the finest Microsoft product I ever owned

May 9th, 2007

The Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0. Yeap, they may sell a whole lot of crappy software products, but this is one they really got right.

Best mouse I ever had. Before the optical age, mice would clog up with dirt and wear out. Well not anymore. I've had this one for a great many years, the longest lifespan for a mouse yet.

It's so ergonomic that any other mouse feels totally alien and awkward. The only problem is that the wheel scrolls so softly that the threshold for scrolling a bit too low, and sometimes it skips on its own. So when watching a movie in mplayer, it will seek forward without being asked to.

But otherwise it's perfect. Up to now. It seems the buttons are getting worn out by now, and sometimes one click registers as two. This isn't uncommon with crappy mice, I've seen it before. But in this case a sure sign of old age. It's time to replace this old trooper.

Any recommendations?

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11 Responses to "the finest Microsoft product I ever owned"

  1. Jack says:

    Did you really wait for a reply from me. Again and again I would recommend the Logitech Revolution, either the big MX that has a stand to charge the battery and also works as the receiver or the cool VX fills the hand just right and has buttons that make browsing a joy.

    Then again you are using an optical mouse, laser mice are much better in movement.

  2. gregf says:

    Well since you did mention you enjoyed the Microsoft mouse i can say I have used this one at a friends a few months back and it was nice.

    If it was me personally just about any Logitech is a good choice. I have to agree with Jack that the revolution looks really nice. I have a older MX500 right now.

  3. numerodix says:

    I went to Media Markt today and I quite like the feel of the Logitech MX 400, think I'm gonna go with that one. The Microsoft counterparts of the same price range in contrast felt a little "cheap" in comparison.

  4. erik says:

    Mine doesn't appear to have a brand, it just reads "Genius", which I concur with since it cost me €5,00 and it roooooooocks

  5. numerodix says:

    Genius, great brand. They also sell one called Trust, I don't recommend that one as much. :D

  6. John says:

    My research group is talking with MS about optical mice. They're bloody amazing - 400 pixels, correlating with 100 every 1/10000 th of a second... awesome technology.

  7. numerodix says:

    Beats trackballs doesn't it.

  8. Nawaf says:

    Martin, go with what I showed you.. It's awesome.. .and durable, I can vouch for it :D

  9. Eddy Mulyono says:

    Why not just buy another one?

    (I don't see Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 at, but Intellimouse Optical looks close enough...)

    I did that with my Logitech Marble Mouse. It fits me so well, I bought 2 more (one for work, and one for laptop).

    BTW, I'm a big fan of Microsoft hardware, too. I hate their software, but I have a lot of respect for their ergonomic hardware.

  10. numerodix says:

    Well for one thing it feels terribly immoral to buy anything from Microsoft ;)

    Secondly, there might and should have been some developments in mice the last 4 years, so perhaps Intellimouse isn't the best choice today.

  11. Antzh says:

    So what have you got ??? :D