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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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RE: Premimum
By clementlim on 6/29/2006 3:24:45 PM , Rating: 4
No numpad...and cluttered keys like laptops. Count me out.

RE: Premimum
By bobdelt on 6/29/2006 3:38:17 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah without a 10 key I cant see many people buying this. Gamers need a 10 key and so do most business folks. Horrible. Logitechs new keyboards look much better, and I love my detatched bluetooth 10 key.

RE: Premimum
By Crescent13 on 6/29/2006 8:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously. Like someone else in the forums said earlier it looks like microsoft is just to appeal to ipod lover type users that like pretty looks better than hardcore functionality. I would personally much rather have an el cheapo regular IBM Clackety-clack keyboard than that thing.

RE: Premimum
By johnsonx on 6/29/2006 9:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
Games use the 10-key pad? Which ones? I can't recall ever using the 10-key with a game, though I admit I'm not a hardcore gamer.

RE: Premimum
By WileCoyote on 6/29/2006 10:19:46 PM , Rating: 1
I use the 10-key pad for FPS. I've been using it for years in dozens of games. I map it outas: the arrow keys for movement, ins: reload, 1,4,7: grenades, 8: last weapon, 5: handgun, 2: pistol, del: zoom/snipe. And then ctrl: crouch, shift: jump, enter: use, \: cycle weapons, ':show score. And up above: end: walk or sneak, delete: flashlight, page down: various. I buy brownbox Dell keyboards that used to come out a few years ago. They're perfect.

RE: Premimum
By WileCoyote on 6/29/2006 10:20:27 PM , Rating: 2
edit... 2: knife

RE: Premimum
By linkinpark342 on 6/29/2006 10:51:35 PM , Rating: 5
oh my god! have you futsed with The Holy Combination that is WASD????
What's WRONG with you man? It's WASD. It is as close to perfection as anything involving a keyboard will ever get!

RE: Premimum
By CheesePoofs on 6/29/2006 11:54:23 PM , Rating: 2
tru dat, my friend.

RE: Premimum
By Lifted on 6/30/2006 12:35:40 AM , Rating: 2
Uhhh, WASD is so n00b. ESDF pwns WASD so hard it's not even funny.

RE: Premimum
By Griswold on 6/30/2006 4:23:13 AM , Rating: 2
WASD is your friend. I moved from your style to the WASD style years ago.

RE: Premimum
By jkostans on 6/30/2006 9:50:45 AM , Rating: 2
What about the space, z, ctrl, x? Started playing like that before wasd was a standard, tried switching but i just can't do it.

RE: Premimum
By xKelemvor on 6/29/2006 4:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly what I was thinking...

RE: Premimum
By JWalk on 6/29/2006 5:33:09 PM , Rating: 2

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