Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0
- Accurate and comfortable
- No third shortcut key
While hardcore gamers will want the increased accuracy of the Logitech G5 or Razer Copperhead, the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 is a cheaper alternative for those who still want an extremely accurate mouse on a budget.
Price$ 59.95 (AUD)
Microsoft's IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 is the latest iteration of their Explorer series of mice. Known for their combination of comfort and accuracy, they are very popular amongst gamers and heavy computer users in general. The Explorer 3.0 follows this trend, offering a comfortable device that is more than precise enough for all computing needs.
The most important element of a high end mouse is its accuracy, and the Explorer 3.0 performed excellently in this regard. Its optical sensor refreshes at 9000 times a second, giving great, pinpoint precision. We tested it playing a first person shooter, and found it to be extremely accurate, almost comparable to Logitech's G5 and G7 gaming mice. While the top end gaming mice from Logitech and Razer may be better choices for the true hardcore gamer, the Explorer 3.0 will more than satisfy most people and the price difference is quite large, making this a better choice for those on a budget.
Our testing was performed on a variety of surfaces, including a traditional mouse pad, paper and our plain, white, glossy desktop. It was responsive on all surfaces, which was impressive considering most optical mice struggle on reflective, glossy surfaces.
It follows a fairly standard design, with a scroll wheel between the two main buttons and two shortcut keys on the left. We'd have liked to see another one on the right, next to where the little finger falls, but some prefer a mouse without the clutter. All the controls were within easy reach, and reacted responsively.
We liked the design of the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, with a gunmetal grey and black colour scheme, and silver highlights on the shortcut keys. It also has a glowing red tip towards the back, illuminated by the optical sensor, which adds a futuristic feel to the unit.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review
- 2 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 3 Tech21 Evo Xplorer iPhone case review
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Microsoft Lumia 640 review: Honouring Nokia's legacy
Latest News Articles
- Nvidia's new $200 GeForce GTX 1060 3GB challenges the Radeon RX 480 head-on
- Corsair and MSI team up on a liquid-cooled, overclocked GeForce GTX 1080
- AMD's new SSG Technology blends an SSD with a GPU?!
- AMD packs 1TB SSD into a GPU for better VR and gaming
- AMD's Radeon Pro WX GPUs can create VR content for under $1,000
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTNational ICT Senior Technical Support EngineerACT
- CCOracle/Java/Applications DeveloperACT
- FTWeb Analytics SpecialistNSW
- CCFull stack Java Developer- NoSQL database, Amazon AWS productsNSW
- FTAutomation Tester- C#, Selenium | Cloud Based Finance SolutionsNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/J2EE) 160901/AP/781Asia
- CCSenior Process Analyst - WealthVIC
- FTBusiness Development Manager | ICT intelligent systems integrationVIC
- CCContract Systems Analyst (Cognos/JAVA/J2EE) 160831/SA/122Asia
- CCSoftware test engineer - Telecom/NetworkACT
- CCService Desk AnalystNSW
- CCMainframe Application ArchitectNSW
- CCITIL- Technical Release CoordinatorNSW
- FTTandem/NonStop Technical ConsultantWA
- CCMS Access DeveloperNSW
- CCiOS DeveloperVIC
- CCTest Environment ManagerNSW
- FTJr .Net DeveloperVIC
- CCSAP Program Manager - CBDNSW
- CCSenior Change Analyst, WealthNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (.NET/SQL Server) 160829/AP/267Asia
- CCContract Systems Analyst (.Net/SQL Server) 160829/SA/244Asia
- FTJava DeveloperNSW
- CCContract Programmer (JAVA/J2EE/SQL) 160902/P/743Asia