Microsoft officially reveals new Explorer Touch mouse

After being leaked by a web site earlier this month, Microsoft has now officially revealed the newest member of its long running PC mouse hardware family. It's the Explorer Touch Mouse and it's now on sale at Microsoft's web site for $49.95 in two colors, black and storm grey. There's also a Limited Edition version of the mouse that is priced the same and has the same features but comes in two different colors, sangria red and rust red. This is the third member of the Touch Mouse family that includes the original Touch mouse and the Arc Touch mouse.

The wireless Explorer Touch mouse has a strip on top that takes the place of the traditional scroll wheel. The strip can scroll documents on screen with a flip of the finger as it goes up and down or from side to side. It has five programmable buttons and also uses Microsoft's own BlueTrack technology that uses a blue beam that supposedly allows the mouse to be used on nearly every surface. The mouse also requires 100 MB of hard drive space and Microsoft claims it can be used for up to 18 months on one single charge. The mouse's nano transceiver can be put into the PC or stored away inside the mouse when not in use.

Microsoft's Explorer Touch Mouse also comes with the latest version of Microsoft's IntelliPoint software and also comes with a three year warranty. The mouse can be used with PCs with Windows 7, Vista and even XP installed.

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Can't see this being good for fps games, I like to feel the clicky effect of the scrolling for weapon switching, having something smooth like that wouldn't allow me to weapon switch effectively.

Salty Wagyu said,
Can't see this being good for fps games, I like to feel the clicky effect of the scrolling for weapon switching, having something smooth like that wouldn't allow me to weapon switch effectively.

well honestly who would actually think to get this mouse for playing games, specially fps? i mean... why not better go to logitech or razer (which are cooler) and you will find choices for gamers. i like microsoft but i wouldn't get this thing if im going to play videogames. maybe for 3d design but i would have to feel it comfortable.

Sounds like nice evolution of mouse technologies all packed into that.. very nice.. will have to give it a try!

Agreed that I'm not sure how well a touch strip will work compared to a wheel - especially in things like FPS games.. but might work for most people.

I'm not totally sold on the idea of a touch strip instead of a mouse wheel, but since the mouse wheel was what broke on my last two mice, I might give it a chance. I believe I read somewhere that there's haptic feedback.

sialivi said,
I'm not totally sold on the idea of a touch strip instead of a mouse wheel, but since the mouse wheel was what broke on my last two mice, I might give it a chance. I believe I read somewhere that there's haptic feedback.

Yeah, it's haptic.

I'm not sure I like he idea of it being wheel-less. I like a positive click or notch from my scroll wheel when I use it so I can be more accurate in my scrolling.

TCLN Ryster said,
I'm not sure I like he idea of it being wheel-less. I like a positive click or notch from my scroll wheel when I use it so I can be more accurate in my scrolling.

I guess it appeal's to any apple fan as they've been wheel-less for years.

TCLN Ryster said,
I'm not sure I like he idea of it being wheel-less. I like a positive click or notch from my scroll wheel when I use it so I can be more accurate in my scrolling.

Inclined to agree with that, much prefer a mechanical wheel which can also tilt and all that.. kind of like typing on a touchscreen, no thanks, needs to be mechanical. Looks pretty nice if you're in to that sort of thing though.

Same, although as this one is only for the middle wheel so it might not be too bad. Used to have a Magic Mouse on another system, hated the thing with a passion, at least this one is more of a traditional mouse.

TCLN Ryster said,
I'm not sure I like he idea of it being wheel-less. I like a positive click or notch from my scroll wheel when I use it so I can be more accurate in my scrolling.

I am with you on that. Even with my Macs I buy/use a "wheeled".

TCLN Ryster said,
I'm not sure I like he idea of it being wheel-less. I like a positive click or notch from my scroll wheel when I use it so I can be more accurate in my scrolling.

I used to think the same thing, but then I tried the Mighty Mouse, and it's awesome.

spacer said,
Looks pretty sweet. I'm interested to see how the reviews rate it.
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same here.. i think it looks pretty neat..

rajputwarrior said,
so it's the windows/microsoft version of the mighty mouse?

cant wait for apples version of kinect in a few years