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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 Pirks on 3/11/2008 9:23:40 PM , Rating: 0
Well, who cares what you think about Apple products if people are buying iPods and iPhones like crazy, and even Macs are kicking Windows ass, not a lot but steadily, every month or two. Just look at the web usage share graphs gathered over the net.

People don't buy brand's products if brand haven't deserved it first. iPods and other Apple products became bestellers only after Apple made sure they sell EXACTLY what people want.

And what do the clone makers do if there are no innovators? Who are they going to clone, huh? They "rule" the world because there are innovators whose products they can clone. Nobody could clone MacBook Pro backlit keyboard or iPod's quality of integration with iTunes, but Dells of the world constantly try to clone all these new things, like Dell's XPS one which is a lousy attempt to clone iMac.

You're right that clone makers play important role in the economy, but so do construction workers. These guys are trained to do simple things all over again, but they need a GUIDE, AN ARCHITECT! Sure, you're right, there's no construction going on without construction workers. There's no mass production of cheap goods for the rest of us. But there is NOTHING, not even ONE simple cheap thing WITHOUT AN ARCHITECT, an innovator, someone like Apple who shows new types of computers like iMac that Dells of the world (those construction workers who do repetitive tasks very well) try to clone.

Don't misunderstand me, I never said workers and clone makers are bad, I just said - DO NOT OVERLOOK THE BOSS. He's just one guy sitting at the top but he knows everything and he knows how to do complex things, he has a taste, a management skills, a lot of industrial design experience, a whole lot of things. Without this boss (Apple in our case) what do the clonemakers do? Not much, right?

They will build you some building, like MS eventually built Vista in a patchy-spotty way (patch this, fix that and ship quick-quick, it's good enough and who cares if it's crap, we don't have any serious competitors, people will eat our #rap anyway) eventually, it'll be big and crappy like Vista is but yeah, it'll be cheap :-)

I think there's a place for both of this ideologies, currently Apple's one seems to slowly prevail over competitors because nobody wants to live in a lousty CHEAP building built by community of workers without an architect so to say (this is what Windows looks like and Wintel PC in general) but there may be limits to that growth, after all not everyone can drive Bugatti, on the other hand maybe Apple can just invent new markets like they were doing so far (iPod, online music, iPhone, online video maybe, maybe even GAMES in future, who knows) and survive on that. We'll see

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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