Nexus takes the click out of the computer mouse
Nexus has introduced silent switching technology to the computer mouse, to rid users of those irritating click sounds
The clicking sound we hear when we press a mouse button is part of the device's switching mechanism, that has also become a kind of audible comfort cushion for computer users. However, Dutch component manufacturer Nexus believes that in these days of notebook trackpads and tablet touchscreens, we no longer need the audible confirmation that a requested action has been performed – we can see it onscreen. The company has now discovered some silent switching technology and installed into a couple of its input peripherals, so that they operate without so much as a squeak.
First to receive the patented technology was a two-button (plus a scroll wheel) notebook mouse named the sm7000. Available in rubberized black or glossy white, the 3.85 x 2.75 x 1.45-inch (9.8 x 7.0 x 3.7-cm) optical device benefits from a switch for swapping between 1000 and 1600 dpi resolution, an auto-power-save mode, and a compartment inside the mouse to store a nano receiver when in transit. The device uses 2.4GHz wireless technology to pair with the receiver when it's plugged into a USB port on a laptop or computer.
The sm7000 is available now for a suggested retail of US$29.95.
Nexus has now announced that a bigger brother is to join the silent team, named the sm8000. It operates using the same wireless technology, but sports five buttons – all kept quiet by the same silent switching technology as the notebook mouse. This 4.6 x 2.99 x 1.65-inch (11.7 x 7.6 x 4.2-cm) model runs on a couple of AAA batteries. Nexus has told us that it will be available in the U.S. in the next couple of weeks, and it will carry a suggested retail of US$29.95.
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Great idea but thanks to Microsoft\'s insistence on associating a sound with everything we do on a PC, the annoying \"start navigation\" click will take the place left by a silent mouse!
That\'s one of the first sounds I disable when using a new PC... :-))
Before Nexus produces more silent \"mice\", they\'d best make the original one that can work! The sm7000 does not hold up for more than a couple days in my experience and the majority of others if you check Amazon\'s customer reviews. If they make this one as poorly as the last, they won\'t be getting my $. I am tired of the clicking noise, too. Someone out there, please develop a silent mouse that WORKS.
No sound, no problem. All that\'s needed is a click VIBRATION felt in one\'s hand when clicking a mouse.
Uh, I hate to do this, because it\'s always Apple this Apple that on so many forums, but, err, Apple has had a clickless mouse as standard equipment for a couple of years now. There is no switch or scroll wheel on it, it just senses your capacitive touch like a trackpad. Works like a charm, except when you are playing Minesweeper because sometimes it mistakes a right click for a left click.
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