updated 02:00 pm EDT, Tue September 9, 2008
MS Wireless Desktops Intro
Hoping to push some of its peripherals' designer looks into the mainstream, Microsoft today update both the mid-range and low end of its mouse and keyboard combos with a new model each. The Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 has much of the same translucent-framed look of the 7000 but with a simpler design and a 2.4GHz RF-based mouse that goes without the Flip 3D or Magnifier controls but adds a mini USB receiver to let the 6000 leave home with a notebook. In exchange, the number of Favorites keys expands from three to five to help launch more custom apps or file views.
The Wireless Media Desktop 1000 is more a direct replacement for the Wireless Optical Desktop and shrinks the footprint while adding much of the style of the 6000, a Flip 3D key for navigation, and the same number of Favorites keys.
Both are listed as supporting both Macs and Windows PCs and will be ready later this month at prices of $100 for the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 and $50 for the Wireless Media Desktop 1000. The keyboard from the 6000 will be available as a stand-alone item at the same time for $60. Electronista has already had the opportunity to look at these devices: click through for a full combined review of both input sets.
Wireless Laser Desktop 6000
Wireless Media Desktop 1000