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Optical mice in the test: Logitech Dual Optical against Microsoft Explorer 3.0

Optical mice in the test: Logitech Dual Optical against Microsoft Explorer 3.0

Installation/Software

IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0

As was to be expected with an in-house product, the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 runs under Win dows XP was recognized without any problems even without installed software after it was connected to the USB or PS/2 port. Nevertheless, we can only recommend installing the software. You should add that the software only recognized the mouse under Windows 98 as Explorer 3.0 on the PS/2 port. At the USB port it could only be operated as an IntelliMouse with three buttons. ( Update: The latest version of the IntelliPoint software is said to have fixed this problem. Although version 4.01 is on the supplied CD, Microsoft seems to have made small changes so that the version is on The CD differs slightly from the one downloaded from the Microsoft homepage.)

Since the software has already been discussed in our review of the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer , no changes have been made so far and is very self-explanatory, we will not go again at this pointbut let the pictures speak for themselves.

IntelliMouse Software

MouseMan Dual Optical

All functions of the Logitech MouseMan Dual Optical also work under Microsoft Windows XP without additional software. Under Windows 2000 Professional or older Windows versions, however, the thumb key will not work. In any case, the software has to come from here - just not the one supplied by Logitech! At least not if you plan to use the mouse for games. This is where the latest versions of the Logitech MouseWare make great difficulties; On the one hand with the key assignment, on the other hand problems can arise if you press more than two keys at the same time, in isolated cases even when you press only two keys at the same time. If you still want to install it, you can find more information about MouseWare here .

Again - we strongly advise against the installation! After a long trial and error, we can only really recommend one solution: Everything works smoothly, as with Explorer 3.0, namely when you connect the MouseMan to the PS/2 port and then install the Microsoft IntelliPoint software. You can download it from microsoft.com . The Explorer 3.0 can then also be selected as the model. The 'small thumb button' of the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 has no function. Everything else works the same as with the MS mouse (see above).

Then you haveIf all the settings have been made as desired, the practical use can finally begin.

On the next page: Mice in action