Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse, the Return of an Icon

The first Microsoft Intellimouse dates all the way back to 1996. Backed by a remarkable track record, the Intellimouse brought us many innovations that included the incorporation of a scroll wheel, optical sensor, and auxiliary buttons. A wireless model was also released to the public. Despite its popularity, Microsoft eventually discontinued the product in 2012. And now, five years later, the company announced the latest iteration to the series, the Classic Intellimouse, at their recent Surface Book 2 launch event.

Nostalgia is strong on the Classic Intellimouse. It clearly borrows a lot of the design elements from the original Intellimouse Explorer 3.0. The ergonomic design is completemented perfectly by a clean, black and grey theme. The red tail light has been changed in favor of a white color to make the mouse look sleeker than ever. There are five buttons on the Classic Intellimouse's body, and three of them are user-customizable. A new 3200 DPI sensor is also hidden in its interior. With the help of Microsoft's BlueTrack technology, precise tracking is possible even on glass surfaces. The mouse's report rate is impressive as well coming in at 1000 reports per second. The Classic connects to the computer through a standard wired USB 2.0 connection.
Most windows users won't have to worry about compatibility, since the Classic Intellimouse works fine in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 environments. Windows 10 S users won't be able to customize the three programmable buttons though. As for Apple Mac users, I'm sorry, you're out of luck on this one.

Microsoft has put the Classic Intellimouse up on sale for $39.99 at their online store.Source: Microsoft
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24 Comments on Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse, the Return of an Icon

#2
n-ster
I've actually never tried BlueTrack, I wonder how it compares to Logitech's Darkfield like on the Logitech MX mouses.

As a lefty, the Intellimouse Optical was my best friend, and what a reliable mouse it was for me!
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#3
AsRock
TPU addict
n-ster said:
I've actually never tried BlueTrack, I wonder how it compares to Logitech's Darkfield like on the Logitech MX mouses.

As a lefty, the Intellimouse Optical was my best friend, and what a reliable mouse it was for me!
I wounder if they are just Logitech guts which was typical. So you might have your wish granted if so :P.
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#4
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
That was known as the Intellimouse Explorer
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#5
xorbe
Is the quality any good though. I have earlier MS mice that still work. But the later ones, the production quality dropped, and all of those are dead.
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#9
lexluthermiester
I am so getting a couple of these. EDIT; Did I just say that about a Microsoft product? That hasn't happened in a long damn time..
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#10
timta2
"As for Apple Mac users, I'm sorry, you're out of luck on this one."

I guess you've never heard of apps like USB Overdrive or Steermouse?
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#11
Loosenut
Ahhh, the memories... I'll be getting one also
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#12
Prima.Vera
Believe it or not, I still have the original working flawlessly on my parents desktop. That's ladies and gentleman a 20 years old mouse still running like in day 1. Except that the white on it turned into a shitty yellowish/grey color due to usage. :) Other than, in perfect working condition.
You cannot help wonder why the likes from Logitech or Razer are failing within an year.... ;)

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#13
lexluthermiester
Prima.Vera said:
Believe it or not, I still have the original working flawlessly on my parents desktop. That's ladies and gentleman a 20 years old mouse still running like in day 1. Except that the white on it turned into a shitty yellowish/grey color due to usage. :) Other than, in perfect working condition.
I just looked through the mouse drawer in my organizers and found three of those. Granted, these have custom paint jobs I gave them years ago[because why not..]. And they still work.
Prima.Vera said:
You cannot help wonder why the likes from Logitech or Razer are failing within an year....
Never had that problem. In fact the only mouse that's ever failed on me was a cheap knock-off thing that cost $40 for a twenty pack. Maybe I'm lucky?
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#14
MCJeeba
lexluthermiester said:
I just looked through the mouse drawer in my organizers and found three of those. Granted, these have custom paint jobs I gave them years ago[because why not..]. And they still work.

Never had that problem. In fact the only mouse that's ever failed on me was a cheap knock-off thing that cost $40 for a twenty pack. Maybe I'm lucky?
I've never had a sensor fail/die, but in the past 7 years I think I've had the left-click go out on 3 different high-end gaming mice (between $80-$110 each).
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#15
lexluthermiester
MCJeeba said:
I've never had a sensor fail/die, but in the past 7 years I think I've had the left-click go out on 3 different high-end gaming mice (between $80-$110 each).
Now that you mention it, that's happened to me too. I just take it apart, whip out a soldering iron and replace the switch.
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#17
lexluthermiester
Frick said:
Edit: They've made the Surface Precision Mouse, I wonder how that will be..
That looks nice. Wonder if they'll make a corded version for PC's? EDIT; Nevermind, the article stated they are. Very cool.
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#18
hyp36rmax
Prima.Vera said:
Believe it or not, I still have the original working flawlessly on my parents desktop. That's ladies and gentleman a 20 years old mouse still running like in day 1. Except that the white on it turned into a shitty yellowish/grey color due to usage. :) Other than, in perfect working condition.
You cannot help wonder why the likes from Logitech or Razer are failing within an year.... ;)


Yea I have a couple of these somewhere in my parents place too. Haha makes me want to pick them up.
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#19
Boosnie
Prima.Vera said:
Believe it or not, I still have the original working flawlessly on my parents desktop. That's ladies and gentleman a 20 years old mouse still running like in day 1. Except that the white on it turned into a shitty yellowish/grey color due to usage. :) Other than, in perfect working condition.
You cannot help wonder why the likes from Logitech or Razer are failing within an year.... ;)


Rubbing alcool/acetone will do the trick, I believe.
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#20
Prima.Vera
So where are the side buttons on that thing? I cannot tell on that render...
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#21
Boosnie
Prima.Vera said:
So where are the side buttons on that thing? I cannot tell on that render...
Because there are none.
The specs say


and the render lets the viewer infer that those 2 missing are embedded on the side chassis.
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#22
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
There are.

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#23
Boosnie
...as this official image from MS shows
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#24
lexluthermiester
Boosnie said:
Rubbing alcool/acetone will do the trick, I believe.
Actually, the "retro-bright" process works well. Could just do a quality paint-job on it too.
Frick said:
There are.
Is that an old model? Or does this mean you have review samples?
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