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    Intellimouse Optical or Intellimouse Explorer?

    Is there any significant difference between the Intellimouse Optical and the Intellimouse Explorer Optical? I need a new mouse and can't seem to justify the price difference between the two. They look like they both do the same thing. Opinions Please!

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    They both use the same optical sensor. I have the Optical and it works great, especially if you have smallish hands, plus it has texturized so it wont slip out of your hand during fragfests. The Explorer may have more buttons; the Optical has 5.
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    Originally posted by Huge:
    They both use the same optical sensor. I have the Optical and it works great, especially if you have smallish hands, plus it has texturized so it wont slip out of your hand during fragfests. The Explorer may have more buttons; the Optical has 5.
    I am leaning more towards the Optical and not the Explorer. The smaller mouse is better for most female hands including my wife and kids.

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    Optical has 5 yr. warranty
    Explorer has lifetime warranty

    IntelliMouse Optical Ambidextrous Design for Comfort.
    Both have same number of buttons but the optical is slightly smaller.
    Like Huge i'm using the optical and am Very happy with it.

    Compare them here:
    www.microsoft.com/products/hardware/mouse/driver/default.htm

    Axe

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    I bought the Explorer when it first came out. I have had some minor problems with the buttons sticking. I am using the Optical now and like the fit better even though I am right handed.
    Two buttons on the left side of the explorer, one on each side of the Optical.
    Any time I find myself on a computer without a scroll wheel and back buttons I am lost.

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    Originally posted by Leoslocks:
    I bought the Explorer when it first came out. I have had some minor problems with the buttons sticking. I am using the Optical now and like the fit better even though I am right handed.
    Two buttons on the left side of the explorer, one on each side of the Optical.
    Any time I find myself on a computer without a scroll wheel and back buttons I am lost.
    I ordered the Intellimouse Optical today.

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