First of all braided cables do not improve durability over a standard PU cable. I have never had or seen a well made PU covered cable where the cable jacket material has been destroyed through normal use.
Braided cables are a pain all the time, they are stiff, have a tendency to grab fibers in cloth and standard hybrid mats, causing excessive wear around the edges of the mat. Since the durability of the cable jacket was never a problem with any of the mice I have used or seen in action from fellow gamers I write down braid covered cables as a marketing gimmick, something with no other value than aesthetics.
Believe it or not the prime reason for cable failures in mice is the strain relief. Mostly at the mouse end but some of the mice I have that have suffered a lot of traveling gave way at the USB end as well. I have had a lot of Diamondback mice where the cable would snap inside the mouse where the cables were soldered to the PCB, hence strain relief is important.
My preferred mice are: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 would be 1.1 if they were still readily available, and the Razer DeathAdder a distant second / third.
I did not have problems with the driver when I tested this mouse, I can see that they have not updated their driver since November which I think sucks, because software is tricky to get to work on all setups and every piece will be installed on a platform where it does not function as intended.