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Microsoft Makes a... Notebook Cooler

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Microsoft’s best known for its software, but often times its hardware products are just as often found as part of users’ systems.

We’re all well acquainted with the necessary keyboard and mice products that Microsoft makes, but the company from Redmond just unveiled something a little expected as its newest hardware offering -- a notebook cooler.

Fueled by the trend that notebook are now outpacing desktop PCs three to one, Microsoft’s Notebook Cooling Base could be the first of many such products aimed at the portable user. Mind you, those who own a notebook cooler don’t typically carry it around with them through travels, but it will help to extend the life of the components inside a notebook should the stock cooling be inadequate.

We’ve got to hand it to Microsoft for creating one of the better looking notebook cooling pads. It even has the added benefit of angling the notebook keyboard for improved ergonomics. The USB-powered fan is also a plus, unless of course USB ports on your notebook are already in short supply.

Microsoft also said that it will be shipping special edition colors of its Arc Mouse and Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000. The folding-design mouse will now ship in quantity in colors of frost white, eggplant purple, deep olive green and marine blue and the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000 in blue sapphire, red garnet, pink topaz, green emerald and purple amethyst.

If color scheme was a big deciding factor in your laptop purchase, now you can have the mouse to match. The Notebook Cooling Base will be available in July for $29.95 USD; the Arc Mouse this month for $49.95; and the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000 in special edition colors is available now for $29.95.

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    mavroxur , March 12, 2009 2:35 AM
    Now keep in mind, the Microsoft Notebook Cooler will come in 18 versions. The 3 main versions will be Home Cooler Basic, Home Cooler Premium, and Ultimate Edition Cooler. Basic only cools the notebook up to 3 degrees, premium will cool it a little better, and ultimate will keep it borderline frozen but will cost about $400.
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    jsloan , March 11, 2009 10:41 PM
    i wonder when they will start making monitors, printers, ect...
    what about desktops, laptops, netbooks, ect...

    basically they dont have to do much, they could just rebrand the stuff that if already out there or they could pay for some asian company to create the stuff for them and they slap their label... isn't that what so many others are already doing, why leave money on the table, microsot could eat their lunches and improve their stock price while at it. what out dell, hp, canon, ect...

    what about microsoft camera, god with the cash microsot has they could make it all. how evil!
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    jsloan , March 11, 2009 10:42 PM
    oh forgot microsoft toilet paper and tampons. what about microsot caskets... ouch ;-)
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    Ho0d1um , March 11, 2009 11:15 PM
    jsloanoh forgot microsoft toilet paper and tampons. what about microsot caskets... ouch ;-)


    Microsoft already makes caskets. Perfect size for an Xbox.
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    ispyamoose , March 12, 2009 2:04 AM
    They already have the buggy software portion covered.
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    ispyamoose , March 12, 2009 2:05 AM
    They already have the buggy software portion covered.
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    mavroxur , March 12, 2009 2:35 AM
    Now keep in mind, the Microsoft Notebook Cooler will come in 18 versions. The 3 main versions will be Home Cooler Basic, Home Cooler Premium, and Ultimate Edition Cooler. Basic only cools the notebook up to 3 degrees, premium will cool it a little better, and ultimate will keep it borderline frozen but will cost about $400.
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    jsloan , March 12, 2009 3:19 AM
    mavroxurNow keep in mind, the Microsoft Notebook Cooler will come in 18 versions. ... and ultimate will keep it borderline frozen but will cost about $400.



    The prices are high because with each Microsoft Notebook Cooler you purchase you get a copy of Windows Vista which you can upgrade to Windows 7 when it becomes available for an additional $50-$200 depending on the version of the cooler you purcahse today. :->
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    jsloan , March 12, 2009 3:22 AM
    oh did i forget to mention, microsoft will be shortly offering microsoft water and microsoft air. yes that is right. microsoft water will come in 18 different flavors. all are triple carbon filtered from the original nyc source.
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    my_name_is_earl , March 12, 2009 4:54 AM
    That mouse look hot! But you have to be a total nerd to use it {:-]
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    n3ard3ath , March 12, 2009 5:17 AM
    mavroxurNow keep in mind, the Microsoft Notebook Cooler will come in 18 versions. The 3 main versions will be Home Cooler Basic, Home Cooler Premium, and Ultimate Edition Cooler. Basic only cools the notebook up to 3 degrees, premium will cool it a little better, and ultimate will keep it borderline frozen but will cost about $400.


    OMG LMAO!!!!
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    afrobacon , March 12, 2009 7:26 AM
    When I saw the title I was thinking 20 different versions of the same beer cooler. Only this cooler will bare the M$ logo and play movies while your on vacation in the empty cubical nobody knows about.
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    ossie , March 12, 2009 9:04 AM
    EULA: This Cooling Product is licensed to you by micro$oft for usage with one approved Cooled Component. Usage of the Cooling Product with non approved Components voids any and all warranties, damages resulting are the sole responsibility of the endluser. This license is nontransferable.

    If the applicable Cooling Product was licensed to you by micro$oft or any of its wholly owned subsidiaries, the limited warranty (if any) included in the applicable Cooling Product EULA applies to the Cooled Components provided the Cooled Components have been licensed by you within the term of the limited warranty in the applicable cooling product EULA. however, this supplemental EULA does not extend the time period for which the limited warranty is provided.

    If the applicable Cooling Product was licensed to you by an entity other than micro$oft or any of its wholly owned subsidiaries, micro$oft disclaims all warranties with respect to the Cooled Component as follows:

    Disclaimer of warranties. to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, micro$oft and its suppliers provide to you the Cooled Components, and any (if any) support services related to the Cooled Components ("support services") as is and with all faults; and micro$oft and its suppliers hereby disclaim with respect to the Cooled Components and support services all warranties and conditions, whether express, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to, any (if any) warranties or conditions of or related to: title, non-infringement, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, lack of dust, accuracy or completeness of responses, results, lack of negligence or lack of workmanlike effort, quiet enjoyment, quiet possession, and correspondence to description. the entire risk arising out of use or performance of the Coling System and any support services remains with you.

    Exclusion of incidental, consequential, and certain other damages. to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall micro$oft or its suppliers be liable for any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages whatsoever (including, but not limited to, damages for: loss of profits, loss of confidential or other information, business interruption, personal injury, loss of privacy, failure to meet any duty (including of good faith or of reasonable care), negligence, and any other pecuniary or other loss whatsoever) arising out of or in any way related to the use of or inability to use the Cooled Components or the support services, or the provision of or failure to provide support services, or otherwise under or in connection with any provision of this supplemental EULA, even if micro$oft or any supplier has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

    Limitation of liability and remedies. not withstanding any damages that you might incur for any reason whatsoever (including, without limitation, all damages referenced above and all direct or general damages), the entire liability of micro$oft and any of its suppliers under any provision of this supplemental EULA and your exclusive remedy for all of the foregoing shall be limited to the greater of the amount actually paid by you for the Cooling System or u.s. $15.00. the foregoing limitations, exclusions, and disclaimers shall apply to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, even if any remedy fails its essential purpose.
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    lamorpa , March 12, 2009 12:17 PM
    Wouldn't that first sentence be better if it read, "Often Microsoft’s best known for its software, but often times its hardware products are just as often found as part of users’ systems, often enough."
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    E7130 , March 12, 2009 1:00 PM
    What brand of computers does Microsoft use in their offices? Are they in house built? or Dells, HP, Toshiba?
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    thejerk , March 12, 2009 2:00 PM
    lamorpaWouldn't that first sentence be better if it read, "Often Microsoft’s best known for its software, but often times its hardware products are just as often found as part of users’ systems, often enough."



    It's oftenularly, get it right, haha.
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    jacobdrj , March 12, 2009 3:56 PM
    'endluser' HAHA!!! That was phenominal.
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    zodiacfml , March 12, 2009 4:18 PM
    the mouse looks cool, i've never thought of that.
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    hellwig , March 12, 2009 7:17 PM
    E7130What brand of computers does Microsoft use in their offices? Are they in house built? or Dells, HP, Toshiba?

    When I was there in 2004, they used HPs. Doesn't mean they still are, seems that companies like to switch it up.

    That said, they need portable notebook coolers (USB-powered fan is a start). When my notebook is stationary on a desk, I just angle a small desk-fan at it, keep the air underneath circulating, saved me $15. The folding mice are cool, my fiance stuck with Logitech when she needed a blue mouse to match her Acer Aspire, but Logitech always feels heavy to me.
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    jacobdrj , March 12, 2009 8:50 PM
    Well, on very hot laptops, the cooler is a plus. I don't need it on my TX2500Z, because I have the tilted 8 cell battery. However, you can't use it on your lap that way, so a proper cooler protects your lap and makes it cooler and more comforatable.
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    Jalida , June 16, 2010 9:46 PM
    On my HP laptop that already has 2 cooling fans on the bottom of it, this device managed to cool an extra 1°c on the CPU, did nothing to help with the ACPI or the Hdd. If you have a laptop that has no cooling fans on it, then this may be okay if you want something to put between your lap and the laptop to just keep your lap a bit cooler, however for home use, it's a $19.99 (at the local Target store) laptop stand and little else.