mobile mouse 4000

Microsoft has introduced a new travel mouse which it’s marketing toward netbook users. Really, the Microsoft Mobile Mouse 4000 is basically just a wireless travel mouse,  which is nothing new. Companies have been putting out tiny, portable pointing devices for use on the road for years. But I can’t really blame Microsoft for targeting their latest travel mouse at netbook users. After all, who wants to carry around a traditional mouse with a netbook that’s almost the same size?

The Mobile Mouse 4000 has a list price of $40, and should be available in August. It includes a tiny receiver that plugs into a USB port on your netbook, laptop, or desktop computer. The receiver sticks out less than a centimeter from the USB port when plugged in, and can be stored inside the mouse when you’re not using it.

[via CNet]

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12 replies on “Microsoft introduces a wireless mouse for netbooks… or laptops”

  1. If they’re marketing it to netbookers, then maybe they should examine their hardware requirements:

    USB Port
    1 AA Battery

  2. So Microsoft doesn’t like netbooks, but they will market a mouse towards netbook users if they think they can make a buck. Wouldn’t it be funny if it didn’t work with Windows 7 crippled edition?

    1. This is not all that terrible a business move – –
      They probably make more money on a “MicroSoft NetBook Mouse” than
      they are currently making on a “MicroSoft NetBook XP”. 😉

  3. Four inches? I don’t think they get it about portability. The Think Outside Travel Mouse is less than 2″ x 3 3/8″, has BT instead of dongle, and has been around at least 3 or 4 years.

    But mice are one more thing to fumble with and lots of places don’t have any flat surfaces, so I never use them with netbooks or laptops.

  4. Woohoo, a peripheral that makes truly portable computer into luggable one (you need to have sensibly large smooth surface after all…)

  5. No Bluetooth? This is ridiculous! Netbooks already suffer from a shortage of USB ports, why should I waste one with a peripheral which works perfectly well with bluetooth? It’s just dumb.

  6. Men, no BT? This is ridiculous? Netbooks already have a shortage of USB ports, why should I waste one more with an appliance that works perfectly with bluetooth technology?

  7. I just wish the power brick for laptops/netbooks had a AAA battery recharger builtin. Or, better yet, used wireless mice that took the small NB-4L lithium-ion batteries my Canon point-n-shoot takes and have a recharger for that in the power brick.

    Yep, we’ll see “netbook-ready” on everything… except Vista.

  8. I just called this three hours ago…”Netbook Ready” will soon be on everything.

  9. This is just about identical to my Logitech VX Nano Cordless Laser Mouse which I have had for 6 months now.

    Microsoft introduces? more like Microsoft copies!

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