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IS THE PEN MIGHTIER THAN THE MOUSE?

PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND word-processing programs are ubiquitous these days. But for those holdouts who prefer pen to silicon and software, here's an encouraging development: A.T. Cross Co., the maker of high-quality writing instruments and a perennial source for graduation gifts, is now offering ''pens'' for the PC.

On June 2, the Cross Pen Computing Group will take the wraps off the Cross iPen, an electronic stylus for use with PCs. The iPen comes with its own tablet that plugs into a PC's modem port.

While it can perform all the functions of a mouse, Cross officials expect the iPen to supplement, not replace, mice and keyboards for drawing and annotating electronic documents--tasks that can be cumbersome using those devices.

The new product resembles Cross's traditional ink pens--especially the wide-girth Solo model--and a special ballpoint gives it that old familiar feel. The iPen will come in several styles, costing $149.99 to $249.99, that will be available in computer retail stores in September. It could just be the new status gift for computer-savvy grads.

EDITED BY CATHERINE ARNST
Amy Cortese



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