Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse review

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Microsoft's gaming-focused take on the classic IntelliMouse is a decent if unremarkable device that struggles to stand out against the competition.

The good

  • Textured thumb buttons are comfortable and shaped for easy access.
  • Supports up to 16,000 DPI.
  • Stays true to the classic IntelliMouse design.

The bad

  • No dedicated DPI buttons.
  • Right-handed models only.
  • Lacks the pizzazz of other gaming mice.

Way back when, Microsoft dominated the market for computer mice. Its IntelliMouse line popularised a number of features we now take for granted, from the all-important scroll wheel to optical sensors to handy thumb buttons.

While Microsoft doesn't enjoy that same monopoly nowadays, the IntelliMouse brand lives on nonetheless. Microsoft brought it back in 2017 with the Classic IntelliMouse, and now it's taking aim at PC gamers with the upgraded Pro IntelliMouse.


Design

  • Retains the classic IntelliMouse style
  • Textured grip on the thumb buttons makes them easier to find and press
  • Braided cable is a welcome improvement
Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse


Performance

  • New optical sensor is responsive and reliable
  • Has a satisfying heft to it
Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse

Features

  • Full DPI and button customisation via the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Centre app
  • RGB lighting only supports static colours
Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse

Verdict

Microsoft's Pro IntelliMouse doesn't quite live up to the legacy of the IntelliMouse brand, but that's okay. While it doesn't redefine what a gaming mouse is capable of, it delivers solid performance and modern functionality in a sleek, nostalgia-fuelled shell.

Pricing and availability

Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse

Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse

Microsoft's iconic IntelliMouse is back with a host of new features designed for high-performance gaming. Buy it now from the Microsoft Store.

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The Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse retails for $89.95 and is available online through the Microsoft Store as well as select brick-and-mortar retailers.

Specs

Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse

Sensitivity

Physical dimensions

Features

Maximum DPI 16,000
Polling Rate 1,000Hz
Number of Buttons 5
Length 132mm
Width 69mm
Height 43mm
Weight 140g
Wireless No
RGB Lighting Yes
Connection Type USB 2.0

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