- The Washington Times - Friday, June 2, 2006

Five minutes out of the box, and I think I’m in love. The product is the Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac from Microsoft, of which here is some of the official description:

The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac features Microsoft’s first keyboard designed specifically for the Mac. The key layout is consistent with Mac-only keyboards. To truly meet Mac users’ needs, this is Microsoft’s only keyboard without the Windows Start button. 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.

For greater comfort at work or in the home, the Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac’s Comfort Curve Keyboard encourages natural hand and wrist positioning in an easy-to-use layout for enhanced comfort and productivity.

Designed and tested by Microsoft’s in-house ergonomists and usability experts, the Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac is the ultimate in comfort and performance for Mac users and includes the following key features:

— Mac Modifier Keys. Control, Option and Command buttons are right where users need them.

— Zoom Slider. Consumers can zoom in for a closer look at digital pictures, maps and more.

— My Favorites Keys. These five keys can be customized to instantly bring up favorite photos, folders, files and Web pages.

— Eject key. This key lets users easily eject CDs and DVDs.

— Hot Keys. These buttons offer one-touch, immediate access to programs consumers use the most, including those for e-mail, chat, music, photos and the Web.

The “Zoom Slider” is incredible and will be a real boon to me when working with photos, Microsoft Word documents and e-mail. There are few features which have captured my interest as much as this one. The mouse also offers one-touch access to Mac OS X’s magnifying feature, which itself will be a blessing in apps that aren’t slider-friendly.

That crying sound you hear is of several opticians bemoaning these developments.

I can’t remember a time when something grabbed me as quickly as this does. I’m stoked, and you might be, too, once you play with these items.

The product should be in stores shortly, the retail price is $99.95, and it looks as though it will be worth every penny. Every one.


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