Most notably, the keyboard and mouse, both wireless, carry batteries that can be recharged in docking stations of the 8000 system. Microsoft said that a full charge takes about 90 minutes and the keyboard can be used during the charging process. Among the features of the keyboard is automated backlighting that allows users to dim room lights when watching a video or playing a game on the PC - without losing sight of the keyboard controls.The combo will be released shortly after the launch of Windows Vista in January 2007. More details and photos over at TG Daily.
The 1" thin, Bluetooth-based 8000 keyboard comes with a few Vista and XP specific buttons such as a new Start button and a speed dial feature for web conferencing. There are also three USB ports that are integrated into the device. Complementing the keyboard is the Laser Mouse 8000, which integrates customizable button functions and works with "virtually no latency," Microsoft said. The set will be available in February of next year and carry a price tag of about $250.
Microsoft's Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000
Posted on Monday, September 18 2006 @ 8:12 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck