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Microsoft Releases Batch of Windows 8 Input Devices 156

Posted by Soulskill
from the mouse-doubles-as-doorstop dept.
jones_supa writes "To accompany Windows 8, Microsoft has released some interesting keyboard and mouse devices, all of which are wireless and use Bluetooth. The Wedge Touch Mouse is an artful product shaped as an angular wedge, being compact enough for travel too. Wedge Mobile Keyboard follows the style of laptop keyboards and includes a snap-on cover. Sculpt Touch Mouse is more like a classic mouse, but features a four-way touch-scroll strip. Finally, we have Sculpt Mobile Keyboard, which is a lighter version of a classic curved keyboard. All four are on the expensive side, but at first blush seem high-quality."
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Microsoft Releases Batch of Windows 8 Input Devices

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  • why no wires? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @11:46AM (#40829521)

    wireless needs batteries and can be issues in a big office full of them.

  • Wedge (Puck) Mouse (Score:5, Insightful)

    by wazzzup (172351) <astromac.fastmail@fm> on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @11:48AM (#40829547)

    It looks like Microsoft is taking a page from Apple and emphasizing design now - along with the warts that go with it. I've never used the wedge mouse but instinct tells me that using one will invoke carpal tunnel induced rage like Apple's Bondi iMac puck mouse and clit-scroll Mighty Mouse.

  • by preaction (1526109) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @11:59AM (#40829683)

    Which is sad, because Microsoft had made the best mice in recent years. I can only hope they realize that they DON'T have to be Apple to succeed in the marketplace.

  • by pointyhat (2649443) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @12:01PM (#40829715)

    We appear to be entering the age where we are the mercy of the designer and the consumer.

    Every "innovation" is now in the design space and is simply about establishing a brand and adding a layer of turd polish rather than solving problems or increasing efficiency.

    Look at Metro, look at Windows Phone, look at these input devices, look at everything Apple has done for the last 10 years, look at everything.

    It still takes us 3 months to knock out a simple bit of software, stuff still needs endless updates, problems haven't got any simpler to solve, nothing connects or works with other things properly without arguing with endless layers of configuration. Computing has become the activity, not the saviour of our time which is supposed to deliver us from mind numbing repetitiveness. We've gone nowhere.

    Real technical innovation is dead. RIP.

  • by tlhIngan (30335) <slashdotNO@SPAMworf.net> on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @12:44PM (#40830245)

    It looks like Microsoft is taking a page from Apple and emphasizing design now - along with the warts that go with it. I've never used the wedge mouse but instinct tells me that using one will invoke carpal tunnel induced rage like Apple's Bondi iMac puck mouse and clit-scroll Mighty Mouse.

    Generally speaking, Apple mice are among the worst, and always have been since the original Mac. Mice, though. Their trackballs tended to be quite nice at least on the powerbooks way back when). Their touchpads have gotten way better in the last few years (acreage... I don't understand where PC manufacturers get their awful smaller-than-the-original-ipod-screen touchpads from that you can barely fit your finger on).

    But Apple mice? Generally crap.

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