I admit it: though I put my laptop away for the bulk of my travel excursions, I have a hard time unplugging from the world for too long. While I'm fine using the trackpad on my MacBook—on the road and at home—plenty of people prefer using a mouse. Enter Microsoft's Special Edition Susan G. Komen for the Cure Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000.
While there are plenty of worthy travel-friendly mouses out there, this one stands out for a number of reasons:
- Using Microsoft's BlueTrack Technology, it's easy to use—and accurate—on just about any surface: an airport seat, carpeting, a park bench, even your hotel bed. (It won't work on surfaces like glass or mirrors...but that's pretty standard.)
- The USB transceiver, a tiny component that plugs into your computer to sync the mouse wirelessly, can be stored in the bottom of the mouse while you're on the go, so you won't misplace it as easily.
- The ambidextrous design, while not cutting-edge, is a nice perk.
- Finally, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer research and awareness via Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In honor of October, aka Breast Cancer Awareness month, the mouse comes in baby pink. Price: $40. For a list of retailers, visit Microsoft's official product site.
Joshua Pramis is an online associate editor and resident tech guru at Travel + Leisure.