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Customer Review

on 14 November 2010
Let's cut to the chase:

- BUY THIS IF YOU WANT A GREAT KEYBOARD FOR A MEDIA CENTER PC OR CASUAL PC USAGE
- DON'T BUY THIS FOR POWER USE

Why you should buy it?
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- Small, light and wireless.
- Microscopic USB transmitter, neatly housed in the back through some funky magnetism.
- Most stylish product ever seen out of Microsoft, more beautiful than any of the Apple keyboards, regularly gets a "wow" out of even the most unexpected people.
- Space efficient design, combining the 12 F-keys into 6 buttons, the 4 directional keys into a single button and omitting a num pad.

Mine sits next to my media PC at home and gets used for simple tasks such as web browsing, document writing, controlling Winamp. You can easily control your music from across the room without even looking at the screen. It's very portable, I've dropped the entire keyboard into my bag with ease, although as yet I haven't found a context where this has been useful (usually you travel with a laptop and this only really adds value when you have a separate screen and shut your laptop screen).

Why you shouldn't buy it?
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I'm a software developer and on occasion I have tried to use this keyboard to get some serious work done at home. I think this must be about the least sensible thing to do with this keyboard.

- Top row of keys (F keys, home, end, etc) and the directional key are quite hard and don't give a good tactile feedback.
- Single directional key is barely usable for rapid movement (I often use these keys to quickly navigate code or in a document).
- Lack of a num pad is an obvious issue if you want to type a lot of numbers.
- Home, End keys are inconveniently placed.
- The F-keys are a pain to use - F7-F12 all require the use of the fn key.

If you don't use the F-keys, consider that F4 is repeat action in most Office products, alt+F4 kills windows, and F11 brings up full screen browsing in most browsers. More specifically to developing (and I'm sure there are equivalents in many lines of work), F12 brings up the developer tools in IE, and F5, F10 and F11 are important in Visual Studio.

I hope they bring out a slightly bigger version because it is very stylish and portable and I would happily buy a large version for work to compliment my media one at home.
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