Microsoft unveils new webcams, mice


  • Technology
  • Tuesday, 06 Apr 2010

PETALING JAYA: Microsoft has unveiled two new webcams — namely the LifeCam HD-5000 and LifeCam HD-6000. The HD-5000 and HD-6000 offer better video quality at 720p high definition (HD) widescreen video.

The HD-5000 features a flexible attachment base that bends to fit on most surfaces, including on top of flatscreen monitors and notebook screens, or even on the desk.

Meanwhile the HD-6000 is designed for notebooks. It features a 360° rotation view, allowing users to point the webcam in any direction to share moments with family and friends.

Both webcams are powered by TrueColour image processing technology, which has the ability to analyse the user’s environment and automatically adjust the LifeCam settings to provide better quality video.

The TrueColour technology (which includes face tracking technology) can detect a person’s face effectively, thus ensuring that the video call picture is not overexposed or underexposed, even in challenging lighting conditions, Microsoft claimed.

The company also unveiled two wireless mice and one wired mouse — namely the Mobile Mouse 3500, Mobile Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500 respectively.

All three mice are powered by BlueTrack technology, which lets users ditch their mouse pad and use their mouse virtually anywhere, from granite kitchen counters to wood tables at the coffee shop.

The Comfort Mouse 4500 is the first wired mouse that features the BlueTrack technology, Microsoft said.

The HD-5000 retails at RM149 and is expected to be available in the middle of the month while the HD-6000 retails at RM179 and is expected to be available in mid May.

The Mobile Mouse 3500 is priced at RM99 and ships in mid May while the Mobile Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500 retails at RM89 and RM79 respectively. Both will be available this month.

++++ www.microsoft.com/hardware

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