IBM Unleashes a New Contoured Mouse Designed for Comfortable Scrolling and Easy Internet Access

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - 28 Feb 2000: -- IBM* today announced the IBM ScrollPoint Pro* Mouse, a new input device with a revolutionary design that enables users to surf the Web more comfortably and offers one-touch access[1] to the Internet. The IBM ScrollPoint Pro Mouse has a programmable third button that is preset as the back browser control and automatically returns to the previous link in the browser.

"The new IBM ScrollPoint Pro Mouse demonstrates design innovation and the evolution of the mouse from computer equipment to high-tech, functional art," said David Hill, industrial design chief, IBM Personal Systems Group. " Internet surfers using this contoured mouse will enjoy increased comfortable and pressure-sensitive scrolling in any direction."

Fast and Easy to Use
The ScrollPoint Pro Mouse offers an innovative, contoured-shape for a modern look and increased comfort while sure-grip rubberized sides and 400 dpi provide more accurate control. The saddle-shaped scroll-stick with ridges enables advanced scrolling features such as:

- 360-degree scrolling in any direction;
- efficient pressure-sensitive scrolling -- scrolling speed is determined by the pressure placed on scroll-stick and not the speed of the mouse ball;
- one-touch, high-resolution continuous control for smooth and easy scrolling.

The IBM ScrollPoint Pro Mouse has been tested to work with IBM and IBM-compatible notebook and desktop computers with a PS/2 mouse or USB port and requires Windows 95**, Windows 98**, Windows NT** or Windows 2000***.

Pricing and Availability
The IBM ScrollPoint Pro Mouse is available in two attractive colors, antique sage and slate blue, to complement any system. This eye-catching mouse will be available worldwide in late March for the competitive price of $39.95[2]. It can be purchased directly from IBM at or by calling 1-888-411-1WEB and from an IBM reseller. The ScrollPoint Pro Mouse comes with a limited, one-year warranty[3] and is backed by IBM's award-winning service and support, available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week[4].

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** Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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(2) Estimated reseller price to end users. Actual reseller prices may vary.

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