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.