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Logitech Introduces Go Anywhere Mouse

The two new laser miser can be used on almost any surface, including clear glass.

Logitech Unveils All-Surface Laser Mouse
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Logitech Unveils All-Surface Laser Mouse

Logitech introduced two laser mice that can be used on nearly any surface, including clear glass.

The Performance Mouse MX and the Anywhere Mouse MX for notebooks, contain new laser tracking technology called Darkfield that can detect microscopic particles and micro-scratches on clear surfaces to use as reference points to accurately measure motion. In order for the devices to work on clear glass, the glass must be at least 4 millimeters thick.

Traditional tracking technology can't operate well on clear glass or high-gloss surfaces, such as granite counter tops or lacquered wood, because the technology relies on the textural details of the surface. The smoother the surface, the less accurately the sensor can measure motion.

The new devices are expected to be attractive to the 40% of people in the U.S. and Europe who have glass surfaces in their homes. Other potential customers are notebook-toting people who come in contact with a multitude of surfaces.

"Whether you're checking the morning news from the granite counter top in your kitchen or at work manipulating a spreadsheet from your glass desk, you can be confident that your Logitech mouse will be up to the task," Rory Dooley, senior VP and general manager of Logitech's Control Devices unit, said in a statement.

Another new feature only in the Performance Mouse MX is force-sensitive side-to-side scrolling that lets users navigate around Web pages, according to Logitech. The feature is powered by software that must first be deployed in the computer.

The Performance Mouse MX and Anywhere Mouse MX are scheduled to available this month at a suggested retail price of $100 and $80, respectively.

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