Microsoft E&D Division Launches Latest Keyboard and Mouse Combination for Enhanced Windows Vista Experience

The Wireless Laser Desktop 5000 offers greater functionality and comfort to users

February 24, 2007
Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices (E&D) Division has announced the Middle East launch of its Wireless Laser Desktop 5000, a sleek new keyboard and mouse combination that helps deliver an enhanced Windows Vista experience. The Laser Desktop 5000 is outfitted with an ultra-thin wireless keyboard and a high definition laser mouse to deliver the ultimate in cutting-edge performance, comfort and style.

New features that bring key Windows Vista and Windows Live functionality to users' fingertips include the Windows Live Call Button which offers one-touch access to start an instant messaging session or a video call; the Windows Gadget Button that provides one-touch access to gadgets that display information such as weather and news updates, stock quotes and more; and the Windows Start Button which allows the user to simply press it to launch the Start menu and, if Windows Vista is installed, search the PC or the Web right from there.

"The launch of the Wireless Laser Desktop 5000 in the Middle East means that consumers have a chance to experience a level of comfort and functionality that they never before enjoyed while using a keyboard and mouse. This product is loaded with features that are designed keeping specific user requirements in mind and the device is the latest in our growing line of products optimised for Windows Vista, in line with our tradition of introducing hardware that enhances software experience," said Armagan Demir, Head of Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division.

With the Wireless Laser Desktop 5000, accessing and viewing documents, spreadsheets and images is easier than ever thanks to the smart features that help users make efficient use of their computing time.

Some of the features include, the Keyboard battery life indicator which shows two colors, green when the batteries are fully charged, and red when they are running low and need to be replaced; the Zoom tool which allows users to easily zoom in and out of digital pictures, maps and more; My Favorites Hot Keys that deliver one-touch access to users' most-used Web sites, files and folders; and Customizable Hot Keys, including Messenger, Mail and Web/Home, that allow users to quickly launch their favorite programs.

While the Comfort Curve Keyboard means that the keys are angled at six degrees to deliver more comfort in an easy-to-use layout, the Removable reverse-slope palm lift facilitates a more natural wrist position by tilting the user's hands down. The tilt wheel mouse on the other hand, comes with the Instant Viewer tool that allows users to view all open windows at once with one click of the mouse, see each project they are working on and easily switch between applications for added productivity. The mouse also has a Magnifier tool which enlarges any section of the screen, enabling real-time magnified viewing and editing of images, documents, websites and more.

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