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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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Off-topic rant, but...
By UNCjigga on 3/11/2008 4:36:21 PM , Rating: 3
Why the hell are Bluetooth wireless desktops so rare and expensive? Seriously? It really ticks me off everytime someone launches a new wireless keyboard/mouse combo and its based off of a proprietary 2.4ghz radio standard. What's wrong with Bluetooth? I've used a Bluetooth mouse with my laptop, and it seemed to work great. It stands to reason that Bluetooth would be preferred, and I know the radios are pretty cheap now. Yet a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse costs $200, vs $50 for one with a standard radio. Arrgh.

RE: Off-topic rant, but...
By MozeeToby on 3/11/2008 4:52:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well, there is one that's made for the ps3 that's goes for $80 or so I think. Still not as low as it should be but it is better than $200 if that's the best you can find. Not sure if you can link it to anything or if it is pre-paired with the playstation though.

RE: Off-topic rant, but...
By rudy on 3/11/2008 7:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
Because there is something wrong with blue tooth. Not sure what but when I wanted to get a blue tooth mouse for a blue tooth laptop the over all reviews were pretty bad.

RE: Off-topic rant, but...
By Spivonious on 3/12/2008 9:49:19 AM , Rating: 2
All of the bluetooth keyboards/mice I've used have had a noticeable delay coming out of sleep mode. I start typing and a second later the text appears. I move the mouse and it hesitates. Once they're active it's fine, but that startup pause gets annoying.

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