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Microsoft Makes a... Notebook Cooler

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 4 comments

Microsoft’s best known for its software, but often times its hardware products are just as often found as part of users’ systems.

We’re all well acquainted with the necessary keyboard and mice products that Microsoft makes, but the company from Redmond just unveiled something a little expected as its newest hardware offering -- a notebook cooler.

Fueled by the trend that notebook are now outpacing desktop PCs three to one, Microsoft’s Notebook Cooling Base could be the first of many such products aimed at the portable user. Mind you, those who own a notebook cooler don’t typically carry it around with them through travels, but it will help to extend the life of the components inside a notebook should the stock cooling be inadequate.

We’ve got to hand it to Microsoft for creating one of the better looking notebook cooling pads. It even has the added benefit of angling the notebook keyboard for improved ergonomics. The USB-powered fan is also a plus, unless of course USB ports on your notebook are already in short supply.

Microsoft also said that it will be shipping special edition colors of its Arc Mouse and Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000. The folding-design mouse will now ship in quantity in colors of frost white, eggplant purple, deep olive green and marine blue and the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000 in blue sapphire, red garnet, pink topaz, green emerald and purple amethyst.

If color scheme was a big deciding factor in your laptop purchase, now you can have the mouse to match. The Notebook Cooling Base will be available in July for $29.95 USD; the Arc Mouse this month for $49.95; and the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000 in special edition colors is available now for $29.95.

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    mi1ez , 12 March 2009 15:32
    "Microsoft’s best known for its software, but often times its hardware products are just as often found as part of users’ systems."

    Eh? Where's the grammar? What does this even mean?!?
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    mi1ez , 12 March 2009 15:33
    "but the company from Redmond just unveiled something a little expected as its newest hardware offering"

    Erm... UNexpected?
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    david__t , 12 March 2009 17:31
    The Sidewinder series was excellent - this should carry on the Microsoft tradition of making some of the best peripherals. Incidentally, although the Sidewinder series for the PC is no longer in production, most of the team moved on to make the controllers for the Xbox360 - hence the quality of the steering wheel.
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    LePhuronn , 12 March 2009 17:36
    @mi1ez:

    The grammar's perfectly acceptable, although oftentimes is one word, not two, hence appearing the sentence is grammatically wrong.

    Strictly speaking though I wouldn't have contract "Microsoft is" as they've done as it takes a moment to realise they're not using the apostrophe to denote possession.

    No excuse for the missing "un" though - that's just bad proofing.
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