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TrackMan Vista brings new form factor to Logitech's family of desktop and portable trackballs; newest desktop pointing device features comfortable shape, finger control, assignable buttons using enhanced MouseWare software.

FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 1995--Logitech Inc., international market leader in computer mice and alternative pointing devices for the PC, announces TrackMan Vista, a finger-operated desktop trackball designed to provide users with a broader range of choices by supplementing the company's existing line of thumb-operated models.

Scheduled to ship in March 1995, TrackMan Vista will be sold through Logitech dealers and distributors at an estimated street price of $89 (U.S.).

TrackMan Vista features a rounded shape that slopes to support the hand and wrist. Its finger-operated ball -- larger than the thumb-operated ball on existing TrackMan products but smaller than those found in competing palm trackballs -- is easy to control.

The unique placement of the unit's three buttons, which include a primary button under the thumb position and two additional buttons beside the ball, minimizes hand and finger motion. The product is plug-and-play ready, with the ability to hot plug under Windows '95, and offers automatic identification and configuration per device.

"Since the introduction of the original TrackMan in 1990, Logitech has emerged as the market leader in desktop trackballs and a technological pioneer in this area," says Aldo Bussien, business director for pointing devices.

"Our initial success was due in large part to the unique thumb-operated form factor; however, our research shows that there are many users who are more comfortable with finger- or palm-controlled alternatives.

"In fact, today's entire desktop trackball market is split roughly 50-50 between end-users who prefer thumb-operated trackballs and those who prefer finger- or palm-operated alternatives.

"TrackMan Vista meets the needs of this broader market by offering customers a choice of form factor while maintaining Logitech's commitment to leading-edge technology, hand-conforming comfort, and attractive design."

TrackMan Vista will ship with Logitech's MouseWare software, which allows users to assign time-saving shortcuts to the second and third buttons and customize the unit for individual needs. Assignable functions include double-click, drag-lock, cut, paste, close application, and many others.

Users can also change the primary button from the thumb default to either of the remaining two buttons. All customizing is done from within the MouseWare Enhanced Control Center window.

System requirements for TrackMan Vista include an IBM-compatible system, DOS 3.3 or higher, an available serial- or mouse port.

Logitech designs, manufactures, and markets products that make human-to-computer communication more intuitive and natural. Logitech International, the financial holding company for the Logitech Group, is traded publicly in Switzerland on the Geneva and Zurich exchanges.

With operational headquarters in Fremont, Calif., the group maintains manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, Ireland, China, and Malaysia, and offices in major cities in North America, Europe, and Asia. -0-

Note to Editors: TrackMan is a registered trademark of Logitech Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Logitech Inc., Fremont, Calif.

Betty Skov, 510/713-4463

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Chris McKie, 415/328-5555
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