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Microsoft launches new range of accessibility-focused PC peripherals

For a few years now, Microsoft has been pouring resources into peripheral design, with a keen focus on improving accessibility for those who may struggle to use a traditional controller, keyboard or mouse. Microsoft saw success in this area with the Xbox Adaptive Controller and now, the company is launching a full range of accessibility-focused peripherals for PCs. 

During the Microsoft Ability Summit 2022, the company gave us our first look at its new range of peripherals and accessories. The line-up includes a new mouse, a control hub, and a range of configurable buttons that you can customise and use for inputs and shortcuts.

Starting with the Microsoft Adaptive Mouse, the device can be customised to feature Microsoft's Adaptive Mouse Tail and Thumb support. You can also 3D-print custom tails to better suit your needs. Together, the core, tail extension, and thumb support create a complete solution adaptable to most users, as the thumb support can switch sides to fit left or right-handed users.

Next, we have the central hub that can connect up to four wireless buttons, perfect for clutter-free desk space. However, users may also connect assistive tech switches using 3.5mm ports. Lastly, the hub has three distinct profiles to connect to different setups. The last component of the line-up is the Microsoft Adaptive Button, customisable to either have a d-pad, joystick, or a dual button topper.  Just like the mouse, the button topper can be customised with 3D-printed parts too.

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KitGuru says: Microsoft has been teasing more accessibility-focused peripherals for a while and it seems the company had some interesting ideas up its sleeve. What do you think of the new peripherals? 

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