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Lots Of New Microsoft Hardware

Microsoft just put out a bunch of press releases about some new peripherals:

Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000:

$149.95 (U.S.), available January 2007

Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000:

$249.95 (U.S.), available February 2007, and has ambient light sensing, adjusting the backlight based on room lighting, as well proximity awareness to detect when users approach it. Comes with the Laser 8000 mouse (pictured below), and with a docking station for both (which also adds 3 USB ports).

Both have the Windows Start button, a Gadget button (which will launch the Sidebar in Vista, in XP and the Dashboard in OS X), a Media Center Start button, and a Windows Live Call button, to start instant messaging or a webcam video call. Both use Bluetooth. Both have a 30-foot range.

Wireless Laser Desktop 6000:

$99.95 (U.S.), available September 2006

Wireless Laser Mouse 6000:

Available in January 2007 for an estimated retail price of $79.95, and has maginifier, Instant Viewer and four-way scrolling buttons. Ergonomic design with:

• An elevated thumb scoop shelf maintains hand rotation to reduce pressure on the carpal tunnel.
• A rounded shape more closely matches the relaxed curve of the hand to reduce finger extension.
• An angled profile reduces wrist pronation (turning or rotating).
• The vertical right side allows the side of the hand to rest comfortably on the desk while improving wrist posture.
• A rubberized thumb scoop and sides of the mouse provide comfort and easy lifting.

Wireless Laser Mouse 8000:

$89.95 (U.S.), available October 2006, with a performance slider to optimize battery life during simpler tasks, an Instant Viewer to see all windows at once, 90 minute charging.

Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000:

Available in mid-October 2006 with an ERP of $99.95 and runs meeting and presentations by switching to presentation mode, letting you go forward, back, and full-screen, and includes a laser pointer for pointing at the screen and even writing on it with digital ink. Also functions as a remote for Windows Media Player, iTunes, and RealPlayer, letting you pause, play, change tracks and adjust volume. Uses Bluetooth. Has a tilt wheel, magnifier button and Instant Viewer.

LifeCam NX-6000:

Available in November 2006 for an estimated retail price of $99.95, and features 7.6 megapixel images and 2.0 megapixel video, attaches to notebooks, fully retractible and collapsible, built in unidirectional microphone with above-CD quality.

LifeCam VX-1000:

Available in September 2006 for an estimated retail price of $29.95, and features 640×480 images and video, plus built-in microphone.

LifeChat LX-3000:

Available in January 2007 for $39.95, and is a wired PC headset that offers in-line volume controls, pivotal boom microphone with 180-degree movement and a flexible 6-foot cord.

LifeChat ZX-6000:

Available in January 2007 for $69.95, is wireless with a 30-foot range and has noise canceling.

Both have the Windows Live Call Button, which also switches from music listening to calls automatically.

September 13th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | one comment
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