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MS to ship keyboard, mouse for Macs

updated 06:30 pm EST, Fri January 13, 2006

MS keyboard, mouse for Mac

this week announced plans to ship its "Wireless Laser Desktop" bundle--a wireless keyboard and mouse specifically for Macs--marking the first that the software giant has shipped a product specifically for Macs. The RF-based bundle offers keyboard with a comfort curve for ergonomic support, an eject key for the optical CD/DVD drive, customizable one-launch keys for specific tasks, customizable keys using new Microsoft driver/softoware, and a "clover" shaped key to mimic the Apple/command key functionality. The wireless laser mouse features a tilt-wheel and offers magnifying options. The Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac owners is expected to ship in the summer of 2006 for $100.




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  1. HouseSold

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MicroSoft Mice and Boards

    MicroSoft does good with their mice and keyboards. We have been using them for 3 years now and enjoying multi-buttons and right clicking and scroll wheeling with tilt for quite awhile. We currently use five of their mice wirelessly on Macs and PC's. If you are into leather, the leather faced model mouse is comfortable and even temperatured when the climate is hot or cold. Their software is smooth and trouble free and let's you know when the batteries are nearing needing changing. The battery life can be 3 months or so depending on usage. We even use one 15 ft away from the mac doing slide presentations since the range is so exceptional. Our Powerbooks rarely see the trackpad used since the mice are so much more accurate and comfortable. YMMV

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    They just don't get it..

    OK, MS and other keyboard/mouse developers... -repeat after me: B L U E T O O TH

    Once more in case you are totally ignorant of this product need: BLUETOOTH!

  1. dozx

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bluetooth sucks!

    In my opinion BlueTooth is really, really bad. It never maintains a connection. It is unreliable at best and I think that is why peripheral makers are steering clear of it in new products. Absolutely not the best user experience. Wired mice and Keyboards are much better. Nothing but headaches with bluetooth. It needs a major overhaul to even be acceptable.

  1. dozx

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RF

    Proprietary RF connections are much more reliable than BlueTooth and work every time you start up, none of this the computer can't find a input device c*** you get with BlueTooth. They really should just kill off BlueTooth already. It is super slow & unreliable. It has be loosing momentum ever since it was released. Even BlueTooth Headsets for cell phones just plain suck.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MS Mice

    Don't want to veer off to the Bluetooth versus not debate... but I like Microsoft's mice. The ones have had and still use just feel "right."

  1. just a poster

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    If you like Microsoft's

    mice and keyboards, you'll like logitech's mice and keyboards even more. The build quality is just better.

    Logitech DiNovo desktop and MX1000 mouse all the way!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Check your batteries!

    Dunno what the fuss is about, been using 2.0 Ghz DP G5 with bluetooth for 14 months and never had a problem with bluetooth, just forget about the batteries sometimes! And I don't want yet another USB dongle plugging the insufficient number of USB ports on my tower. RF my arse! Can't wait for a wireless version of the not-so mighty mouse, why the h*** did they release it wired only?

  1. Gorloth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RF = Reliable Functional

    I've tried them all, well quite a few and I'm using an Apple bluetooth wireless keyboard. (about the only Apple option) and a RF Intellimouse Explorer 2. All the BT mouses I've tried just suck. I wake my Dual 2.0 G5 with a mouse movement. The keyboard won't wake it. Still using 10.3.9 For some reason under 10.4 and up I have about a 1 sec delay from when I click on something and action happens. I'm going to try a wired mouse to see if it a communication problem or a 10.4 issue.

  1. dozx

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not your mac or os

    It is BlueTooth. Totally unreliable.........

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