The Microsoft Optical IntelliMouse
for this review was used on a G4/867.
The IntelliMouse was super easy to hook up. I just plugged in the mouse, loaded the
software from the CD (an easy run of the installer), and the mouse was up and working
The design is very nice. The optical feature allows the mouse to work without any
ball (no cleaning, no stuck ball, no need for a mouse pad). It has a cool red light
in it that turns on only when the computer is on. It's stylish looking, feels good
in the hand, and has two top buttons, a scroll wheel (which also serves as a button),
and two side buttons.
Using the control panel that comes with the software, I was easily able to adjust
the settings on the mouse, including changing the functionality of the buttons and
scroll wheel. The ease-of-use of the software I would rate 4 out of 5 mice. It could
be a made a bit more robust for managing settings for different applications. I also
noticed that when I programmed the wheel button for Option-DoubleClick, 1 out of
10 uses the button would do a double-click without the option.
The feel of the IntelliMouse is ergonomically comfortable. What's more, it is designed
for right or left hand use. The two side buttons of the IntelliMouse I have not gotten
quite used to. I've tried to adjust to having these buttons on the side, but it can
be easy to accidentally press these buttons during normal mouse navigation. On the
other hand, the IntelliMouse Explorer's side buttons are more difficult to reach.
If I'm going to use these buttons, I much prefer the location of them on the IntelliMouse
Optical. If you don't want to use them, they are easy enough to "de-program"
(i.e., set them to do nothing if pressed). Also, the IntelliMouse Explorer is geared
more for right-handed mousing, whereas the IntelliMouse Optical can be used on either
side (note that both are optical mice). The IntelliMouse Optical is also $10 cheaper
than the IntelliMouse Explorer.
The IntelliMouse Optical has been extremely reliable on my G4 with built-in USB ports.
It's the perfect replacement for the useless single button Apple mouse. In fact,
out of all the mice that I've tried, the Intellimouse Optical is my favorite, both
in terms of performance and design. For the price, you really cannot afford to be
- Optical (no ball, no moving parts)
- Cool design
- Five buttons and a scroll wheel
(wheel also serves as fifth button)
- Very reliable
- Side buttons take some getting used
to (but can be de-programmed)
- Option-DoubleClick sometimes does
a double-click without option
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars