Microsoft has announced its next-generation mouse, which removes the familiar ball setup and does away with the need for mouse mats.
The IntelliMouse Explorer instead uses an optical sensor, running at 1,500 images per second, on its base, and compares consecutive images to track any movement.
The use of an enclosed sensor also alleviates the clogging problem of dust and dirt which make mice less responsive over time. Microsoft claims the new mouse is more precise and is approximately 12 times faster than models currently on the market.
The IntelliMouse Explorer includes two extra buttons on the left side which can be assigned a specific command, such as copy and paste, or back and forward for Web browsing. The left and right buttons and scroll wheel remain.
The mouse is USB-compatible, comes with its own software, and has a silver finish with glowing red underside and tail light. It will be available from October and will cost about £60.
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