Last month, Kensington released a range of "dedicated netbook accessories", including mice, cases and locks. The gadgets all do what the label says, but the question remains: do netbook peripherals need to be distinguished from those for their regular PC notebook cousins?
Kensington sent me a wired and wireless mouse, a Kensington security lock and a "netbook sleeve" to test out. After giving them a trial run, I was happy enough with all of these items. Arguably the most useful is the $39.95 wireless mouse. Like the previously mentioned Logitech V550, this uses an ultra-compact USB wireless controller, so it takes up minimal space. Unlike the Logitech, it doesn't clip to your machine, but in a travel-packing context that might well be a preferable approach.
But the fact remains that the sleeve (which is useful, albeit a tad tight-fitting on my HP 2133) is the only accessory that's truly netbook-specific. All the rest would work just as well with any notebook PC, and I don't see why they couldn't be sold as such.
As ever, though, I'm just one grumpy guy with a strange anti-mouse fetish, so I'll turn it over to the readers. Would you hunt down specific netbook accessories, or are you happy to hook up whatever's already handy? Share your approach in the comments.