There seems to be a burning itch among tech firms this year to bring back a few of the gadgets that really made us swoon over the past years. We saw Nokia come up with a rejuvenated version of the iconic 3310, and now, five years later, we have Microsoft coming in with a remake of the famous IntelliMouse Explorer, only now they’re calling it, the IntelliMouse Classic.
For $40 bucks a piece, you’ll get to own an improved version of what was considered the most functional mouse back when we were so hooked on Windows XP. The device was actually considered a status symbol, as it was launched with a $100 price tag, and it still cleared shelves. It eventually came about after Excel engineers complained that they needed a tool that would allow users to scroll down faster through an Excel spreadsheet. Bear in mind that back then, the scroll wheel still wasn’t a thing, so as soon as Microsoft launched their new addition to the market, everyone was head over heels about how firm and accurate the scroll wheel was.
The new mouse does come with some noteworthy upgrades. With the original version bearing a respectable 450 dpi, this new model ramps things up a bit with its 3,200 dpi sensor. Most gamers won’t really make that much noise about the improvement since today’s mice have an ultra-high dpi, but the new stats make it rank slightly better with what today’s mice have to offer.
You’ll also be able to use it on a glass surface without any issues thanks to Microsoft’s Bluetrack technology. In ergonomic terms; the design is pretty much the same as its predecessor’s, though you’ll be able to customize three out of the five buttons (except on Windows 10S), which isn’t bad at all. The white light at its tail end also contributes to its modern appeal; an invited shift from the red light that we’re all used to.
For those keen on specifics, the Classic Intellimouse measures 13cm x 6.9cm x 4.3cm and weighs 129 grams; a pretty light and decent size that allows for more of a palm and fingers grip. Compatibility wise, you’ll need to be running Windows 7 or later, and you’ll only be able to plug into Windows-based devices. That means the mouse won’t work on Android, iOS, or Mac OS which is a little weird since as an HID device we’d expect it to work on all platforms.
When all’s said and done, we remain grateful for Microsoft for bringing back this old gem, and we can only hope to get more timeless innovations from the software giant in the many years to come.