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Windows Vista to launch with some swanky hardware devices from Microsoft

Microsoft's hardware division is at it again and this time they're pulling out all the stops with their latest product. The company has unveiled a new teaser campaign on its site that showcases "The Ultimate Keyboard."

The new Bluetooth-based wireless keyboard is aimed at making your Windows Vista experience even more pleasurable with such features as a backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor and proximity sensing to power down the lighting when you leave the room. Even more impressive is the included pad that charges your mouse when not in use. It's probably using some kind of induction charging system similar to what's used in A4Tech's BatteryFree Mouse. The ergonomic keyboard also features a host of media buttons and controls to take advantage of Vista's multimedia capabilities and has a 30 foot range. But for all its features, the new keyboard ditches the traditional numpad that most have grown accustomed to.

Microsoft's latest and greatest features premium grade plastic construction along with metal accents to liven things up. The Ultimate Keyboard is sure to have an ultimate price once it's released; likely around the same time that Vista hits store shelves.

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media center?
By jkresh on 6/29/2006 3:09:22 PM , Rating: 2
I don’t think this is meant for your average power user (even those who run ultimate), though it may have a place for vista media center machines (running ultimate but connected to a TV instead of monitor and using a 10foot ui).

RE: media center?
By Souka on 6/29/2006 3:27:08 PM , Rating: 2
It is a wired keyboard.....

If the device is as shown, then the charging pad for the mouse (which appears to be attached to the keyboard) will require a either its a USB cord to get power from the PC, or a AC-Adapter cord that goes into the wall.

either way.....a cord....on a "bluetooth wireless keyboard"

RE: media center?
By maverick502 on 6/29/2006 3:34:24 PM , Rating: 3
no people, the keyboard and mouse are wireless. the pad that charges the mouse is wired, but is not connected to either device. Freaking read.

RE: media center?
By Souka on 6/29/2006 4:21:57 PM , Rating: 2
I did read. "Even more impressive is the included pad that charges your mouse when not in use."

It doesn't state the charging pad is detatchable or seperate. One would assume so, but hey.... I'm going by the picture since the text doesn't seem to clearly state otherwise.

Anyhow... I suspect cost will be about $100-200 since the logitech similar units cost $150-200. (MX 5000 and diNovo).

RE: media center?
By Locutus465 on 6/29/2006 8:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
If you watch the media presentation it's fairly clear. But based on the text my first thought was the same as yours.

RE: media center?
By Souka on 6/29/2006 9:57:24 PM , Rating: 2
ahh, ok...didn't see a media presentation.

spiffy I guess....battery life?

RE: media center?
By OddTSi on 6/29/2006 3:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, this would be a perfect keyboard for an HTPC. For that use you want a small, wireless keyboard with built-in multimedia buttons. This one fits the bill very well.

RE: media center?
By kkwst2 on 6/29/2006 11:00:12 PM , Rating: 2
I must disagree.

I don't want a separate mouse for my HTPC. I want an integrated pointing device on the keyboard. Why IBM/Lenovo doesn't come out with a RF wireless keyboard that integrates their trackpoint device (which is why I will never buy anything but a Thinkpad) is beyond me. I'm pretty sure they would sell a bunch.

It's a pain in the ass to use a mouse on the couch. And where are you going to put the recharging pad, on the coffee table?

RE: media center?
By Visual on 7/4/2006 6:32:00 AM , Rating: 2
why do you need a mouse for a media pc at all?

there are ofcourse stupid gui programs (including a lot of players) out there that've made operation without a mouse impossible, but the best of media center apps (i've had ati and pinnacle, seen win mce) are infact easier with the keyboard. arrow keys and enter work much better for that kind of interfaces, same for dvd menus and stuff.

a mouse is only needed as a backup, when you happen to need to work with windows stuff easily. you know, use the pc as a pc. but even then, if its for just a small thing, i can do just fine with the keyboard.

if you miss the trackpoint so much, windows has a builtin feature to turn your numpad to a mouse (control panel, accessibility, mouse keys) it wont help this particular excuse for a keyboard though as it has no numpad.

a mouse is pretty much essential for lots of games out there, and you probably are going to play some, even if you call it a HTPC. and a trackpoint will totally not be a good replacement.

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