updated 03:35 pm EDT, Wed September 13, 2006
Microsoft BT Laser Desktop
Microsoft today announced a series of new desktop combinations and stand-alone mice, all of which take advantage of Bluetooth wireless connections and laser tracking for mouse input. The pictured Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 has the world's first rechargeable backlit keyboard, according to Microsoft. The design of the 8000 automatically adjusts keyboard brightness to ambient light levels and can recharge both the keyboard and mouse through a single docking station. It as well as the also announced 7000 and 6000 models also have a buttons designed for Windows that launch the Start menu, Media Center, and Gadgets (in Vista). The 6000 ships this month for $100 while the 7000 ($150) and 8000 ($250) ship in January and February respectively. Click through for details and photos of the new Microsoft wireless mice.
The two higher-end desktops include the new Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 with a built-in performance adjuster that switches the Bluetooth signal between battery life and performance, an Instant Viewer button that displays all open program windows, and quick charging that restores the battery in 90 minutes. The 8000 mouse ships in October for $90.
Separate from any of the desktop combinations is the Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 designed for portable users who need a remote to control media and slides. A built-in laser pointer at the front of the mouse lets users point to specific information while flipping the mouse over reveals dedicated buttons for navigating audio, movies, and slides. Microsoft ships the Presenter 8000 in mid-October for $100.
Finally, the Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 bundled with the Desktop 6000 is a more mainstream model that retains the Instant Viewer of the 8000 mouse in addition to a Magnifier button that zooms the view of documents and images.