Microsoft has launched a new range of wireless mice and keyboards in a variety of colours, patterns and textures in an effort to satisfy consumer demand for individuality. The new wireless devices contain energy-efficient optical chips that extend battery life to up to an average of six months. The optical chips conserve power by automatically alternating between three different power modes — active, idle and dormant — in accordance with movements. The new devices also feature 27MHz receiver technology that is designed to reduce the likelihood of cross talk, which occurs when two wireless mice or keyboards are working in close proximity and have the same wireless transmission codes, and the impact of signal interference or jamming, which occurs when other wireless devices obstruct a wireless mouse or keyboard signal. Microsoft has also introduced new scrolling technology in its latest mice such as horizontal scrolling, which allows quick movement between the right and left margins of extra wide documents, enhanced accelerated scrolling, and an application switching button which permits movement between open windows on the screen by pushing down on the scroll wheel. Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop bundles are available from October. Contact Microsoft for a pricing list and to locate your nearest distributor.
RRP: Wireless Optical Desktop $179.95; Wireless Optical Desktop Pro $199.95; Wireless Desktop Elite $229.95