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In an update to a recent post, Microsoft has released more information about this sexy piece of kit.  Feel free to have a play with the cool flash demo below, before reading on!

For those of you interested in an overview of the product, you can find that information here, whereas, for those of you interested in even more of the features, check out the list below, which I've taken directly from this page.  On the overview page, you will find a number of different views of the keyboard, for those of you who want to see it from every angle!

To me, this looks really cool, and the different fuctions that the keyboard provides, yeah, they may not all be new, like buttons to open certain programs etc, but the way it will integrate with Vista will ensure an excellent user experience, and building on the button functionality, is the backlighting, intelligent power usage, USB ports, and bluetooth technology mean it really is an excellent keyboard, empowering the user to get more done, with less effort.

Features to expect?  Well, how about the following:

Rechargeable Mouse and Keyboard - First ever rechargeable backlit keyboard and mouse solution. Microsoft’s exclusive charging hub allows you to recharge both the mouse and keyboard in one easy-to-use place.

4 USB Ports - Integrated USB ports in the charging station give you the flexibility to download images from your digital camera or plug in your thumb drive or other USB device - right from your desktop.

Wireless Freedom - Give yourself room to move - wireless mouse and keyboard products let you work without worrying about tangled wires.

Battery Status Indicator - You'll know when power is low when the batter status indicator senses battery life is running out.

2.4 GHz Bluetooth® Technology - Connect wirelessly right out of the box with First Connect Technology for up to 30 feet with virtually no interference.

4-Way Mouse Scrolling - Scroll four ways for greater efficiency and comfort with Tilt Wheel Technology.

High Definition Laser Technology - Microsoft® High Definition Laser Mouse products are more precise, more responsive, and deliver smoother tracking.

Instant Viewer - Too many open items on your desktop? Click the scroll wheel button to instantly display your open windows, then point and click to select.

Magnifier - Point and click to enlarge and edit detail using the Magnifier.

Brushed Aluminum - The sleek, symmetrical design features an authentic brushed aluminum that feels as good as it looks.

Windows® Start Button - Press to launch your Start menu and search your PC or the Web if you have Windows Vista installed.

Ultra-thin Comfort Curve Design - Place your hands naturally and work comfortably using the distinctive and ergonomist-approved Comfort Curve design with quiet touch keys.

Navigation Pad - Command your PC from your lap or the comfort of your sofa with the integrated cursor control.

Windows® Live Call Button - Just press this button to access your Windows Live Messenger buddy list; then select an Online Contact and start a video conversation.

Compact Industrial Design - This sleek design reduces clutter on your desk, fits on your lap and complements your flat screen monitor.

Windows Gadgets Button - One-touch access to gadgets such as weather information, news updates, traffic maps and slide shows of online photo albums.

Media Center Start Button - One touch access to Windows Media Center.

Ultra-thin Keyboard - Experience true comfort with the ultra-thin Comfort Curve keyboard plus quiet touch keys.

Intelligent Backlighting - Backlighting comes on automatically when you approach the keyboard and turns off when you’re away - and backlit keys only glow when the lights are low, saving valuable battery life.

Media Controls - Media Controls allow you to easily navigate to next track, previous track, play, pause and volume control.

"My Favorites" Hot Keys - Access the folders, files, and Web pages you use most with one-touch “My Favorites” Keys.

Intelligent Power System - Adjust battery life depending on performance needs.

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