Microsoft is Making a Pro IntelliMouse Too

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware with 8 Comments

A year and a half after it first teased the return of the classic wired IntelliMouse, Microsoft today announced a new Pro version of the mouse.

“The new, Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse builds on our history of innovation in mouse design and offers increased performance, modern gaming features and more customization for work and play,” Microsoft’s Eric Lovelin notes.

Basically, the IntelliMouse Pro is the IntelliMouse … but more pro. It features an upgraded tracking sensor, subtle design updates aimed at the gamer audience, improved key actuation, a textured finish, a braided cable, more responsive buttons, and customizable tail light color: No more red if that’s not what you want.

“The fundamentals of the IntelliMouse all remain,” Lovelin adds. “You’ll appreciate the ergonomic design that has been a vital part of every IntelliMouse. With its wired design, you’ll never wait for it to pair or need to search for a dongle before getting down to work or play. The Pro IntelliMouse is easy to maneuver, with carefully calculated weight, stability, and control. The longevity and influence of this iconic mouse have outlived most of the products launched when the first version appeared, and we’re excited to bring these latest innovations to a proven design.”

The new Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse will be available in the U.S. and Canada in late May and it will come to additional markets in Europe and Asia in July. It will be available in Dark Shadow and Light Shadow. But left unsaid is the price: The Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse currently sells for about $40, so I’m betting the Pro version will be about twice that.

If only they made a leftie version.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Microsoft is Making a Pro IntelliMouse Too”

  1. thewarragulman

    So this mouse has actually been in the Chinese market for some time now, I remember seeing reviews for it back in January by those who imported it. I eneded up importing one about two weeks ago, hasn't shown up yet as it's got to come here down under all the way from Hong Kong, but I brought out my old IE 3.0 for use at work just to get used to the classic shape in the meantime. Forgot how much I loved that mouse and I'm so glad they're making it legit for modern gaming.

  2. anderb

    What about making a Pro Trackball Explorer. The original ones are going for almost $600 on Amazon!

  3. OldITPro2000

    That brings up a good point - what are some good mice for lefties? I always have a hard time finding decent ones.

  4. ianhead

    I'm using the Classic Intellimouse now. It's a thing of beauty. The tail light on the new one is white, not red, mind you.

  5. wright_is

    I'm still using a pair of IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 that I bought shortly after the turn of the century. They last well. So far, I needed to de-crapify one of the screll wheels, otherwise they are pretty indestructable.

  6. eric_rasmussen

    There has never been a mouse that fit my hand better. This is a very welcome blast from the past! Now all I need is one of those programmable keyboards from Gateway 2000; the macros were recorded in hardware and didn't depend on any software to be installed. I used that feature constantly for programming and in games.


    There is nothing wrong with my mouse, but I'm going to put it to use on a different PC and buy one of these! This is awesome

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