Of BlueTrack Mice & Uber Keyboards - Microsoft Hardware Celebrates 25 Years

Microsoft Hardware - Celebrating 25 Years of Success

Microsoft Hardware - Celebrating 25 Years of Success

Held at the hip and happening St. James Power Station today, Microsoft Hardware celebrated 25 years of success in the hardware peripherals business with a bang by announcing the launch of a wide new range of products. Whether you be a hardcore gaming enthusiast or just a casual user, there's something for everyone.

The highlight of the day however, was undoubtedly the Microsoft Explorer Mouse featuring the new BlueTrack technology, which allows the mouse to track accurately across virtually any surface (except glass and plastic of course), making it suitable for use in other environments besides your office table. We gave it a go and found it to be accurate even on the soft foam-like testing surface that was provided.

 Katherine Teu, Microsoft Asia's Regional Marketing Manager for Hardware & Entertainment & Devices Division, shared with us the capabilities of the new BlueTrack technology.

 The Explorer mouse with BlueTrack technology comes in two sizes, standard and mini. This is the mini one, ideal for the frequent traveller. The standard size Explorer mouse will be available in the fourth quarter of 2008 for an estimated retail price of S$109.90, while the Mini version will retail at S$79.90.

For the fashion-conscious, there is the painfully stylish Arc Mouse. Not only does it boast the looks, it is highly portable as well, thanks to its a collapsible design that allows it to be folded in half and stowed away easily. This will surely be a popular mouse amongst the ladies.

For gamers, there is the SideWinder X6 gaming keyboard. Featuring a detachable and switchable keypad, in-game macro record button, the ability to store up to 90 macros per game and automatic profile switching, this is one keyboard gamers would kill to have. The SideWinder X6 will be available later this year near the holiday season and will also be appearing in a special bundle with Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. The price of this special bundle has yet to be confirmed but we bet C&C fans are already salivating at the prospects of using the nifty macro functions to dominate their opponents.

 Who says mice need to look boring? We think the Arc Mouse looks absolutely gorgeous and it will be available later this year for S$89.90.

 The SideWinder X6 is a gamer's wet dream come true. Detachable keypad, profile switch and customizable macros make this a killer gaming keyboard. It also comes with an equally "killer" price too. Try S$119. That however should not deter gaming enthusiasts who are already forking out such sums for their Razer and Logitech equivalents.

 These pretty ladies happily showing off Microsoft's latest range of peripherals.

Lastly, Microsoft also introduced a new webcam called the LifeCam Show, which features an unique attachment system that allows you to easily attach it to any PC or notebook. More interestingly, Microsoft also said that there'll be an ultra high-end gaming mouse coming early next year. It will be known as the SideWinder X8, and it'll boast class-leading 4000 DPI scanning, on-the-fly DPI switching, macro-recording, amongst many other features. We can hardly wait. As it is, we'll be trying to get our hands on some of these new peripherals into our labs for a closer look, so keep an eye out on www.hardwarezone.com.