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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 3/12/2008 5:19:07 PM , Rating: 2
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?? :)))
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.
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?
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 ;)
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.
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.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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