Feb 2

Seems I've got a thing for Microsoft Mice - the MS Arc Touch Mouse has become such a personal favorite for use at home with the HANNspree HANNSbook that I looked no further than Microsoft's Touch line for a work-appropriate model to replace the corded beast that lived tethered to my docking station.  The bigger brother to the Arc Touch, the Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse gives a similar user experience by way of a touch-driven scroll "wheel", but supports virtual flick-scrolling in both the Y (up/down) axis, and the X (side-to-side) axis.  This provides great freedom in traversing large docs/windows and is surprisingly liberating in practical use, and while not as sexy as the Arc Mouse, the Explorer Mouse is a better pair to my IBM Thinkpad with ergonomics and durability that are more conducive to continuous work.

I will report that, unlike the Arc Mouse, the Explorer does not suffer from the same left/right button quirkiness that continually leaves me hunting for the sweet spot on the mouse buttons of the Arc.  In face, to date, I've yet to find any deficiency in the design or function of the Explorer.

Retailing for upwards of $50, like the Arc Mouse, I scored my Explorer as an open-box special at Best Buy for about $35.  Considering the practical application and shear amount of time spent pushing a mouse around on my desk, even at $50, the Explorer seems a bargain.

Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse

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