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Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth

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  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Calculator Functionality: No
  • Chip Card Reader: No
  • Chip card: no
  • Cordless: WITH CORDLESS TELEPHONE
  • Fingerprint: no
  • Fingerprint Reader: No
  • Flexible Keyboard: No
  • Flexible keyboard: no
  • Infrared: no
  • Magnetic Card Reader: No
  • Magnetic card: no
  • Mouse included: yes
  • Numerical Block Included: No
  • Platform: PC / Mac
  • Radio Transmission: yes
  • Separate Mouse Included: Yes
  • Signal Connection: Bluetooth
  • Type: Keyboard
  • USB: Yes
  • Voice Control: No
  • Wireless: Yes

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BrandMicrosoft
Item Weight1.8 Kg
Item model numberM54-00001
SeriesWireless Optical Desktop Elite Bluetooth
  
Additional Information
ASINB00007DSWD
Best Sellers Rank 676,645 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight798 g
Delivery information: We cannot deliver certain products outside mainland UK ( Details). We will only be able to confirm if this product can be delivered to your chosen address when you enter your delivery address at checkout.
Date First Available1 Jan. 2002
  
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I bought this package expecting it to open the world of Bluetooth for me and it did. Sort of.
The keyboard is fantastic. Lovely looking, great feel to use and loads of surprisingly useful keys dotted around the top for normal shortcuts. The bluetooth novelty is fun - you can type from across the other side of the room easily, although that's not entirely practical as you can't read the screen! :-)
The mouse is not bad - it's quite big and fairly comfy in the hand, and the wireless side of it is fantastic, but the only problem I've found is that it sticks to the (old and tatty) leather upholstery of my desk. I suspect that might not be the case on a standard wooden desktop. I already have an optical mouse so not using a mouse mat is the norm for me anyway.
The dongle (or more specifically the Win XP bluetooth support) is what lets this product down. The dongle itself is pretty and sits in a little stand on your desktop. It also comes with a smaller adaptor for plugging it into a notebook. Both are USB. In my case the stand seems broken and I can't get it to be recognised in there but it works fine in the notebook adaptor anyway so that's okay (I have a desktop PC).
The problem is the BT software in Win XP. This only supports 3 bluetooth profiles (out of 13). So all you can do is connect a keyboard and mouse (which is just as well really!), do remote bluetooth printing (you need a BT printer, or a BT adaptor for your printer), and do dial up networking (on a pocket pc for example). So, you cannot listen to music via your bluetooth headphones. You cannot sync outlook express with your bluetooth enabled pocket pc or phone (I'm absolutely amazed that MS haven't supported this!!!!!). And so on. Very limiting and disappointing.
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The Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth is identical cosmetically and, essentially, functionally to it's cheaper cousin, the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop.
Like their standard RF wireless product, the keyboard differs slightly from the normal 102/105-key layout. Most apparent is the change to the navigation keys located between the QWERTY and numpad areas, from which the INSERT key has been ommited to make way for a larger DELETE key. While potentially an ergonomic improvement it takes some time to get used to. The standard function keys F1-F12 have been regrouped into four blocks of three, rather than the more conventional 3x4, and redefined as programmable application keys. Normal function key operation is restored through use of the F-LOCK key, which I suspect most people will leave on as I did, foregoing the "extra" functions.
I found the keyboard comfortable to use with just enough feedback to feel postitive, but perhaps a little more "spongy" than the Logitech keyboard it replaced.
Given it's similarity to the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop, from here on I'll focus on the primary difference between the two products, the Bluetooth functionality.
First thing to note is Microsoft's implementation of Bluetooth is far from standard. The devices will only work with Microsofts Bluetooth stack and the receiver bundled with the kit. If you already have Bluetooth you may end up having to disable it to use this set. The Microsoft stack lacks a serial profile so their receiver can't be used with many Bluetooth devices, such as mobile phones.
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By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2002
... Upon taking the keyboard out of its packaging i found the instruction manual very useful and concise. The build quality was also rather excellent, which is good if you are prone to dropping such wireless devices.
The product was very easy to set up and runs well with Windows XP home and professional editions.
Another reason for picking this keyboard and mouse set was that the Bluetooth receiver/ transmitter unit works with other Bluetooth products. This allowed me to wirelessly connect my Sony Ericsson T68i mobile phone, which enabled me to transfer pictures and ringbones. This feature, i think makes this product very future proof.
A word of warning though is to keep a spare keyboard at hand. This is because the Bluetooth receiver/transmitter is connected via USB, which renders it useless if bios / dos settings have to be changed.
Overall a very god buy, which although is pretty expensive makes up for it in features.
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Cons:
* Mouse is slightly too heavy because of the batteries, more friction as a result, and just doesn't feel 'right'.
* Both the keyboard and mouse have a sleep mode, unfortunately it takes 1-3 seconds to wake up. As a result, if you don't use it for a few mins, your keystrokes or mouse movements are delayed - very irritating.
* Bluetooth module has stunted funtionality, as stated it only supports a couple of profiles.
* Keyboard layout is non-standard, again irritating.
* If you lose the CD, you can't download the software, you have get microsoft to post a replacement (why?)
* The box states that you still need a regular USB/PS2 keyboard to operate your PC before windows starts up(!).
* WinXP Only.
Pro's:
* Very impressive looking
* Bluetooth is a lot more secure than similar wireless products
If you have a laptop with built-in bluetooth, you still have to use the USB adaptor, as no one else seems to support the HID profile (at the moment).
I really wanted to like this product, microsoft have always been innovative when it comes to input devices. Unfortunately, the product just has too many defects to recommend it.
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