Microsoft Classic Mouse Reboot – 2018 Version

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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.

Microsoft Classic Mouse - Microsoft Classic Mouse Reboot - 2018 Version
1996 version of Microsoft IntelliMouse

It had been actively developed to offer advances in mouse technology and features until the last model launched in 2003.

Microsoft IntelliMouse 3.0 - Microsoft Classic Mouse Reboot - 2018 Version
2003 version of Microsoft IntelliMouse

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.

Microsoft IntelliMouse 2018 - Microsoft Classic Mouse Reboot - 2018 Version
2018 version of Microsoft IntelliMouse

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.

The Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse is available now through the Microsoft Store and select retailers for $39.99/£39.99/ €44.99.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. More interesting would be what changed since 2017: MS announced this and released it last Oct/Nov. Now they’ve done it again. Rumors are that they fixed the sensor.

  2. Now, if Microsoft released a 21st century Trackball Explorer, the world would all right again. I’ve NEVER understood why the trackball community condensed so quickly into irrelevancy with nobody using the a combination of thumb button pushing and the big trackball under the fingers. The TE was, and still is, ergonomic. Other trackballs either get the big ball right or the thumb-area buttons right. Nobody gets both. Patents, maybe? If so, let the holder of that patent bring back the best pointing device out there.

    Note: I own four mice, plus just about every trackball on the market. I still watch Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to see what’s new in the pointer market. There are some good ideas out there. But the best idea would be to simply bring back the Trackball Explorer.

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