Don't-Miss Input device Stories
Apple improves upon its original multi-button mouse by replacing the USB cord with a wireless Bluetooth connection and upgrading the Mighty Mouse's eyesight with a precision laser-tracking engine that works on almost any surface. The result is an innovative mouse that's a near-perfect partner for portables, as well as a convenient desktop mouse.
If you spend serious time in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign CS2; require precise tool control; and make repetitive trips to the toolbox, menus, or options bar, the customizable and highly configurable NuLooq navigator & tooldial is definitely for you.
If you're using a Mac as the centerpiece of a gaming and entertainment center, this chair -- featuring built-in speakers and a 3.5mm input jack -- is an ideal choice.
Wacom’s Graphire4 graphics tablet is well-designed, comfortable, and easy to use. Plus, it allows photographers and artists to create effects that are difficult or impossible to attain using a mouse or trackball.
Overall, Adesso’s CyberTablet 8600 is a well-designed and very functional pressure-sensitive tablet. But compatibility issues with Adobe Photoshop are a major shortcoming.
There are lots of other stylish mice with multiple buttons and scrolling capabilities. But they’re not Apple style. If you want your multi-button mouse and its software to truly match your Mac, this is the mouse for you.
This month's featured products include Digital Hotspotter, Jiggler, RePorter and CLIX.
Even though VerticalMouse 2 is more than three times as expensive as some optical mice, it may be a small price to pay for added comfort.
Your Mac’s keyboard may sport futuristic features like volume controls and backlit keys, but typing remains a two-handed proposition. FrogPad claims that its Bluetooth iFrog, a pint-size device that measures about six by four inches, improves on the QWERTY keyboard by letting you work with only one hand.
iWatermark; PhotoBooth; iGlasses; Benq M310 Optical Wireless Mouse
Thanks to the addition of ExpressKeys and Touch Strips, the latest tablet from Wacom is the company’s best innovation in years.
SketchBook Pro 1.1 is the first version of the painting and drawing app available for the Mac. It’s an excellent, though not essential, artistic tool for creative pros who work with graphics tablets.
Last year's introduction of the Power Mac G5 made USB 2.0 ports standard issue. A number of CardBus cards now available -- called combo cards -- can add this new port type, along with additional FireWire ports, to older PowerBooks. We put four combo cards through their paces and got some unexpected results.
For the graphics user who doesn't have a tablet, the $200 Graphire3 6x8, the latest update to Wacom's consumer line of tablets, is too good a deal to pass up. Bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements 1.0 (for Mac OS 9) and Corel Painter Classic (for Mac OS X), it is a sturdy graphics workstation right out of the box.
Luidia's eBeam System 3 BT is a whiteboard-capture device that uses Bluetooth technology to digitally record to your Mac what you write on an ordinary whiteboard.