HP's clever new mouse has a fingerprint sensor on board

With the advent of Windows Hello in Windows 10 and similar security features across mobile devices, we've seen a boom in biometric security over the past several years. With its latest mouse, HP is aiming to bring that same security to your fingertips. Literally.

Alongside updated Spectre x360 PCs and a new EliteBook convertible today, HP took the wraps off of its USB Fingerprint Mouse, which embeds a fingerprint sensor directly into the top of the mouse's housing.

The sensor allows you to log in using Windows Hello, bypassing the need for a password or pin. The mouse keeps your fingerprint locked down as well, storing your fingerprint data on the peripheral itself and only sending a "pass" or "fail" signal to Windows 10 when you log in. If you lack a PC with an infrared camera for facial recognition, this could be an excellent alternative.

Other than the fingerprint sensor, the HP USB Fingerprint Mouse is a pretty standard pointer. You'll get adjustable DPI, ranging from 800 up to 1600 with a laser sensor. Additionally, your fingerprint is stored in the mouse with AES-256 bit encryption.

Look for the HP USB Fingerprint Mouse to launch in December, when it's expected to launch at a price of $50.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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