SLIDESHOW

Long Live the Mouse!

Some would write off our rodent friend after 40 years of faithful service -- but the mouse still has a lot of pointing and clicking left to do.

Viva La Mouse!

Innovations in voice and speech technologies may make the mouse obsolete, but we've seen plenty of innovations in the way we use our hand to provide input for our PCs. Here's a bunch of our favorites, as well as a look at the latest mice that make us happy.

Connectivity Changes

From the PS/2 port to wired USB, mice eventually cut the cord (or tail perhaps?), moving to wireless technologies (including Bluetooth). The receivers are so small now that you might forget they're attached.

Ergonomic Fit

The onset of carpal tunnel syndrome due to long hours of touching, moving and clicking brought about more comfortable mice that fit the curvature of our hands.

Ready for Travel

The growth of notebook use by road warriors meant more people wanted a smaller mouse instead of using the usually awful trackpad or weird notebook "nub". Mice makers delivered.

Optical, then Laser

Remember the little ball on the bottom of the mouse? Remember the dust that would collect inside it? We do too, and we're glad that optical and laser technology eliminated that cleaning task.

Fragging Made Easy

The popularity of first-person shooter computer games gave rise to mice that added extra buttons to give your thumb, pinky and other fingers a workout, such as switching weapons or lobbing a grenade.

Storage Slots

USB innovations allowed mice to do more than just provide input. Storage improvements let you keep your data on the mouse now, especially great for notebooks that have limited USB slots.

Go Left

Most of us use our right hand for the mouse, but for those lefties out there, mice makers didn’t forget you either.

Presenting, a Mouse

Advancing slides got a lot better once we could use our mouse to go forward or back, instead of squinting at the keyboard to see where the arrow button was.

Biometrics

Concerned about security? Have your users log in via this integrated fingerprint scanner and mouse combination. While biometrics have been integrated into notebooks, we still liked seeing this on a mouse.

For Missile Command Fans Only

Lots of mice-haters swear by this alternative input method, but these devices remind us mostly of spending lots of quarters in the '80s.