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Microsoft Makes a... Notebook Cooler

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • jsloan
    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
    oh forgot microsoft toilet paper and tampons. what about microsot caskets... ouch ;-)
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  • Ho0d1um
    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
    They already have the buggy software portion covered.
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  • ispyamoose
    They already have the buggy software portion covered.
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  • mavroxur
    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
    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
    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
    That mouse look hot! But you have to be a total nerd to use it {:-]
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  • n3ard3ath
    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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