Input-device maker Kensington introduced four new mice comprising its SlimBlade Lifestyle Collection aimed at mobile users. The Slimblade line also features a mouse-keyboard set and a remote control.
The mice come in a range of color finishes, such as graphite, pewter, ice blue, deep blue, deep wine, and black. They include:
• The SlimBlade Media Mouse, a $59.99 wireless mouse with a 360-degree scroll ball and navigation pad for controlling volume, tracks, and playback. Promising up to six months of battery life, the mouse goes into sleep mode when the laptop does.
• The SlimBlade Presenter mouse, which is available in ice blue and deep blue. The $49.99 wireless mouse features a four-way tilt scroll wheel and a presentation mode with backlit technology. Like the Media Mouse, it features six months of battery life, a battery indicator, and the ability to go into sleep mode along with the laptop.
• The SlimBlade Presenter Media Mouse, which combines the scroll ball and navigation pad features of the Media Mouse with a built-in laser pointer for presentation. It sells for $79.99.
• The SlimBlade Trackball Mouse, a Bluetooth laser mouse with a scroll ball that also features a trackball mode for better cursor control. It costs $99.99.
Kensington’s SlimBlade line of portable input devices
In addition to the SlimBlade mice, Kensington also unveiled its SlimBlade Media Notebook set, which combines a wireless laser mouse, wireless keyboard with Mac hotkeys, and a wireless keypad that attaches to the keyboard. The bundle sells for $129.99.
Kensington’s SlimBlade Media Remote is a $19.99 remote control that features a magnet to attach to the side of the SlimBlade Media Notebook set’s keyboard. Kensington says the remote can operate the Mac’s Front Row multimedia management application.
The SlimBlade line highlighted a spate of mobile accessory announcements by Kensington Monday. The company also unveiled two new laptop cases that it dubbed the Contour Active line. In addition, the company expanded its Connect It line of laptop accessories with the sd200v Notebook Docking Station with Video. Mobile users can connect peripherals to their laptop with one USB connection; the dock also lets them add a second external monitor to their work area. The Connect It line also added a pair of laptop stands—the $79.99 Notebook Stand with USB Hub and the $29.99 EasyRiser Notebook Cooling Stand.