Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

Summary: I am a mouse person, but I am tired of wireless mice that constantly need batteries. Microsoft has just released the Express Mouse, a simple wired mouse that has the cord placed at an angle.

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I am a mouse person. I'll use a trackpad or trackstick on a laptop if I have to, but I much prefer a mouse to scoot the cursor around the screen. I have long been using one wireless mouse or another, but have threatened to go old-school and get one with a wiry tail. Microsoft has just released the Express Mouse, a simple wired mouse that has the cord placed at an angle that keeps it out of the way for right-handers. It might work for southpaws but doesn't look like it would do as well on the left side of the laptop/desktop.

The Express Mouse is a basic mouse that only comes in white, with red or gray trim. There is a small scroll wheel on the top of the mouse, and the buttons are integrated into the body of the mouse. Since the Express Mouse is wired there are no batteries required, which is whole point. The mouse will be available soon for $20.

Topics: Hardware, Microsoft

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  • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

    am i the only one that's never had an issue with "cord placement" on a mouse? what are you doing that you're hitting the cord at the top of the mouse??
    bc3tech
    • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

      @bc3tech yea don't get it either.
      bnlf
      • Maybe his coffee cup keeps hiting it?

        @bnlf
        Will Farrell
      • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

        @bnlf
        I have to agree, I'm missing the whole point of this article. The whole point of going to wireless mouse was to get rid of the cable, not because the cable was in the way, it was just annoying. Now to fix the issue with a wireless mouse needing a battery every 3-6 months, we're going to go wired with the wire moved from the old design to fix an issue that didn't exist?
        Cyrorm
      • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

        @bnlf good. one more arrow in my quiver of "see i'm NOT crazy!" :)
        bc3tech
    • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

      @bc3tech
      perhaps MS should stick to mice and let the professionals do the rest
      desilvav
  • Wow, a right-handed mouse...

    And an ugly one at that. I guess someone had to write an article about it.
    jasonp@...
    • So true

      This is what USD8 billion a year in R&D produces. Classic;-)
      Richard Flude
  • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

    Wake me up when they develop a wireless mouse that recharges itself through movement, available light, or both. Then they will have the mouse done right.
    Cyrorm
    • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

      @Cyrorm Solar powered mouse. Nice idea! you ought to try to patent that. Could be worth something one day!
      jglopic
      • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

        @jglopic Too Late for that...
        http://www.gizmag.com/go/7768/
        Cyrorm
  • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

    James, I know that I don't do as much computer work at home as you do, but I have had the same batteries in my wireless mouse at home for about a year. Can't say that the replacement rate gets to me!

    And my work wireless mouse outlasted the batteries in my wireless keyboard, which lasted at least 6 months. I just don't see the problem!
    jglopic
    • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

      @jglopic Agreed. The batteries in my wireless mouse lasted a good 6 months, and that was with extremely heavy usage and accidentally leaving it on about half the time. Anyone raging over battery replacement is silly.
      Aerowind
  • RE: Microsoft Express Mouse finally gets the cord placement right

    And...it's a mouse for righties. Useless to me.
    boothby
  • Have ALL The MS Southpaws Been Fired???

    Microsoft has not out with a high(er) end left-handed or even ambidextrous mouse since the Intellimouse Optical which is way longer than I want to consider. Did they fire all the lefties or just revert to the very-old school and force everyone in Redmond to mouse right-handed???
    Lazarus439