Mi­crosoft’s Clas­sic In­tel­limouse up­dates 2003’s ICONIC mouse For the mod­ern era

Mi­crosoft faces a ton of com­pe­ti­tion, but the low $40 price makes it worth a look.

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Fans of the clas­sic Mi­crosoft In­tel­limouse 3.0 from 2003 can now buy an up­dated ver­sion, which, Mi­crosoft has promised, is true to the spirit of the orig­i­nal.

In fact, Si­mon Dears­ley, De­vices De­sign Direc­tor at Mi­crosoft, said this week that some of the com­po­nents in the new Clas­sic In­tel­limouse ( go.pc­world.com/imby) re­main the same as those in the orig­i­nal In­tel­limouse 3.0, its in­spi­ra­tion. The key im­prove­ments are in the switch and track­ing tech­nol­ogy, up­dat­ing the com­po­nents for the mod­ern era.

“We’ve reached a point where track­ing and switch tech­nol­ogy and price has ma­tured im­mensely,” Dears­ley said. “We saw this as an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove on an icon by up­dat­ing it with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.”

The Mi­crosoft Clas­sic In­tel­limouse is

priced at $40. The Blue­track sen­sor re­ports mouse move­ments up to 1,000 times per se­cond, with a dpi (dots per inch) set­ting up to 3,200. That gives it the same pre­ci­sion as the Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pre­ci­sion Mouse ( go. pc­world.com/sfpm), Mi­crosoft’s other re­cent pe­riph­eral.

Un­like the Sur­face Pre­ci­sion Mouse, how­ever, the Clas­sic In­tel­limouse is wired, re­duc­ing the la­tency for game­play. It’s largely am­bidex­trous, though only right-han­ders will be able to take ad­van­tage of the two side­mounted but­tons. (The scroll wheel func­tions as a mid­dle but­ton.)

There’s a small catch: Though the new In­tel­limouse works with all fla­vors of Win­dows dat­ing back to Win­dows 7, it doesn’t work with macos. Mi­crosoft’s Mouse and Key­board Cen­ter soft­ware, which al­lows the but­tons to be con­fig­ured, isn’t avail­able for Win­dows 10 S.

Mi­crosoft’s orig­i­nal In­tel­limouse ar­rived at a time when de­sign­ers and gamers alike were be­com­ing more in­ter­ested in dif­fer­en­ti­ated, more ac­cu­rate mice. Though it was it­self based on the Mi­crosoft Mouse 2.0, it added some­thing new: a scroll wheel. To­day, ac­cord­ing to Dears­ley, most of the world’s mice are pat­terned off the orig­i­nal In­tel­limouse.

Ac­cord­ing to Dears­ley, Mi­crosoft kept the Om­ron switches for the left and right click but­tons, but added three Kailh switches for the mid­dle wheel but­ton and side but­tons. Un­der the hood, the mouse has been re­worked to make it more rigid, he said.

What this means for you: Since the re­lease of the orig­i­nal In­tel­limouse, the evo­lu­tion of the mouse into a true gam­ing pe­riph­eral has ex­ploded. The Clas­sic In­tel­limouse, then, is prob­a­bly just a nov­elty. How­ever, given the rel­a­tively low price, it might be worth tak­ing it for a spin the next time you’re near a Mi­crosoft store.

Un­like the Sur­face Pre­ci­sion Mouse, the Clas­sic In­tel­limouse is wired, re­duc­ing the la­tency for game­play.

The Clas­sic In­tel­limouse fa­vors right­ies, and it in­cludes the tra­di­tional wired “tail.” The orig­i­nal red light at its base has been up­dated to a white light, Mi­crosoft said.

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