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Authentic IE 3.0 Legends edition?

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So I recently picked up a new 3.0 since I've been trying a bunch of mice. Already have an ancient one (like 10 years old), and wanted to try one of the 9000 FPS variants. Being legitimately confused as to what's real or not, I took a shot. I'll refrain from showing the vendor as I don't want to badmouth anybody.

From previous research Maximilian posted a legit pic of his Legends edition:

http://cdn.overclock.net/7/73/900x900px-LL-73eabca0_016.jpeg

I am a bit concerned mine isn't real. Here are some side by side pics of the new one (left, Legends) and old one (right, non-Legends):

http://i.imgur.com/XqAiD8k.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/PLliCf5.jpg

Things that make me wonder include the lack of a sticker (you can see the residue of one on Max's in the top pic) and in particular the thicker/more cumbersome cord attached to the mouse. It also just looks a bit different in general for the markings but no idea what's normal/not.

The sensor also feels just the slightest bit different to me vs. my old IE 3.0 but that could be a lot of things (difference in feet, difference in 9000 vs 6000 FPS sensor etc.).

Just curious for any of the IE guys around here your thoughts I paid decent money for this (considering the age of the mouse) so if the consensus is that it's of questionable legitimacy it's probably going back.
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The bottom of your new legends doesn't look like mine (bought from Fry's before they were discontinued). I'm not saying it isn't real but I will take a picture of the bottom of mine and let you see the difference. For example all of the waste disposal logos and UL certs are below the PIN and PID on mine. Also under the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 writing it has USB and PS/2 Compatible underneath above the bar code on the bottom. Yours is all the way below the serial near the bottom of the mouse. I'm not an expert on these kind of things so I'm not sure if at some point they changed the layout but I would assume not?
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Does yours have the microsoft hologram just below the top two mouse feet in the middle? It looks like Max's did, mine definitely does not.

If yours doesn't I might be an idiot, of course.
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Mine does have the hologram just below the top two feet.
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Mine from when they were in stores.



Side note just plugged it in to play a bit and it's crazy how well it performs still, even with 125hz.
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Mine from when they were in stores.



Side note just plugged it in to play a bit and it's crazy how well it performs still, even with 125hz.

The other thing is how thick is the cord? The one I got seems really thick, definitely thicker/stiffer than the cord on the old IE 3.0 I have.
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The other thing is how thick is the cord? The one I got seems really thick, definitely thicker/stiffer than the cord on the old IE 3.0 I have.

Do you have any other mice so that I could compare it to them? I don't have an old 3.0.
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Dunno if this helps or not: http://imgur.com/a/LZPEL

It's slightly thicker than a Zowie cable.
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post #9 of 45
The last batch from Bestbuy US stores did not include the "genuine" sticker on top. Bottom sticker was also changed.


These also use a different LED and have a higher "lift off distance" when compared to older LE and standard models.
Edited by Skylit - 3/28/15 at 6:54am
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Nevermind, just read Skylit's post.
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