The Labs of Microsoft Hardware 2 of 6

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You may have heard that Microsoft recently expanded the campus a little, one of the teams that had grown out of their space was Microsoft Hardware. The hardware team invited me over to see The Labs of Microsoft Hardware and check out the process behind creating and testing products like the Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 and the Lifecam Cinema HD. Over the coming days you'll see the Mouse Testing Lab, the Model Shop (with all the really cool upcoming stuff hidden, sorry), the Wireless Lab, the Video Lab, the Reliability Lab, and the Acoustic Lab.

Today's lab is the Model Shop, where designers and fabricators work together to create the rough designs that are used to get an idea of what the finished product will look and feel like.

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    andranic

    I bought the camera the other day and did a video review if anyone is interested in seeing it. I also did a side by side with the Logitech 9000 pro hope you enjoy it

    personally I think this is a great camera and a nice set to the right direction

    http://www.guysfromqueens.com/?p=409

    http://www.guysfromqueens.com/?p=419

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    intelman

    Do these hardware labs do the Zune and Xbox as well? I am surprised in addition to the keyboard and mice, one has to make supplemental tools, stands and pouring tools. That is so awesome. If you guys need or want an intern, hire me !!

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    dentaku

    I hope more people do reviews like this and post them on C9 AND that the MS hardware people are watching the forums.

     

    By the way, that's one really crisp webcam.

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    Morgan2299

    I like Microsoft wireless mouse because it has a range of 32 ft and has got excellent sensibility, with fast and accurate movement, even on glossy surfaces. Because the sensor is in the front, the sideways movement might feel a bit weird, but you’ll get use to it fast. http://www.Start-an-Internet-business.net

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    TinyA

    "I like Microsoft wireless mouse because it has a range of 32 ft and has got excellent sensibility, with fast and accurate movement, even on glossy surfaces. Because the sensor is in the front, the sideways movement might feel a bit weird, but you’ll get use to it fast."

    I agree.

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    Andreas

    I've got the Wireless Laser 6000 and I got really disappointed by the quality of the rubber used on it. Same thing with the smaller Notebook Laser 7000. After short time, on both mice the rubber started to take on a really nasty color (no, I am not a smoker) and started to dissolve.
    Another piece of (used to be) excellent hardware is the natural keyboard. My first model (the old white one from '98 i guess) I had for 5 years before it broke. My next, the black one already, lost key contacts after less than 8 months, the 3rd one lasted less than 6 months before having the same contact problems. The 4th I cant 100% blame on MS since I spilled coffee on it and it never again worked (though this didnt affect the white natural ever). Lets see how long my current model will last.

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