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The Swiftpoint enhances mobile mousing

The Swiftpoint optical mouse is a strangely shaped little device that resembles something you'd find at New York's Museum of Modern Art. But there is method in this madness: The mouse provides mobile computer users with a tiny, lightweight but comfortable alternative to laptop touchpads.

What does it do? The Swiftpoint (which lists for $70) measures approximately 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.5 in.; the black-and-red surface dips in curves that are hard to describe. You use the Swiftpoint by grasping it lightly on either side with your thumb and middle finger; your forefinger rests on top, where there are two buttons that act as the left and right mouse buttons. There is a scroll wheel directly to the right of the buttons.

You can use the mouse (rather than your touchpad) on any surface -- not only on the table next to your laptop, but also on the surface of the laptop itself, making it easier to work with your computer on your lap or in an airplane seat.

It uses a tiny USB "dock" that extends out about half an inch when inserted into your laptop's USB port. The dock acts as a wireless receiver for the mouse's 2.4GHz radio signal and also recharges the mouse when it's resting on the dock; a magnet keeps the two securely fastened. According to the company, a full charge (90 minutes) gives 2-4 weeks of normal use; a feature called RapidCharge lets you use the mouse for up to an hour by charging a flat battery for only 30 seconds.

Computerworld has the details HERE!

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