Microsoft Hardware is introducing its first wireless rechargeable and backlit desktop, the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000, along with its first rechargeable mouse, the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000.
“We are pushing the envelope on hardware design to meet the new ways consumers are using their PCs at home and in the office. Keyboards and mice are no longer just about typing and clicking — they are an extension of the individual’s personality,” said Danica Aitken, product marketing manager – CPXG, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft New Zealand. “The Hardware team took both visual and interaction cues from Windows Vista to help create this unique product line that keeps up with consumers’ performance expectations, comfort needs and style preferences with better recharging, real metal accents, a symmetrical form language and intelligent backlighting to continue leading industry innovations.”
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 showcases a combination of futuristic industrial design and productivity-enhancing features. The desktop is only 2.5 cm thick but filled with enhancements that provide more fexibility and mobility to users.
The desktop is optimised for Windows Vista to allow users to accomplish everyday tasks, instantly find what they are looking for and enjoy their entertainment options.
New features that bring key Windows XP and Windows Vista functionality to users’ fingertips include a Windows Start Button offering one-touch access to the Windows Start Menu, with search functionality built in for searching the Internet or the PC; a Gadget Button that reveals or hides the personalized information hosted in the Sidebar; a Media Center Start Button that enables users to instantly access media, including movies and music and the Windows Live Call Button providing users with an easy way to start an instant messaging session or a video call.
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is based on Bluetooth wireless technology. It features "First Connect Technology" that ensure the desktops will work on PCs right out of the box.
The transceiver supports a variety of Bluetooth profiles for connections to multiple Bluetooth devices.
It also features a navigation pad on the keyboard, which enables users to control the cursor from wherever they are, replacing the mouse when using the keyboard only.
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 smart backlighting allows users to utilise the keyboard to remote control a media centre during movie playback in dark for example. With an 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 a rechargeable keyboard that will allow users to power both the mouse and keyboard in one charging station and remain fully functioning while charging. The keyboard slides under the horizontal charging station and the mouse rests on top, providing a space-saving and recharging solution. 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.
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is available for an estimated retail price of NZ$499.