Originally launched over 20 years ago in 1996, Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse (shown below) used to be my favorite mouse for years. It got very popular among gamers, thanks to its exceptional ergonomic forms due to its the asymmetric from, and sculpted buttons and finger rests, making it fit perfectly into your hand.
It had been actively developed to offer advances in mouse technology and features until the last model launched in 2003.
15 years later since the last launch, Microsoft released the new Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse, a reboot that offers the same classic ergonomic look and feel, along with improved performance and additional features.
According to Simon Dearsley, Devices Design Director at Microsoft, here is what has changed since version 2003:
We improved two really important factors, the tracking sensor and the tactility and feel of the buttons. What we know our fans will see and feel is that it’s the exact same shape and size of the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 from 2003. However, underneath the hood, it’s all brand-new technology, brand new mechanical engineering, and brand-new structures so it’s a lot more rigid than the original. The build quality is really excellent.
We were really careful to keep the same Omron switches for the left and right click, and have added three Kailh switches for the middle wheel button and side buttons. We also made a huge improvement to the two side buttons. They now feel snappy and crisp and have just the right force and click to them.
Still, it’s the shape and the form that attract people like me the most.