Microsoft Metro BlueTrack mouse leaks early
A new Microsoft mouse has surfaced on Russian website TheVista ahead of any sort of official announcement. Called the Metro Mouse, it will be part of Microsoft's blue laser-based BlueTrack mouse line. Also, at a projected retail price of $20, it would be the cheapest in the range, below even the $30 Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500. The mouse is ambidextrous, like others in the range.
Microsoft adds first budget blue laser mice
Microsoft today launched three mice that finally bring the company's BlueTrack sensors to entry-level mice. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 leads the introductions and should give notebook users a simple blue laser mouse that can work on unusual surfaces. It works as a simple, ambidextrous three-button mouse with scrolling but has an RF-based USB nano transceiver that should give the mouse eight months of typical use between charges.
Logitech Darkfield Mice
Logitech on Wednesday answered Microsoft's BlueTrack with two mice using its own technology to work on any available surface. The Performance Mouse MX and Anywhere Mouse MX both use a laser variant nicknamed Darkfield that uses microscopy to follow dust or very fine imperfections in the surface and can track on glass, granite or other areas where a broader look wouldn't generate enough data. Both also use the new Unifying receiver to support multiple RF-based Logitech devices through one USB adapter.
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.
MS BlueTrack 5000 and 6000
Microsoft grew its lineup of BlueTrack-based devices today with two new mice as well as the first combo kit with the technology. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 is the first of the blue laser mice to include a mini USB transceiver and is particularly suited to notebooks, as owners can use the mouse on almost any flat surface while keeping the 2.4GHz RF adapter plugged into a portable while it's stowed away in a bag. The five-button mouse lasts for up to 10 months on its batteries and has a proper power switch to prevent the mouse from waking its host computer.
SideWinder X8 shipping
Microsoft on Tuesday announced its SideWinder X8 wireless gaming mouse introduced in the fall will be shipping this week. The peripheral is Microsoft's most advanced with a BlueTrack blue LED sensorand has a tracking range of between 250dpi to 4,000dpi while also updating at 13,000 frames per second and covering distances of up to 120 inches per second.
MS SideWinder X8 Mouse
Microsoft today finished off a set of peripheral announcements with one final update to the SideWinder gaming series. The X8 wireless mouse is considered by the company to be one of the quickest and most precise mice yet through a combination of technologies. It uses the same BlueTrack blue LED sensing as the new Explorer mice to properly track over more surfaces but also boosts the sensitivity to as much as 4,000DPI, twice as much as the corded SideWinder X5 and enough to match faster gaming or those with very large displays.
Microsoft BlueTrack Mice
Microsoft this morning confirmed some rumors with the launch of its first-ever BlueTrack mice. The Explorer and notebook-sized Explorer Mini both use a blue light and optical sensor that generates a larger, starker relief of the mousing surface than either red-light optical or laser, allowing the mice to not only improve their accuracy but to work on uneven or low-contrast surfaces that would confuse normal mice, such as carpet.