Hands up if you've ever taken a cheap
shot at Microsoft. Yes okay, my hand's up too, it's
just they're such a big target they're easy to hit.
We could probably spend the next 12 months arguing
about the merits of their operating systems and still
be no nearer deciding if we love it or hate it but
when it comes to their range of hardware I've got
to come clean and admit it's probably some of the
very best around.
Like most of you, when I first heard
that Microsoft were set to market their own peripherals
for the PC I was skeptical. I was fairly convinced
that what we were about to see was a range of reasonable
quality but vastly overpriced items that could be
bought better and cheaper from other manufacturers.
I suppose the fact that I have a Microsoft mouse and
joystick on my personal system and have three of their
keyboards, two mice and two joysticks up in the lab
proves I was wrong.
I know it would be big and clever of
me to talk about my refusal to buy Microsoft because
I object to fueling the Bill Gates "empire",
and to cleanse my soul by denouncing them as the anti-Christ,
an embodiment of all that's wrong in the world, but
I'm not going to. My wallet is a fussy little device
that's not the easiest of things to break into and
it responds to only one trigger....value! and that's
what Microsoft have been bringing to the peripherals
market since they started.
Today I want to look at one of the new
range of products introduced by Microsoft at the beginning
of October, the Wireless Optical Desktop Elite. Combining
a very slick wireless keyboard and a revamped and
improved version of the popular Intellimouse Explorer
this could very well be what your desktop has been
Let's get to it!