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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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By rudy on 3/11/2008 7:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they need to compete with apple who only has less then 5% of the PC market? The people who already buy apples are never going to change regardless of what you make a MS PC like anyway.

By Pirks on 3/11/2008 8:09:48 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, why the heck Toyota decided to go into the premium car business, and started to fight that tiny percentage of the market with their Lexus? Why couldn't they continue churning out cheapo Yaris and Corolla cars, after all most people buy cheap cars right?

Why Ferraris and Bugattis are so expensive and so rare? Why do they fight for that miniscule 0.001% of the market?

Why the price of the car or the computer sold is important? Why it could be more important than the market share?

You have to resist "cheapo flimsy Wintel/Dell PC is everything" attitude that's been brainwashed into you to undersnatnd all of that.

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.

By baseball43v3r on 3/11/2008 8:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
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.

dont make me laugh, everytime someone says that you are paying for innovation, God kills a kitten. but honestly, you are paying for a brand name, not an "innovative" product. The Iphone, the Mac, the Macbook pro, are all based off of products that already existed, all Mac did was take them and make soem basic improvements, or took away features, to make a more minimalist design. Makes me laugh almost as much as Mac says "its not a pc, its a mac!"

Oh and btw, cheap goods makers do rule the world. look at Dells/hp market percentage. then look at the socalled innovative apple's percentage. To be honest Apple is making almost a semi-cheap good (anything under 2000 in the laptop catorgory can be classified as moderately expensive). And since there are so few games for the Mac, what would be the point of the additional performance boost anyways? (i'll give you the answer, its to run linux!)

Why are cheap goods makers more important? well let me ask you this, what good s technology if you cant afford it, ie SSD's? it is the cheap goods maker that makes it affordable through their innovation, because if the end consumer can't afford the product, then the product is useless

By Pirks on 3/11/08, Rating: 0
By spookynutz on 3/12/2008 1:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
Hello, fellow MacBook user. You should head on over to with the rest of us to discuss Apple's pinnacle of innovation in greater detail. Unfortunately, for the budget PC buyer, Dell managed to avoid cloning Apple's pending class action lawsuits.

I just can't get enough of the innovations Apple has "architected" into this stylish laptop they sold me. A swelling battery, blown speaker, warping/corroding case, underclocked video card, a hissing sound coming from the discolored LCD, random shutdowns and arbitrary WiFi functionality.

Fortunately, while my MacBook is back at the genius bar being innovated on, my Latitude D630 is still plugging away. Alas, no backlit keyboard though.

By Pirks on 3/12/2008 3:50:27 PM , Rating: 1
Hello, fellow MacBook user
Good bye, I'm not a MacBook user, I'm a Dell Vostro 1700 user, 'cause I'm cheap and poor guy, so no innovative stuff for me. I do admit recent Dell notebooks finally got better touchpads which can sort of function without clicking the touchpad buttons, but still this is far from nice Mac touchpads with their sweet two finger control, I like that a lot. And Dells are of course way heavier and thicker than MacBooks, especially Dell 17" notebooks, but hey, who really complains about cheap stuff.

I know Wintel PCs are shoddy/flimsy and cheap, and I know their low price is and always will be their biggest advantage. I'm not gonna complain when driving some cheapo american car like chevy, everyone knows they are crappy but everyone drives them because of their low price. I will just envy lucky Lexus owners or lucky MBP 17" owners. These rich bastards know what they buy, fat modafokkas I hate youuu! Just like any other Wintel or cheapo Chevy fanboy hates them. But at least I understand WHY fanboys hate those expensive things, while fanboys themselves DO NOT understand that. Isn't that funny? ;-)

And I've read even more problem reports about shoddy Dell hardware in Dell support forums, so I don't get it. What are you trying to say? That Dell hardware never breaks and Apple hardware always breaks? Or what? Sounds funny, but maybe I'm missing something.

By Rob Pintwala on 3/12/2008 12:59:50 PM , Rating: 2
Firstly, you do realize that those web-usage charts are a disgustingly poor methodology for analyzing market share?

Secondly, you do know of Asia, right? It's the largest computer market in the world; the sheer volume of sales over there dwarfs the North American market. Guess how many Macs get sold in Asia?

Oh, and by the way... your analogy is a little off. Apple wouldn't be the architect; heck, it wouldn't even be on the same construction site as the "clone-makers". They haven't innovated the PC. They haven't innovated hardware. Perhaps package-design/presentation is their only innovation nowadays.

Why is Apple selling more Macs? Because trend-savvy teengaers and young adults jump on anything that is portrayed as "sexy" in the media. Those ads are working, and I'll give Apple that much.

By Pirks on 3/12/2008 4:15:20 PM , Rating: 1
you do realize that those web-usage charts are a disgustingly poor methodology for analyzing market share
They are the most reliable - they show how many active users of the specific platform use Internet. On the other hand all these fake numbers of "Vista licenses sold" that MS brags about are nothing but nice theoretical numbers - 'cause MS doesn't care if, say, a third of those "sold licenses" gets ended up in a trash can because Vista was replaced by XP (read all those comments on where people buy cheapo $500 PC notebooks en masse and replace Vista with XP right away)
you do know of Asia, right?
You do know of US, right? You should know that ruling the US market means eventually ruling the world, since all computer related stuff starts in the US. Microsoft started in US, Apple started in US, IBM, nVidia, Intel and all the other number one software and hardware companies. Who cares about third world? MS may dominate Russia, Asia and Africa for all they want, this doesn't matter.
They haven't innovated the PC
Still, the first mass market personal computer was done by Apple, way before IBM PC appeared. You Wintel fanboys don't know the history, like I said many times before.
They haven't innovated hardware
"The Apple PowerBook series, introduced in October 1991, pioneered changes that are now de facto standards on laptops, such as room for a palm rest, and the inclusion of a pointing device (a trackball)." There you go, Mr. Wintel "I know no damn history" Fanboy ;)
trend-savvy teengaers and young adults jump on anything that is portrayed as "sexy" in the media
Yeah, trend-savvy teenagers constitute 70-80% of all the mp3 player users, and of course they also constitute majority of the iPhone SDK users and Apple iPhone Enterprise Beta programs users. Right. That's a bit more funny than other typical Wintel fanboy lies, but still.. try to be more original and entertaining next time please.

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