Mad Catz said on Tuesday that it is now shipping the M.O.U.S.9 wireless mouse for PC, Mac and "smart" devices like tablets and smartphones. It's a new addition to the company's GameSmart initiative, featuring Bluetooth Smart technology, a laser sensor capable of tracking on virtually any surface (even glass), and a simplified design based on the company's popular R.A.T. line of gaming mice.
"Our GameSmart initiative aims to enable core gaming on smart devices, similar to the console living room or PC gaming experience," said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "We’re committed to adding smart device compatibility to our core gaming products wherever practical and to playing a pivotal role in bringing core gaming to the mobile platform. We are excited about the new range and believe it fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers."
Unlike the R.A.T. line, which is focused on PC gamers, the new M.O.U.S.9 is designed for everyday use. It comes packed with a Bluetooth 4.0 USB-based nano dongle that can be stored in the base of the mouse, and new profiles for home and office applications such as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. An included AA battery provides up to one year's worth of energy, more than twice that of the previous generation of Bluetooth mice.
"Products featuring GameSmart technology operate seamlessly with a variety of different mobile devices. GameSmart enables near-universal compatibility for PCs and Macs, as well as the latest generation of tablets such as the iPad and Microsoft Surface," the company said. "By utilizing Bluetooth Smart, GameSmart wireless devices also feature simplified setup and extended battery life."
The new mouse also features a palm rest that adapts to your hand, ten configurable buttons, and a dedicated Instant Viewer button for Windows-based machines that takes a quick snapshot of all open windows and applications. There's also a magnifier button that transforms the cursor into a magnifying glass. Users can magnify the entire screen, only the area surrounding the cursor, or only select portions of the screen.
"Featuring the latest Bluetooth technology and created for everyday computing, a host of devices are controllable with just one mouse. As more and more smart devices adopt Bluetooth 4.0, you'll find comfort in knowing that your mouse won't require an upgrade."
The Mad Catz M.O.U.S.9 is available now for $129.99 in Gloss White, Gloss Red, Gloss Black and Matte Black.