Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer in the test: The optical wireless mouse from Microsoft
The technology is of course the new optical sensor with a sampling rate of 6000 images per second at the top. With this enormous sampling rate, Microsoft is able for the first time to ensure that the mouse pointer can withstand even the wildest of movements and really never bounces around on the desktop. Not once did we succeed in moving the mouse pointer to 'jump' even if swiping wildly on the mouse pad. Microsoft has really done an excellent job here.
The Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer also has an additional feature to increase the service life of the batteries via the 'Intelligent Touch' technology, which ensures that the mouse goes into standby mode after about five seconds of not having your hand on it and switches itself off after another 20 seconds. The mouse can then only be 'started' again by placing it down and moving it. And here, too, Microsoft keeps its promises. The mouse cannot be switched on again by pressing two fingers or other objects, but really only by placing the ball of the hand on it. This is made possible by several sensors under the plastic cover, all of which have to be activated at the same time so that the mouse wakes up from its idle state.
With this new technology, Microsoft also achieves a longer battery life than the competition. in theContinuous operation of around 9 hours a day, the mouse did not fail even after more than two weeks. The battery consumption is still very high, but it is way ahead of the competition and even with a sensor that scans the surface 6000 times per second. In my opinion, Microsoft's solution is not yet optimal. It would certainly be desirable if the mouse had its own charging station, so that you should never have problems with empty batteries if you don't forget to charge the mouse yourself. With the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer, you wouldn't even be forced to take a break from work, as the mouse definitely survives every working day and can easily be charged once a week at night In our test, the problem was that the mouse was still on after shutting down the computer and didn't even think about going out. In this state, the optical sensor flashes and naturally consumes an unnecessarily large amount of battery, so you should keep an eye on whether the mouse is really off when you leave the PC. In our case, however, this error only occurred once and could not be reconstructed. Even if we moved the mouse again after the computer had been switched off and thus restarted the optical sensor, the mouse switched itself off after a few seconds because it could not receive a radio signal from the receiver.
There were problems with the radio transmissionnot us. There are two channels to choose from, each with over 1000 channels and between which you can switch back and forth by pressing a button on the receiver and then on a small button on the underside of the mouse. We'll talk about radio transmission later.
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