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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: 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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