The mouse / calculator combo
Have you ever wished you had easier access to a calculator when using your PC?Â Do you do a lot of numeric work of a laptop?Â If the answer to either one of these questions is yes then Canon might have finally developed the product for you.
This lovely little device is a mouse with a built-in calculator.Â While the idea might seem a little silly to some, it certainly has merit. Instead of having to load the built-in calculator of Windows, or move your hand from the mouse to use a calculator on your desktop, you can simply back away the numbers that you want to calculate right on your mouse-calculator combination.
It's features include...
- 10-digit calculator
- Wireless 3 button laser (1200 dpi) mouse or numeric keypad
- Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity
- Partly made from Canon copier recycled material
- Low Battery indicator and Auto-power off
- Compatible with Windows and Macintosh
This is no cheaply madeÂ device either, it's a precision laser mouse and a great way to reduce desktop clutter.Â You don't for instance need to be using your mouse when working out a calculation, so why have two devices?
This is a product destined for a niche market, especially given that most people will be concerned what happens when they're constantly pressing buttons while using it as a mouse.Â For some people though this is an excellent and inventively simple solution to a problem that's plagued the PC for the last twenty years.
There does not seem to be a lock key to block the pad from sending keys to the calculator all the time which seems like an oversight. Plus, it is not really clear how comfortable the pad is for your hand when you are using the mouse. Is the surface smooth like on regular mice?Advertisement
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This will be for a Very small niche market. People who use calculators/number pads routinely, requires keys that are wider spaced for touch input – they don’t look at the keypad, they just know the position of the number key.
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I think this is a great idea! But they should make it a touch interface because that pad and buttons are going to get all kinds of crud on/in them. It would be easier to clean then.
I bought this because I need a numeric keypad for my laptop. It enables you to switch between calculator and keypad modes. It also has a send key to insert the number into the computer. I thought it would be great for me as I do a lot of CAD work on my laptop. ONE PROBLEM, Canon’s tech support confirmed it does not work with your laptop’s internal bluetooth. It requires an external dongle that, of course, does not come with the mouse. MAJOR SCREWUP by Canon! Why should I have to spend more money on top of the $60 for the mouse to have something hanging out of my laptop when I already have internal bluetooth? Someone was not thinking. I returned it and got my money back.