This mouse is way overqualified

Thirty-one programmable functions, but what for?

Elecom

Some companies know how to put their R&D money to good use, actually coming up with some innovative and practical technologies. And then there's Elecom.

The Japanese company seems to have a knack for coming up with products of little practical value, such as mice that can be folded or used by the ambidextrous . Its latest offering proves true to form as well--a mouse that can be programmed for 31 functions.

Why would one possibly need a mouse to do so much? Elecom's wireless "Prumie" (nice name) does have a practical feature of stowing its USB dongle inside the mouse, according to Akihabara News, but we've been doing that with our Kensington model for several years.

If we were working at Elecom, we'd be nervous the next time the company decides to downsize.

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