Cordless Devices Make Their Point
In almost 20 years with some kind of pointing device on my desk, I've never had the adjective "cordless" on my mindnor have I ever wished for more than three simple buttons.In almost 20 years with some kind of pointing device on my desk, Ive never had the adjective "cordless" on my mindnor have I ever wished for more than three simple buttons. Mouse, track ball, notebook PC touch-pad, one button on a Mac or two on a PC: Ive been OK with anything, as long as I could turn off excessively twitchy features such as "tap to click." Despite initial skepticism, though, I found Logitechs just-released MX700 cordless mouse, which lists for $79.95, and Cordless Optical TrackMan track ball, which shipped in the summer and lists for $69.95, to be real improvements in comfort and convenience. High-speed radio links and high-resolution optical sensors make them as responsive as any other pointing device Ive used.
Both units include "forward" and "back" buttons for ease of Internet browsing, although in practice Ive found it more useful to reassign the "forward" button to indicate a double-click. Other buttons, in their default setup, enable more convenient scrolling through documents. The MouseWare software that comes with both devices made it easy for me to find a set of button assignments that quickly became second nature.