Back when we were living in a one bedroom/living room/kitchen dump, our wives would always complain about the keyboard and mouse noise keeping them up at night. Or waking them up in the morning. Or bothering them while they were listening to music. Come to think of it, they probably just wanted a divorce.
Nevertheless, Buffalo's silent mouse, which probably uses a similar technology to Thanko's, would have come in handy back then, if just to give them one less thing they could harp on.