Eek! A mouse-phone!

- Hello? - Hi. Can I speak to Stuff magazine please? - Speaking - Can you put me through to your gadget editor? - Um, well we’re all gadget editors he

- Hello?

- Hi. Can I speak to Stuff magazine please?

- Speaking

- Can you put me through to your gadget editor?

- Um, well we’re all gadget editors here. How can I help?

- I’m calling on behalf of Sony. We’ve come up with something we think you’re gonna want to take a look at.

- OK, well if you can email through a press release and an image, we’ll have a look and see if it’s suitable for inclusion…

- Can’t.

- Sorry?

- I’m afraid I can’t use my computer right now. Or, at least, I can’t use the mouse.

- Oh dear. Something wrong?

- Not at all. I’m just demonstrating Sony’s fanstastic new product – The VN-CX1.

- Good name.

- Thanks. Some hipsters around here call it the ‘Mouse Phone’, but I prefer to use the proper nomenclature.

- Mouse phone? Please tell me this is a novelty furry handset shaped like a rodent?

- No, that’s the CX2. We don’t think that one will make it to market.

- So you really are calling on a phone that’s also your computer mouse.

- Yup.

- In what way can that possibly be an improvement on having a mouse AND a phone on your desk?

- Uh, well… the CX1 allows you to make voice-over-IP calls, which are often cheaper than landline calls.

- Ah, you’re using VoIP?  That explains why you sound like you’re calling from Mars.

- Sorry?

- Nothing, nothing. So what’s the deal with Mouse Phone? Any hidden talents?

- Oh plenty. It’s got an LED on the top that lights up when you get a call

- An LED that’s hidden beneath your hand when you’re using it as a mouse?

- Well, that depends on how you hold a mouse I guess.

- Usually with my hand on top of it.

- Well, you can also set it to audibly ring.

- Nice. Can you set it to squeak?

- Uh, no. Anyway, you hear the ring, then you press the button on the side and it opens up into a clamshell handset, so you can take the call.

- Instead of taking the call on a dedicated handset.

- Exactly. And you can use the scrollwheel to turn up the volume.

- But not to scroll?

- Not when its in phone mode, no. But you could leave it on the desk and use it as a speakerphone.

- But this is VoIP - you can just use your PC as a speakerphone. You don't need a special mouse.

- Good point.

- So when’s it going to be available?

- Um, I don’t know. It’s not on my screen right now. I'll check later.

- How much will it cost?

- Don’t know.

- What colours is it available in?

- Look, I don’t know – I need to use my computer to answer those questions. But my mouse is otherwised engaged. I’ll have call you back.

- Okay. Listen, why don’t you call back on your landline, so you can access your notes and talk at the same time.

- Good idea. Speak soon.

- Yeah, thanks for the call.*

* Sadly, this conversation never actually happened. However, the CX1 is a real product, and will be available for £55 when it goes on sale in March