Vol. 7, No. 4 • September 2000
The Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical
by Mike Ballard

Presents a favorable review of the Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical ($50) from Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, WA. Describes the IntelliMouse Optical as a five-button programmable USB or PS/2 mouse that uses Microsoft's IntelliEye optical tracking technology in lieu of a ball and other associated mechanical parts. Requires Windows 95 or later, and a USB or PS/2 port for IBM PC-compatible computers; and OS 8.5.1 or later, and a USB port for Macintosh; both require a CD-ROM drive. Says that it is a symmetric mouse designed for either right- or left-handed use, and also has a wheel for scrolling. Warns that the installation documentation should be more complete, and mentions concerns about using the mouse in a classroom situation as it does not have a feeling of solidity that the standard mouse provides. Rated four on a scale of one to five. Includes one photo and a scorecard.
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