Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse Review

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Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse High Quality

Microsoft Explorer Mini mouse has similar features to its sibling, the Microsoft Explorer mouse. Well except for, of course, it being a Mini version of the Explorer and also the non-existence of a rechargeable battery.

The Microsoft Explorer Mini is a wireless mouse and uses Microsoft latest tracking technology called the BlueTrack™ Technology that allows great accuracy of mouse tracking on unimaginable surfaces. This means that you don’t ever need to carry a mouse pad whenever you are on the go with your notebook. Whereever you are using the mouse, whether it’s on your bed or even inside a jungle, the BlueTrackTechnology is there for the rescue.

Microsoft Explorer Mini Requirements

  • Windows Operating System: Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP and 100 MB free hard disk space.
  • Mac: Mac OS X v10.2x–10.5x and 30 MB free hard disk space.
  • 1 AA battery.
  • An empty USB slot.
  • A non glassy or mirrored surface. No mouse pad required :)

What you get when you buy Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse

  • The mouse (obviously).
  • The USB wireless receiver for the mouse.
  • A nice pouch that fits the mouse well for travelling.
  • Intellipoint software (although it’s recommended to download the latest version from Microsoft’s Download Site).
  • 1 Alkaline AA Battery that should last for more than 4 months (according to Microsoft).

Microsoft Explorer Mini Features Overview

  • BlueTrack™ Technology
    This is probably the most exciting feature that this mouse offers. The BlueTrackTechnology allows me to use the mouse on anywhere I like (except for a clear glass and/or a mirrored surface). If you always go mobile with your notebook, the Microsoft Explorer Mini mouse makes a worthy companion. Whether you are using your notebook on a traditional office desk, on a carpet, on the kitchen’s countertop, or even on the bed, you don’t need to carry around a mouse pad with you.

    I can watch the local news without leaving my bed (or when I’m lying down on the floor)
    Microsoft Explorer Mini - Microsoft BlueTrack Technology on Carpet Microsoft Explorer Mini - Microsoft BlueTrack Technology on Blanket
    and when you are running out of surface, you can even use your own tummy as a mousepad. Nifty!
    Microsoft Explorer Mini - Microsoft BlueTrack Technology on my tummy

    Find out more about Microsoft BlueTrack Technology.

  • Mini Wireless Transceiver
    microsoft explorer mini transceiverMicrosoft Explorer Mini transceiver is small & slim enough to make sure that it can fit easily on one of your notebook’s USB slots. Normally you’d have lots of devices crammed on the USB slots, so having a slim transceiver helps a lot here.The transceiver can easily be snapped into the bottom part of the mouse when you are not using it, which will save the mouse’s battery life. This handy storage slot also means that you won’t lose the mini transceiver easily when you travel.

    Microsoft Explorer Mini Battery Compartment

  • Customizable Buttons.
    Through the Microsoft IntelliPoint software, you can easily customize each mouse button for easy access to your daily shortcuts (left, middle, right, and 2 side buttons).
  • Ergonomic Design.
    The mouse is also designed for comfort so that you can work longer with it without feeling any discomfort. However, due to the size, it’s always more comfortable to use a regular size mouse. But if you want more portability (which I prefer whenever I’m mobile), then don’t hesitate to get the Explorer Mini.
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless.
    2.4GHz wireless technology delivers a reliable connection up to 30 feet (or about 9.15 metres) away, if you don’t know what that means. Assuming you have a super large monitor screen, I’d say this is more than sufficient.
  • Auto Standby Mode.
    When you haven’t used the mouse for a while, the Explorer Mini will go to standby mode to save the battery life. If you make a slight move, the mouse then wakes up instantly. The delay is almost negligible that you won’t probably realize that the mouse was in a standby mode. Well actually you will, because when the mouse wakes up, you’ll see an amazing blue glowing light underneath the mouse. It’s a cool looking light that only stays for a few seconds, unfortunately (obviously not to waste the battery).
    Microsoft Explorer Mini Glow
  • Battery Life indicator.
    Whenever the mouse wakes up from its “sleep”, you’ll be able to see the status of the battery through the battery life indicator on top of the mouse: green when the mouse has sufficient power and red when it’s time for you to change the battery. It’s unclear though how many more hours (or days) before you really have to replace the battery. Just make sure that you always carry a spare AA battery and you’ll be fine.
    Microsoft Explorer Mini Battery indicator

Microsoft Explorer Mini Review Conclusion

Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse High QualityMicrosoft Explorer Mini mouse is brilliant. Its design but most importantly, its portability, is a force to be reckoned with wherever you are, whatever you do. Microsoft Explorer Mini mouse is wireless and also works very well without a mouse pad (except for a clear glass or mirrored surface). Normally you’d find some jerkiness when you are using an ordinary mouse on the floor or even on some desks but not with the Explorer Mini. Even if you are using the mouse on an asphalt road or a jungle soil, Microsoft Explorer Mini should work well (unfortunately I haven’t tested this myself yet).

The packaging has everything that you need to get started: an AA Alkaline battery and also a travel pouch. So be sure to pick this mouse up on a shop whenever you are travelling and in need of a new mouse. Even if you don’t want to install the IntelliPoint software, the mouse works straight after you plug the USB transceiver in.

I haven’t found any problems so far with mouse (that I got from Microsoft) except for the blinding blue light the moment you put the battery into the mouse. So make sure your eyes are not staring straight at it while you put the battery in. I also wish that it has a rechargeable battery like the Explorer but I guess adding this will make the mouse bulkier and less portable.

Microsoft Explorer Mini comes with a 3 year warranty and RRP at $59.95.




The Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse, with revolutionary Microsoft BlueTrackTM Technology, works more places than ever before, including on granite countertops, living room or airport carpets¿even on a wood table or rough, unfinished park bench.
List Price:$59.99 USD
New From:$37.99 USD In Stock
Used from:$43.77 USD In Stock

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  • http://www.wiehanne.com/ wiehanne

    The price is reasonable. Is it comfortable to be use? I mean, some mini mouse is too small and could make us feel uncomfortable with the fingers.

    I bought Logitech V470 before for boyfriend but it broke down in few months time. Now wondering if this mouse is the one. :D
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    • http://www.cravingtech.com/blog Michael Aulia

      Wish you are here so I can give you a real life demo :D The mouse is quite small so it may not be as comfortable as a regular size mouse. Is there a shop in Medan where you can give it a try?

  • http://lefthandedmouse.net/ James @ Left Handed Mouse

    I have found that the Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse with BlueTrack Technology offers a lot of control in a sleek, compact design. It’s comfortable to use and can go just about anywhere, although it did make my fingers a little tired after prolonged use because of its small size. Overall It’s a very good option for someone looking to take their notebook off their desk and out into the real world.
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    • http://www.cravingtech.com/blog Michael Aulia

      Yup, same here. But if you want to be hours in front of a computer, get a desktop, man :D

  • mr.k1m

    Hello Michael,

    Thanks for the informative article. I just purchased the Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse today. There is only one issue where you stated when the mouse comes out of auto standby mode the blue light appears but mine does not. I recently contacted Microsoft and they said the blue light is not suppose to appear after coming out of standby mode. Would you be able to tell me the steps on getting the blue light to work? Thank you for your time and patience.

    • http://www.michaelaulia.com Michael Aulia

      ? That’s funny for them to say that.. Mine automatically comes out and I don’t think I need to change any setting or whatever. Hm

      Maybe you can try going to a store and find out if yours is faulty?

  • Disappointed

    the damn Transceiver breaks to easily.

    Mine stopped working after a year. the rest of the mouse works perfectly fine. just the Transceiver that’s cheaply made.

  • Disappointed

    and oh yeah i’ve read other comments by users saying that they have the same problem.

  • http://review-hardware.com/ Sam @ Review Hardware

    Nice mouse overall, shame my middle button stopped working properly after only a few months in. I use the middle button a lot for closing tabs in firefox and opening links in new windows. So what i did was make the forward browser button into my middle click, once i got my head around that it was a good work around. The mouse performs well on most surfaces and the battery life isn’t too bad considering there is no switch to turn it off.

    Regards,
    Sam

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      That’s bad, thankfully it has a few other buttons to you can at least replace it with something else!