Microsoft officially unveiled its Explorer Touch Mouse on Tuesday.
The mouse was originally aired during a Christmas in July event in London recently. The Microsoft Explorer Touch mouse comes equipped with Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology, allowing it to work on a number of surfaces. The mouse also features five customizable buttons which can also be switched for left and right handed use. “With this new mouse, we have taken touch strip technology to the next level by delivering a strip with both vertical and horizontal navigation, allowing you to swipe your mouse in any direction,” said Microsoft’s hardware team in a blog post on Tuesday.
The device appears to be a notebook style mouse with a haptic touch scroll pad similar to the Arc Touch. The mouse vibrates lightly when you use the scroll pad. The scroll wheel also allows for three speeds of scrolling: slow speed for precise movements, medium speed to advance a page or two, or hyperfast speed to flick quickly through a long list. It’s also the first Microsoft mouse to offer up to 18 months of battery life. The device will be made available in September priced at $49.95.