Post Review
Fiftyeight
03/21/2009 02:23

I really like this mouse, it's comfortable, with the longest lasting rechargeable battery in a mouse I have ever experienced but for some reason the mouse wheel doesn't seem to work in Illustrator CS4 or with iTunes. At least not for me. If someone could check this on their system it would be appreciated. Maybe I have a faulty mouse although the mouse wheel does work fine with other applications like Mozilla Firefox and Photoshop CS4.

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