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First Look: Gigabyte's Secret Aivia Xenon

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

Exclusive: Unwilling to divulge details on Gigabyte's first multi-touch accessory, we had to jump through a few hoops to get an early look on the company's latest gaming mouse: the Aivia Xenon.

The multi-touch mouse isn't scheduled to launch until tomorrow at one of Gigabyte's unveiling parties, but we managed to get some play time with one of the first samples. We were also told by our contact window that the mouse we see here, may end up looking slightly different when it actually goes on sale.

The mouse itself has a single surface with left and right click actions, but this isn't the selling point. The mouse can be switched into several different modes, from multi-touch trackpad, to presentation mode, and then a painting-pad.

In multi-touch mousing mode, the Aivia Xenon recognizes horizontal and vertical scrolling, as well as zoom gestures. When switched into trackpad mode, you can actually use the entire surface to control the cursor. Presentation mode acts like a laser pointer. Users move a red-dot around the screen and can even draw shapes to highlight areas.

The Aivia Xenon is also DPI adjustable.

No pricing details were given to us.

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    Anonymous , May 31, 2011 4:31 PM
    Nothing about this makes it a gaming mouse.. its a business/design mouse.
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    applegetsmelaid , May 31, 2011 4:32 PM
    Neat.
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    proton9 , May 31, 2011 4:36 PM
    innovative
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    toddybody , May 31, 2011 4:39 PM
    Gay.
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    jaghpanther , May 31, 2011 4:39 PM
    I'm with Krawler on this one. Also, I've dropped my mice plenty of times, I'm leery of that touch surface.
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    tntom , May 31, 2011 4:58 PM
    Track pad functionality would be going in reverse. Looks expensive and uncomfortable to use as a regular mouse. Likely much cheaper than a touch display though.
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    Horhe , May 31, 2011 5:08 PM
    toddybodyGay.

    True, true.
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    molo9000 , May 31, 2011 5:09 PM
    Multitouch gestures are great, but this thing doesn't look very ergonomic.
    + it's going to have the same problem as Apple Magic Mouse: Awkward right click. Some people like it, some don't.
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    brickman , May 31, 2011 5:22 PM
    Looks uncomfortable. A fish might be able to use it with their flat fins, but never seen a fish use a computer :p 
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    rohitbaran , May 31, 2011 5:58 PM
    That screen is so flat. Won't it be rather unergonomic?
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    ford_contour , May 31, 2011 6:00 PM
    Jack of all trades... master of none?
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    memadmax , May 31, 2011 6:04 PM
    What is that? A Brick?
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    fir_ser , May 31, 2011 6:33 PM
    memadmaxWhat is that? A Brick?

    ford_contourJack of all trades... master of none?

    Good comments.
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    sceen311 , May 31, 2011 7:18 PM
    "The mouse can be switched into several different modes, from multi-touch trackpad, to presentation mode, and then a painting-pad."
    what's any of that have to do with gaming?
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    zak_mckraken , May 31, 2011 7:21 PM
    Looks awkward to manipulate.
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    jmvanderleeuw , May 31, 2011 7:34 PM
    toddybodyGay.


    WTF? I didn't see a single rainbow on it and there was absolutely no mention of specialized modes for musicals or parades.... how did your Gaydar pick it up?
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    jmvanderleeuw , May 31, 2011 7:35 PM
    mayankleoboy1sleek

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    Anonymous , May 31, 2011 7:46 PM
    I disagree with Krawler completely. He seems slightly retarded in his mannerisms. It just seems like this mouse would be perfect for gaming, especially when i play WoW or other REAL games, unlike childish games like Duke Nukem, where his masochist ways are clearly textbook immature.
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    dconnors , June 1, 2011 4:11 AM
    tehreetI disagree with Krawler completely. He seems slightly retarded in his mannerisms. It just seems like this mouse would be perfect for gaming, especially when i play WoW or other REAL games, unlike childish games like Duke Nukem, where his masochist ways are clearly textbook immature.


    1) Don't call people retarded on our boards/comment threads, please.
    2) How is WoW more "real" than DNF? Both are video games; one is about a mythical world where elves battle orcs, and the other is about an egomaniac who battles aliens that look like boars. Neither is an accurate representation of the "real" world. Relax, please.

    -Devin Connors, Tom's Guide
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    JoMo87 , June 1, 2011 6:53 AM
    Gaming mouse for possibly point-and-click games... However, severe handicap for many fps games out there... Couldn't imagine using this for Mass Effect. But for Starcraft, very plausible. Maybe even some mmo's too, but unless they make it totally customizable, I can't agree that this is purely for gaming.
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