Ladybugs. Who doesn’t like them? They’re harmless, unique, downright pretty, and add a certain je ne sais quoi to any leaf or branch they’re crawling on. We celebrate the ladybug by introducing you to this lovely, metallic USB Ladybug Mouse, which is optical, and features a wheel that can function as a third button. Plus it’s small enough for kids to use, too. Even though our new insect friend doesn’t require a mouse pad, we’d still love to find one with a foliage motif, if only because it would look so cool in our humble workspace…
Sweet Mother of Pearl…what is it with companies and these ridiculously long product names. Let me tell you, there’s a reason why “Flickr” is popular, and it’s probably because it’s easy to say. Now that I’ve gotten this out of the way, on to Microsoft’s new ergonomic desktop mouse.
Strangely enough, it wasn’t that long ago that Microsoft’s mice were considered to be the most ergonomic that you could get, but in reality, while they were more comfortable to hold, they were never truly ergonomic. I’ve been using computers from a young age, and as a result, I have a fair amount of RSI built up in my wrists, mostly the right wrist. I can’t use a non-ergonomic keyboard for long without experiencing pain, and that’s why although I’ve tested a great many keyboards in the past, I keep coming back to Microsoft’s Natural series of keyboards. Finally, they put a mouse through the same ergonomic design process as their keyboards and what came out was one of the goofiest looking mice ever made.
If you’re shopping for a new mouse (or a special gift for someone), consider the Kensington Si750, an uber-cool pink and silver mouse that’s wireless to boot. As if that weren’t cool enough, it comes with its own travel pouch and longer-lasting battery life. Now, here’s the best part: 10% of the proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Campaign in the UK. Convinced? Order one in April at PC World UK or Curry’s for 39.99 pounds (approx. $78 USD). In the meantime, visit the Breast Cancer Campaign.
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Keith Renty of IOGEAR gives us the low down on their Nano Shield technology. This coating lasts for a couple of years and kills all bacteria on your keyboard or mouse. This is aimed at the healthcare and education industry - but if you are a hypochondriac, it works for you as well.
For all you 3D designers out there, if you want to get your game face on, check out the SpaceMouse Plus. This mouse features a total of 11 programmable buttons that allow you to map specific functions to each, saving you that precious design time. Oh, and it also looks pretty space age. Always a plus with these things. The SpaceMouse Plus is available from 3D Connexion for a cool $500 USD. They say that it works with over 100 programs, and support Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Linux operating systems. Yes - that’s right. A product focused on design that shows no OS X love. Oh well.
EDIT: See our video featuring the IOGear Nano Shield Germ-Free technology.
It’s a clean freak’s dream. IOGears just released its ergonomic Laser Mouse, which is coated with a Titanium dioxide and Silver nano-particle compound. This deactivates up to 90% of nasty germs to prevent their propagation on the mouse’s surface. Laser Mouse uses VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser), with the claim that it provides 30 times more tracking power than an optical sensor.
Available in wireless (with a 6-foot range), plug-in, and travel models, you won’t have to worry about germs at work either. Backed by a 3-year limited warranty, Laser Mouse is available for $39.95 and uses two AAA batteries (not included.)
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MacMice has announced their newest Danger Mouse BLK for preorder and will begin shipping the stylish unit on September 14th, but only in the United States. The USB mouse features a black matte finish to match with Apple’s black MacBook model. Compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows XP equipped systems, the mouse has two buttons and a nondescript scroll wheel. The mouse also uses a 1600dpi resolution laser mechanism for precision and features “MicroScroll™”, the company’s response to Apple’s MightyMouse scroll ball. The company claims that their “scrollwheel delivers the precision of an ultra-small scrolling device, but without the frustrations of a tiny trackball.” It retails for $29.99.
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