Six months ago, HP got us to look twice at its WiFi Mobile Mouse
, which connects to your PC via your home network so that you don't have to waste a USB port on a dongle or receiver (incidentally, it promises to then work even if there's no WiFi connection available). Now the outfit's at it again: it's quietly started selling the WiFi Touch Mouse X7000, which, as you might have guessed, sports a gesture-friendly touch strip. Before you get too excited, though, it only supports one-fingered scrolling, whereas Microsoft's Touch Mouse
does panning, minimizing / maximizing, docking and revealing the desktop. Like its little brother, the X7000 promises a 30-foot range and nine months of battery life, though for whatever reason this one's only meant for the right-handed among us. Other differences: this guy has six programmable buttons, not five, including a dedicated Facebook key. Just a heads up: you'll need not just a PC, but one running Windows 7, so those of you still rocking an XP machine for work are sadly out of luck. It's on sale for $60 -- that's twenty bucks less than Microsoft's Touch Mouse but then again, it's far less touch-friendly. But is that worth the savings? And the Facebook button?! We'll let you chew on that for awhile.
HP Wi-Fi Touch Mouse X7000