August 14, 2006 1:00 AM PDT
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The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser is a wireless keyboard/mouse combo that will be available for $99.99 in the U.S. in October, and in Europe in December.
The keyboard includes a communications panel and a media panel. There is a button dedicated to activate Internet calls and another one programmable to activate a specific search engine. A touch-sensitive slider for zooming has an adjacent button that returns the window to 100 percent. Another button lists current open applications and windows, and lets people switch between them. That button is compatible with the Flip3D feature in Microsoft's upcoming Vista operating system, according to Logitech. The keyboard also has a digital display that lists the time, the date and the keyboard's battery life.
Both the keyboard and mouse are made of Logitech's new AgIon material which, according to Logitech, is resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. The keyboard also comes with a rubber grip and palm rest.
Another product, the Logitech EasyCall Desktop, is a keyboard/headset/mouse/speakerphone combo geared toward those who make Internet phone calls. The set will retail for $129.99 in the U.S., and be available in both the U.S. and Europe in mid-September. The headset is specifically designed to eliminate echoes sometimes heard in Internet calling, according to Logitech. The keyboard includes a "communications panel" consisting of dedicated buttons for specific applications or functions like activating a call, e-mail, and controlling music applications over the headset. The set is compatible with Skype in Europe and with AOL's AIM and Yahoo Messenger with Voice in the U.S., according to Logitech.
The third product, which will be released sometime in mid-August, is the Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 710 Laser. This wireless keyboard/mouse combo will sell for $79.99. It's intended for use with digital photography applications and includes one-touch controls for launching programs and performing specific photo editing functions. It also includes the media panel for controlling digital music applications.
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