Japan to start selling Microsoft’s new Touch Mouse next month
Remember the Microsoft Touch Mouse that was first unveiled at CES this year? You know, the one that reportedly supports three-finger gestures, is supposed to be available for sale only in the second half of the year and is said to be the direct competitor to Apple's Magic Mouse? Well, it seems like the wait for the mouse to finally reach our shores may soon be at an end, now that Microsoft has announced the availability of the new Touch Mouse in Japan.
Approximately seven months ago, we ran a story describing what was essentially Microsoft's answer to Apple's multitouch-capable Magic Mouse, the Microsoft Touch Mouse, which first debuted at CES, and was touted to be capable of supporting gestures made by up to a maximum of three fingers. Unfortunately, Microsoft did not release any concrete details about the mouse's release date at that point of time, preferring to simply claim that consumers could expect to see the device hit retail shelves starting from the second half of the year.
Fast forward to the present, and it seems that the long wait for Microsoft's new Touch Mouse might soon be at an end, especially if this latest announcement made by the the Redmond giant's Japan office is of any indication. Apparently, the Touch Mouse is expected to be made available for sale in Japan come September this year, and that it will reportedly be retailing at the price of 7980 yen, or approximately US$103.
The specifications of the mouse have remained mostly unchanged since its initial debut way back at CES this year; it makes use of Microsoft's signature BlueTrack technology, which is reportedly capable of allowing users to utilize the Touch Mouse on virtually any surface, while a nano receiver serves as the link which connects the mouse to one's PC. In addition, the touch sensors on the Microsoft Touch Mouse are also said to be capable of recognizing different finger sizes, a trait which could potentially allows users to map various flicks and gestures to different fingers.
Last but definitely not least, ITmedia has claimed that the Microsoft Touch Mouse draws power from two AA batteries and is reportedly capable of providing up to three months of uptime on a fresh set of batteries. Oh, and it is available in any colour you want, as long as it is black.