Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000
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- Calculator Functionality: No
- Chip Card Reader: No
- Flexible Keyboard: No
- Magnetic Card Reader: No
- Numerical Block Included: No
- Platform: PC / Mac
- Remote Control: No
- Separate Mouse Included: Yes
- Type: Keyboard
- Type of Connection: Bluetooth
- USB: Yes
- USB Hub: No
- Voice Control: No
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Now you can transition between work and fun with unprecedented ease and comfort. This ultra-thin entertainment desktop set with rechargeable mouse delivers on/off desk top-notch performance with virtually no interference-from up to 30 feet away.
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First up, installation is a breeze, and it took me less than 10 minutes to install this on a Windows XP machine that had no existing Bluetooth connectivity. Simply unpack the various parts, insert the batteries into the keyboard (a trifle fiddly but hopefully not something you have to do more than a couple of times a year), put the rechargeable battery in the mouse, plug in the mouse charger and wait for an hour for it to charge up. Then insert the Bluetooth dongle into your PC and load the software. The one gotcha is that you need to be connected to the Internet at this point as Windows needs to download a critical Bluetooth update before the software will install. One reboot later and both keyboard and mouse are working fine without even having to resort to pressing the `connect' button on each device.
Now you must remember that as the name suggests, Microsoft are marketing this as a desktop combo that's equally at home on your lap controlling a media PC in the living room as it is sitting on a desktop, so it's a keyboard of compromises. Stick with that thought and you'll be ok. Keyboard build quality is top notch, and for such a thin device it is reassuringly solid, with no sign of flexing. The key layout and feel is very much like a laptop, and there's a nice weight and feedback to the key presses. The additional keys are all clearly marked and well positioned, although the function keys aren't really keys at all.Read more ›
The mouse is for left or right handed people so it's not quite as comfy as the intellimouse specifically for right handed people but it is ok.
It is lighter with only one battery to power it so that's nice, rechargeable too, just the mouse is, the next one out soon the 8000 has rechargeable mouse & keyboard.
Few problems with the bluetooth not connecting very well to start with but that seems to of sorted itself out.
Slight delay sometimes still when you start typing & when it catches up some letters from the start are missing so you have to keep an eye on it. Does give bluetooth connection for other devices too so that's handy.
Bit longer to be able to use when booting into windows as being another device you have to wait until windows has loaded the bluetooth devices along with the rest of your drivers.
I have had to order another one as at home using a standard keyboard now is like having red hot pokers shoved in your eyes, it's horrible.
If you like accessing special characters using the number pad for eg holding alt down & hit 156 gives you the pound symbol, alt 0174 the registered symbol etc, well I can't do it now as I don't have a number pad on here, you can use the special button & turn the numbers along the top into a number keypad but you can't access the special characters, well not yet anyway.
(Now a while on & all you have to do is hold down the Fn key, then hit what number you want, the numbers are on some of the letter keys)
It does do some other weird things like the screen seems to refresh a lot, the magnifier facility seems to turn itself on but with those problems it's still well worth it but stops it getting 5 stars.
1) Mouse battery life - I have another wireless Microsoft mouse that requires a new battery every few months with intensive use. The mouse in this set requires a recharge every week or so, with its own supplied battery (2100MaH), and it's not much better with a 2500MaH Uniross rechargeable battery. Not a problem if you don't mind having the mouse sitting on the charging pad when not in use, but I prefer to not waste the electricity or desk space this requires.
2) I run a dual boot system. While the BIOS recognises the keyboard on every boot, Windows loses the connection each time I boot to a different operating system, requiring a monotonous reconnection every time (and this is even more frustrating if it coincides with a time when the mouse's battery has discharged...).
3) I have a wireless xbox 360 controller for the PC (also by Microsoft). It interferes with the Bluetooth K/M set, despite the fact it isn't a bluetooth device itself. None of the keyboard, mouse or xbox wireless controller work properly when they are all connected. This may not be a problem with the K/M set, but Microsoft really should manage to ensure compatibility between its own wireless products.
All in all, very frustrating, because I really like the keyboard and mouse. However, at the moment they are sitting in the cupboard, and are likely to stay there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this keyboard, it is perfect for me. I specisfically wanted a wireless keyboard and NO numeric keypad - I like to have the mouse close to my natural right hand... Read morePublished on 26 May 2010 by Colin
Really pleased with size and design of keyboard. Lots of good features for use with Vista. My PC is behind sofa as being used with hdtv in lounge, so Mouse and Keyboard were not... Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2009 by R. Ahluwalia
Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000
Mouse and keyboard have been great, much more responsive than other keyboards. Read more
I have owned this setup since it was first released and I have to say that it is without a doubt the best purchase I have made for my pc of recent times. Read morePublished on 9 May 2009 by M. Coulter
After having used a basic Logitech keyboard + mouse for 4 years, it was time for an upgrade, and this set had always caught my eye. A great buy. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2009 by N. Murdo
The keyboard is way to small, for me the normal spread of hands is greater then the length of this key board, thus your hands feel crammed over the centre... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2008 by A. M. Morgan
As a Pc novice i was expecting a very advanced and technical keyboard that would take a while to get the hang of. Read morePublished on 2 April 2008 by Mr. A. Randhawa
Love the feel and the looks of this keyboard and mouse when new and they are great to use. Just one word of warning though, my keyboard is now 6 months old and looks VERY shabby. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2008 by Mr. Adam M. Jackson
I was looking to replace my previous Micrsoft Keyboard and Mouse after a solid 5 years of use and decided to opt for this keyboard and mouse set after seeing some of the reviews... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2008 by Kestrel