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Microsoft announces designer mice

updated 08:00 am EDT, Fri July 9, 2004

Microsoft designer mice

Microsoft has teamed up with designer Philippe Starck to design a new optical mouse. The features a sleek shape with a shimmering finish and two buttons extend the length of the mouse, separated by either a blue or orange distinct lighted strip. The S+ARCK mouse will be available in August for $35. Also being released in August is the Wireless Optical Mouse in Mood Ring for $45, a graphic pattern created by Microsoft designers with a circular blue, gray and white patterned finish, and Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer in Cobalt Basin and Crimson Fire colors for $55.

by MacNN Staff





  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hmm... nice...

    I'd buy it.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too bad...

    ...its not brushed aluminium or titanium, hehe...

  1. CambAngst

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm speechless

    What an ugly, dysfunctional piece of c***. How are you supposed to move the thing without accidentally clicking the buttons?

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: I'm speechless

    Gee, I don't know, how does one move the Apple Pro Mouse around without clicking any buttons? That button design is similar to what Logitech uses.

  1. boomer0127

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You won't click if...

    You move the mouse with your thumb and ring finger and click with your index and middle fingers.

    While the design is nice, those comments in the article comparing sprucing up a kitchen with a beautiful juicer with making a computer system modern by adding a mouse are pretty far fetched. The whole system has to be modern. How awful would this mouse look next to an ugly big black honkin' Dell brick-o-c***?

  1. Sydney Tsai

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Performance and Art From Microsoft?

    It means time to buy up some companies!

    Btw, This mouse is no different than those highly modded PC case...
    Conclusion: Too much feature, too less useful.

  1. slipperfrog

    Joined: Dec 1969



    IMO, mice are the one thing MS does consistantly well. These look pretty nice. I'm not giving up my Logitech Elite Duo, but if I were looking for a new mouse I'd give these more than just a glance.

  1. Commodus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    very graceful

    I hate to say it, but this is what Apple should be doing with its mice. That S+arck mouse is very clean, minimalist, and attractive. It'd be the perfect complement to a PowerBook or PowerMac.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: neato

    I disagree that their mice have always been done well. I bought one of their first optical mice and returned it the next day. The tracking was horrible and I often moved the mouse too fast for it. I've never had a problem with an Apple mouse and don't miss the second button or scroll wheel.

    The new mouse looks nice, but I wonder how well it performs. I won't buy one. If I ever need a multi-button mouse, I'll get a Logitech.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: very graceful

    I hate to say it, but this is what Apple should be doing with its mice. That S+arck mouse is very clean, minimalist, and attractive.

    Isn't that what Apple has been doing with its mice since, gee, I don't know, 3 years.

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