Microsoft Hardware is launching the first wireless rechargeable and backlit desktop in the industry, the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 (pictured). The company has announced the new set in addition to two other new sleek desktops, the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 and the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000.
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 and the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 combine futuristic industrial design and productivity-enhancing features. Both desktops take advantage of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system to allow users to easily accomplish everyday tasks.
The Windows Start Button offers one-touch access to the Windows Start Menu, with search functionality built in for searching the Internet or the PC. The new Gadget Button reveals or hides the Microsoft Gadgets mini applications, while the the Media Center Start Button allows users to instantly access media, including movies and music.
A special button is also available for Windows Live Call, providing users with an easy way to start an instant messaging session or a video call.
The desktops are based on wireless technology with Bluetooth. These sets come with a Bluetooth transceiver supporting other Bluetooth profiles for connections to multiple Bluetooth devices.
Both desktops feature a navigation pad on the keyboard, which allows users to control the cursor from wherever they are.
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 als sports a smart backlighting feature. With its ambient light sensing, the backlighting is automatically adjusted based on the amount of light in the room. It also features proximity awareness to sense when the user walks away from the keyboard, which prompts it to turn off to conserve battery life and turn back on when the user returns.
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is also the first rechargeable keyboard that will allow users to power both the mouse and keyboard in one easy-to-use charging station and remain fully functioning while charging. The keyboard slides under the horizontal charging station and the mouse rests on top. The docking station is equipped with three available Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports for devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players and Microsoft LifeCams.