Inside the MS-3
After removing all of the feet and the screws under them, I had to be careful of the ribbon cable and went ahead and disconnected it so you could see inside of both halves of the MS-3.
Verifying what the specs chart said there sure are Omron switches used inside of this mouse. This will ensure long life and many clicks before these switches would fail.
Again, Omron switches are found for both the left and right click buttons, and then there are lower grade switches used throughout for the rest of the functionality. What strikes me a bit odd is the PCB mounted in the scroll wheel.
Come to find out, after removing the screw and gently lifting the board off the stems, you can see this is just so that there was a place to put the LED that will later illuminate the scroll wheel.
Here we have the control center of the MS-3. With Weltrend chips in place to control things going in and out of the mouse to the PC and vice versa along with the 512kb memory IC.
Here we have the Avago ADNS 9500 laser sensor. Currently the second best offering, only to be outdone by the 9800. Honestly I can appreciate the use of this sensor since I cannot control 8200 DPI anyways - the max of 5670 DPI set with this mouse is plenty for me.
I had to completely remove the PCB to get a look at the mute button since it was soldered to the bottom. You can see the button is more of a long paddle that reaches in to this super thin switch.
With the mouse now back together I powered it up to show the default lighting scheme. The Instant Aim button has a ring that illuminates. It is currently orange like the rest, but can be customized to anything you desire.
The other part of the customizable lighting system is the one found in the scroll wheel that allows the white rings to now be the color of the LED we saw inside of it.
The three orange lines seen here are denoting that I am set to the highest of three DPI levels. These lights will always be orange; no matter how the other two lights are set.