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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: The MS PC
By onwisconsin on 3/11/2008 8:34:39 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly there a ton of Macs in the workplace (outside of graphic design), schools and servers.

(obvious sarcasm)


RE: The MS PC
By Pirks on 3/11/08, Rating: -1
RE: The MS PC
By oab on 3/11/2008 9:08:33 PM , Rating: 2
You insensitive clod, I drive my koenigsegg to work every day!


RE: The MS PC
By Pirks on 3/11/08, Rating: -1
RE: The MS PC
By steve1014 on 3/11/2008 9:15:20 PM , Rating: 3
To compare a Mac to the level of a Bugatti Veyron shows your lack of intelligence and general knowledge...just because they are both ridiculously expensive doesn't necessarily make them synonymous...The Bugatti has reached a level of car building that is unattainable by other manufacturers, the Mac is just another computer

Macs are taking off right now because of a massive marketing campaign that misrepresents tons of facts about the products they push...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).

Lets be clear about one thing, the PC has NEVER been forced to adapt to operate OS-X or leopard...Mac had to go to Intel so they could run windows because they were about to fall off the planet

I'M SO TIRED OF THE SUPERIORITY COMPLEX BEING HELD BY MAC USERS. YOU ARE STILL THE UNDISPUTED LOSER IN THE SALES WAR.


RE: The MS PC
By Pirks on 3/11/08, Rating: -1
RE: The MS PC
By steve1014 on 3/12/2008 12:56:07 PM , Rating: 1
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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.

a 17" MacBook Pro is $2799 in base price alone. I dont know where you do your shopping but you can buy a Windows based PC that can do everything and more for that kind of money. Probably even have a Blu-Ray player. I'll take the extra 1-2 lbs. of weight. (even though a 17" HP is only 0.9lbs heavier)

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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.

The whole ideology of what? gadgets? How important is that multi-touch trackpad to you, honestly? Because those of us who needed them have had them for years and you didn't have to buy a $3000 machine to have it. Unity of software and hardware? You can't be seriuos! Go read an article about the unity of software and hardware pertaining to the MacBook Air (which is actually a piece of trash compared to the Lenovo X300).

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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.
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Don't sound so ignorant. 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.

You can argue all you want about Mac being the savior of the computer universe but really they're just another gadget company which is surviving right now mostly on purchases being made by college-age students spending their parents money.

The problem is the superiority complex that Apple has fed its users. 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, editing media and .... (I don't know what else they are actually good at)


RE: The MS PC
By Rob Pintwala on 3/12/2008 2:42:22 PM , Rating: 2
Why did he get modded down? He was being justly critical of Apple. A highly proprietary hardware and software package will never dominate the market..


RE: The MS PC
By Pirks on 3/12/2008 3:14:05 PM , Rating: 2
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A highly proprietary hardware and software package will never dominate the market
Highly proprietary software packages called Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office dominate market for many years already. Highly proprietary hardware and software package called Sony Playstation 2 dominated console market as well, a couple of years ago. So what? I didn't get your point, what were you trying to say?


RE: The MS PC
By steve1014 on 3/12/2008 3:58:46 PM , Rating: 2
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.

learn the definition of words before you dispute their usage.

for ex: iPods and iPhones have a proprietory relationship with iTunes, they won't work with other software...get it?


RE: The MS PC
By Pirks on 3/12/2008 4:33:52 PM , Rating: 1
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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.
Proprietary means owned by one company and closed, and noone knows about its internals because the source code is closed. This is about Windows and Office and Internet explorer and almost all the other MS software in general.

Apple Mac OS X kernel (Darwin) whose source code is open for anyone is totally different thing. Apple Safari HTML rendering engine (WebKit) that has source code also open is a different thing. Pretty far from closed source Windows and Internet Explorer. So Apple's stuff is much less proprietary than MS stuff. You can even hack Mac OS X pretty easily or even just download hacked image from torrents, and Apple doesn't care about those OSX86 wikis, they are okay with people using their OS as long as Mac sales are growing constantly, which is the case for recent several years. From my point of view, as a tech literate person, Mac OS X is as open as Windows hardware-wise, I can run it on my home self-assembled PC any moment I want, but it has open source kernel and other important components like WebKit are also open source.
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iPods and iPhones have a proprietory relationship with iTunes, they won't work with other software. Get it?
Microsoft Zunes have a proprietary relationship with Zune Marketplace, get it? And unlike MS Zune I can make my iPod easily work with another software, instead of iTunes I can use YamiPod for example, get it?


RE: The MS PC
By Pirks on 3/12/2008 3:02:49 PM , Rating: 2
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I'll take the extra 1-2 lbs. of weight
See, you can't show the 17" notebook that's as thin and light as Apple's. Just like I predicted :-) Sure, there are cheaper/thicker/heavier 17" Wintel PC notebooks, I agree ;-) Just like there are cheaper/heavier/uglier/less performance oriented/less comfortable cars compared to Aston Martin or Lexus.

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"

I'm still waiting :-) I couldn't find one so far, but I haven't lost the faith in humanity, I know there are engineers not much worse than Apple's, so we'll probably see same cool designs as this MBP 17" in future... maybe
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Because those of us who needed them have had them for years
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.

Like I said - I'm still waiting for a bite, you Wintel fanboys still have your chance. You can't show me decent competitor to MBP 17", but maybe you can find a LARGE multitouch touchpad in a Wintel PC notebook that existed several years ago for less than $3000.

And by the way, all Wintel fanatics like steve1014 here are not very familiar with facts (faith in Wintel PC does not require any facts to support, it's _faith_ after all) and so they don't know that 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.
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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
Compared with gazillions of cheapo PCs you see everywhere Macs right now are as rare as expensive cars. Less so in the certain big US cities, especially the most rich and tech oriented like San Francisco where Apple is not exotic computer really, but for the rest of the world Macs are close to Lexus or something similar - many people salivate all over them but just can't afford 'em. Same as with Blu Ray players, 42" LCD Bravia TVs, any other nice cars, etc etc. Nothing is required to assmble a cheapo $300 PC for yourself, just buy some parts, and here you go. Same with cars - just go and buy a used Chevy for a grand, it'll run for some time, if you know how to buy those. Buth with Mac or Lexus - you know what's the difference. I know you know, 'cause it's very noticeable - all Wintel fanatics are very envious, probably because they're poor or something. In rare cases they are gaming freaks of a special kind that waste money on GPUs specifically, and in pathological cases these are benchmark guys who spend money on CPU cooling and such.

There is a place for such people of course, but I doubt most of them are serious. I mean they don't use overclocked machines in production environment, they are just hobbysts. Hobbysts are allowed to be fanatical, I agree. Are you a hobbyst? If you are fanatical about overclocked CPUs or FPS in Crysis - just say so, that'll make things very clear.
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they're just another gadget company which is surviving right now mostly on purchases being made by college-age students spending their parents money
Yeah, same can be said about exotic sports cars, so what? Do you have anything against rich people spending their money on quality stuff that you can't afford? Just say so, make things clear, man!
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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
This is exactly the words IBM execs were saying about those puny little personal computers a long time ago. Who the heck will ever need that damn tiny piece of junk when we have those LARGE MAINFRAMES which ALL THE ENTERPRISE WORLD DEPENDS ON? You Wintel fanatics are funny people, as any other kinds of fanatics actually - you NEVER know history. This is why your babble is very easy to predict.


RE: The MS PC
By steve1014 on 3/12/2008 3:31:18 PM , Rating: 2
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"

I'm sorry but this is the real world where you must sacrifice something for everything. I'd rather have a .9 lb heavier and thicker laptop then I would like to give someone $1000 extra. Especially seeing as my laptop is carried typically for about 5-10 minutes out of my day. If you're so concerned with size why are you buying a 7 lb. (6.8lb technically) 17" laptop? Don't argue just to argue make a point and stick to it. Either you want a large laptop or you don't but to argue that .9 lbs is a serious difference is just childish.

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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.

People who use multi-touch trackpads for REAL purposes and not your stupid Mac "look what I can do" reasons buy external ones because anyone that could fit on a laptop is not adequate for those needs..I've worked the past 10 years with graphic artists, architects, and various other PROFESSIONALS who use these things EVERY DAY. That's my point; if you didn't have one before I'll pretty much guarantee that you wont be using it much now. Its a great feature for an iPhone but 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.

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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.

Where? Because the only Mac you've talked about is the 17" MBP. You find me a brand new one for $1700 and I'll buy 4. I just so we're clear the 15" starts at $1999. and the MacBooks are made out of that "cheapo" plastic trash that you like to refer to everything else as.

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all Wintel fanatics are very envious, probably because they're poor or something.

I don't think you could be a bigger d---hebag. Try to get off your high horse and relize that people don't dislike Macs because they're expensive. We dislike them because they are OVER-PRICED(there's a difference between over-priced and expensive). Over-priced means for what you get its not worth the money, expensive just means it costs a lot.(ex: a $5-250MB Full-size HDD is over-priced but not expensive, get it??)

You are touting the glories of a machine that is FORCED to run Windows based programs and accpet the operating system. And the only point you have is a gadget feature. Get over yourself.

I'M DONE WITH THIS THREAD! GROW UP!

p.s.
I apologize to Shane McGlaun (author of the article) for this comment section getting hijacked with this nonsense


RE: The MS PC
By Pirks on 3/12/2008 5:19:07 PM , Rating: 2
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I'd rather have a .9 lb heavier and thicker laptop then I would like to give someone $1000 extra
Sure, and I'd rather buy cheapo used Chevy Malibu or Lada or Kia instead of new sweet Lexus, after all who needs those soft good looking leather seats with lots of ergonomic/anatomical adjustments, DVD navigation system, collision warninig radar, electric hybrid engine, sturdy chassis with lots of airbag protection etc etc. Who needs all of that stuff if it costs whopping $30000 extra, right? Right?? :)))
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If you're so concerned with size why are you buying a 7 lb. (6.8lb technically) 17" laptop?
What about if I want a large screen laptop that's as light and thin as possible? What's wrong with that? Screen estate matters, keyboard size matters as well, why can't I get nice THIN and LIGHT notebook which also has large high-resolution 17" screen so I can enjoy my DVD collection or games or something. The problem is: the thinnest and the lightest powerful high-performance 17" notebook is done by Apple, and this is the reason for all the Wintel fanboys barking here. Even though this MBP 17" can run Windows the same way your other generic PC notebooks can. But you just have to bark and envy, because you see that Lexus/Apple/Sony/Aston Martin logo. Isn't that stupid? I don't care about damn logos and brands, I just noticed who does the best 17" notebooks on the market, from the point of view of performance/weight/thickness ratio. You fanboys can bark on your Apple logo for all you want, if I notice Dell doing better notebook judging by these criteria - I'll say so, 'cause there's no reason to bark on a logo. After all I got myself Dell because I don't use those criteria for buying hardware for myself, and judged by other criteria (like price/performance ratio in certain scenarios involving a lot of gaming) Dell clearly kills all the competitors, and Apple gets killed first actually. This is BTW a reason why Apple fanboys bark on a Dell logo a lot. I don't understand them either.
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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.
Yeah, controlling your video and photo with two fingers (zoom/rotate) is not VERY important for casual user like me, but it's convenient. Why can't I pay some extra to Apple for that convenience? After all people pay for leather seats in Lexus all the time, 'cause they are also more comfortable than your cheapo Chevy garden benches you sit on. And of course you wouldn't want any leather until you SAW it! The moment you experienced leather seats you start dreaming about them and saving for them because you want COMFORT. Same for MacBooks, you experience multitouch and you immediately want that little cushy comfort, although it's not that important, it's just COMFORT, like those stupid leather seats or location of the ignition key in Saab or something like that. Got it?
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You find me a brand new one for $1700 and I'll buy 4
All aluminum MacBook Air starts from $1800 - got your CC ready? Gonna bite now? Or are you just barking as usual? I suspect you're barking 'cause you conveniently changed my price of $1800 to yours of $1700. You left yourself an escape route. Smart fanboy! Here, get a cookie ;)
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Over-priced means for what you get its not worth the money, expensive just means it costs a lot
Are leather seats in Lexus worth the extra money? Is comfort in general worth the extra money? Think about it.
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You are touting the glories of a machine that is FORCED to run Windows based programs
I don't think that the normal users are _forced_ to run anything on Macs, since Macs run anything these days. Normal user just picks the software and OS he wants to run on a Mac and voila! OTOH, fanatics are forced, I agree, but I was talking about normal users, not fanatics.


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