A Better Mousetrap Mouse

In most industries, history is measured as a series of better and better mousetraps. In computers, though, the focus is on the mouse itself. Microsoft Corp. has crammed "nearly two years of comprehensive research" into designing its latest handheld pointing device. The main features, according to Microsoft, include "hand plane support, lower palm anchoring, a distal control environment, an optimized ball weight and placement, and software supported grip pattern flexibility." Translation: Compared with earlier models, it's easier for both lefties and righties to use. At list prices of $109 and up, the product comes with updated software and a money-back comfort guarantee.

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