The Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 and the Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 7000 both offer remote connections to a laptop so travelers won't have to rely on clumsy and fatigue-inducing touchpads while on the road.
The Notebook Mouse 5000 uses a 2.4-GHz Bluetooth radio frequency to connect to Bluetooth-compatible laptops, which are gaining in popularity. About 54% of all laptops shipped in 2008 are expected to be Bluetooth enabled, according to Microsoft.
The Notebook Mouse 5000 uses high-definition laser tracking technology to ensure precision and responsiveness as users navigate across their laptop screens, Microsoft said.
The Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 also uses a 2.4-GHz radio connection and HD Laser technology to allow precise, wireless navigation. It's built with Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system in mind. By clicking the wheel, users can manipulate Vista's Flip 3-D three-dimensional interface.
The Laser Mouse 7000 also features a battery life indicator and will run for six months on a single battery, Microsoft said.
The Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 will be available later this month, while the Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 will ship in October, according to Microsoft. Both devices will be priced at $49.95. The mice are currently available for presale on Amazon.com.