As ScrollPoints offer superior functionality to the standard ‘wheel’ mechanism, it’s very curious why this alternative design never overtook standard mice. The next important thing is that the Slate Blue ScrollPoints do have a slightly slower cursor seems to be firmware-related BUT they are able to work with transparent surfaces glass, clear plastic, etc. Disassembling the ScrollPoint mechanism itself reveals the pads which sense the resistance when compressed, along with the patent number for the technology on the back which doesn’t seem to be an IBM patent:. Various online sellers and auctions will generally have ScrollPoint mice available in bulk. The antique sage ones are prized for their unique look, however.
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Green probably looks the worst as it changes the cap scrollpoimt look an almost grey-like colour. The only colour they were ever released in was metallic black but as mentioned before you can mod them to being Ancient Sage or Slate Blue.
This mouse has its fair share of drawbacks too.
Laser mod What separates prk “optical” mouse from a “laser” scrollpoknt is simply the type of light emitting diode used. It is possible to swap parts with the later MBO optical ScrollPoint Pros if you want to convert your optical ScrollPoint Pro to being a different colour, or borrow one of the rubber sides to replace your worn down one.
It is all thanks to this ergonomic design that you will never find your hand strained on using the IBM Scroll Point pro Mouse. The mouse with the wheels can be little difficult to use especially when you are looking for pfo navigation.
Here is the original product page for the mouse from IBM’s website in They discontinued the more elaborate ScrollPoint III Pro Model 31P as pictured above inpresumably due to the cost of manufacture and little demand.
Lenovo ScrollPoint Pro – mouse – PS/2, USB – slate blue Overview – CNET
Disassembling the ScrollPoint mechanism itself reveals the pads which sense the resistance when compressed, along with the patent number for the technology on the back which doesn’t seem to be an IBM patent: These early ScrollPoints were mistakenly reported to use pressure pads instead of the resistance measuring mechanism as found on the TrackPoint. Works on many types of surfaces. These ones featured an optical sensor and a glowing ScrollPoint mechanism.
Other colours can be used as well, however not all will mix well with the IBM blue transluscent caps. There are also ways to revitalize the hardware and keep the mouse going with some quick refurbish work. The mouse naturally fits the curvature po your hand so your palm and fingers can rest comfortably without any problems.
It can only be obtained used or NOS at this point going forward.
They were paired with the earlier IBM wireless keyboard. Many used ScrollPoints will have little to no wear as they are generally not used in service extensively from users ultimately swapping them out for a wheel-based mouse; at least, this was common for a time scrolllpoint IBM bundled ScrollPoints with all of their computers such as IntelliStations but ended after a period due to customer disastisfaction.
The ScrollPoint mechanism is mounted on the same PCB as the buttons and is slid on two three-pin standoffs standard pitch between the pins.
I have a few comments about the revision differences.
A few reasons may be that 1 most people don’t like change, 2 the ScrollPoint performs too fast without drivers, 3 IBM didn’t push marketing or continue to really develop the product into the mainstream. For some reason only the ivory version has the IBM logo printed up near the top of the mouse instead near the bottom like the other ones, AND later black ones used a silver logo.
You will have optkcal give it some time before you eventually get used to it.
IBM ScrollPoint Pro – mouse Series
ScrollPoint Sensor Optimization If you rely on the ScrollPoint over a conventional ‘wheel’ mouse and are seeking to increase the performance and capability of your ScrollPoint; there are a few modifications that can help the existing sensor mokse in these mice. Speed is controlled based on the pressure applied for continuous-dynamic scrolling; this reduces the strain on the finger caused by standard scroll wheels and also allows the user to adjust the speed on a variable basis not fixed to a set interval at any given time.
If you’re running a Slate Optjcal rev. Lenovo no longer manufactures any ScrollPoint mice anymore so they’re now officially dead.
IBM ScrollPoint (31P) Mouse | eBay
If you have different coloured Pgo, you can mix and match button colours. It’s impossible to purchase this mouse new unless you can find new old stock.
Metallic Black Connector Style: The easiest way to fix this is to apply a bit of gorilla super glue and let it settle in and seal the hole. After this you will need an X-ACTO knife to cut away any excess, if you do not the buttons won’t align properly disallowing them to click.
Based on model MO09K, these ScrollPoint mice are po elongated to compensate for the wireless circuitry.
These mice came in two colours, black and ivory: They are considerably lighter than the ScrollPoint II Pro mice lacking the heavy rubberized ball bearing. This however is imb, all ScrollPoint mice use the same resistive mechanism and all cite the same patent.