May 30 2006
Microsoft today announced the availability of the Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac, its first Mac-specific desktop with a wireless Comfort Curve Keyboard and a wireless High Definition laser mouse.
The keyboard layout is consistent with the Mac keyboards we’re familiar with and, in fact, this is Microsoft’s only keyboard without the Windows Start button…but I guess that makes sense…although it might be nice for Boot Camp. The Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac is compatible with the new Intel-based Mac machines as well as PowerPC models, and will have Hot Keys that map to Mac programs such as iTunes and iPhoto.
The Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac features a silver wireless High Definition laser mouse. Microsoft claims its High Definition technology is two generations ahead of any standard optical mouse and gives ultimate precision and responsiveness. In addition, the mouse utilizes Microsoft’s Intelligent Tracking System for smoother tracking without interruptions or skipping, even over “unique surfaces”. For enhanced performance this mouse also features a Tilt Wheel for navigating and viewing documents and spreadsheets with ease. One-click access to Microsoft’s Magnifier tool makes the Mac magnifier feature more discoverable for real-time document enlargement. (Magnifier is not compatible with Direct3D API in full screen mode, media players, OpenGL, and Layered Windows. If you are using Mac OS X, the Magnifier enlarges text and images on the entire screen.)
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac will be available this summer for an estimated retail price of USD$99.95. It feels kinda like my 5th birthday party when my Mom invited the neighborhood bully; he’s smiling and he brought a gift, but I’m just not sure I want to let him in.