August 24, 2006 3:32 PM PDT

IntelliMouse Explorer glides back to life

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Microsoft's IntelliMouse Explorer is back.

Scheduled for resurrection this October, the popular mouse will enjoy new life as the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, which Microsoft says will have the tracking and responsiveness gamers have pined for. No longer will devotees of the device have to trawl eBay for the discontinued devices or preserve old versions in protective cases.

Logitech on Thursday also announced new mice, but the pair of fast-scrolling wireless devices is targeted at those who do daily battle with spreadsheets rather than computer-generated warlords or enemy armies.

IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
Credit: Microsoft
The IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 will have
added features for gamers.

Microsoft says it brought back the mouse after three years due to popular demand. The company began to get wind of gamers' preference for the IntelliMouse's button placement and clicking scroll wheel via the blogosphere and game conventions, said Jolene Cramer, lead marketing manager for Microsoft's hardware division. The response "kind of astounded us," she said.

The main upgrade is the Teflon feet that allow the mouse to glide smoothly on a desk or mouse pad. CNET Reviews liked the customized settings and ergonomic support, but wasn't too keen on the response of the thumb-side button.

The wired, optical mouse boasts a 9,000-frames-per-second image resolution and an intelligent tracking system that cuts down on skipping. It will sell for $39.95 and includes software that lets users choose default or precision mode and toggle between favorite weapons or action-sequence settings.

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Subjugation of the Southpaws....
What about all of the left-handed gamers like me???
Posted by capcardiac (7 comments )
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Not a problem
I'm left-handed, and using an Intellimouse as I type. It's hand-neutral. Don't make us southpaws look ignorant...
Posted by NedBuckmaster (2 comments )
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Not a problem
I'm left-handed, and using an Intellimouse as I type. It's hand-nuetral. Don't make us southpaws look foolish...
Posted by NedBuckmaster (2 comments )
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When the world doesn't adapt to the world....
You adapt to the world. I'm a lefty too, almost to the point I'm helplessly left handed. I can't use eating utensils with my right hand (makes it difficult to eat a steak, I cut first then eat it), can't use tools, and I can't write right handed if my life depended on it. However, I get along fine using mice in either hand, but I keep it on my right (since of course we're given the short-end). So buck up boyo and take your right handed rodents like a man.
Posted by mr3vil (42 comments )
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ergonomic support
I wonder where this mouse has "ergonomic support". It does not look very ergonomic ...
Posted by ergonomictimes (3 comments )
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ergonomic support
I wonder where this mouse has "ergonomic support". It does not look very ergonomic ...
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