Squeak, growl, it's the OpenOffice supermouse!
If you’re one of those people who eschews the flashy, expensive software packages like Microsoft Office and Apple’s iWork, preferring to use the free, open-source and honest-to-goodness OpenOffice suite of programs such as Writer, Calc and Impress instead, you’ll be feeling as though Christmas has come early.
That’s because a mouse has been produced just for you and your OpenOffice chums… and it’s as lumbering and frill-free as the programs it’s been designed for.
Just sit back and marvel at its 18 programmable buttons (each with double-click functionality), support for up to 63 separate profiles, clickable scroll wheel, and built-in analogue joystick that can itself be used to store up to sixteen different keys or macros. Phew!
It sounds more complicated than Stephen Hawking's robot voice box and looks like the kind of thing that Amstrad would have brought to market roughly an hour after Alan Sugar saw a computer mouse for the very first time.
Still, in keeping with the OpenOffice ethos, it’ll be cheap. Oh no, hang on, it’s a wallet-strafing $74.99 (£50). Never mind – if you get one then decide it’s too much of a pain in the arse, you could always prise the buttons off and use them as replacement Scrabble tiles…