Date: February 6th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Microsoft
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The color scheme is understated with a metallic body and chrome accents around the base and on the scroll wheel. As far as functionality, there are the customary right and left top mouse buttons along with two side buttons that can be used to toggle between webpages or can be programmed via the mouse's software. The scroll wheel has a smooth rotational mechanism rather than the ratchet type seen on some previous Microsoft (as well as other company's) products, and pressing the scroll wheel allows the user to scroll with the mouse rather than the wheel.
From this angle you can see the flat black area on the rear and right side of the Explorer mouse. This area is contoured and, along with the finish, gives a great grip and feel. As we'll see a bit later, the “pile of diamonds” at the left rear will illuminate with a blue glow when the mouse is powered up.
As far as size and shape goes, the Explorer is a bit wider than both the older Microsoft mouse and my trusty MX Laser. It has a slightly lower profile than the MX without the “extra” buttons of either of my other mice. Personally, I rarely ever use the more advanced features on the MX, but some users may find these indispensable and will need to look elsewhere.
The bottom of the Explorer has a handy storage niche for the transceiver incorporated into the battery access door. With the dongle snapped in, the mouse goes to sleep, conserving battery life. The two chrome buttons interface with the charging module and there are two large pads, fore and aft, taking the place of the numerous “footpads” seen on many mice.