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The keyboard from the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 set is labeled as spill resistant, so I decided to test that by pouring a cup of water on it… I just couldn’t resist not to try that “feature”. After all it is not like you can’t accidentally spill your cup of coffee or coke on the keyboard… 😉

– Microsoft Optical Technology: Use on nearly any surface
Navigate with better speed, accuracy and reliability’the optical sensor tracks movement on nearly any surface without the hassle of clogged mouse parts.
– Wireless Freedom: Free yourself from cable clutter. Give yourself room to move – wireless mouse and keyboard products let you work without worrying about tangled wires.
– Longer Battery Life: Get more done without disruption. Work with less interruption with longer battery life.
– Multimedia Center: Enjoy fast access to your media. With the touch of a button you can easily access your favorite music, video clips, and media programs.
– Additional Features: Spill-Resistant Design, E-mail and Internet Hot Keys, My Computer and Calculator Hot Keys, Enhanced F-Key Functionality.

Watch what happens when I pour a cup of water on the keyboard…

The price of the Desktop 1000 keyboard/mouse kit is $29.99.

To get a Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 kit…


If you have thought that Sony VAIO UX180P Micro PC is an interesting and cool PC, wait until you see the new Sony VAIO UX90 (VGN-UX90PS/UX90S) that comes with solid-state hard drive instead of a mobile hard drive. There is also mobile digital television support (DVB-T) built in the new model…


The VAIO UX90S comes with a 16GB flash-solid state disk (Flash-SSD) instead of the traditional mobile 30GB hard drive used in the previous model. The Flash-SSD allows the system to respond a few times faster than the VAIO UX50 (Outlook application load times drop from 9 seconds to 1.5 seconds) while also improving battery life up to 13%. The weight of the unit is just 492g or with 28 grams less than when normal hard drive is being used.

One of the big advantages of using solid-state flash disk is that the shock and vibration resistance of the device is much higher, because there are no moving parts like in traditional hard drives. Or with other words you don’t need to be extra careful when using the device on the go… 😉

Sony VAIO VGN-UX90PS / VGN-UX90 Specifications
Operating System: Windows XP Professional / Windows XP Home Edition
Processor: Core Solo U1400 (1.20GHz) / Core Solo U1300 (1.06GHz)
Main memory: 512 MB
Storage unit: 16GB flash-solid state disk
Display: 4.5″ WSVGA (1024×600) with XBRITE technology
Power consumption: 20W
Battery: Approximately 4 hours / approximately 2.5 hours
Weight: 492 grams

Sony has set a 209,800 yen price tag ($1,800 USD) and July 3 launch date for the new VAIO UX90 in Japan – nothing yet about the pricing or availability in other countries.


Enjoy having digital entertainment at your fingertips with the VAIO UX Micro PC (VGN-UX180P). So small and lightweight, this full-functioning PC is designed for productivity on the go. With a 4.5″ wide SVGA screen, Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage CPU and Microsoft XP Professional operating system, as well as integrated wireless LAN, wireless WAN and Bluetooth technology built right in. Expansion is a breeze with the included port replicator; you can even opt to add an optional Bluetooth GPS receiver and turn your UX Micro into a portable navigation assistant.

More about the new Sony UX180P


Some interesting features


The Specifications
Model: VGN-UX180P
Processor: Intel Core Solo Processor U1400 ULV (1.20GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP 2)
Chipset: Intel 945GMS
Front Side Bus Speed: 533MHz
Integrated Wireless LAN: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (802.11a/b/g)
Integrated Wireless WAN: IWireless Wide Area Network (WAN) accessing Cingular Wireless National EDGE Network with SmartWi technology
Bluetooth Technology: Integrated Bluetooth Technology
LCD Screen: 4.5″ Wide SVGA LCD, Touch Screen (1024×600)
Hard Drive: 30GB 4200rpm Ultra ATA Hard Drive with G-Sensor Shock Protection – Hard Disk Drive Protection
Memory: 512MB PC2-3200 400MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 128MB dynamically allocated shared RAM/Video memory
Ethernet: Fast Ethernet 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX (RJ-45)
Audio: Sound System – Windows sound system compatible with Built-in monaural speakers
Audio Interface: Microphone jack, Headphone jack
Media Slot: Memory Stick Media Slot – Supports Optional Memory Stick DUO media with MagicGate functionality
Other Interfaces: 1 USB 2.0 port, port replicator connector, DC-in (1)
Pointing Device: Pointer
Keyboard: 64 keys with 0.15mm stroke and 8.6mm pitch
Action Buttons: Mouse Left, Mouse Right, Scroll, Magnify Screen (Zoom In/Out), Capture, Center Button, Wireless LAN On/Off, VAIO Touch Launcher
Power Requirements: 41W + 10%
Battery: Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS6)
Estimated Battery Life: Standard Battery: 2.5-4.5 hours
Communication: 2 Built-in Cameras (front: 0.3M pixels and back: 1.3M pixels), Built-in microphone
Security: Biometric Fingerprint Sensor
Body Color: Silver
Supplied Accessories: Cingular SIM Card, Standard Lithium-ion battery (VGP-BPS6), AC Adapter (VGP-AC16V7), Port Replicator (VGP-PRUX1), 4-pin i.LINK interface, 3 USB 2.0, Ethernet, VGA-Out, A/V-out and DC-in, Soft Carrying Case, Power Cord, Stylus, VGA/LAN Adapter – Ethernet, VGA-Out and A/V-Out, Strap
Weight: 1.2lbs. (weight is approximate and may vary)
Measurements: 5.91″(W) x 3.74″(H) x 1.27-1.50″(D)

The price of Sony VAIO UX180P Micro PC is $1,799.99 (so far Sony is only taking pre-orders of the unit)

Get more information about Sony VAIO UX180P Micro PC or pre-order one for you…