Does anyone make "retro" USB mice in the style of the old, boxy ones from the 80s?

CLAVDIVS

22 Mar 2019, 09:11

I mean things like the Mouse Systems mouse that was barely more than a grey brick with buttons. :D Those really chunky, blocky looking ones from the early days of mousing. Does anyone make modern USB mice like that? I could really use one for a retro-styled casemod I'm working on.

Findecanor

22 Mar 2019, 10:59

I have seen a optical mouse kit for putting inside an old Amiga "tank" mouse.
That style of mouse was also used with Commodore PCs, and C64/128 BTW.

Edit: It turned out to be for upgrading the old mouse for use on old Amigas, sorry.
There is also a similar kit for the Atari ST mouse.
But at least there are adapters from Amiga and Atari to USB.
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Tha_Pig

27 Apr 2019, 21:27

There are kits that allow you to convert an old mouse to optical usb one.
Here is a video on how to convert an old Apple mouse, but I guess with a little work it could be used on different old models.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIvFI8KJivM

joedon

10 May 2019, 05:15

Any update, OP? A retro mouse with optical is a nice idea.

Findecanor

10 May 2019, 05:24

There might be a kit for the one-button Apple Desktop Bus Mouse II later on this year ... but that may not be old style enough.
Edit: The guy behind it has disappeared ... Never mind.
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CLAVDIVS

10 May 2019, 05:35

joedon wrote:
10 May 2019, 05:15
Any update, OP? A retro mouse with optical is a nice idea.
Nothing so far. What I might end up doing is just using a vintage mouse with a USB serial port.

BWorp

26 Aug 2019, 05:23

I bought one of these recently:

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They are no longer being made, but there seems to be a lot of new old stock floating about on ebay etc.

HOWEVER, as cool as it looks in pictures, it is absolute garbage. I did a little review here

Basically, the whole thing feels really light and flimsy, and there's only 2 screws in the entire thing. The PCB is just wedged inside the thing by a couple of plastic pillars. It all just falls out when you open it.
The finish on it is yucky - it has that shiny, smooth, slightly brushed look like cheap knock-off toys, and the red light of the sensor shines through the case!!!. Literally, the mouse has a visible red glow when in use.
That being said, the click of the buttons is actually sort of satisfying, and the scroll wheel works better (for now) than many other cheap mice I've owned.

Ilostmytoeinvietnam

17 Dec 2019, 19:30

This is something that I have been wondering myself as well. I think that if there was a Modern Bluetooth mouse in a classic mouse enclosure, that would be cool. This is an old thread I know, but I was wondering if their was any updates on if anyone has found anything yet.

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zrrion

17 Dec 2019, 19:58

Someone is making an NES styled mouse, which is kinda close.

Findecanor

17 Dec 2019, 20:57


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-Space-NATO-

17 Dec 2019, 21:10

Findecanor wrote:
17 Dec 2019, 20:57
Yeah, but it is styled after a NES gamepad.
has anyone tried it? is it comfortable?

Hak Foo

19 Dec 2019, 04:03

If you can go mid-90s, the new Pro Intellimouse has the classic shape but comes in a colour that looks filthy and worn out the moment you take it out of the box.

Yasu0

24 Sep 2020, 20:38

Anybody got any new 2020 input on this subject? Any good retro mice out there? It would seem to be very much simpler to mass produce one of these versus a retro keyboard.

And how bad would it be really, to just use a genuine old mouse versus a retro one? Isn't it just a case of ps2 to usb passive adapter.. I don't remember the old ball mice really being that bad. Just clean the gunk off the wheels once in a while and you're golden. As far as the missing scroll wheel, its easy enough to just use spacebar and shift-spacebar to scroll the old deskthority.

gipetto

24 Sep 2020, 20:55

I used a ball mouse far longer than I should have and they maxed out at 200 dpi, so acceleration was a must with modern screens or you would have lots of pixels you couldn't actually click on. i did a hack on linux a year ago to use a ball mouse and had to use a 6x sensitivity on my 1920x1080 screen.

Yasu0

25 Sep 2020, 01:39

Screw it I'll try a few and see what it does. 80's mice are cheap enough to be worth it just for the fun of it. Not at all priced like some of these old keyboards..

Yasu0

25 Sep 2020, 18:34

Got a 1985 Logitech C7 (USA), 1987 IBM PS2 (Japan), and a 1989 Logitech series 9 (Ireland). Will post how they work out. I don't remember old mice being bad at all, but may be that my rose tinted glasses are coming into play.

Based design dates on this site- https://www.oldmouse.com/

Same like you gipetto, I used ball mice way past when normal people switched to optical. Some of the others at the company I was at also preferred them over optical mice. I'm talking design dept guys who mouse'd lines that actually mattered.

gipetto

26 Sep 2020, 00:28

I had an ami mouse serial 3 button, looked identical to this ebay advert, loved the shape

https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Vintage-Altrix- ... 4221098218

the shape was such that it could fit any hand comfortably, if your fingers were long they would overhang the buttons. with modern mice they all taper to the front and you are forced into a fingertip grip. the lack of a wheel wasn't a big issue, easier to scroll in many respects because the wheel doesn't deflect when you middle click. I still have the shell here, was planning on doing a pcb transplant some day.

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hellothere

26 Sep 2020, 04:11

I happen to love trackballs. The one I have is virtually unchanged in appearance since the 1990s. The company that now makes it is X-Keys. Take a look. They do have a beige one and one that has fun colors. There are also ones with light-up trackballs.

Also, in the 1990s, Microsoft produced what has been called the best trackball ever, the Trackball Explorer. There is a company that makes one that looks more-or-less the same. Here ya go.

When I think of a "vintage mouse," though, I think of something like this.

Remember that vintage mice are in now way considered ergonomic and that's one of the reasons you won't find a currently manufactured "vintage" mouse with new internals. Lawsuits ...

Yasu0

Yesterday, 18:30

Here is the IBM.. feels fine initially. I guess I'll find out how fine it is when it gets some real extended use. :)
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Scarpia

Yesterday, 21:55

You could DIY it and get the best of both worlds — buy the retro mouse you like best and a cheap optical mini mouse, and swap out the guts.

I did exactly that for a retromod a while back:

https://imgur.com/gallery/mQFKe

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