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Review: Microsoft Explorer Touch mouse

Microsoft is not only known for the Windows operating system and other software applications, but also for peripherals that communicate with one another. Microsoft has always kept their keyboard, mouse, and webcam hardware line fresh and interesting, giving consumers more and more choices.

Today, Neowin takes a look at two new Microsoft keyboards and two Microsoft mice.

Explorer Touch Mouse:

Last year Microsoft released the Arc Touch Mouse, which allowed the consumer to bend the device to enable it, and it came with a touch scroll-wheel. The Explorer Touch Mouse is an improvement off of last years Arc Touch Mouse. The body of the device actually looks and feels like a real mouse.

The Explorer Touch uses a plug-and-go nano transceiver, which is actually a fraction smaller over other nano transceivers, perfect for laptops.

The Basics:

  • $49.94 MSRP
  • Up to 18-months battery life
  • one-touch scrolling wheel
  • BlueTrack technology
  • Nano Transceiver
  • Wireless
  • Five customizable buttons

The Explorer Touch is a great mouse for portable electronics, such as your laptop. It has a great feel to it, much better than the Arc Touch Mouse, and has precision handling for graphics designers. If you aren't squeamish about spending the extra money for a better mouse, take a look at the Microsoft Touch Mouse.

With the Explorer Touch mouse, learning the new gestures is only half of the fun. The touch scroll-wheel allows you to scroll up and down a page easily, but it also allows you to scroll side-to-side using gestures. There is even a feature to click and flick to the bottom of any document or page.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Lightweight, but the two double AA batteries make up more than half the weight
  • Touch scroll-wheel
  • 18-months battery life
  • Scroll sideways easily

Cons:

  • No back and forward buttons on the side
  • Not really suitable as a desktop or gaming mouse
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but also for peripherals that communicate with one another.

since when have Microsoft peripherals communicated with each other?

TCLN Ryster said,

since when have Microsoft peripherals communicated with each other?

The XBox 360 stuff does - kind of…

"No back and forward buttons on the side"

I say that should go under the "pros". I hate those ****ing buttons. I always hit the **** suckers with my thumb. I always look for mice that DON"T have those button.

PEBCAK tbh. Those side buttons help you be efficient. Unless the manufacturer has put them in a stupid place, it's user error if you keep hitting them.

what said,
PEBCAK tbh. Those side buttons help you be efficient. Unless the manufacturer has put them in a stupid place, it's user error if you keep hitting them.

I agree. I've had back/forward buttons on the sides for years and never had any issues.

briangw said,

I agree. I've had back/forward buttons on the sides for years and never had any issues.

It's not a problem if you don't grip the mouse tightly. Some people have the mouse death-grip and they have loads of issues besides hitting wrong buttons.

Rudy said,
Meh mouse but I must say I'm really impressed with the 18-months battery life

So what the Logitech MX510 gets 2 years battery life.

KingCrimson said,

So what the Logitech MX510 gets 2 years battery life.


What version of the MX510 is cordless?