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A computer mouse is a computer mouse is a computer mouse, right? Well, not exactly. Once you've checked out some of the new models on the market, you'll find the answer is definitely "no." For instance, unlike a traditional mouse, IBM's ScrollPoint Mouse ($59.95) allows for 360-degree scrolling, so there's more freedom to move around in documents, spreadsheets and Web sites.

The 360-degree capability really comes in handy when you want to quickly navigate long documents or the Internet. A ScrollPoint stick (similar to the TrackPoint device on IBM's ThinkPad line) allows users to move easily through documents without using cumbersome scroll bars. The AutoScroll feature lets users program a button to scroll through a document automatically without using the ScrollPoint stick. "Jump" functions provide easy access to frequently used icons without using menus or title bars.

You'll need an IBM-compatible computer with a PS/2 port and Windows 95. For more information, visit http://www.pc.ibm.com or call (800) 426-7235, ext. 4340.

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