The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is wireless combination mouse-and-keyboard designed to be used in your living room with your HTPC running Windows Vista. The keyboard has a thin-profile (0.77" thick) with a Comfort Curve design and has backlit keys for use in a darkened room. It operates using the Bluetooth wireless protocol at 2.4 GHz giving allowing you to roam up to 30 feet from the included charging base station.
To charge your keyboard and/or mouse, you simply slide them into the base station that is attached via USB to your PC. The base station includes 2 USB ports for charging and attaching other devices. The mouse that comes with this package is the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000. Both the mouse and keyboard feature a battery status indicator so you know how much battery life you have remaining before requiring a charge.
The keyboard includes many special function keys optimized for the HTPC: 1) Start button - one touch access to the Windows Start button, 2) Gadget button - reveals or hides the information you use most like weather or sports, 3) Media Center Start button - for launch Windows Media Center, and 4) Windows Live Call button - for quick access to your MSN Messenger client and contact list.
- Wireless Bluetooth at 2.4 GHz with 30 ft. range
- Comfort Curve design keyboard
- Backlit keyboard
- USB base station with Bluetooth/Charging/USB hub
- Special media/communication/shortcut keys
- Includes Wireless Laser Mouse 8000
- Battery status indicator on mouse and keyboard
- Keyboard dimensions: 17.7 " x 0.77"
The 8000 will be released in stores on September 1st, 2007 and will retail for $300. The 8000 is next-generation model in the Entertainment Desktop line, preceded by the 7000 released in Q1 2007.