Microsoft announced the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 today with a design Microsoft says is intended to complement the Windows Vista Aero interface. The desktop set includes a new ultrathin comfort Curve keyboard and a rechargeable mouse.
The hallmark of the keyboard is a translucent Aero-inspired design along with floating hot keys and one touch instant access to Windows Flip 3D. The comfort curve keyboard has a smoked translucent border to mimic the look and feel of the translucent Aero borders on screens.
Other keyboard features include what Microsoft calls floating My Favorite Keys that allow users to simply press and hold one of the hot keys, like setting favorites on a car stereo, to bind websites to the keys.
Carla Foster, group marketing manager at Microsoft said in a statement, “This keyboard is a perfect example of Microsoft's focus on connecting its hardware with Windows Vista, bringing the elegance of Windows Aero to the keyboard. The Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 truly brings the best of both worlds together -- a beautiful design and a full suite of productivity features -- making it the best option for customers desiring a sophisticated accessory for their computer."
The keyboard included with the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 uses Microsoft’s familiar Comfort Curve design with six degrees of curve. The mouse included with the desktop is the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000. The mouse is rechargeable and includes a horizontal charging station. LEDs on the mouse tell users when the mouse needs to be charged. The desktop uses 2.4GHz wireless technology for connectivity. Wide availability for the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 will begin in April at $129.95.
quote: I think MS should design a case and contract Dell or someone to pick the internals and build it and sale it as a MS PC.
quote: Beside MS's hardware has always been good in my opinion.
quote: You don't have to compete with your cash cow. Just get Dell or someone to sell it. MS would only design the case and maybe the monitor, so that everything would match.
quote: Profit margins in hardware are minuscule in comparison to software
quote: I personally hate apple's starbucks froofy vanity getting in the way of function
quote: The Bugatti has reached a level of car building that is unattainable by other manufacturers, the Mac is just another computer
quote: Let's also not misrepresent the fact that Apple preys on the ignorance of their consumers to swindle them out of lots of money ($400 for 4GB of RAM in a MacBook Pro).
quote: Mac had to go to Intel so they could run windows because they were about to fall off the planet
quote: YOU ARE STILL THE UNDISPUTED LOSER IN THE SALES WAR.
quote: You can't show a 17" notebook that has the same features and quality as MacBook Pro 17" and is as light and thin as this MacBook Pro.
quote: the whole ideology of Apple is what matters. I mean the unity between their software and hardware, and insane attention they pay to little details, like those backlit keyboards, magsafe connectors, large convenient multitouch trackpad, etc etc.
quote: Yes, and Aston Martins are the permanent losers in the sales war as well. The chevys/ladas/corollas of the world won a long time ago.
quote: A highly proprietary hardware and software package will never dominate the market
quote: Office is not and has not been propietory since about 1999. It's been licensed and adapted for the Mac platform for years. Windows was not proprietory because you could put it on just about any machine you wanted except for a Mac.
quote: iPods and iPhones have a proprietory relationship with iTunes, they won't work with other software. Get it?
quote: I'll take the extra 1-2 lbs. of weight
quote: Because those of us who needed them have had them for years
quote: Aston Martins are actually made in a limited quantity so they will always lose that war, you are right about that. Macs on the other side are mass produced and still filling plenty of shelves
quote: they're just another gadget company which is surviving right now mostly on purchases being made by college-age students spending their parents money
quote: I'm not saying there is no good use for a Mac but it will NEVER be able to survive in the business world and when it all comes down to it you can have all the backlit keyboards and magsafe connections you want but if you can't adapt to the corporate market you will have no success. Just accept your place in the world
quote: The problem is this: you can't show the notebook that's as good as Apple's. I heard this "I can take XXX pounds of extra weight and YYY inches of extra thickness, who cares" Wintel fanboy bullsh1t MANY times before. But I've yet to hear one, JUST ONE voice, that tells me "here you go, a notebook that can compete with Apple's 17 inch one"
quote: You can't demonstrate a LARGE comfortable multitouch touchpad in a Wintel PC notebook, that existed for YEARS, for the price less than $3000. The same situation as with MBP 17" - you can only bark but, unfortunately, you can't bite.
quote: MacBook with multitouch touchpad can be bought right now for $1800. Still expensive, as all the innovative stuff, but quite far from steve1014's fanatical lies about $3000.
quote: all Wintel fanatics are very envious, probably because they're poor or something.
quote: I'd rather have a .9 lb heavier and thicker laptop then I would like to give someone $1000 extra
quote: If you're so concerned with size why are you buying a 7 lb. (6.8lb technically) 17" laptop?
quote: what exactly do you have to zoom in on, on a 17" notebook screen. Nothing that was so important that apparantly you did not need it until right this moment.
quote: You find me a brand new one for $1700 and I'll buy 4
quote: Over-priced means for what you get its not worth the money, expensive just means it costs a lot
quote: You are touting the glories of a machine that is FORCED to run Windows based programs
quote: Me thinks you are on the wrong site
quote: When you understand that NOT cheap goods makers rule the world, you will get it. Sure we need clone makers like Dell who can make same clones fast and CHEAP, but we need innovators as well, like Apple. We'll always pay the price for innovation, be it Apple computers, hybrid cars, fuel cells, fusion power plants or anything like that.
quote: Hello, fellow MacBook user
quote: you do realize that those web-usage charts are a disgustingly poor methodology for analyzing market share
quote: you do know of Asia, right?
quote: They haven't innovated the PC
quote: They haven't innovated hardware
quote: trend-savvy teengaers and young adults jump on anything that is portrayed as "sexy" in the media
quote: but those upgrades - fwoof!
quote: people say Macs are overpriced