Microsoft reveals hardware lineup

Microsoft reveals hardware lineup

Microsoft is releasing a range of mice, keyboards and webcams in time for the Christmas market.

Heading the line-up are two BlueTrack mice; the Explorer and Explorer Mini. Microsoft has combined a blue-light beam, which it says is more than four times larger than the average laser beam used in many modern mice, with specular architecture for ease of use on smooth surfaces, with its own image sensor and the arrangement of the components of the pixels within the sensor, to create a high-contrast picture of the mousing surface for better accuracy. Both mice will be released here in December, priced at $149 for the Explorer and $99 for the Mini. Australia and New Zealand product marketing manager for keyboards and mice, Julia Nicholls, describes the BlueTrack models as “the four wheel drives of mice”, adding they will work on a variety of surfaces, including granite benchtops, carpets and floorboards. The vendor is aiming to attract more fashion-conscious consumers with the Arc Mouse, which has a slim, curved form and a folding rear section for portability. A small transceiver snaps into the base of the mouse via a magnet. Nicholls says Arc makes mice a fashion accessory. “Just as importantly, its foldable form factor makes Arc a great travel companion.” Microsoft’s latest webcam, the LifeCam Show, will be launched locally next month. It has a new thin, mirrored surface form factor and can be mounted on a supplied desktop stand. It will retail for $189.

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