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March 10, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Microsoft’s newest consumer product: A notebook cooler

I guess it’s back to basics in Redmond. Microsoft Hardware today is launching its newest product – a USB-powered notebook cooling fan.

This is the first of a new line of notebook accessories from the group, which noted in the release that notebook sales are outpacing desktops by three to one.

The Microsoft Notebook Cooling Base is “designed to make notebook use more comfortable with a built-in fan and sleek form,” the release said.

When I asked a spokeswoman why Microsoft took this pluge, she said:

“The hardware team has been tracking the implications of notebook growth over the past few years, and market research showed that there is a strong consumer need for cooling bases.”

The MNCB 1.0 does look nice, as far as notebook coolers go. The $29.95 device is 1.16 inches, has a three-year warranty and is available in black or white. Pre-orders begin today at Amazon.com, with shipments expected in June:

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The cooler is also compatible with both Windows PCs and Macs.

Also new from the hardware group are four “limited edition” colors of its folding, wireless “Arc” mouse: deep olive green, marine blue, eggplant purple and frost white. The $49.95 mice are coming later this month.

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