Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer For Bluetooth

Posted : admin On 05.11.2019
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer For Bluetooth Average ratng: 9,9/10 6118 reviews

I have the iMac and iBook running OSX Panther and this mouse worked with both right out of the box after going through the simple bluetooth pairing routine on the Mac. This is more a testament to the ease of use of the Apple OS than the mouse, but what matters most is that it works even though the technical specs make no mention of Apple OSX support. Both my computers have bluetooth built in so I didn't have to deal with the external bluetooth thingy that came with the mouse. The only downside is that without Apple OSX drivers some of the buttons don't work. The right and left buttons and the scroll wheel all work fine, but without the OSX drivers the seondary clickers are dead.

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This is no big deal in my view. And I suspect that OSX drivers will eventually be released. I was looking for a bluetooth mouse to use with my laptop.

I travel all the time and need something that is comfortable and easy to carry. This mouse is comfortable. There are two side buttons that perform forward and back functions in your internet browser. The forward button is difficult to reach without changing my grip on the mouse. But, I don't really use that function very often. In order for the mouse to work on the laptop, I had to install the Microsoft software. In my case, this replaces the mouse software installed for the onboard mouse.

Jan 1, 2005 - Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer Bluetooth on Mac. If I go into Bluetooth setup and select 'Browse Device' and select it,it then will start working. Amazon.com: Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth - Mouse - optical - 5 button(s) - wireless - Bluetooth - USB wireless receiver: Computers.

Although the internal mouse still works, I lost the custom settings I had already configured for it. I was able to pair the mouse with my laptop's built-in bluetooth adapter avoiding the included USB bluetooth adapter. I do not have a problem keeping the mouse and laptop paired.

Finally, since I am carrying the mouse in my laptop bag, I really wanted the mouse to have an on/off switch to save the batteries. As of now, I have to remove the batteries when I am traveling. What a nuisance this is. Overall, I like the look and feel of the mouse. And the bluetooth functionality is really nice. But, the battery consumption worries me.

I can only carry so many spare batteries. I am still undecided on whether or not I will keep the mouse.

I would not recommend this mouse for people who travel frequently. I have the iMac and iBook running OSX Panther and this mouse worked with both right out of the box after going through the simple bluetooth pairing routine on the Mac. This is more a testament to the ease of use of the Apple OS than the mouse, but what matters most is that it works even though the technical specs make no mention of Apple OSX support.

Both my computers have bluetooth built in so I didn't have to deal with the external bluetooth thingy that came with the mouse. The only downside is that without Apple OSX drivers some of the buttons don't work. The right and left buttons and the scroll wheel all work fine, but without the OSX drivers the seondary clickers are dead. This is no big deal in my view. And I suspect that OSX drivers will eventually be released. The mouse feels extremely comfortable in your hand and works great.

Since I have bluetooth integrated in my laptop, I bypassed the supplied USB dongle, so NOTHING hangs off mycomputer. Truly wireless which is fantastic for a machine with which to travel. I've been using NiMH with the mouse with no problems. When I receive a warning about low battery power, I just swap them out for a charged pair. These directions from an anonymous web user made the installation a snap: '1. Install the MS software from the CD. Reboot when directed.

When directed to connect the MS transciever via the USB connection - Don't. Cancel and remove the CD. Open the laptop's Bluetooth Module and let it discover the mouse. Open the Mouse control panel and change it to your heart's content. Works flawlessly'. I was looking for a bluetooth mouse to use with my laptop.

I travel all the time and need something that is comfortable and easy to carry. This mouse is comfortable. There are two side buttons that perform forward and back functions in your internet browser. The forward button is difficult to reach without changing my grip on the mouse.

But, I don't really use that function very often. In order for the mouse to work on the laptop, I had to install the Microsoft software.

In my case, this replaces the mouse software installed for the onboard mouse. Although the internal mouse still works, I lost the custom settings I had already configured for it. I was able to pair the mouse with my laptop's built-in bluetooth adapter avoiding the included USB bluetooth adapter. I do not have a problem keeping the mouse and laptop paired. Finally, since I am carrying the mouse in my laptop bag, I really wanted the mouse to have an on/off switch to save the batteries. As of now, I have to remove the batteries when I am traveling. What a nuisance this is.

Overall, I like the look and feel of the mouse. And the bluetooth functionality is really nice. But, the battery consumption worries me.

I can only carry so many spare batteries. I am still undecided on whether or not I will keep the mouse. I would not recommend this mouse for people who travel frequently.

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Win XP Pro running on a ThinkPad T43 with built in Bluetooth. My first recommendation is not to load the Microsoft software if you already have a Bluetooth device on your computer. It's easy to pair/bond in the normal manner. The MS software unloaded some of my ThinkPad pointer device features that I need. The mouse has an excellent feel - solid in the hand without being too big to move with slight wrist adjustments. Save your money and don't bother with the higher level model tilt wheel mouse - how often do you scroll sideways? The scroll feel has changed since the earlier MS mice which had a smooth scroll feel.

The later MS mice have a notched feel similar to Logitech. I find both actions equally comfortable with minimal time to get used to the feel. There are two buttons on the 'thumb-side' of the mouse which are can be used in your browser to move pages back and forward but old clicking habits are hard to break. The major difference between the Microsoft mouse and its only real competitor - Logitech - is that MS does not have a charger and uses standard AA batteries. The Logitech uses a charger, which triples as a cradle and receiver (for computers without built in Bluetooth). This makes the Microsoft mouse unbeatable for travelling light.

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However, contrary to my initial thoughts, it not heavy on batteries. The mouse hibernates after not being used for some time. I would, however, take the batteries out if travelling, where movement may wake it up and use batter life (I could be wrong on this point). Leaving the batteries in overnight and when not in use appears to be OK - three weeks' vigorous use and my batteries are still well charged. After not using the mouse for about 30 seconds, there is an annoying delay (+-1.5 seconds) between moving the mouse and it activating the cursor.

Apparently this is a standard Bluetooth annoyance. It can be frustrating after, eg typing, the mouse needs to wake up again. The delay is about 1.5 seconds. The Microsoft Bluetooth mouse has a decent range - +-10m and, being a radio signal, can transmit when not in line of site. Overall, you can't beat the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer for Bluetooth. It's feel, accuracy and 'hand-posture' are good. The lack of a charger is more than made-up for by the portability benefits of standard AA batteries.

If you haven't gone wireless, do it now. I bought this mouse mainly because of the comfort factor and also the portability of the very small bluetooth transceiver. Unfortunately the product failed to deliver when I got it home. The precision was terrible, often misinterpreting or not recognizing small movements at all. I tried it on a Dell Latitude C840 (P4) and an older Dell Dimension PC (P3) and had the same results.

I exchanged it for a new one (in case I was just unlucky and had a bad unit) but the second one behaved exactly the same. I found this very strange but two of my co-workers have MS wireless optical mice (non-bluetooth) that work wonderfully. Eventually I returned this mouse and picked up the Logitech MX700 wireless optical mouse and it made a huge difference in performance and precision for $20 less than the MS mouse (albeit with a much larger wireless transceiver). Bottom line - I would not recommend this Microsoft mouse if you are at all concerned with having reliable and precise performance from your pointing device.

Just thought I'd add that with the encouragement of broderic's review, I tried the same procedure on my HP zt3000's built in Bluetooth (Intel 2200BG), it works fine so far. Some additional points: I didn't have a 'My Bluetooth Places' on the desktop or My Computer on Windows XP Home, but I found the necessary software in c: Swsetup Btooth Setup.exe. After it finishes installing, click on My Bluetooth Places and it does some more setup, then click on it again and it brings up an explorer-like window.

With the mouse powered on, I chose: View Devices in Range (which found the Microsoft Mouse), Right-click on that and select Pair Device (and per broderic's advice, left PIN key blank) and it did some more installing, red check mark appeared on the Mouse Right-click on the mouse and select Connect Device, say yes to 'attach to Human Interface Device' and after it does some more installing, the mouse icon red check changed to a couple of green arrows and the mouse started working. Even though it works, was tempted to give it fewer stars for installation non-intuitiveness.

I bought this mouse because I just got a new HP nc8000 laptop that has built-in Bluetooth. I read all the reviews here - both good and bad - and figured I'd give it a try. Yes, it does work with my built in BlueTooth and it is pretty easy to set up. Note, I did NOT install any of the software that comes with the mouse and (of course) I am NOT using the Bluetooth tranceiver that comes with it either. There were two tricks that you have to do only once: 1) Press the 'Connect Channel' button on the bottom of the mouse right after you choose 'Connect' off the contect menu in My Bluetooth Places. 2) When 'pairing' the mouse, don't chose a key, just leave it blank.

Once I learned this, I was up and running with no further problems. I purchased this mouse locally, since I needed a bluetooth adapter and wireless mouse.

Intellimouse

I was told it would work with my G4 Powerbook. It set up flawlessly and I had it working within 1 min with OS 10.3 (Panther). I was impressed that the mouse set up so easily. The BT adapter also works with my Palm, but required a little more tinkering. While the left, right and scroll buttons worked fine, I was unable to program the other two buttons (Mac).

This mouse is rather large relative to most mice. Since there is no on-off switch, I am concerned about battery life (other reviews report short battery life) but haven't owned it long enough to know. If my Mac goes to sleep, the mouse won't wake it up, as it too is sleeping. Sometimes there is a lag in the mouse cursor, which is disconcerting coming from a wired mouse. All in all, a decent product, but for its shortcomings, I'm not sure its worth $80.

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Maybe the next version will correct some of these faults. Pros: bluetooth and wireless, ergonomic, includes BT adapter, works with Palm Tungsten PDA for synchronization, 3/5 buttons work with Mac.

Cons: a bit pricy ($79), rather large, no 'off' switch, not rechargable, short lag in mouse movement, can't program 2/5 switches.