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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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I'll never buy one...
By ProviaFan on 6/29/2006 3:14:48 PM , Rating: 2
... and that's not because I hate Microsoft.

Unfortunately for them, I prefer wired keyboards and mice for my desktop systems, and my Logitech keyboard (the one with the flatter laptop-style keys) and MX518 mouse are worlds better for my use than Microsoft's "Ultimate" (ha, ha) keyboard.

RE: I'll never buy one...
By TomZ on 6/29/2006 3:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
Have you tried wireless? I like the freedom of no wires. I have a Logitech MX3100 set that includes the MX1000 laser mouse, and it works great.

RE: I'll never buy one...
By Ulfhednar on 6/29/2006 5:19:27 PM , Rating: 3
I am a gamer who also writes out tons of HTML and messes with Photoshop CS2 on a regular basis, and I used wireless for like three and a half years until I realised how retarded it is.

If it was for a HTPC, where I would likely be sprawled out on the couch or something, wireless is fine. But for getting something done? No thanks.

RE: I'll never buy one...
By TomZ on 6/29/2006 5:49:45 PM , Rating: 2
I am a gamer who also writes out tons of HTML and messes with Photoshop CS2 on a regular basis, and I used wireless for like three and a half years until I realised how retarded it is.

What system were you using? I haven't noticed any lag or any other strange issues with the MX3100 systems I have.

RE: I'll never buy one...
By Hare on 6/30/2006 4:50:30 AM , Rating: 2
Lag exists and while you may not notice it on your system other people can. The newest mice don't lag as much as the older ones but people still complain.

RE: I'll never buy one...
By Locutus465 on 6/29/2006 8:12:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a programmer/gamer who uses a MS Intellimouse explorer 2.0 (wireless) and MS Natural MM KB (wireless) and I don't have any issues gaming or typing away at code. Even my parents extreamly basic logitech wireless KB/mouse combo is just fine...

RE: I'll never buy one...
By jtesoro on 6/30/2006 6:36:11 AM , Rating: 2
I use a wired keyboard and mouse at home. I think switching to wireless gives some level of freedom but I think the fact that the mouse still needs some surface to work on severely limits it. Its quite inconvenient when you decide to sit on the couch or the bed (although at a distance you're pretty limited on what you can do anyway since you're probably too far from the screen). Being able to sit back with the keyboard on your lap is nice, but stretching for the wireless mouse on the desk would spoil it I think. A trackpad or trackpoint device as someone else suggested would be a good idea. When you're on your desk, use the mouse; otherwise, use the pointing device integrated into the keyboard.

RE: I'll never buy one...
By ChefJoe on 6/30/2006 11:14:23 AM , Rating: 2

Lenovo calls this keyboard with trackpoint and trackpad UltraNav feature. They make a full size and a more labtop-like portable size. They'll set you back $100 though.

If it was just the trackpoint and cost less I'd buy one for my HTPC.

RE: I'll never buy one...
By jtesoro on 6/30/2006 10:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
That's a pretty nice keyboard! You might want to check out Amazon (search for IBM Ultranav). They have it now for $84 new or $46 refurbished. You just might be tempted...

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