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The Future of the PC Mouse
Let me start by saying that I personally see no intrinsic value when comparing with the in built mouse that you get with laptops. This is unless your talking about certain ergonomic mice or gaming mice which come with special buttons and features.
When talking about the PC mouse, there really is no convenience and any advantages in that sphere are entirely nonexistent in my opinion. But then again I am a Generation Yer; so what do I know?
History of the PC Mouse
It was Apple founder Steve Jobs who made the PC mouse a mainstream phenomenon back in the 1980s.
Mouse production and consumption continues to decline every year as more and more people start to realize the benefit of a mouse has declined great. Even PC Mag and all the big PC websites have acknowledged the coming end of the PC mouse.
Logitech: 1-Year Stock Chart
Logitech: Trouble with the PC Mouse at the world's best supplier of the computer mouse
Is this a sign of things to come? Only time will tell. I know that they predicted the end of the dot matrix printer in the past, but its still sitting pretty on a lot of office desks.
However, the numbers don't lie. In January 2012, Logitech reduced its annual forecasts for the third time with revenues at $2.3B. Moreover, operating income was estimated to be approximately $60M. There has been a lot of cost-reduction going on at the world's largest produce of the PC mouse with sales not going above the record set back in 2008.
US retailers and other distributors are nervous about future demand.
The Gaming Mouse/Laser Mouse Angle to Revive Sales
There is one place, however, that the mouse could continue to live on. It is in the gaming world and also if some Steve Jobs like personality is able to bring some innovation to somehow make the PC mouse marketable again.
The mouse will soon be extinct
Don't be surprised when you take your kids or grand kids to the nearby museum in the next decade and see the PC mouse as a relic displayed for all to see human genius in the 20th century.