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First post, by Tanman9990

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I purchased a new old stock intellimouse off of ebay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-2000-Sealed-Micr … 872.m2749.l2649

But one thing I noticed is that it is glossy instead of matte, I don't remember ball mouse's being glossy. Is this one different and I am mistaken? Can anyone more knowledgeable tell me if I have gotten a fake?

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Reply 3 of 18, by blurks

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Probably not exactly random but you may have received an example of a batch with glossy finish. Does the box explicitely say the item is matte?

What amuses me is that Microsoft actually calls this mouse easy to hold for left-handed persons. Looking at the shape, I have my doubts on that.

Reply 5 of 18, by Tanman9990

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mikeyp wrote:

It's not fake. Some early ones were glossy. See this LGR video posted recently. Skip to 5:32 to see him unbox one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLGVBBp_VfY

WOW! I was just watching the exact same video you linked!

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Reply 6 of 18, by Anonymous Coward

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I thought all the retail ones were glossy, and the OEM versions were usually matte.

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Reply 7 of 18, by Burrito78

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The one i bought off eBay a year ago was a sealed NOS retail version and has a glossy finish. I was very suprised also. I remember these Mice being matte back then too. Also saw that LGR reaction and that gave me a chuckle.

Reply 8 of 18, by mikeyp

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Tanman9990 wrote:

WOW! I was just watching the exact same video you linked!

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I love his videos. If I did youtube videos, that's what I'd do, only his are far more interesting than what I'd manage.

Anonymous Coward wrote:

I thought all the retail ones were glossy, and the OEM versions were usually matte.

That makes sense. I wonder why?...

Reply 11 of 18, by brostenen

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I have only seen them in white and glossy finish. Never matt finish. And never with a scroll wheel. Sure in pictures I have, yet never in person. The intellimouse 3.0a was a completely differen beast though. Actually the best one that I have ever tried in my life.

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Reply 12 of 18, by Anonymous Coward

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I had the intellimouse with the scroll wheel. I bought it at Best Buy in the late 90s. It was glossy.
I remember the MS mouse being white and glossy going back to around 1990 or so.
I remember the OEM ones for companies like Dell sometimes being matte finish...usually beige (and later black).

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Reply 13 of 18, by bestemor

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Funny... 😀

I am actually writing this using the exact mouse that is shown on the back of your retail box, the white one far left bottom...!
The 'revolutionary' one.

Now THAT is the mouse you should have bought! 😁

I remember paying $100 for it brand new in january 1999, after in a stroke of random luck finding the box lying unassumingly in a computer shop's shock seller bin - all my (then current) mouse dreams came through that day.

Point being, it was optical, as in NO darn ball...
And had the same shape as I was well used with.

Oh, and it is glossy as well, so there...

Reply 14 of 18, by .legaCy

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Mine is glossy too

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Reply 17 of 18, by spiroyster

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pan069 wrote:

Love the picture of the mouse on the front cover on the box. What is that thing? An aubergine of some sort? 🤣 😁

Thats the hole in the box where the mouse goes. Also helps in identifying if the mouse is glossy or matt. 🤣