Microsoft rolled out a new keyboard set today, the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000.
Both the mouse and keyboard of the Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 use 2.4GHz wireless technology to give you lots of freedom. According to Microsoft the devices can work up to 30 feet away from the transceiver.
The keyboard of this set features a "gull wing" design which aims to bring the keys closer to the user's fingers. The keyboard has a 12-degree split and a 14-degree gable to encourage better wrist and arm alignment and features an optional palm rest.
The keyboard features a two-color battery life indicator that warns users when it is time to replace batteries; red means the batteries are running low on power, and solid green glows and then fades away when new batteries are inserted. In addition, the keyboard includes great productivity features, including easy-to-access forward and back buttons; Zoom, a slider to zoom in and out when navigating large documents or images; and customizable Hot Keys such as Mail, Web/Home, Search and more.
The mouse is in design to the recently launched Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000, with the addition of 2.4 GHz wireless technology. The mouse’s Natural design was inspired by the shape of a baseball and driven by the way a hand rests in a relaxed state, with the wrist more parallel to the side of the body and the fingers maintaining their relaxed curl. Signature Natural design elements include these:
Vertical right side. Allows the user to rest comfortably on the side of the hand, rather than on the carpal tunnel area
Elevated thumb scoop. Keeps the user’s hand in a more natural position by rotating the hand into a more vertical position, a posture that has been associated with a reduction in carpal tunnel pressure
The mouse also features a two-color battery life indicator that warns users when it is time to replace batteries
The Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 will be available in July for $149.95.