Mi­crosoft Clas­sic In­tel­limouse


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ONE OF THE most well-loved de­vices made by Mi­crosoft dur­ing the late 1990s and early 2000s was the In­tel­liMouse, and now the com­pany has re­vis­ited the iconic brand with the Clas­sic In­tel­liMouse, which — ac­cord­ing to Mi­crosoft — is in­spired by the In­tel­liMouse 3.0.

As our de­vices be­come ever more com­plex and con­vo­luted (as well as del­i­cate), there is a lot to be said about older hard­ware that’s solidly built and does the job with­out fuss. Chunky and ‘retro’ de­signs can also help. It’s this nos­tal­gia and good­will that Mi­crosoft ap­pears to be tar­get­ing with the Clas­sic In­tel­liMouse.

You can clearly see the in­spi­ra­tion, with a sim­i­lar er­gonomic shape and black-and-grey de­sign. For many peo­ple, this will be a case of ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’, but if you were im­mune to the charms of the In­tel­liMouse the first time round, you may feel equally unim­pressed here.

Fans of weird-look­ing er­gonomic mice, or gam­ing-ori­en­tated point­ers that pack in loads of but­tons and glo­ri­ous RGB light­ing, will also won­der what all the fuss is about. Sure, there is some light­ing, with the iconic red light of the orig­i­nal In­tel­liMouse now re­placed with a mod­ern white light.

It also has a de­cent num­ber of but­tons, five in to­tal, with three that are cus­tomis­able.

It’s also wired, mean­ing you don’t get the free­dom of a wire­less mouse, but you also don’t have to worry about run­ning out of bat­tery at in­op­por­tune mo­ments. It also means the mouse is lighter than wire­less mice, weigh­ing in at 100g.

Its com­pact body fits neatly in the hand, show­ing that Mi­crosoft still knows a thing or two about de­sign­ing er­gonomic pe­riph­er­als. The Clas­sic In­tel­liMouse uses a USB 2.0 con­nec­tion, and as you’d ex­pect from a Mi­crosoft pe­riph­eral, set­ting it up in Win­dows 10 is sim­ple.

Con­fig­ur­ing the ex­tra but­tons is straight­for­ward, and can be done when us­ing Win­dows 10, Win­dows 8.1, Win­dows 8 and Win­dows 7. Frus­trat­ingly, the op­tion to con­fig­ure those but­tons isn’t avail­able in Win­dows 10 S.

Also, de­spite this be­ing a Mi­crosoft mouse, you need to down­load ad­di­tional soft­ware to con­fig­ure it — the Mi­crosoft Mouse and Key­board Cen­ter.

De­spite its retro looks, the mouse in­cludes some pretty mod­ern fea­tures, giv­ing it a level of per­for­mance that the orig­i­nal In­tel­liMouse lineup could only dream of. It has a 1,000 re­ports-per-sec­ond re­port rate, which makes it feel fast and re­spon­sive.

It also in­cludes Mi­crosoft’s BlueTrack tech­nol­ogy, which has been de­signed to al­low the Clas­sic In­tel­liMouse to work on al­most any sur­face, no mat­ter how re­flec­tive it might be. In use, the Clas­sic In­tel­liMouse had no is­sues work­ing on a range of sur­faces, in­clud­ing a desk and car­pet.

Over­all, we were very im­pressed with the per­for­mance of the Clas­sic In­tel­liMouse. If you’re af­ter a de­pend­ably per­form­ing wired mouse, with some de­cent cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions, then you’ll be very pleased with this.

With the Clas­sic In­tel­liMouse, Mi­crosoft has a mouse that is both fa­mil­iar and mod­ern, of­fer­ing the er­gonomic com­fort and de­pend­abil­ity that In­tel­liMouse de­vices are known for. The de­sign re­tains the iconic look, while also mod­ernising it. Best of all, Mi­crosoft is ask­ing a rea­son­able price for it. It isn’t just a retro col­lectible for peo­ple who wish we still had beige PCs and CRT mon­i­tors, but an ex­cel­lent mouse that does the job very well.


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