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IBM today launched a wireless keyboard and mouse and five extra models for its NetVista X40 line of desktop PCs.

The PCs include the NetVista X40i model, which comes with the Rapid Access Wireless Keyboard and ScrollPoint wireless mouse as standard.

The black machine comes with a up to a 1GHz Intel chip and a 15-inch flat panel monitor on a stand (or a 'radial arm X mount'), while the DVD or CD-RW drives are hidden under the screen.

IBM reckons these latest NetVista models take up around 75 per cent less space than traditional desktop systems.

The basic X40i system, with Celeron 633, 20GB hard drive, 64MB DRAM, and either Windows 2000 or ME, costs from $1,399. This includes the wireless keyboard and mouse, according to IBM's site. Prices for the other new models in the NetVista X40 range start at $1,899 - all are available from today.

The keyboard and mouse cost $99 if sold separately to the PC, and the monitor stand is priced at $219.

The keyboard and mouse use advanced radio frequency (RF) technology, and offer 12 separate RF channels to limit interference from other devices. They are available from today on IBM's Website and will start shipping later this month.

More information can be found here. ®

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