Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 Keyboard and Mouse Set - UK Layout
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Wireless Desktop 800
Control and convenience are at your fingertips with this compact keyboard and reliable mouse. The strong, reliable wireless signal allows you to choose where you want to work. Plus it’s is easy to use - just load batteries, plug in the receiver and start typing!
Just one wireless USB dongle for the mouse and keyboard. Just plug in and go, no wires, no fuss. There is also a handy stow for the USB dongle on the underside of the mouse - if you need to transport the desktop set around.
Covers the Basics
Windows keys, media keys, calculator, number pad and scroll wheels. This keyboard and mouse set covers all the basics that you would expect, with the added bonus of having the high quality build associated with Microsoft PC Accessories.
Windows Charm Keys
Being our most popular desktop set, it seemed only fair that it received an update to bring it in line with our newer keyboards. So we added Windows charm keys to it, which lets you access the more common Windows 8 features, such as search, settings and app navigation.
The keyboard takes two AAA batteries behind a panel located at the front of the keyboards underside. The mouse takes a single AA battery, again on the underside of the mouse, behind a panel. Note that the panel is where you stow the USB transceiver.
The keyboard has a typical battery life of 15 months and the mouse has a typical lifespan of around 8 months. But you won't have to start counting days - each device has it's own battery life indicator so you will know when you need to think about replacing them.
Depending on your set up, you may feel the need to raise the keyboard up a notch. If you do, this device has two handy stands located at the back that flip out and raise the keyboard.
Top Customer Reviews
I've always liked Microsoft's keyboard and mice, even the basic ones, and this is why I chose to try this basic wireless keyboard and mouse offering from Microsoft.
Initial impressions were very good - the keyboard is gloss black with a white underbelly, and the mouse has a gloss black streak around its edge to match. They both feel a bit too light, but once the mouse has its batteries installed it has a much better weight to it. The keyboard doesn't move at all during use so the light weight doesn't affect the feel or the quality in the end.
Batteries installed (2 AAA and 2 AA Duracell batteries supplied in the box) and the USB "dongle" plugged into my PC (NOTE: single, one for the mouse and keyboard combined), Windows XP found the devices within 30 seconds and they were both ready to use. A nice touch is that the mouse only requires one of its AA batteries to work - handy if you only have a single spare floating about in an emergency. The keyboard takes 2 AAA batteries.
UPDATE: I've since tried this on Windows 7 and Mac OS, and both have worked perfectly.
The mouse is very controllable, slightly more sensitive than my Microsoft wired mouse but very accurate and a nice positive button click and scrollwheel. There are no extra fancy buttons to be had here - just left, right, and middle (the wheel).Read more ›
1 x Microsoft wireless keyboard 800
powered by 2 aaa batteries supplied
1 x Microsoft wireless mouse 1000
powered by 2 aa batteries supplied
I just plugged in the very small USB wireless adapter and let my pc (running windows xp service pack 3) find it. I inserted the batteries into the mouse and into the keyboard and off I went.
There is no on/off switch on the keyboard, I guess it must be switched off whenever a key is not being pressed). There are no indicator lights (e.g. no caps lock indication), but that's no big deal. The keyboard has a nice feel to it, and is not at all clunky. It has a calculator button which is quite useful, plus volume control and play/pause both of which I keep forgetting about! Other functions are pretty much the same as any other keyboard.
Underneath the mouse there is a place to store the usb wireless adapter should you wish to remove it. The mouse stays switched on all the time unless you switch it off, and there is a small on/off switch on the bottom. Probably 50% of the time I forget to switch it off at the end of the day. After a month it still appears to be working well, with no sign of battery failure due to me forgetting.
The mouse has just two buttons, plus a scroll wheel which also can act as a button. It has a nice feel to it. I've not changed the settings. The default settings are nice and responsive but not too much either.
The wireless range is pretty good and both easily work at 15 feet away, any more than that and I can't see the keys or mouse pointer anyway!
The speed of inserting characters or responding to mouse movement are no different to my built-in laptop keyboard or mouse.Read more ›
I also have a 6 year-old Belkin wireless keyboard/mouse which until now was my favourite - simple, but effective.
Despite only giving it 4 stars (I'll explain why), this Microsoft deskset is my new favourite. (And it must be good, as I'm not a big fan of Microsoft!)
The key features are:
- 2.4GHz band: better reception, works from about 10ft away through a wall, and at least 15ft in air for me (I just tested it!) Bear in mind you wouldn't normally want to use a keyboard through a wall, of course.
- 3-button ambidextrous mouse
- tiny USB receiver that stows under the mouse for safe-keeping
- slim profile (overall thickness of keyboard, and height are on the slim side
- keyboard feet to raise angle
- mouse takes 2xAA batteries, keyboard 2xAAA (all supplied, all Duracell in my box)
- key caps have varnished transfers rather than etched/moulded characters; these sometimes wear poorly, but we'll need to wait for a while to see how it goes...
As usual, some pros and cons to help you decide.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Standard equipment these days, great quality, no issues and value for money.Published 4 months ago by Paul Mc Donald
Love the big clunky keys and very easy to install, better that the Dell make keyboard previously purchased.
Keyboard is good, responsive & comfortable to use.
Mouse has jerky movements, has brief periods when it is non-responsive is generally not fit for purpose. Read more
These are daily used and still doing there job as if they are just bought yesterday.
As new, even after the 5 years they were bought.
Great set. Read more
I like the keyboard but am disappointed that in moderate use in 10 months all the lower letters have worn off and I have a row of black buttons. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sue West
Having had this setup for two years now I thought about a refresh - but I doubt I'd find one as reliable so all it needed was a good clean and it came up really well.Published 7 months ago by Mav617