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More Microsoft mice and keyboard are on the way

Microsoft today launched the world's first wireless rechargeable and backlit keyboard and mouse combination that is compatible with Windows Vista.  Microsoft first announced the keyboard/mouse combo in late June. The Bluetooth-based Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 will be available in February 2007, with a retail price of $249.95. The Wireless Entertainment Desktop will be available in January 2007, with a retail price of $149.95. The keyboard is one-inch thick and is wireless up to 30 feet away.

The keyboard features an automatic backlight adjustment that will turn on or off depending on how close a user is to the keyboard. There also is a three-port USB hub built directly into the keyboard. The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 also has a Windows Start Button that will offer one-click access to the features of the Windows Start Menu.

The company also released the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000, a model that does not have as many features as the 8000.  More information on both models is available on Microsoft's peripheral website.

Because the needs and demands of PC users are continuing to evolve over time, hardware design teams have to push the envelope. Dan O'Neil, industrial designer with Microsoft Hardware said: “The Hardware team took both visual and interaction cues from Windows Vista to help create this unique product line that keeps up with consumers' performance expectations, comfort needs and style preferences with better recharging.”

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250$ for a keyboard?
By lucyfek on 9/13/2006 11:59:11 PM , Rating: 2
a bit expensive. the news does not state it directly if the 150$ model (also expensive but if the quality was right) is a radio or IR wireless (worthless but we've seen this already). most likely it's radio (to get mouse to work) and if so, the 100$ premium for BT is way too much for the possibility of synchronizing one's BT enabled cell phone with the pc.

RE: 250$ for a keyboard?
By Belegost on 9/14/2006 1:44:56 AM , Rating: 2
If you look at the MS website, the 7000 model will also be Bluetooth. However, it will not have the rechargeable keyboard with 4port USB hub charging dock. Beyond that they seem to be approximately the same thing.

I'd really like a rechargeable wireless keyboard, but BT has too many issues, and I'm not going to pay $250 for it. $150 would be just within reason, but losing the rechargeable keyboard kills it.

Maybe Logitech will come out with a rechargeable keyboard to counter this.

RE: 250$ for a keyboard?
By othercents on 9/14/2006 10:40:08 AM , Rating: 2
You pay a premium for bluetooth keyboards and mice. This is mainly because they have a much better range than the normal RF keyboards and mice.


RE: 250$ for a keyboard?
By rcc on 9/14/2006 1:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect it is mainly due to the holders of the patents. : )

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