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The Idiots Hang With The Funky New Mouse On The Block
February 1st, 2000

Gary: Holy cow, man! What's in the world is that?

Randy: Oh, don't be frightened by my superior physically being. I was just born like this.

Gary: No, you boob. There, by your Mac.

Randy: That would be my talking Dr. Evil head.

Gary: No, you dolt, the other side of you Mac.

Randy: Oh that. Its the new Comfort Design Perfit Mouse. Pretty cool eh?

Gary: That is pretty darn wild looking. Why is it so funky looking?

The Perfit Mouse from Contour Design

Randy: It's because of this is designed to be the most comfortable mouse of that humankind has ever touched.

Gary: That sure is a darn big clam there. Are you sure that they said that?

Randy: Well, maybe I have them embellished just a bit. But they do claim it's supposed to be amazingly comfortable and effective in reducing RSI.

Gary: Repetitive stress injury, repetitive stress schminjury. Does it play games well?

Randy: Well, if the 16,452 head popping frags I laid on you in last night's Unreal Tournament session were any indication of how much easier the Perfit mouse felt I'd have to say, yes.

Gary: Let me try it.

Randy: Well, maybe if you are man enough to go get me some french fries than I might let you play one, and only one round of Unreal Tournament with it.

Gary: How about, I get you the fries, super size of course…

Randy: Yeah…

Gary: And I come back here…

Randy: Yeah…

Gary: And I drop kick the whole bucket of them right up your nose. Then while you are at the emergency room having them removed I can use the Perfit Mouse all I want.

Randy: Would I still get to eat the fries after they removed them?

Gary: Ewwwwwwwww!

Randy: I'm just saying "in theory," could I still have them?

Gary: Just give me the mouse, you frigging Idiot! You make it so damn irritating just trying to threaten you.

Randy: It's my gift, it's my curse.

Gary: Hey, this isn't bad. It's kind of weird and a bit larger than a standard mouse. I like the wide feel of it. These sculpted three mouse buttons are nice. They fit the fingers very easily. And the built in thumb rest on the side of the mouse also helps to hold it easier. In fact because of the size and shape there's room to rest my entire hand on top of the mouse without having to clutch it.

Dig that nifty thumb rest!

Randy: It actually comes in five different sizes and in both a right and left-handed model.

Gary: Not too shabby. Being a lefty myself it's nice to know Contour Design isn't forgetting about the truly great users as well.

Randy: That's right. They do make the right-handed model for me as well.

Gary: So does this mouse come with the one of those cool UniTray mousing surfaces and Perflex wrist pads that my Unimouse came with?

Randy: Oh yeah. In fact it even comes with extra height spacers for the Perflex pad. With these you can adjust the height of your wrist support to find the sweet comfort spot for working with the Perfit Mouse.

Overall, I had to do a fair bit of tweaking to get a comfortable fit with the Perfit. I used all of the height spacers that came with the UniTray and Perflex support. And then I spent some time in the Perfit Mouse Overdrive control panel tweaking the mouse speed to the right setting.

However, once I got all the setting right it was very comfy to work with.

Gary: And game with.

Randy: Yes, there is the joy of stress free fragging. But actually what was much more enjoyable were other time wasting tasks I do that demand I use a mouse. Browsing the web, playing games, burning MP3s, or just playing around in the Appearance Control Panel, the Perfit really took the stress off the ol' wrist.

Also I should mention that one of your biggest complaints about the Unimouse has been addressed and corrected with of the new Perfit Mouse.

Gary: You mean the cable.

Randy: Yep, The USB cable that is. Just in case you were about to blurt out some lame innuendo joke about cable.

Gary: I wasn't going to. And it wasn't lame. I was just going to say that the UniMouse had too short of a USB cable on it. I didn't have enough slack to make the connection from my mouse pad to behind my tower.

Randy: Then you'll love the extra few feet of cable that comes on the Perfit Mouse. You should be able to reach that USB port from anywhere on your desk.

Gary: Kudos to the folks over at Contour Design. It looks like they have another winner on their hands. I still remember when I started using Contour Design 's UniMouse. It was the perfect replacement for my crappy round Apple mouse.

Randy: Don't even get me started on that one! (Sorry Apple. Brilliant machines, bad mice.)

Gary: Contour Design also makes that coolio Unitrap shell for Apple round mice, don't they?

Randy: Right. The colored shell that fits around Apple's round mice and gives them a larger, tapered and more ergonomic shape.

The way to fix that tiny round Apple Mouse, the UniTrap.

Gary: And now they have their newest ergo-tastic offering in the Perfit mouse.

Randy: The Perfit Mouse has already started racking up some awards from scientific groups like International Ergonomics Association.

Gary: Hey, do you think the Contour Design guys would design me an ergonomic gaming body suite? Kind of like a big sculpted tennis shoe but for all over my entire body.

Randy: Sure dude. I think they already make that.

Gary: You're kidding!

Randy: I have one right here. With the extra long sleeves. Just try it on.

Gary: Killer! Hey wait, this looks just like a straight jacket…wait!

Randy: There! Just had to secure those arms before we leave.

Gary: Leave where?

Randy: Oh, I think I have kicking practice with you and a few dozen supersize orders of french fries.

Gary: Wait I was just kidding about that! In fact I don't even like french fries!

Randy: Then it's going to be an especially long day for you, my friend. See you next week, folks.

Gary: Mommy!

Gary Randazzo and Randy Soare are the co-founders of IWS Interactive, a New York based game developer for Macintosh. The IWS in IWS Interactive stands for Idiots With Sticks. How that came about is a long and boring story, but suffice it to say that at four in the morning, it seemed like a good idea.

The demo for IWS Interactive's upcoming mystery-adventure game, Manhattan Apartment Hunter, has recently been released to rave reviews. The Idiots have been into gaming on Apple computers even before the Mac was around. Does anyone remember Choplifter on the Apple IIe? (Boy, we know we do.) Now, they are committed to help ensure that the Mac remains the premiere gaming platform on the planet.

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