Rectangular Logitech Cube PC mouse announced

We all know what a mouse for the PC desktop is supposed to look like, more or less. Even though there are a ton of variations, the basic shape of the mouse hasn't changed much. Logitech hopes to change that, and turn some heads at the same time, with today's announcement of the Logitech Cube wireless PC mouse.

As you can see in the above image, the Logitech Cube isn't really a cube at all but a rectangular device that is also very small. It can fit inside the palm of most adults' hand. The main panel of the Logitech Cube is used to scroll through PC documents via the touch of a finger. Logitech claims that the experience is more like scrolling through a touch screen interface than that of a PC.

The Logitech Cube can also be used if you have a slide screen presentation on your PC. The mouse is designed to work in presenter mode simply by lifting the mouse into the air and then clicking on the top of the mouse to move through the slides.

The Logitech Cube comes in both white and black colors. It is scheduled to be released later this month with pre-orders now being taken for $69.99.

Image via Logitech

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I must be one of the rare breeds that use a trackball.Why should I use a device that I have to move around on my cluttered desk,when I can just use my fingers to move the trackball?

Authentic X said,
I must be one of the rare breeds that use a trackball.Why should I use a device that I have to move around on my cluttered desk,when I can just use my fingers to move the trackball?

I use a Kensington Expert Mouse here at work and I love it! Especially when the a normal cords length is pretty tight, this thing is awesome to use!

Authentic X said,
I must be one of the rare breeds that use a trackball.Why should I use a device that I have to move around on my cluttered desk,when I can just use my fingers to move the trackball?

i love the little handheld trackballs when using a laptop... never got used to using one on a desktop tho

Authentic X said,
I must be one of the rare breeds that use a trackball.Why should I use a device that I have to move around on my cluttered desk,when I can just use my fingers to move the trackball?

I would use the trackman if logitech made corded ones with more then 3 buttons

Authentic X said,
I must be one of the rare breeds that use a trackball.Why should I use a device that I have to move around on my cluttered desk,when I can just use my fingers to move the trackball?

They're awesome unless you're playing a game, then they're a pain in the arse.

Whoever wrote that article should really check the history of the shape of the computer mouse. The original mice were in fact rectangular shaped. Just do a Google Image search for Original Mouse and you'll see the first ever one that was just a wooden block with wheels underneath. Heck, even the original Mac mouse was rectangular. So this is in no way a case of Logitech moving away from the normal mouse shape into something new, it's a case of Logitech reverting back to the original design, and forgetting that there was a very good reason why that design was abandoned many *many* years ago.

Slugsie said,
Whoever wrote that article should really check the history of the shape of the computer mouse. The original mice were in fact rectangular shaped. Just do a Google Image search for Original Mouse and you'll see the first ever one that was just a wooden block with wheels underneath. Heck, even the original Mac mouse was rectangular. So this is in no way a case of Logitech moving away from the normal mouse shape into something new, it's a case of Logitech reverting back to the original design, and forgetting that there was a very good reason why that design was abandoned many *many* years ago.

But that shape is not "normal" now, and has not been for a long time....People figured out years ago that the design was flawed. Therefore they are moving away from the normal shape. If they are returning to the original, obviously the original is not normal.

Dear Logitech:

When trying to market a completely new type of device, especially one that you're opening to pre-orders, post a video showcasing how it works and examples of using it. A bunch of pictures that potential customers have to wrap their mind around with only a little bit of help from marketing-speak isn't doing much.

+1

I am still trying to figure out what all this thing can do. seems like a mouse with a touchpad on the top but not entirely sure.

So this is Logitech's initial answer to the Apple Magic Trackpad. Interesting to see a company innovating and not copying Apple for a change. Logitech is one of my favorite companies and I look forward to their full size version!

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