Unfortunately not the kind abound in Star Wars, though frankly I’m surprised George Lucas hasn’t branched out into home security solutions, but instead the ones found inside the MX1000, Logitech’s flagship cordless mouse. Unlike ordinary LED based optical mice, the MX1000 uses a Class 1 laser (glamorous name but it actually means ‘harmless’) for more precise tracking of the device’s movements across a surface. This means that responses are faster, more accurate and will work effectively on even smoother surfaces than is possible with either ball or LED. Until now this technology has only been available to Logitech’s MX1000 however, as of the start of this month, laser technology manufacturer Agilent‘s agreement with Logitech has expired giving it the freedom to distribute to other companies. This is good news for gamers who might have benefited from the precision of the laser technology but were perhaps put off by both the high price of the MX1000 and the occasional fatal glitches symptomatic of cordless mice (and I’m not even getting into the merits of USB over PS2 – it tends to get a little heated).
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Agilent via Engadget