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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 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.