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Microsoft launches three new keyboards

Posted on Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 02:55:10 CEST by

Microsoft announced three new keyboards today. Microsoft ergonomists are continually looking for ways to make PC experiences more comfortable, and the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 and Comfort Optical Mouse 3000, all introduced today, take comfort to a new level.

Building on Microsoft’s No. 1 best-selling line of Natural keyboards, Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is the company’s latest advancement in PC comfort. In fact, fixed alternative keyboard designs, such as the Microsoft Natural design, have been associated with a significant reduction of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.2

Equipped with breakthrough comfort enhancements and designed for those who already love split keyboards, Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 debuts a proprietary “gull wing” design featuring a new 14-degree gable that brings the keys closer to the users’ fingers, reducing unnecessary motion while encouraging a more natural typing position. In addition, an optional palm rest for a 7-degree reversed slope, a cushioned wrist rest and a 12-degree split encourage better wrist and arm alignment, allowing users to work and play on their computer in a more natural and instinctive position.

Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is equipped with timesaving features including a Zoom Slider that is conveniently located in the middle of the keyboard for effortless control without requiring users to take their hands off the keys. In addition, Back and Forward buttons and My Favorites Keys enable users to easily navigate Web pages and commonly used documents with the touch of a button.

Building on the popular Comfort Curve keyboard design Microsoft introduced last year, Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 makes a 6-degree curved keyboard layout available at an affordable price. Designed for flat keyboard users who are looking for enhanced comfort, this wired keyboard encourages a more natural hand and wrist alignment.

Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 also features a sleek, compact design with low-profile keys, making it an appealing, space-saving addition to the desktop and an ideal solution for anyone looking to enhance the comfort level of their computing experience. With smart features including Back and Forward buttons, Hot Keys and Media Center keys, this keyboard is an affordable and easy-to-use solution, and works right out of the box, with no software necessary.

Microsoft’s most comfortable and affordable mouse in its class, Comfort Optical Mouse 3000 is outfitted with smart features and an ergonomic design. The shape of this mouse provides more contact with the user’s hand, reducing pressure, and the ambidextrous design delivers superior comfort in either hand.

The new Magnifier tool delivers real-time magnification on any section of the screen, making viewing and editing of hard-to-see text or pictures easier than ever. The Tilt Wheel makes navigating and viewing documents, spreadsheets and images more efficient with four-way scrolling capabilities. And High Definition Optical Technology provides more precise, responsive and smoother tracking.

All three will be available later this month. The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 will sell for $64.95, the Comfort Optical Mouse 3000 for $29.95 and the Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 for $24.95.



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