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Microsoft is bringing back the legendary IntelliMouse Explorer

By Ng Chong Seng - on 19 Oct 2017, 10:34am

Microsoft is bringing back the legendary IntelliMouse Explorer

For some strange reason, Microsoft has revealed that it’s bringing back the IntelliMouse. More specifically: one based on the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.

For those unaware, IntelliMouse has been the brand for Microsoft’s wired and wireless computer mice since 1996. The Explorer series debuted in 1999, and the Explorer 3.0 model was released way back in 2003, reintroduced in 2006 as a gaming mouse, and discontinued about five years ago. During that time, the IME 3.0 was known for its comfortable handling and customizable sensitivity settings.

From Microsoft’s listing of the new Classic Intellimouse:

Inspired by the Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0, the new Microsoft Classic Intellimouse has made modern improvements to a fan favorite. The features that fans loved about the original are still here - customizable buttons, the classic ergonomic look and feel, and the wired USB connection. Upgrades made possible by today’s technology can help you find your breakthrough: tracking is more precise, buttons feel more reliable, and the tail light is a distinctive, modern white.

I'm still not sure why Microsoft is making this mouse, which is priced at US$39.99. Perhaps as a low-cost alternative to the also new but expensive Surface Precision Mouse?

Heck, perhaps we'd soon see the return of the Microsoft Trackball Explorer.

Source: Microsoft Store (U.S.).