Microsoft introduced their latest touch keyboards and mice earlier today, the Wedge and the Sculpt.
The latter is a mere update of the previous version, while the Wedge Touch Mouse and Keyboard are a testament to Microsoft’s undertaking of great designs.
All four devices make use of Bluetooth to connect to devices rather than a traditional cable, and the Wedge Touch Keyboard also has its own casing that also acts as a tablet stand, with a hinge in the middle to shift the angle of the tablet stand according to the user’s preference.
The cover, when placed on top also shuts it down. The bottom part, which houses the battery, allows the user to have a firm, slip-free hold, especially when turned upside down and put adjacent to the tablet surface.
It also makes use of novel hotkeys at the top-most part to activate the recently added menu functions for Windows 8. The Wedge Touch Keyboard will be sold for $80, and the Wedge Touch Mouse is dense and appears stunning.
It features a four-way touch navigation and a Bluetrack technology, allowing users to use the mouse on various surfaces. It will be on sale for $70. The Sculpt Touch Mouse and Keyboard cost $50 and are bulkier but has a wider range of specs than the other model. The keyboard also has Windows 8 hotkeys. The date of release of the products has not yet been announced.
All these to-be-released products truly emphasize the company’s aim at putting design first. Prioritizing human-focused design is a welcome change from a manufacturer that used to put minimal emphasis on it.