Microsoft Elite hardware "a year ahead of the market"

JOHANNESBURG (12/05/2003) - Microsoft Corp. claims that its Elite range of hardware will find favor with corporate users around the country, thanks largely to what the company says is state-of-the-art innovation, ease of use and wireless functionality.

Navigating through Excel spreadsheets and Web pages is now said to be a breeze with the new mouse tilt wheel, which aims to allow users to zoom left and right, as well as up and down with ease. Furthermore, the wireless functionality has been improved, and is now less susceptible to interference or jamming from other wireless devices, says Jane Stewart, Microsoft retail product manager at communications systems distributor, Comztek Pty. Ltd. Comztek was appointed as an official distributor of Microsoft hardware and software products to the retail trade a year ago.

"The latest mouse and keyboard derivatives offer outstanding value-for-money and improved functionality. The latest innovations, including the tilt wheel mice and wireless optical all-in-one keyboards, clearly place Microsoft a year ahead of the market in terms of the technology offered," she says.

Both the Microsoft Intellimouse and the improved wireless optical mouse range feature a tilt wheel, programmable buttons and wireless tracking, along with a host of other functionality and features, she continues.

"The extended battery life of around six months of all wireless optical devices has been widely welcomed by many users. The mice are also equipped to use one to three AAA batteries, further extending battery life and minimizing battery replacement intervals. In addition, the warranties on these products range from three to five years," she adds.

Regarding the keyboard and desktop range, Microsoft is to introduce a new range of multimedia, wireless optical desktop and wireless optical desktop Elite products. The Elite range is said to feature ambidextrous operation as well as keyboard and mouse integration into one device.

"Comztek will provide full support and after-sales service on the entire Microsoft product range, including swap-outs and replacements of faulty equipment, as well as sales training to the reseller market," she concludes.

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