Recently I upgraded a PC which you can read in: X58 Gaming in 2019.
To kick things off with a hint of nostalgia, I wanted to find what was once my favourite mouse: The Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0. Little did I know in the last thirteen years, this mouse has a bit of a cult following (for both gamers, and long-time Windows users) -- so much so, that Microsoft has reissued this mouse with a modern 8000dpi sensor, the Pro Intellimouse. Now the original Intellimouse, even before the 3.0, was one of the most popular optical mice ever released. A staple among the gaming community, the 500-800hz mouse could be driver-overclocked to 1000hz for extra precision. During the early 2000s, an optical mouse was the cutting edge for gamers, with many FPS players picking up this classic mouse.
Then came 2006 -- and the Intellimouse 3.0 with its 9000 FPS sensor: an instant hit to be found at the desks of countless CounterStrike players. The sleek and profiled feel inspired countless variants such as the Razer Deathadder -- an extremely high dpi mouse with a very similar feel. In fact, the deathadder is the most sold gaming mouse in the world -- who knows how many intellimice were sold, but it’s clear that for right-handed gamers, it is regarded as the standard-feel for many gaming-mouse success stories.
So if these mice were so plentiful, and so out-dated now shouldn’t it be easy to find one? Not exactly. A new Intellimouse 3.0 will run you north of 600USD if you can believe it. Yikes! However, you can find some later-production ‘knock-offs’ based out of Taiwan and China that seem to use pretty wellI the exact same components. I was able to find one of these off eBay, on the west coast of Canada. There was a catch in the listing however: “Bulk Packaging” + “Some signs of wear” A price of 40$ + shipping was a little too much of a risk for me, so I submitted an offer of 30$, which was accepted. A few days later the mouse arrived..in pretty decent condition.
I haven’t had a chance to compare it to the original (unfortunately I believe I threw mine out years ago), but whatever version of this mouse I have, it seems to work well. Windows identifies it as a true microsoft intellimouse pro, and as far as I can remember it feels the exact same. Using a custom mouse driver, I was able to overlock to 1000hz -- giving a bit of an extra push. It’s far from perfect. Compared to a modern gaming mouse sensor, and you’ll have to crank your in game sensitivity to come close to matching an 800dpi setting). With that being said, if you have the right mouse pad, and are able to push in-game sensitivity up to 100% or greater, it’s still supremely accurate! Personally, there is nothing better than the feeling of this mouse. I rarely use included size buttons (pictured above), but the left and right click buttons are highly responsive -- and you can’t beat the glow of that optical sensor.
It might be old tech and really more a thing of nostalgia, but if you’re in the market for a mouse and you can find an Intellimouse 3.0 on the cheap, I say go for it!