Forget buttonless mice with their fancy gestures — this X Mark I Mouse Slim from Canon has more buttons than you ever thought could fit on top of your desktop mouse and it’s coming to the U.S. It’s a three-in-one device that combines a calculator, numerical keypad and laser mouse.
Before you rush to the conclusion that this thing’s going to be a monstrosity upon you desk, it actually looks pretty nice. It comes in either black or white and is available to pre-order now for $59.99. It’s the perfect peripheral for those working with numbers who might have a notebook lacking a numerical keypad. Or those that can never find where they left their calculator. Or those that need a good-looking mouse that does more than your average desktop rodent.
It’s compatible with both Mac and Windows PCs and connects via Bluetooth. For those of you who need to know all the boring details, here goes: it features a 10 digit display and can be powered entirely by the sun. It weighs in at 2.93 oz. without batteries, or 3.74 oz. if you choose to add extra juice. It sports a 1200 dpi laser for smooth cursor control, and 23 (yes, 23!) buttons including a backspace key.
With all those buttons, however, I’m guessing it’s going to have a few disadvantages, such as accidentally hitting numbers while you’re using the mouse. Also, at just under $60, it isn’t cheap, especially when you consider that for around $1 you can get apps for your smartphone that will add a numerical keypad to your PC, and provide you with a snazzy trackpad.
Unlike most other things, this baby has been available in the U.K. for a while before it decided to seek American shores, but as you’d expect it’s more expensive over here by around $5 — with an R.R.P. of £40 (approx. $65.50).