45 years of PC mouses - an illustrated retrospective
From wooden block to ergonomic hand extension: PC Games Hardware takes a look at the evolution of PC mouses
The mouse is today's most important PC input device. Thanks to graphic user interfaces, keyboards are mainly used for writing texts. We think this is a good reason to recall 45 years of PC mouse history.
The first mouse was created in 1963 by Douglas C. Engelbart and William English at Stanford Research Institute. The square piece of wood had a single button attached and due to missing applications did not get much attention.
In 1981 the Xerox Alto was the first computer system to be shipped with a mouse. But again there was no success, until Apple paved the way with the Macintosh featuring a GUI in 1984. Since then development of PC mouses kept a steady pace.
PC Games Hardware takes you on an illustrated time travel through the history of PC mouses. The image gallery below contains more than 50 pictures, varying from quaint to hi tech.