November 28, 2004 Logitech has released an innovative, ultra-thin mouse for notebook computers. Incorporating an expandable chassis, 2.4 GHz wireless technology and a touch-sensitive, solid state scrolling panel in place of the scrolling-wheel, the V5 cordless mouse is designed as a practical, usable tool for the mobile professional and fast-growing notebook market.
IDC estimates that the installed base of worldwide portable PCs/laptops will grow from 140 million at the end of 2004, to nearly 267 million in 2008. With many current mobile mice so small that they are uncomfortable or difficult to use, a streamlined interface is of growing importance.
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At 9.5cm by 5.7cm by 2.8cm, and just 65 grammes when packed away, the V500 is small and light enough to stow in the corner of any laptop bag. When opened for use its innovative expandable chassis rises seven degrees - or about half a centimetre - and locks in place for a comfortable fit in the palm of the hand. When it's closed, the V500 returns to its original slim dimensions to become a solid, compact traveller.
The chassis contains a slot to store and protect its powerful 2.4 GHz Micro-Receiver when not in use - minimising the chance of misplacing or losing the receiver. The USB-based Micro-Receiver uses Logitech's proprietary 2.4 GHz digital cordless technology to achieve a range of 10 metres. The 2.4 GHz technology virtually eliminates interference with other mice or wireless devices - especially important when multiple mobile users work in close proximity.
With its new solid state 4-way scroll panel, Logitech has replaced the traditional scroll wheel with a touch-sensitive panel - similar to those used in state-of-the-art mp3 players. This responds to a finger as it slides up and down and left and right across the surface, translating the motion into horizontal and vertical scrolling on the screen. The panel includes a continuous scrolling feature where the user simply slides a finger to an arrow and holds it there for smooth, fast scrolling without the need for repetitive finger movements.
Because it contains no moving parts, the solid-state scrolling panel contributes to the mouse's durability during travel and a nylon carrying is also included to help protect the mouse's working surface. The fused aluminium base has shock-resistant bodywork while subtly sculpted finger grips provide precise control and greater comfort - as well as additional elegance to the overall design.
The V500 is expected to retail for AUD$129.
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