- Microsoft IntelliMouse with Fingerprint Reader Review - www.impulsegamer.com Australia

Applications 9.0
Graphics 8.5
Multimedia 8.0
Value 8.5
Distributor: Microsoft
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.6


Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse with Fingerprint reader

If you ever wanted a wow factor on your computer gear, this would be it; a mouse that scans your fingerprint before letting you use the PC! One of the first things that we have to get out of the way that is even though this product works, and works well, do not trust it with your bank accounts or any other type of sensitive material. 

Itís funny that something that would have this sort of technology built into it would have that warning on it, kind of like saying, weellll, we think it works but donít trust anything important to it. The mouse is fairly weighty but extremely comfortable with brilliantly molded grip that feels perfect when you use it. There is a light on the fingerprint reader that does get a little annoying if only for the simple fact that it is always on. I think it was going to be a design item but it hasnít worked on that account. 

All the tests we ran involving logging onto Windows worked fine and then we took the tests online with successful logins to a test Hotmail account that we made up. Other websites requiring log ins allowed us to also log in which was all well and good with a prompt for finger prints at all the right places that quickly allowed for access to sites and accounts. So far so good. 

Then we took the test further to other browsers (Netscape & Firefox) and the whole test fell apart. It appears that this gear only works with Internet Explorer which I found very disappointing as not everyone likes to use that product when there are great products on the market which are free. We did not get a single successful login using either Netscape or Firefox let alone other browsers that we tried such as Safari or Opera to name but a few. 

For the rest of the planet who are using IE, the mouse is so easy to set up that you do not even need to install the software to at least be using the mouse. Just whack in the fingerprint reader/receiver and thatís it. However to get the most out of the product take those few seconds to make sure that you do a full install that will truly benefit you. The battery life on the mouse is good as well and you wonít be plowing through them constantly. The first two batteries come with the package to get you started. 

Iím not sure at this stage whether this item is a must have piece of kit. I can say without hesitation that the mouse by itself is worth the green, but without Microsoft putting a bit more effort into ensuring that this product works across all major browsers, many users may be in for a bit of a disappointment. 

Iíll give the mouse a huge thumbs up, in fact 9/10 but for the whole package 8.6/10 as itís clear that this is not a totally secure solution to a time old problem. Still recommended but only if you are aware of the limitations.






 
 



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