updated 09:35 am EDT, Tue June 12, 2007
Kensington Ci Lifestyle
Hoping to offer controllers that work both on the desktop and for notebooks, Kensington on Tuesday rolled out its Ci Lifestyle set of mice, including a desktop combo pack. Each set includes new mouse designs that are between 25 and 35 percent thinner than comparable mice to help them fit in a travel bag while still providing a comfortable fit for those who use them daily. The titanium-colored Ci70 and stylized red Ci70LE three-button scroll mouses connect wirelessly through an RF adapter and are designed primarily for desktops, including an automatic sleep mode to prevent the battery running down while the wireless adapter is plugged in. A special combo, the Ci70 Wireless Desktop Set, includes a keyboard 40 percent smaller than everyday keyboards and with a dock to stow the included mouse outside of normal use.
The Ci70, its LE version, and the Desktop Set will be available for pre-order today for $35, $40, and $80 respectively. Release dates haven't been made available but should follow shortly afterwards.
Two new mice have also been designed explicitly for notebooks. The Ci75m is 30 percent thinner than many notebook mice and also includes a fall-back wired option that plugs the mouse in through a hidden USB cord when the battery runs dry or an airplane restricts wireless devices. The premium Ci85m QuickStart includes al l these features but uses an ExpressCard 34 receiver in place of the USB stick, allowing MacBook Pros and other modern notebooks to leave the receiver inside the system during travel for faster start-up times later on.
As with the Ci70 series, the Ci75m and Ci85m are listed for pre-order now and will ship for $35 and $40 when they release soon.
Ci70 Desktop Set