Microsoft Corp. today announced its first wireless optical mouse: the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer. The new mouse is built on Microsoft's IntelliEye optical platform.
Microsoft also announced new versions of the wired version of the IntelliMouse Optical and the IntelliMouse Explorer. All three mice feature technology that captures 6,000 pictures a second -- four times what other optical mice on the market offer, according to Microsoft. The higher the rate, the more smooth the cursor control on the screen.
The new Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer features a thumb scoop and finger grooves for an improved grip. Soft touch material has been put on the side buttons to improve comfort. The wired version gets enhanced grip support, finger grooves and a new curvy shape.
The Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer utilizes two AA batteries and communicates with a receiver using standard radio frequency. The receiver can be placed up to six feet away and does not need to retain a line of sight with the mouse in order to operate. It uses a two-channel design and incorporates power saving technology that Microsoft suggested makes the batteries last for months. The mouse drops into a sleep mode when it's not being used, adjusts illumination levels depending on the surface upon which it's being used, and automatically drops to a low power mode if it detects it's been lifted off its surface.
Mac OS and Windows users also get new enhancements to Microsoft's IntelliPoint driver software. The software now supports faster wheel scrolling, program-specific button assignments, the ability to assign common keystrokes to any button.
System requirements call for Mac OS 8.6 (excluding OS X or later); 15MB available hard disk space; CD-ROM drive; USB port; and Intellipoint software (included).
Look for the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer and the new IntelliMouse Explorer to hit store shelves this month with suggested retail prices of US$74.95 and $54.95 respectively. The new IntelliMouse Optical will hit stores next month for $44.95.
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