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Microsoft unveils two new mice for Windows 8 users

By Shawn Knight
May 23, 2013
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  1. Microsoft is attempting to cater to Windows 8 users that don’t have a touchscreen with the announcement of two new pointing devices, the Sculpt Comfort Mouse and the Sculpt Mobile Mouse. Redmond is taking a unique approach by placing a...

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  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,939   +899

    Nice approach. I want to see high end mice adopt this, but instead of a big blue strip, there should be a back lit windows button.
  3. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    That's not where we want the button...
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,939   +899

    I kind of like it. I prefer the keyboard though.
  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    I prefer on the Taskbar.
    St1ckM4n, cliffordcooley and psycros like this.
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    So, funny story... When Windows8 first hit, I tried to use it on my desktop. Didn't fair too well, mostly due to multiple monitor support issues. But, one of the first things I did was program one of the thumb buttons on my mouse to pop up the Start screen. That made the program hunting process at least a little more tolerable...

    Since Microsoft is married to the whole Start screen & tile approach, at least they are actually thinking about the huge portion of users who do not have or want to use a touchscreen interface... Rather than just assuming we are all inevitably bending to their will.
  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,939   +899

    Yeah, you can definitely program a key to do that. This one is just larger though.
  8. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 310   +62

    You know if you move your mouse a few more pixels to the bottom left corner of the screen, you can click that to access it too. It's not technically on the taskbar, but its not far.

    And these actually look like pretty nice, cheap mice. I might get one.

    A backlight would probably look cooler though.
  9. Asok Asus

    Asok Asus TS Rookie

    Unbelievable. Microsoft makes an operating system and a user interface that are so bad and so hated that they are almost single-handedly killing the PC industry right now, and their brilliant fix to the problem? A bag on the side of a mouse. You can't make this stuff up folks.
    St1ckM4n, psycros and spydercanopus like this.
  10. daweimon

    daweimon TS Rookie

    The one button I always avoid stuck to the mouse. k.
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  11. psycros

    psycros TS Booster Posts: 710   +217

    I swear, I think Google moles have infiltrated Microsoft's upper management. Their suicidal behavior would make a lot more sense if that were true.
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  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,670   +879

    I still like the "Intellimouse Explorer". Well, other than the fact their own weight causes them to commit suicide if you drop them.

    These do look "cheap and plasticy", as though they're being manufactured deeper and deeper in the bowels of mainland china at lower and lower cost.
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  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,963   +1,483

    I see you are never gonna shut up about a link that should have an object to be seen. Come to think of it, how many other hidden links are there? Links without objects, so no one knows they are there. But then it really doesn't matter because what the link represents has changed for the worse. As long as the link represents the Start Screen, I will never use it even as a visible object.
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    It's about the pixel count of the 'button'. Current Win8 one is what, 4 pixels?
  15. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 717   +28

    If Microsoft copied the touch capabilities of the apple Magic Mouse it could be interesting, then you could use gestures to navigate the touch enabled start screen etc. probably a patent that means they can't though.
  16. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,782   +538

    Weird, I was expecting the main button to be removed altogether, following the traits of Windows 8 ...
  17. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 310   +62


    Whatever floats your boat. Sounds like you should go to a Mac though, they'll get rid of that overwhelming complexity for you.


    Just for giggles, let's assume it is. Regardless of the size, if you don't have the hand-eye coordination to whip your mouse to the most bottom left corner of the screen, you have bigger problems than a small start screen button. Even a little kid could figure that out. Maybe you're just a late bloomer though. :D
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,963   +1,483

    You are sending me the wrong direction. I'm asking for choices. You are the one who can't seem to handle complexity.

    Edit:
    You remind me of a car salesman, who only sales cars of one color. When someone wants a different color, you say whats wrong with this color. This is the best looking car in town.
  19. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,029   +736

    It's strange that they launch mice. They should be trying to foist their brand of desktop touchscreen down our throats.
  20. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,029   +736

    I thought that was the whole point. Instead of buying just one, buy a couple. You never know when you're gonna drop it.
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  21. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 310   +62


    That makes no sense. I'm starting to see why you are having so many difficulties with basic Win8 navigation. I'm not trying to get you to use Windows 8. I specifically said you should look into a Mac since you can't figure out how to use it. That's called a choice.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,670   +879

    That was terribly cute...:D It's almost a pity I can't give it two "likes". If it makes you feel better, I'll say I dropped one on the way to the keyboard....:)
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,963   +1,483

    And I would still have a choice if the Start Menu wasn't stripped out of Windows 8. And no, I'm not gonna consider a Mac. You may have money running out the A$$, I don't. And further more, I don't have difficulties with Windows 8 navigations, I am rebelling against the very thought of being forced into it.
  24. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 310   +62


    Nobody is making you buy Windows 8. I'm pretty sure nobody in the world really cares which OS you have.
    coppersloane likes this.
  25. coppersloane

    coppersloane TS Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    LOL

    Why rebel against it? Downgrade to Windows 7 or earlier.

    Don't worry, be happy, friend.


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