Out of the Box

Microsoft reinvents the mouse wheel

Drag and click has become a thing of the past, with Microsoft modifying its optical technology in its Trackball Mouse.

The Trackball Explorer mouse has been designed with a finger operated trackball which follows movements at a rate of 1500 frames per second. The mouse does not use moving parts and Microsoft claims an improved efficiency of 25 per cent. It incorporates scroll bar and zoom functions on the wheel and is suitable for both left and right handers.

Two of the Explorer's five buttons have been preprogrammed with back and forward functions to aid navigation on the Web and the buttons can be reprogrammed to execute your most common commands.

The mouse will be available from Microsoft stockists from October.www.microsoft.com.auFS-1000 helps SOHO stay greenKyocera Electronics has launched an entry-level, SOHO laser printer titled the FS-1000.

The printer is the latest offering in Kyocera's environmentally friendly ECOSYS range. The company claims savings of up to 65 per cent on the cost of ownership with competitive products. Long life toner and sleep mode help to maintain the printer's environmentally friendly tag.

Driven by a 75MHz PowerPC RISC Processor with 4MB SDRAM DIMM, the FS-1000 has a speed of 10ppm in A4 mode with 600dpi resolution.

The printer will be available this month and is priced at $699, including GST.www.kyocera.com.auIt's a Sony!

Sony's MVCFD85 still digital camera allows users to choose between a floppy disk or Sony's Memory Stick, which can store over 1200 image files. The camera features mega-pixel resolution, digital zoom, 12-bit analog/digital conversion, auto orientation and red-eye reduction. Weighing around 540 grams, the MVCFD85 uses a number of modes for e-mail, voice memo, text and mpeg movies, as well as being able to compress files in jpeg, gif and mpeg1 formats. The camera comes with AC adaptor, ArcSoft CameraStudio software for Windows and Mac, an InfoLITHIUM battery and mono AV cable. The camera holds a suggested retail price of $1649, excluding GST.www.sony.com.au

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