I have 1 WMO that I bought many years ago, from a local shop, it's the 1.1a, it had no original box. This one broke.
Then I have 3 WMO that are fully black, which I bought from ebay a couple years ago from dacheng I think. They seem legit. But they are all black.
They don't have the the grey sides as my 1.1a have (these ones aren't 1.1a, they are 1.1 but they don't say it, I guess they are the ones that came with the original box but he sells them in bulk).
This is how my 1.1a looks like:
As you see, the base/sides is grey. Notice how the wheel and cable is grey too. This is the most common WMO color set I see when I search for WMO in google images.
Now this is the weird thing. The 3 ones I bought from the chinese ebay seller are completely black. Black sides, black wheel, black cable. It looks kinda cool all slick black. Im just worried it's a chinese knockoff of sorts.
I wasn't able to find a picture of one that is completely black besides this one with the weird logo:
Mine doesn't have that logo, just the regular Microsoft logo, which has almost completely vanished by now, as it typically happens with the WMO, which makes it look even better tbh.
I was just wondering why the change in colors?
The boxed one seems to be grey wheel and cable and I assume base too:
Oddly enough on this picture it looks like the wheel is black while sides are grey:
And i've found this box that says "special edition". What's special about it?
Another oddity i forgot to mention: The wheel strenght varies between mouses. Some it's smoother and easier to rotate, others is a bit more stiff.
Also when looking at this guide, it all seems to be fine:
Except I noticed in the bottom, there is a logo missing, the one that says "NOM" or something and the one besides that one:
These are also apparently also seen on the fake one. On mine, there is nothing there. I don't know what these logos even mean.
Let's see if someone can put some sanity on this. Im just paranoid mine are fakes. I have been using one at 500hz for a couple years and it works fine, but one I had to ditch because when playing Quake Live sometimes it sort of derped around a bit (I play with very sharp movements with the use of accel, like old school russian players) so I plugged in another one and this one has been pretty sharp since then, having noticed anything when during games. Im just still a bit paranoid in the back of my head that the guy sold me knockoffs. I have heard the only way to know is to open it but I don't want to screw it up. Last time I opened a mouse I broke it, buttons weren't clicking correctly. I bought 3 at the same time because I was fearing they would disappear from the market and I wanted a lifetime supply.. but apparently they are still being sold pretty often in new condition. Mine are were supposedly sold as new.