View Full Version : Optical mouse choice?
02-25-2001, 12:26 PM
The other day, my mouse started acting up. As it was over a year old, and came with the computer, I figured I'd gotten my money's worth and drove over to CompUSA to pick up a replacement.
While I'd planned on buying another $12.95 budget mouse, I saw that several of their optical mice were on sale. I'd never owned an optical mouse before.
So I decided to spoil myself, and buy an optical mouse. The Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer was normally $59.95, but was on sale for $39.95 (due to a $10 discount at the register, and a $10 mail-in rebate). I bought one.
It seems to be working okay.
Even though I've already made the purchase, would someone assure me that I made a good choice? That the IntelliMouse is an excellent choice of optical mouse, and that $39.95 is a great price?
02-25-2001, 01:21 PM
You did fine. While not a spectacular price, its good enough to justify the purchase. The Intellimouse Explorer (rev B) is a great mouse with no major issues. Great for FPS like Quake 3 and such as well as general OS usage.
02-25-2001, 06:13 PM
IMO the best mouse on the market.
02-26-2001, 10:10 AM
That's my mouse of choice also. Both cosco and sams club carry that mouse for $35 i believe.
02-26-2001, 01:56 PM
optical over wireless?? just wondering what's everyone's opinion....
02-26-2001, 02:35 PM
Way I figure it, wireless ("cordless") phones usually don't have quite the clarity of their non-wireless counterparts. Wireless modems, similar shortcomings. Don't get me started on wireless keyboards. Or wireless speakers. So while I give big points to wireless things for convenience, it's convenience at a cost.
My mouse isn't going to be used all over the place. It's only used if I'm using my computer, and if I'm using the computer I'm going to be at my desk. So the advantages of a wireless mouse just don't seem significant to me. Certainly not sufficiently significant to offset the disadvantages.
But if someone wants a wireless mouse, that's fine by me. To each his own, and all that, right?
02-28-2001, 04:48 PM
Id go wireless in a second, umless it meant screwed up usage... I hate wires and track balls...and LPM... I mean GAM GRR THEY MADE ME SAY IT
how long till my fingers are gone!?
03-01-2001, 05:48 AM
If you travel at all, I'd go with the regular optical (plain ol' intellimouse). I have all three, actually (intellimouse, explorer, optical) and while I gave away the optical, I still use the other two.
For me, the explorer is just too big to pack in a briefcase or valise. But the light is absolutely critical for lousy surfaces or in non-horizontal dispositions.
I got the three for $10, but that was during the Staples hey day. You did pretty good. If you're desk bound most of the time, and are right handed, I'd have suggested the explorer.
03-05-2001, 12:46 PM
Well for my gaming PC it is Optical all the way!!!...(MS Intelli Explorer), But I have a Mobile DJ rack that has a PC in it ( i mix MP3'z) and for the Mouse/KeyBoard I use a wireless desktop....
So it really depends on what the computer if going to be used for...
Normal operation wireless is cool, but for gaming it sux....
03-05-2001, 12:56 PM
I dont know, i'd rather (and do) have a wireless mouse for gaming. This way when i'm trying to aim at people the cord never gets in the way. :)
03-05-2001, 01:00 PM
I built a system for my friend and he is using wireless for gaming, but it glitches every once and a while....
It isn't as acurate as a wired mouse....
But no wire's is cool....
Just don't try to run two systems in the same room both using Logitech Cordless stuff....
03-05-2001, 01:13 PM
doesn't work? I have a logitech cordless. It has 2 different channels it can work on.
03-05-2001, 02:36 PM
When My friend is playing online and I starl messing with my system that has the wireless his and mine pick up on each others signal....
It is funny because he doesn't realize that the reason his mouse jerked is because I am using my mouse.....
Well I have to say that the actual intellimouse is a very good mouse now when it first came out all I heard were complains left and right over and over again but to tell ya the truth the mouse does give good high quality dpi for the money and excellent percision based al on the little eye also the only bad thing i have heard about it was that if you lift it up about 1" it still works hehe so you can play off the table well have fun
FOr those of you who are looking for gaming mouses are you all insane the Razor Boomslang is the best mouse out there sheesh I met a guy who used one killed me in q3 well i dont play that much but he was darn good hehe! The only problem is the mouse so get a system for yourself some sort of way to keep the mouse wire from getting tugged on or something so you can play like crazy hehe
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