Microsoft and mice go a long way back. Over the years, Redmond has released some very impressive computer peripherals, with keyboards, mice and even joysticks offering a perfect blend of quality, design and functionality.
And now we have two new mice from the House of Windows —the Sculpt Comfort mouse, and the Sculpt Mobile mouse — both designed for Windows 8, and both offering advanced functionalities.
Both these new devices fall under the same Sculpt brand that included a keyboard released by Microsoft last year. The Windows Experience blog has all the details:
“The Sculpt Comfort Mouse has a touch-sensitive blue strip on its side called the Windows touch tab that makes it easy to navigate Windows 8 with just the touch or swipe of a finger. When pressed, it of course takes you to your Start screen, just like the Windows buttons on keyboards, PCs and tablets.”
As noted above, tapping the tab opens up the Start Screen, and once in, users can navigate their open apps using special gestures. The Comfort mouse uses a Bluetooth connection, and will be available in June starting at $39.95.
The Sculpt Mobile mouse, as you would have guessed, is built for especially for mobile users.
It is not, however, targeted directly at Windows 8 like its bigger cousin, the Comfort mouse. This smaller device uses a small USB receiver to connect with the computer, has a dedicated Window button with four-way scrolling — perfect for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
This one is set to hit store shelves sooner, in May, and will retail for $29.95.
Don’t know about you guys, but the Sculpt Comfort Mouse looks pretty nice, and matches its design aesthetics with an impressive feature set. I just may have to pick this one up. Sure advanced mice offer the possibility of mapping the Windows key, but the special gestures seem quite convenient.