Does the finger reader work on a Mac? Guess not…?
nice mouse, would jump on it, but i really like my Logitech MX1000. not for me
This looks very cool - does anyone have experience with it?
already have one… and I got mine new for 20.00
Would have snagged this had I not picked up a Gyration wireless desktop…
Why does it seem that even when a Woot price seems good, the resulting flood of woot resale attempts ends up driving the market value way down? It seems like its a much better way to go to buy a few days later on Ebay from all the Wooters who are trying to make a quick profit?
Froogle is fun… This price isn’t too bad compared to whats on froogle!
Discontinued by Microsoft. Take your chances on the performance of this item.
if I didn’t already have an awesome Logitech wireless mouse I’d be all over this. You can’t beat Logitech’s rechargable base station
It seems interesting, but I have to wonder how many websites and programs understand fingerprint technology right now. Does anyone have an idea?
“# Fingerprint reader supports Internet Explorer 6.0 or later and MSN Explorer 8.0 and 9.0”
A Curse on Master Gates and his minions !!!
Seek not the Devil Explorer and turn to FireFox before you are caught in the Evil’s Web !!!
$40 on ebay with $10 shipping.
I’m still not impressed with the mouse itself. When you get right down to it, The Intellimouse 2.0 and the “Wireless Mouse 5000” are identical, save for a bump in DPI resolution… which really isn’t going to matter much, seeing as the average Counter-Striker or computer user will barely be able to tell the difference.
But the biometric fingerprint reader is nifty. I’ve seen these at Compuzone and have contemplated buying one. A few things do somewhat make me shy away, such as this being MS’s first attempt at biometric password storage, and that it’s not Linux compatable (to my knowledge). Even then, it’d still be a bitchin’ way to save your passwords.
One more note, I don’t belive this unit can only be used to store passwords wile in Windows XP, in other terms, you’re not going to be able to make a boot password that’s done biometrically. I’m pretty sure that’s just a limitation of the hardware (being USB and all), but I’m not sure.
The two-tone gray optical mouse in the Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Fingerprint Reader set is incredibly comfortable and features Microsoft’s tilt-wheel technology, which lets you scroll horizontally as well as vertically. The fingerprint reader/wireless receiver that’s included is small, about the size of the mouse, and plugs into any USB port. Available on the Internet for around $70, this set is definitely worth the investment–but only if you’re an IE devotee.
Once the software is installed, it’s easy to get the fingerprint reader dialed in to you alone: you just log in to Windows, then touch the fingerprint sensor to register your prints. Microsoft recommends registering two fingerprints, and you can choose which fingers. After finger registration, pop-up menus instruct you to go to any Web site or program that is password-protected, then touch the fingerprint sensor with a registered finger to get the Create Fingerprint Logon prompt.
We first tried this using Internet Explorer on Hotmail.com. At the Hotmail login page, we touched the fingerprint sensor, and a window popped up. We entered a username and a password and, after clicking OK, we were prompted to touch the fingerprint sensor again and–wow–access to Hotmail. Easy as pie. However, when we tried the exact same thing with Mozilla Firefox, we weren’t so lucky. We would get the fingerprint logon prompt, fill in the required password information, hit OK, and…nothing. After 10 or so attempts at logging in to different sites, we gave up. This won’t be a problem for IE users, but converts to Firefox and users of Netscape will be out of luck. Microsoft has no plans at this time to support other browsers. Another minor annoyance is the ever-present light on the fingerprint reader. We found it slightly distracting whenever it was in our eyeshot. Buyers should also note Microsoft’s security disclaimers, which explain that the device is for convenience, not security. The disclaimers recommend that the fingerprint reader not be used to protect sensitive information.
As for the mouse half of this duo, it is flawless. You can use the wireless mouse immediately after the fingerprint reader/receiver is installed, but to get the full benefits from this five-button mouse, you need to install the software. Doing this takes mere seconds and enables the tilt-wheel scrolling feature. The software is very intuitive and allows you to customize the buttons with a variety of commands, including back and forward on the Internet (these work with browsers other than IE).
so woot is about 5-10 cheaper than normal.