updated 09:35 am EDT, Tue March 10, 2009
MS Notebook Cooling Base
Microsoft on Tuesday ventured into unfamiliar territory by expanding its mobile hardware to include the Notebook Cooling Base. The first such stand from Microsoft aims to differentiate itself by measuring just 1.16 inches thick and by having a curved design that can naturally fit on a lap as well as on a desk. The unit has a single, USB-powered cooling fan to actively circulate heat and should come in both black and white colors. Microsoft is launching very early and doesn't expect the Cooling Base to ship until July, when it will sell for $30.
A second update sees the Arc Mouse get new Special Edition colors that include a more Apple-like white as well as marine blue, olive green and eggplant purple. They continue to share the same unique design that hollows out the center and provides a collapsible palm area that shrinks the size of the mouse when not in use. The RF-based wireless mice should be available in the new color options later in March for $50.
Notebook Cooling Base
Arc Mouse Special Edition