Logitech has announced a new mouse aimed at gamers and graphic designers. The MX510 Performance Optical mouse is Logitech’s fastest, most accurate and responsive optical mouse to date, the company claimed at the Cebit exhibition in Hanover, Germany.

"For quick shooter games and graphic design, this mouse's cursor will move smoothly across the screen," said Nathan Papadopulos, a Logitech spokesman, adding that gamers avoided optical mice because the cursors never moved smoothly.

The MX510 bundles eight reprogrammable buttons, that gamers can assign keystrokes or weapons to, he said. "We had a request from gamers to assign keystrokes to the mouse (buttons), so (they) don't have to switch between peripherals."

The mouse also comes with Logitech's proprietary scrolling system and MouseWare software to control performance of the mouse on PCs. The MX510 is compatible with both Windows and Mac systems. The £39.99 mouse is already available in the US and Europe.

Other products revealed at Cebit include the Cordless Desktop Express, a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse combination. Both devices, available in one package, communicate with a computer using a radio frequency (RF) receiver plugged into a computer's PS/2 port, the company said.

The keyboard and mouse can operate up to six feet away from the receiver, said Papadopulos. The keyboard uses two AA batteries that last one year based on a 40-hour work week, he said. The mouse uses two AAA batteries that last three months.

The Logitech Cordless Optical mouse, which is part of the Cordless Desktop Express, will also sell separately for. Both products work on Mac and Windows systems, and will become available in US and Europe next month.

Logitech's new portable Notebook Optical Mouse Plus has a built-in cable that can be pulled out and connected to a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port. That makes the mouse easy to carry and is good for travellers because it eliminates the jumble of wires, said Papadopulos.

Once the mouse is unplugged, the cord winds itself and snaps back into the base of the mouse, where it is positioned to protect the optical sensor. The mouse enters US and European markets in April. It is both Windows and Mac compatible.