Microsoft Launches New Laptop Accessories

Microsoft on Tuesday announced new additions to its hardware accessory lineup that address users' increased preference for portable computers over their desktop brethren. The company announced two new products, a notebook cooling base and colorful options for its popular Arc Mouse.

The new Microsoft Notebook Cooling Base is a titled platform with a built-in fan that will elevate laptops to a more comfortable typing angle while keeping the device cooler. Like other similar devices, its powered by one of the laptop's USB ports and requires no batteries. It also includes a cable management clip. The Microsoft Notebook Cooling Base will ship in July, according to the company, and will retail for $29.95.

Microsoft first released its Arc Mouse last fall in a handful of colors, but this month the product is being bolstered by four new Special Edition colors: frost white, eggplant purple, deep olive green, and marine blue. As with the original Arc Mouse, these devices are collapsible for easy portability and include a snap-on magnetic micro-transceiver for connectivity. The Arc Mouse Special Edition will be available later this month for $49.95.

In addition to these products, Microsoft already sells a number of notebook-friendly accessories, including Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000 (also available special edition colors, $29.95), various LifeCam Web cameras ($59.95 to $99.95), and a number of wireless keyboards, mice, and keyboard/mice sets (various prices). You can find out more about Microsoft's hardware products on the company's Web site.

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