Can you not wait to start using the multi-touch gestures in OS X Lion? With Lion set to drop tomorrow morning, everyone is thinking about their Mac setup for Apple’s new desktop OS.
If you don’t favor Apple’s own Magic Mouse and yet don’t want to use a trackpad on a day-to-day basis, don’t worry, there’s a new mouse in town from Microsoft. And yes, we did say Microsoft.
The Explorer Touch Mouse is the newest addition to Microsoft’s mouse family. The main selling point of the Explorer Touch is its support for four-finger gestures. The mouse is cross compatible with the PC and Mac, and it boasts five programmable buttons (we’re sure that makes Jony Ive cringe). Microsoft also claims that the mouse has 18 months of battery life.
Microsoft’s BlueTrack Technology allows the Explorer Touch to operate without the need of a mouse pad. You can use it on just about any surface, but we recommend staying away from oven racks.
The Explorer Touch mouse looks pretty cool, but one of its major downsides is that it uses RF technology to connect to your Mac. That means that you’ll need to have a little receiver sitting on your desk.
Microsoft’s new mouse will be available for $50 in September (that’s $20 cheaper than Apple’s Magic Mouse), and is offered in Coal Black, Storm Gray, Sangria Red and Rust Red.