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May 23, 2013

Microsoft show off two new “Sculpt” mice with Windows 8 button

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Microsoft has unveiled two new computer mice, aimed to gel well with your Windows 8 PC. Not all users have either a touch screen monitor or a touchscreen laptop. These two new mice are the first in that Microsoft have never made mice with a dedicated Win 8 button before.

 2_thumb_24CAF812The first is the Sculpt Comfort Mouse, which Microsoft calls the perfect companion to the Sculpt Comfort Keyboard that was introduced in autumn 2012. The Comfort Mouse features a touch-sensitive blue strip on the side, that when pressed, will launch the Windows 8 Start screen. The mouse connects to your PC via Bluetooth, doing away with a USB receiver that are still found on some wireless mice.

Past launching the Start screen, the blue strip can be swiped to perform tasks. If you swipe up on the blue strip you can cycle through your open Windows Store apps, and if you swipe down, it will reveal all of your open apps. You’ll be able to swipe to your heart’s content when the Sculpt Comfort Mouse launches in June for $39.95.

 

Second, Microsoft unveiled the Sculpt Mobile Mouse, an evolution of the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500. The Windows Start button is on the top, rather than side like the larger version, and it connects via a wireless USB

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receiver. It features four-way scrolling where you can scroll sideways by tilting the scroll wheel to the right or left, in addition to the vertical scrolling you’ve come to know.

The Sculpt Mobile Mouse will land in stores in May for $29.95.

We don’t have UK prices yet but as normal just change the $ to £ and you’ll be near enough.

Source: Engadget

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini