updated 09:45 am EDT, Tue August 4, 2009
MS Wireless Desktop 5000
Microsoft today rolled out its first modern wireless desktop intended for comfort first. The Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 combines a more specifically designed ergonomic curve in the keyboard itself as well as a softened palm rest to keep it use for hours at a time with less risk of pain. Although not tied to any particular operating system, it's one of Microsoft's first combination kits optimized for Windows 7 and turns the My Favorites keys into Taskbar Favorites, automatically switching to open apps based on their relative position.
Like newer Microsoft combination sets, the 5000 also gets a BlueTrack mouse whose blue tracking laser can work on more surfaces than usual red lasers. Both connect to a given computer using a single, small 2.4GHz RF transceiver friendly to the USB ports of both desktops and notebooks.
Plans have the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 shipping later this month for $80; it's available today as a pre-order from Amazon.