How many different colours are available in the IBM Mouse range?
- Gun metal grey (glitter injected)
- Burgundy (glitter injected)
- Slate blue (glitter injected)
- Graphite black (glitter injected)
- Silver (glitter injected)
- Matte dark grey (no glitter)
- Matte grey (rubber coated!)
- Black (no glitter)
Not all mice types were available in all of those colours, the choices are really all over the place. Only the last wireless mouse was fully submerged in the 'ThinkPad' rubber, it's very soft but fragile; it sucks to use due to one critical flaw I won't get into. My guess is that David Hill couldn't convince IBM to open up to more colours--or they sold poorly. But I would chalk that up to crappy marketing. Worth adding Lenovo temporarily released some mice with 'yellow' wheels that could be transplanted into some of the other esoteric colour schemes instead of the black wheels.
I have been meaning to do an 'ultimate' thread about it at some point with some photos and dissection since this is a large topic. But there are some very rare ones I'm still trying to hunt, particularly the ergonomic burgundy navigator pros-- which you could use to transplant a glowing blue wheel from a slate blue navigator pro. This one here:
I did create a silver-black frankenmouse which I also wanted to include in the future thread (DAS FRANKENMAUS):
It's one-of-a-kind and unfortunately has some problems (need to troubleshoot the circuitry since it has some serious scrolling issues). Also, that silver top is from a rev 1 chassis, so the buttons are misaligned, unlike revision 2. Therefore leaving a very unpleasant feeling when using either left or right click-- but the thumb button is the crispest for some reason. Due to the lack of supply of frames I need to set aside some time to compare the revisions and hack the plastic so it aligns normally. These ergonomic mouse bodies suffer from some bad alignment issues.
I've been wanting to hack the sensor and firmware for some better flexibility and customization. Since my EE skills are limited (and I have no clue how to program a windows driver), it has been pretty slow. And I'm lazy
... so most of this goes on languishing in parts boxes. It's a symptom of seeing something and thinking "oh hey, that's cool!", then you get it and are like "nahhh, I'll do this later".Also, none of this was planned. I did random bidding and simply got some deals on like over 80+ mice that I couldn't refuse, and found some weird stuff.
The only one I actively 'bought' was the sucky wireless rubber coated one. Heh.