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

Mice in action

IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0

Anyone who knows the IntelliMouse Explorer will quickly get used to its successor in practical use . However, we don't want to hide some changes to the design. First of all, it can be felt most clearly that the Explorer 3.0 has become significantly slimmer at the bottom, where the thumb is on one side and the little finger on the other. This makes it much easier for users who are used to the narrow shape of the Logitech mice to get used to it. The second major innovation concerns the two side thumb buttons, which are now much narrower in the Explorer 3.0. For users who are not used to two thumb buttons, this makes operating the front of the two buttons somewhat difficult; left-handers cannot reach either. The wobbly impression left by the thumb buttons is also worthy of criticism. The left and right mouse buttons are very pleasant to use and, like the buttons on the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer , have slight indentations for the index and middle fingers. The scroll wheel, on the other hand, turned out to be a bit too smooth,so that with a precise selection one overshoots the target. Even if you use the scroll wheel as the fifth button at the same time, it can happen that you unintentionally turn the wheel.

The mouse itself is just as smooth as the scroll wheel. Thanks to its new sliding feet and its low weight of 100g, it is easier to move than any of the competing products I have tested so far - a feature that gamers in particular will appreciate, but which also requires controlled hand movements. The Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 also proves its precision in games. It implements both the smallest changes and the fastest movements more reliably and more precisely than all its predecessors and competitors.

MouseMan Dual Optical

Unlike the Explorer 3.0, the Logitech MouseMan Dual Optical differs clearly from its predecessors. Its design essentially corresponds to that of the Cordless MouseMan Optical . It lies just as well in the hand as the Explorer 3.0. The Logitech buttons react faster and more accurately than those of the MS mouse thanks to the shorter pressure travel. But you have to do without a second thumb button. So, including the wheel button, you only have four buttons available. This takes some getting used to, especially for those who have previously used an MS mouse. For users who want to use as many mouse buttons as possible all the time, the MouseMan is also less suitable because the wheel button is not separated from the left and right mouse buttons, so it can happen that you press the wheel button with these two buttons at the same time presses. On the other hand, the mouse wheel itself can be operated very precisely due to a higher resistance to rotation, and one of the thumb buttons is positioned a little more favorably than that of the Explorer 3.0. For example, it can also be operated by left-handers with the little finger.

The mouse itself issignificantly heavier than the MS mouse, and it glides less well. For some this may be a weakness, for others it will give a greater sense of security. The MouseMan Dual Optical is also ideally suited for use in games. Its precision leaves nothing to be desired. The two sensors only cannot keep up with set extremely fast movements. This problem is completely alien to the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0. However, this is more likely to occur with the MouseMan Dual Optical on smooth, reflective surfaces, so you should be more careful when choosing the base for the Logitech.

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