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Xbox 360Microsoft gets the lion's share of its revenue and profits from software, but it's created a sizable hardware business, too. The company's offerings may soon grow if it releases a music player. Unconfirmed and watery rumors also have the Redmond, Wash.-based company buying a GPS maker.
Here are some of Microsoft's notable forays into the glories of hardware.
1. The Xbox 360
The successor to the Xbox, the Xbox 360, has allowed Microsoft to get the jump on rival Sony in next-generation game consoles despite a severe shortage early on. The machine comes in several configurations, and video game fans can upgrade the controller and buy all sorts of spare cables. An add-on HD DVD drive is coming.
IntelliMouse Explorer2. IntelliMouse Explorer
Feast your eyes on the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth. Microsoft has done mice for decades, pitting themselves against Logitech. The first one was designed by Ideo, a Palo Alto, Calif., design firm. The idea was to create something that didn't look like it was designed, Ideo co-founder Mike Nuttall said in an interview a few years ago.
Digital Media Pro Keyboard3. Digital Media Pro Keyboard
The Digital Media Pro Keyboard features a slider that lets you zoom in and out of documents and pictures. The keyboard has customizable keys for quick access. Keyboard-mouse bundles sell for about $80 to $100, depending on the configuration.