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In an age where coffee shops are the new office, the need for a computer mouse simply isn’t there.

This is something I’ve embraced fully. With such a responsive and fluid trackpad on my MacBook, I couldn’t name an instance in the past few years when I missed having such an accessory.

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Yet for the first time in a long while, I was intrigued by a mouse, the Digitz EZmouse. Its innovative design seemed like it would solve one of the wireless computer mouse’s biggest problem: battery woes.

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How many times have you used a mouse only to have it die on you at the least opportune time? The EZmouse solves that problem with two sources of energy. One battery is removable from the mouse, chargeable via USB or AC adapter. The other is within the body, which powers up when the removable battery is attached. With this system, you’re never stranded without any power. The design has won it accolades as well as awards, including two Golden awards at this year’s INPEX innovation show.

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Upon first glance, I realized the EZmouse wouldn’t live up to my expectations. While the mouse photographs very well, I noticed immediately how Made in China it looked and felt. It’s more like the computer mouse you get from trade shows than the Magic Mouse at the Apple Store. This fact doesn’t make EZmouse’s design any less innovative. But the way it’s made, it’s a cheap toy, not an office staple.

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