I think that pretty much everyone using PCs in the late 90s and early 2000s used a Microsoft IntelliMouse at one time or another. Microsoft have always made great peripherals and the IntelliMouse’s asymmetrical ergonomic design was iconic and set the bar for gaming mice to beat.
Of course, beat it they have in the fifteen years since the IntelliMouse 3.0 was released, but I’m sure there’s plenty nostalgia out there for the form and straightforward function of the mouse. At least, Microsoft are hoping you feel that way, and that’s why they’ve released the Classic IntelliMouse. It looks like the same old mouse, but underneath the shell it’s all modern technology.
The biggest difference in design is that the red light on the mouse has been replaced with a soft white downward glow, the laser sensor goes up to a much more modern 3200DPI, and the buttons have all been tweaked to improve their feel. That said, it still uses Omron switches (if that means anything to you) for the main left and right buttons, but it’s now Kailh switches (if that means anything to you) for the wheel and side buttons, so they should be a bit clickier.
For a blog about the mouse, Devices Design Director Simon Dearsley said, “What many people may not know, is the majority of gaming mice in the world are still patterned off the IntelliMouse 3.0. If you compare almost any modern gaming mouse you’ll see they have the same ergonomic DNA and form as the IntelliMouse. It’s a really significant contribution to the industry that we’re really proud of.”
Source: press release, Windows Blog