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Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 replacement

Discussion in 'Mice and Keyboards' started by evilpaul, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. evilpaul

    evilpaul n00bie

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    I've been using an MS Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 for probably 15+ years now. I probably repurchased three and warranty replaced about as many through MS. My current one has had a wonky scroll wheel (it would just decide to scroll on it's own one tick sometimes) and started taking "click and hold" and "click specified number of times" to mean "hold randomly; maybe click again one or more times unexpectedly" and "click some random number of times" last night. It does this on other machines, the mouse is borked.

    I've always loved the Back and Forward thumb buttons on the IE3.0 and kind of wished it had the tilt wheel functionality a lot of newer mice have.

    Anyone else used an IE3.0 for a long period of time and replaced it with something they found to be way better? The IE3.0 was no longer available as a replacement so MS offered these alternatives:
    My PC doesn't have Bluetooth, but I could buy a dongle if necessary. But I don't really want wireless anyway. I'm sure wireless mice have improved over the ~50ms laggy ones I used years ago, but I don't want to charge my mouse, have to turn it on or off, or use batteries.

    I requested the wired Comfort Mouse 4500 since it has five buttons (even if one of them is on the wrong side), but I'd appreciate some suggestions.

    I sampled some at Microcenter and Best Buy, what little either place had available as demonstration units, and didn't like a Steel Series one with two thumb buttons AT ALL. They took way too much force to press. The Razer Elite I liked the feel of the thumb buttons, but it didn't have a scroll wheel. It was also kind of pricey. The Razor Chroma had a tilt wheel, but I didn't think the thumb buttons were great, and I think it was on the large side of things for me.

    Ideas?
     
  2. Johnx64

    Johnx64 [H]ardness Supreme

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  3. Snowknight26

    Snowknight26 2[H]4U

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    I think shape-, design-, and feel-wise, the Zowie EC1-A is probably as close as you can get. Can't comment on the current revision of the mouse since I got mine before BenQ absorbed the Zowie brand (and made small changes to it), but I bought 2 EC1-As after I found it to be the best replacement for the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.
     
  4. Filter

    Filter [H]ardForum Junkie

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    steel series sensi.
     
  5. Bawjaws

    Bawjaws [H]Lite

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    I love my MS Wireless Optical Mouse. It's been trucking for about 15 years and still works really well, although clicking on the scroll wheel occasionally goes on the blink. I've also worn all of the weird "soft touch" finish from the top of the mouse body. I can't find a decent replacement for it anywhere, so I'm going to keep using it until it finally goes to the great mouse graveyard.
     
  6. Sixthsense

    Sixthsense 2[H]4U

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    I'm considering this mouse as well it has the same width as a MX518. Although, I wish the scroll well wasn't white/ transparent . They tend to discolor over time.
     
  7. Snowknight26

    Snowknight26 2[H]4U

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    Can't say I've noticed that in the 2 or so years I've used my two EC1-As. Plus, the scroll wheel is lit with a bright (but diffuse) LED of varying colors making it appear as if it's that color instead of white/clear.
     
  8. Sixthsense

    Sixthsense 2[H]4U

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    It will eventually my old Deathadder's scroll weheel was made of the same material. It will discolor over time
     
  9. Griff-

    Griff- n00bie

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    I would recommend the Zowie EC-1a or EC-2a (what I personally have) as a replacement for the 3.0. I am a huge fan of the 3.0 and used it for many years. I think the closest in shape is the EC1a like someone had mentioned before but I have hands that are on the smaller side and the 2a is great. No BS software, you plug it in and can pick your DPI right on the mouse. Defaults to 400 dpi and 1000hz. Solid feeling on the build as well as the mouseskates.
     
  10. sharknice

    sharknice [H]ard|Gawd

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    EC1 can't do 1000hz without acceleration issues. I wouldn't recommend it, but I guess if you're coming from an Intellimouse you probably don't care about sensor accuracy.
     
  11. atmartens

    atmartens n00bie

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    I replaced my Intellimouse with a Roccat Kova. I like it.