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Canon's 3-in-1 mouse takes a dubious turn

Combo mice just seem to lead to weirder things.


We're not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but Canon seems to be getting some dubious product-design ideas from those mass-market gadget makers in Asia. Case in point: Its new 3-in-1 mouse that includes a calculator and numeric keypad.

The last time we saw one of these, it was from a Taiwanese company called Ezkey and bore a remarkable resemblance to a miniature George Foreman Grill. It's far from the weirdest mouse combinations we've seen, of course, which include everything from hand warmers and back massagers to gamepads and label makers.

Granted, it costs only $32, which isn't bad for the 1,000 dpi mouse function alone. But as we've seen before, it could be the beginning of an unfortunate path.