Today Microsoft announced updates to their outstanding BlueTrack mouse line as well as a new LifeCam webcam aimed at budget users.
The VX-2000 offers users the ability to capture VGA (640×480) resolution video at rates of up to 30 frames per second. Refresh rates have been an issue with some Microsoft webcams in the past, so it’s good to see that this one offers a usable mode. The new LifeCam will retail for only $30, making it an attractive option to users on a budget.
In addition to the webcam, Microsoft introduced two new BlueTrack mice, a version each for notebooks and desktops. The BlueTrack mice are additions to the Explorer line of mice we reviewed several months ago and found to be some of the best around. The desktop mouse, the Wireless Mouse 5000, will offer an ambidextrous shape (as opposed to the ergonomic right-handed design of the Explorer mice) and retail for $39.95, a significant step back in price. Micrsoft also released an updated keyboard called the new Wireless Keyboard 3000, and together it will be sold with the Wireless Mouse 5000 as the Wireless Desktop 3000 for $69.95 (or on its own for $39.95). All of these products will be available in June.