Gigabyte's Aivia Xenon combines a trackpad with a mouse, but is it a solution looking for a problem?
Gigabyte's peripherals department has come up with a product it claims is a world first: the Aivia Xenon Dual Mode TouchPad Mouse.
As the name suggests, the Aivia Xenon is no ordinary mouse: while it can certainly act as such - complete with a laser-based 1,000dpi optical sensor and 125 reports per second sensing rate - the device can transform at the press of a button to something closer to Apple's Magic Trackpad device.
The surface of the strangely angular Aivia Xenon forms a touch-sensitive panel based on the same technology as a laptop touchpad. Pressing a button on the side flips the device from traditional mouse mode to multi-touch trackpad mode, complete with gesture support and annotation functionality though the bundled Aivia Painter software. Press the button again, and the device turns back to a mouse once more.
It's a clever concept, albeit one with a somewhat limited market appeal: the Aivia Xenon is, at 95mm by 55mm, markedly smaller than Apple's Magic Trackpad, while its angular design could make for an uncomfortable experience when using it in traditional mouse mode.
With that said, the device certainly has portability on its side: at 19mm tall, it's slim enough to be carried around with a laptop, netbook, or ultra-portable with ease, while its 68g weight - excluding the two AAA batteries required for operation, and the small USB receiver dongle for it 10-metre-range wireless connection - means it won't weigh you down.
UK pricing for the device has yet to be confirmed, with US pricing set at $40 (around £26 excluding taxes.)