RealTime IT News

Microsoft Unveils New Keyboards, Mice

Its flagship Bluetooth wireless keyboard, mouse, and USB transceiver bundle won't ship till October, but Microsoft Corp.'s hardware team has been keeping busy: Today the company rolls out seven new mice, keyboards, and combos with up-to-date technology and chic color schemes.

The Optical Mouse Blue ($35) and Wireless Optical Mouse Blue ($45) feature a new "Astral Blue" finish and wider, translucent scroll wheel for easier navigation of Web pages and playlists. The corded MultiMedia Keyboard ($35) and Natural MultiMedia Keyboard ($55) combine the same color with one-touch access buttons for multimedia commands such as Stop, Forward, Play, and Pause.

You say blue isn't your color? Microsoft chose black with titanium accents for the Wireless Optical Desktop ($85) and Wireless Optical Desktop Pro ($105), which pair a wireless optical mouse, wireless keyboard, and shared receiver.

Finally, Microsoft's first optical mouse designed for portable PC users, the compact but comfortable Notebook Optical Mouse ($35), features a red-accented titanium finish.

Eric Grevstad is managing editor of sister site, HardwareCentral.