Canon Makes a Mouse With a Built-In Calculator

When you hear Canon, your first thoughts may be of a multi-function printer or D-SLR camera, but the renowned leader in digital imaging has created an interesting new line of products to enter the market of business accessories.  On Tuesday, the company announced its launch of two new business-targeted desktop accessories, the X Mark I Mouse Lite and the X Mark I Keypad.

Designed by the team behind the company's cameras, the X Mark accessories come in a black or white color and feature a sleek look that would be the ideal extension of numpad-less notebook keyboards. Executive vice president and general manager Yuichi Ishizuka explains, "Canon recognizes that business professionals are always on the search for tools that help improve work efficiency and we feel these new products will certainly accomplish this task."

Although there are dozens of virtual calculators integrated into software or available for download, Canon's new accessories could reduce workspace clutter by removing the need for an additional physical calculator. With Bluetooth connectivity and AAA battery usage, the devices also cut down on wire clutter. Since having a calculator attached to your mouse could mean a lot of accidental numbers popping up everywhere, the keypad may be a better choice for some. 

The X Mark I Mouse will begin shipping in August with an estimated price of $59.99 while the X Mark I Keypad will ship sometime in September at the same estimated price. This could be a bit pricey for just an additional calculator, but for business professionals who are constantly punching numbers into their calculators, it could be a worthwhile investment.

Tuan Mai
Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • JamesSneed
    So should it be called a Mouse-u-lator?
  • lamorpa
    Someone should create a calculator that can appear right on your computer screen.
  • wintermint
    lamorpaSomeone should create a calculator that can appear right on your computer screen.
    The TI-89 have that function.
  • pollom
    window +R -> "calc" = Calculator
    Ctrl + Alt + T -> "gcalctool" = Calculator

  • tburns1
    Ummm, I believe lamorpa was joking.
  • zkevwlu
    I think the important question here is: Who the hell still uses AAA batteries?
  • cobra5000
    Why put a calculator on a mouse, when it is just two clicks away on your desktop? Besides that, I bought a calculator at the store for $1.00 and it works great, seriously. This really is just an expensive novelty item.
  • belardo
    Someone should make a keyboard with a calculator built right in.

    Oh yeah, they have... don't know if they still do.
  • Lutfij
    try using that contraption as a day trader and finding out how much you've incurred as losses.
  • I think you guys are missing the main function, the number pad on computers thaat don't have one. I'm assuming you will be able to use it as such, and also turn off the keypad so you don't press numbers while using the mouse. I would buy one if I dealt with numbers constantly.