There I was in my local PC World shopping for a new mouse after my old one decided to start behaving as if it was being dragged screaming over cobbles every time I moved it - when I saw it - the isharpener.
So what is an isharpener?
Well - it looks a bit like a conventional battery powered pencil sharpener - squarish, transparent screen for the bit where all the shavings go.
However it has a secret. Not only does it have no batteries (although it can take 4) but it also plugs into.........a USB socket. That's right, it plugs into my USB hub right next to my laptop.
"Wow!" I hear you say. But there's more.....
When you insert a pencil, it emits flashing LEDs - yes folks, that's flashing lights - in three different colours - while you sharpen your pencil in a sharpener plugged into a USB plugged into your computer
A girl could be seduced! But that's not all..........
It sharpened three of my coloured pencils (very nicely!) and then it cut out - nothing. I did the usual 'test all connections' bit and then scratched my head - the way you do when something fails three minutes after you set it up.
Later I discovered the answer. It can only manage a short performance and then needs to rest for a long time.......
My rating: it's unnecessary but very flashy and quite amusing however it fails to sustain performance and to please a girl the way a really good sharpener should! Remind you of anything?