18-button mouse loses OpenOffice label, gains laser

Remember the OpenOffice.org mouse we told you about last month? Well, it’s gotten a new name, a black paint job, and an adjustable 5,600-DPI laser sensor—and WarMouse still aims to commercialize it soon.

Despite the changes, the WarMouse Meta has kept its strangely impractical-looking 18-button design, which replaces your standard left and right mouse buttons with 16 chiclet-like buttons and tacks an Xbox 360-style analog stick on the right side. The analog joystick alone provides a dazzling number of possibilities:

In the three digital joystick modes, the user can assign up to sixteen different keys or macros to the joystick, which provides faster user input regardless of whether the user is flying through the cells of a large spreadsheet in Calc or on the back of an epic flying mount in World of Warcraft. In analog joystick mode, the player can select between having up to seven joystick buttons available or using all 18 buttons as keyboard and mouse commands instead.

WarMouse says its design "has been shown to increase mouse input speeds by an average of 30 percent in comparison with conventional two-button mice utilizing toolbar icons and pull-down menus." (The firm doesn’t delve into exactly who showed what to whom, though, so that claim might be hard to verify.)

The WarMouse Meta is on track to hit retail stores in the first quarter of next year for $74.99. The device will work with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. You can check out a detailed list of specs in the official announcement and view a couple of images below.

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    • Anonymous Hamster
    • 10 years ago

    Lots of buttons is fine, but they have no labels. They need little OLED screens on each button to indicate its function.

    • TO11MTM
    • 10 years ago

    As scary as it sounds, there’s definately a market for it… As far as Production 2D CAD goes that’s a Dang quick and dirty way to boost your drafter’s productivity. So much time in a day can go to throwing various snaps around, using certain frequent commands/macros. You want to keep your hand on the Numpad for entering measurements/etc and some CAD software is somewhat limited/difficult to customize such things to a numpad.

    The way I see it that’s one button for each of my snaps.
    I’ll be taking a close look at one when it comes out.

      • dpaus
      • 10 years ago

      We could make highly productive use of it in our public safety application too.

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 10 years ago

    It’s a tethered paperweight, always needed one of those…

    • Xenolith
    • 10 years ago

    This says WoW to me.

      • Skrying
      • 10 years ago

      There’s already a device for that game. They call it a keyboard.

        • Xenolith
        • 10 years ago

        WoW players always need more buttons.

          • Skrying
          • 10 years ago

          No they don’t. Bad WoW players need more buttons maybe. But anyone with a clue on how to setup macros or proper keyboard usage has no need for extra buttons.

      • Ttocs
      • 10 years ago

      Like this one from Razer?

      §[<http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-mice/razer-naga<]§

    • alex666
    • 10 years ago

    That’s one of the funniest pieces of hardware I’ve seen in years. This has got to be a great put-on.

    • Farting Bob
    • 10 years ago

    It would take months to learn all the macros for the thing so you didnty have to take your hand off the mouse, stare at it for a second and work out which button you need to press. In that time you could have used a normal mouse and done the same thing about 8 times. Sure once you become a 1337 ninja expert it might be quicker, but it would never make up for the time you wasted getting to grips with it.

    And im still waiting for someone to come out and say “Ha, got you guys, cant believe you fell for such a stupid joke!”

    • wira020
    • 10 years ago

    With more button i guess we can use two mouse and no keyboard… imagine having 2 pointers on the monitor.. lols… twice productivity increase maybe??… hmm.. maybe i should go pattern that….

    I’d wait for OLED touchscreen keyboard/mouse instead…

    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 years ago

    Still ugly as hell, no way I’d want that on my desktop

    • Chrispy_
    • 10 years ago

    Well, at least it’s not beige anymore.
    They still have to do a buttonectomy before it’s actually usable.

    • blastdoor
    • 10 years ago

    Only 18 buttons? Sheesh, who designed this thing, Steve Jobs? I need at least a QWERTY keyboard on my mouse in order to be truly productive, but ideally I’d also have a number pad plus 12 function buttons.

      • A_Pickle
      • 10 years ago

      With a backlight?

    • dpaus
    • 10 years ago

    Why not just put a trackball on the bottom of your keyboard? Then you’d have a 101-button mouse.

      • khands
      • 10 years ago

      Now I have to find the mouse keyboard they mentioned a while back, the trackball was in the upper right I believe with the left and right mouse buttons on the upper left.

        • dpaus
        • 10 years ago

        Naw, not like that! In fact, if that’s all you want, the Enermax Aurora is much nicer: §[<http://www.techreport.com/discussions.x/18122<]§ No, I mean if this mouse is a good idea, then somebody should manufacture a 101-key keyboard with a trackball mounted upside down on the smooth underside of the keyboard. You'd slide the whole keyboard around on your work surface. Blastdoor, you'd have all the function keys your little heart could desire. Maybe it could have wrist rests with straps to go around your wrists to make it even easier to hold & manoeuvre (although you'd have to have a friend help you put it on and take it off) (and make sure they /[

      • A_Pickle
      • 10 years ago

      Better yet, why not just put an optical sensor on the bottom of your keyboard? Then you’d just have to move your keyboard around! Yeah!

    • Hattig
    • 10 years ago

    Oh dear. Will it work in Mac OS X?

    Wonder if you can use it in WoW, one button per spell… oh, wait, the keyboard does that (I presume, I’m not playing such a waste of time, but I’ll still comment on it as if I know all about it).

      • jasonalwaysready
      • 10 years ago

      no, those things aren’t supported.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      heh I was wondering about using this with a Mac. It’s the antithesis of Mac mice with so many buttons, maybe it will just cause Macs to hardlock permanently.

    • yogibbear
    • 10 years ago

    LOL how the hell do you use that thing? Analogue stick looks like it’s right where my thumb goes to hold onto the mouse…

      • wira020
      • 10 years ago

      The analog sticks is a good idea i think.. dunno what it does yet in windows… but the idea sounds good…

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