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The Future of the PC Mouse

Updated on February 11, 2013
Genius has a ton of patents, but what's the use of a patent on a maturing product almost going extinct.
Genius has a ton of patents, but what's the use of a patent on a maturing product almost going extinct.

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?

What a recent Apple mouse looks like.
What a recent Apple mouse looks like.

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.

There are lots of things in store in the future and like all things in life, everything has to come to an end. They promise to be magical and truly the technology of the future.

Logitech: 1-Year Stock Chart

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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.


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    • vinayak1000 profile image

      vinayak1000 5 years ago from Minneapolis

      Hey guys, really appreciate the input. I thought I was the expert on the PC mouse after the extensive research and analysis I did, but it turns out I am learning a lot of valuable information from just reading this comments section!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I won't give mine up easily. I hate touchpads (mostly because I seldom use them), and 90% of the time my laptop is hooked to a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, nice speakers and large monitor. It is, in effect, a desktop computer most of the time and I want my mouse with it.

      Sure I like the touchscreen on a good sized table, but until that 21" monitor is built into the desk, at the front and tilted, it isn't going to do much good as a touchscreen. Plus, of course, the tactile feel of the keyboard is missing and that's important for rapid text input. So, again, a mouse is necessary.

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      Jose Misael Polanco 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      The mouse is better than a built in or external trackpad/touch pad, but it lacks all features that those other pointing devices have to offer.

      That is the apple and other brand name smart mouses have now multi touch gestures features but fall small compared to touch pads.

      Most likely, touch screen is coming at a faster rate than ever expected.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I think you may be right, although I think it will be a long time before the mouse is completely gone. I think that the touch screen computers will gain in popularity, and that hybrid computers (notebook/tablet) will be a great success. Voted up and interesting.