The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 for notebooks offers impressive HD video output quality and excellent sound definition over previous models for an overall smooth video-chatting experience, but the continual autofocus feature can be distracting to your chat partner. Nevertheless, we recommend the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000, if you have the proper system requirements.
The term "peripherals" is wide-reaching on purpose to include all the accessories that will surely complete any home office or entertainment set up. Our CNET Editors have tallied the scores and provided their top picks in the list below.
The Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 is a solid keyboard and mouse combination with a bevy of customizable buttons that make it a no-brainer to use with a home theater PC, but the asymmetrical button layout on the keyboard requires time to learn. If you're looking for a more ergonomic desktop set and willing to put in a little work, the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 will serve you well.
The Xbox 360 Messenger Kit makes for the best text-entry option for chatting and messaging on the Xbox 360.
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 is travel-friendly and more comfortable than your standard point-and-click, once you get used to a few design quirks. If you're looking for an accurate wireless mouse and don't mind replacing batteries once a year, then the Microsoft Wireless Mouse 6000 is the way to go.
Aimed at relieving or preventing the onset of repetitive stress injuries, Microsoft's new mouse seems to have the right idea in its redesign of the standard mouse grip. If Microsoft's hardware design team had paid as much attention to some of its other elements, this mouse would be a winner.
It's wireless and stylish, and it offers several useful features, but the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 has a cheap, lightweight feel that hurts this otherwise well-designed keyboard-and-mouse set.
The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000 has great software features, but it's too small and uncomfortable for everyday use.
The Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless controller may be the most expensive first-party controller ever, but it's easily the best, too.
The Microsoft Windows Optical Mouse 5000 is a straightforward, reliable mouse for basic home or office productivity.