Windows 8 is coming soon. To take advantage of that Microsoft has unveiled two new family of keyboards & mice — the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the Sculpt Touch Mouse, and the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard. Powered by Bluetooth, the new Microsoft input devices have special touches, including a cover for the Wedge Mobile Keyboard that doubles as a stand for your tablet, a mouse that sleeps when the computer sleeps to save batteries, and the battery door cover slides instead of unclipping so users on the go won’t lose it.
The pocket-sized Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse ($69.95) is designed for the mobile lifestyle, but still provides four-way touch scrolling and navigation. It’s Bluetooth-enabled, and features BlueTrack Technology, so it can be used on virtually any surface. It also has “backpack mode,” which means it will power down and sleep along with the computer it’s paired to, saving battery life.
The slim Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard ($79.95) is designed for use with a tablet but brings the comfort and efficiency of a full-size keyboard. The keyboard features Windows 8 Hot Key, media keys, Bluetooth technology, and a durable cover to protect it – and your tablet – from scratches. The cover also converts into a tablet stand.
The Bluetooth-enabled Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse ($49.95) is finely tuned for use with Windows 8, including a four-way touch scroll strip for navigating up and down, left and right, and swiping through windows and documents.
The Bluetooth-enabled Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard ($49.95) is sturdy, but just over one pound and ideal for travel. It has a Comfort Curve design to position hands and wrists naturally, and a battery saving mode that powers the keyboard down after a period of inactivity (and wakes it up again with the tap of a key).
Microsoft has also updated the Microsoft Touch Mouse ($79.95) for use with Windows 8 to incorporate finger swipes and movements that allow for navigation, switching through apps, and zooming in and out.