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Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000  (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft announces Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 with see through accents to mimic the Aero interface

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.

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RE: Call it being stubborn...
By Polynikes on 3/11/2008 3:51:51 PM , Rating: 2
I like the natural (split, not slightly curved) keyboard layout much more than the regular one. The curved layout seems to be taking over, unfortunately.

That mouse, however, would not suit me at all. I hate mice with funky angles on the sides (not as close to 90 degrees as possible), as I hold the mouse with my thumb and ring fingers, not my whole palm. The mouse ergonomics movement is actually working the other way for me. :\

RE: Call it being stubborn...
By soconne on 3/11/2008 4:05:36 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, I prefer the natural split layout. Its the only keyboard design I've ever used that does not cause hand cramps. I have to sit and write code for 9-10 hours a day, and ever since I switch to the natural split layout, I've never had a cramp since.

RE: Call it being stubborn...
By StevoLincolnite on 3/11/2008 4:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
I personally liked the old 5 Din Pin Keyboards without that blasted Windows Key, Ever engrossed playing a game and hit it by accident?

RE: Call it being stubborn...
By Sazar on 3/11/2008 5:01:34 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, but since I have a G-15 keyboard and can turn off that function while gaming, no ill-effects :)

RE: Call it being stubborn...
By kelmon on 3/11/2008 5:25:59 PM , Rating: 2
I had one of those keyboards for years until it broke and thought it was a fabulous design. Definitely not to everyone's tastes (much like the Apple laptop-style keyboard I'm currently using) but I found it very comfortable. I think it's the only piece of hardware that I've bought over the many years that actually broke rather than was simply replaced/upgraded, which is an indication of how much I liked it.

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