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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 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
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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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