Microsoft announces new Studio Series mice

Yesterday Microsoft Hardware announced a new range of mice, in keeping with Microsoft tradition, they have a long name, Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Studio Series, but it would appear that they are being referred to as the Studio Series. These mice have a similar small form factor to many other Microsoft mice, but the difference with these is that there is a greater focus on the designs.  There are 6 designs all inspired by places people are likely to use the mice, “around the house, at a coffee shop, on a park bench”.

 

Three of the designs will be exclusive to Best Buy in the United States whilst the others will be available to all other retailers. The mice are expected to go on sale for $39.99 in the US with no word on availability or price for the rest of the world.

 

Some of the designs are very interesting and Microsoft seems keen to have these mice in homes to become “a little piece of everyday art”. The designs range from a grid like design which looks to be influenced by a map of a city, to a magenta colored design inspired by a spirograph.

Microsoft Hardware also released a video in which two designers talk about how they decided on the designs for the mice.

The mice all feature Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology that allows the mice to be used on a variety of surfaces such as carpets and marble. There are 4 customizable buttons on the mice and a 4-way scroll wheel. The mice work with Windows 7, making use of Windows Flip, Vista and XP. Official product page.

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leo221 said,
best mouse of all time - Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical. simple, clean, rock solid, no nonsense.

Agreed. Have since upgraded to a Logitech MX mouse, but my MS Optical Mouse is five years old now, and still sits in my wardrobe for whenever I need a reliable mouse. They're like the Toyota Pickup's of Mice!

The designs actually look surprisingly good, unlike most consumer technology designs, but I'd prefer one that simply matches the color of my laptop.

.Neo said,
Mice are so 2009... multi-touch trackpads all the way!

Each to their own, I hate trackpads - multitouch or not - a mouse is much easier for me to use.

.Neo said,
Mice are so 2009... multi-touch trackpads all the way!

I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the awesomeness that is my Lenovo TrackPoint.

.Neo said,
Mice are so 2009... multi-touch trackpads all the way!

Gawd I hate touch pads..... they just feel so slow compared to a mouse for me.... the only ones I like are wacom ones with digital pens / brushes

Douglas_C said,

I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the awesomeness that is my Lenovo TrackPoint.

Your trackpad is making that much noise? you should get that checked out.. i don't think it's supposed to do that..

.Neo said,
Mice are so 2009... multi-touch trackpads all the way!

sorry neo, some people need to do real work with their computers. the mouse will stay.

3rd impact said,

sorry neo, some people need to do real work with their computers. the mouse will stay.

Can't be said it better, really... Pen/Real Mouse=Faster work.

3rd impact said,

sorry neo, some people need to do real work with their computers. the mouse will stay.

Especially with gaming.

gate1975mlm said,
Why has almost all mice gotten rid of the forward button on the side?

Do they found that most people don't use it?


mouse's without a mouse4 and mouse5 buttons shouldn't even exist anymore nowadays.

Shadowzz said,

mouse's without a mouse4 and mouse5 buttons shouldn't even exist anymore nowadays.

Much less without a way to reprogram them! I hate having to run a third party program to assure that I don't go back or forward every time I talk in Ventrilo.

Recon415 said,

Much less without a way to reprogram them! I hate having to run a third party program to assure that I don't go back or forward every time I talk in Ventrilo.

MS has Intellipoint, Logitech has SetPoint, Razer has their software, all of which feature program-specific mouse programming. For anything else, there's always AutoHotKey.

Personally I won't have a mouse without forward/back buttons on the left side. I use them constantly when surfing and gaming. Many games do support 5 button mice these days, so any other software isn't usually needed, including the mouse's own app. I've found it rare when I need to actually use AHK or my mouse's software to program it though, since native 5 button support is so common.

gate1975mlm said,
Why has almost all mice gotten rid of the forward button on the side?

Do they found that most people don't use it?

At least, those mice have a "Back" button. A lot of Logitech models don't.