Hardware Group expands award-winning High Definition line of mice to include more affordable models.
Sydney, Australia – 5 April, 2006 – Microsoft Australia is expanding its High Definition line of mouse products to relaunch its No. 1 best-selling mouse, the Microsoft® Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse, now featuring Microsoft’s cutting edge High Definition Optical Technology.
Rounding out the line expansion are two new desktop mice, one optical and one laser. In keeping with Microsoft Hardware’s commitment to offering its customers the best in performance and value, the line now includes a High Definition notebook and desktop mouse. Praised for responsiveness, precision and smoother tracking, Microsoft’s High Definition line continues to raise the bar for mouse performance.
“At Microsoft we are committed to putting ultimate performance in the palm of your hand,” said Jeremy Hinton, Hardware Product Marketing Manager for the Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft Australia. “We design our proprietary chip technology to provide our customers with the best possible performance so they enjoy their computing experiences no matter where they are.”
High Definition on the Go
For notebook users, the new Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 offers an upgraded version of the Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse. Laptop users find themselves working in small spaces, from the seat of an airplane to a cramped coffee shop, where sometimes the only place to use their mouse is on a corner of the airplane tray or a small café table. With the updated High Definition technology, users will enjoy smooth and precise tracking regardless of the surface. In addition, this mouse has a smaller receiver than the previous version, which makes it more portable and easier to stow.
High Definition on the Desktop
For the desktop, the Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 features a five-button, ambidextrous design, a Magnifier button for real-time enlargement and editing of any section of the screen and a Tilt Wheel that makes navigating and viewing detailed spreadsheets and documents even easier. The new Wireless Optical Mouse 2000 is an affordable high-performance mouse featuring High Definition Optical Technology, an ambidextrous design with silver accents and three buttons.
Microsoft’s High Definition TechnologyMicrosoft’s High Definition technology is two generations ahead of standard optical and laser mice and delivers unmatched advantages:
- Improved responsiveness - With 1,000 dpi (dots per inch), each of these High Definition mice delivers the right amount of responsiveness in relation to hand movement, requiring less hand motion² in small spaces such as coffee tables or airplane trays.
- Greater precision - Microsoft® High Definition mice capture 6,000 FPS (frames per second) to accurately track hand movement to prevent stopping or skipping, even when moving very quickly. The engine operates at a higher processing power³, enabling the mice to do more in less time. All the High Definition mice are equipped with a state-of-the-art chip, developed by Microsoft, which requires less power and maximises efficiency, delivering an average of more than six months of battery life.
- Smoother tracking - Each of the new High Definition mice feature the proprietary Microsoft Intelligent Tracking System —the brains of the tracking technology that reads the information the sensor is relaying — for smoother tracking without interruptions or skipping, even over unique or uneven surfaces.
Pricing and Availability
The products introduced today will be available to customers through Microsoft reseller partners in July 2006. Recommended retail prices*:
Wireless Laser Mouse 5000
Wireless Optical Mouse 2000
Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000
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1 ‘Office Input Devices – Australia’. – GfK Australia November 2004 – October 2005.
2 Microsoft internal research, standard optical technology = mouse products with 0.35 microns or older CMOS technology.