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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [12.07.04]
Manufactured by: Microsoft & Logitech


And here is where I get to talk about the navigation buttons! First let me say that there is NO way a mouse should be without these buttons - much like the scroll wheel, I have come to not only appreciate these navigation buttons, but to rely on them for web surfing and work.

With that out of the way, I can say that both mice seem to have good navigation button placement. Microsoft's are a little easier to click, to the point where you will often do so accidentally. After becoming accustomed to the placement though, it shouldn't be a problem.

The MX900 also features some buttons that surround the scroll wheel. The best thing I can say about them is that they don't get in the way. However, there is no real reason to have a 'page scroll' button above a SCROLL WHEEL! The other button is used with the Logitech software, which is not required to use mice, and in my experience adds no useful features to the mouse. In the few times that I have tried to use Lofitech mouse software, it has interfered with all sorts of applications and games, so I don't recommend installing it.

Since there is not much to look at on this side of the mice, this is where we can talk about the 'feel' of the units themselves.

This is where the review gets sketchy, because honestly it all comes down to personal preference.

I tend to use mice with the tips of my fingers, setting the sensetivity almost to the top in Windows and in games.

Other people prefer to have the mouse fill their entire hand, and use huge mousepads with a low sensetivity.

Depending on your style, you will love one mouse, and hate the other. If you're like me, you'll prefer the smaller Logitech MX900, which has a more 'solid' weighted feel to it. The Microsoft will take up your entire hand, and it's up to you to decide if that's a good thing or not. Although weight specs are about the same, the Microsoft feels lighter in a way. I attribute this to a thinner, cheaper feel; mouse clicks aren't very tactile, and the mushy scroll wheel just makes things worse.

But again, that is all about personal preference, and I'll just share my thoughts with you. You can go from there.

The MX Base

While the Intellimouse Explorer comes with a tiny Bluetooth dongle (in fact it's smaller than the smallest USB Flash Drive I've used) and a pair of standard AA batteries, the MX900 comes with the infamous MX cradle, and a pair of 1800 mAh NiMH rechargable AA's.

The cradle doubles as a battery charger and is the Bluetooth dongle. This makes the Microsoft unit much more suitable for laptops that don't have integrated Bluetooth connectivity. Nothing is stopping you from using rechargable AA's in your Intellimouse, and nothing is stopping you from using another NiMH charger for your MX900 batteries. However, if you want Bluetooth on the go, the MX900 falls short. It would have been nice if they had included a smaller dongle that plugs into the cradle, that can be transported with a laptop when needed.

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