Several years back Microsoft got into the hardware business with a series of plain-Jane keyboards and mice. Nothing fancy at first, but that quickly changed as optical mice and ergonomic keyboards sprung from the software companies' designers. New from CES 2007 is the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000, a 2.4GHz wireless Bluetooth rechargeable keyboard and mouse combo. The device is backlit, and pushes forward a pretty serious metallic design ethos that should resonate with performance users. I think the Logitech diNovo Edge looks better, however.
On the plus side, the wireless optical mouse that comes with the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 has its own recharging docking station, and four USB ports are integrated in the keyboard too. Everything is Windows Vista certified, Service Pack 2 is required with Windows XP. The keyboard is 19mm thick, working off 4 AA rechargable NiMH batteries. The mouse is high resolution DPI, includes 4-way scrolling, and boasts a brushed aluminum finish. The retail price is pegged at $249 USD.