Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer in the test: The optical wireless mouse from Microsoft

Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer in the test: The optical wireless mouse from Microsoft

Mouse in action

Unfortunately, it presented itself the mouse us from two sides. You have to make a clear distinction between “everyday life/office work” and “playing”. We had nothing to complain about with the mouse in normal Windows operation. It convinces with its accuracy, ergonomics, very good sliding properties and has no annoying cable. The only thing that could possibly be criticized would be a somewhat “vague translation” of the movements of the mouse on the screen. But you get used to it very quickly and after a few hours you don't even notice it. But this is exactly where the problem with the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer lies. This 'spongy' control has an extremely negative effect in games, especially in first-person shooters. The culprit was quickly identified. The radio transmission seems to have such a low rate that, on the one hand, Windows can be used with almost no restrictions, but on the other hand, games can be controlled far too imprecisely. Unfortunately, there is no precise information from Microsoft about the transfer rate. However, rumors persist that it should only be 50 Hz.

This low rate only drops under Windows due to a spongy control, as the mouse filter is automatically activated. If you also turn on the mouse filter in a game, you have 'only' a vague control, but then you can no longer aim precisely, which is of utmost importance in first-person shooters, especially at great distances. However, if you turn off the mouse filter in games, every game is unplayable. EachMoving the mouse jerks the screen as if the game was only running at 10 frames. For very slow and small movements, the low transfer rate between receiver and mouse is sufficient, but as soon as you make large movements, such as turning in a first-person shooter, the mouse only indicates a few points to which the mouse pointer or at Ego-Shootern the crosshair, then jumps, which creates an unbearable jerk. The Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer is therefore absolutely unsuitable for gamers.



Microsoft's new Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer is mature in all areas except for radio transmission and can convince in almost all areas, but unfortunately not in this one not exactly unimportant one. Unfortunately, the mouse is completely unsuitable for gamers because the transfer rate between receiver and mouse is too low. In my opinion, there is absolutely nothing to gloss over. The competition is clearly ahead here.

For users who only use their PC to work and not to play, the mouse is definitely a very good choice. The Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer is convincing especially due to its sophisticated power-saving technology, the design, the very good sliding properties and the excellent workmanship.

Microsoft wants the However, to make the mouse interesting for gamers too, a lot has to be done on the wireless transmission rate.

It is therefore very clear that the area of ​​application of the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer must be weighed up before accessing it Office operation is available with the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer but definitely one of the best models currently available on the market. However, Microsoft lets theFeatures with DM 140 - 150, - also pay quite well. However, the competing products from other manufacturers are not cheaper either. However, it should be said once again that the mouse is probably one of, if not the, most frequently used component on the PC and one should hardly save unnecessarily here.

Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer
  • Ergonomics
  • Sensor with 6000bps
  • gliding properties
  • redesigned buttons
  • more precise scroll wheel
  • no annoying cable
  • very good office mouse
  • extensive software
  • radio transmission only with 50Hz
  • not suitable for playing

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