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At work I was given this horrible keyboard that always gave me wrist pain- so after chatting with my boss they allowed me to bring in my own. I brought this on the bases of its price (was £10 at the time) and the positive reviews I read. I would like to concur with those reviews.
What installation? You plug in and play (I have used it on both Vista and Windows 7). What I really liked was all the shortcut keys on the keyboard instantly installed without me needing to do anything.
The keyboard is amazing. The half depth keys make it easier to type and much more comfortable on the wrists. It come with shortcuts to a calculator and some that link to your audio- which is really useful when in the office or using a headset. I have had this product for about 18 months now and it still works like new. I cannot fault it any way shape or form. I just don't understand why you would pay more for a keyboard when this is an option on the market.
The mouse is great quality for everyday use. It fits comfortably into my palm with the buttons responsive enough to easily press- it glides around accurately and is sensitive enough to even the smallest movements.
The reliability of the mouse is fantastic. It still works as perfectly as the day I brought it. I know with cheap mice the scroll wheel sometimes breaks but this one is still in great condition.
The one thing I would like on the mouse is an extra button or two on the side. I understand that this is a base model so has been designed to be as simple and cost effective as possible but I think that additional feature would make this a perfect mouse.
I picked up my set for £10 18 months ago but a quick browse online and these seem to be twice as expensive now. I would still highly recommend the set but be on the look out for a bargain if they drop in price again.
I am thoroughly happy with my product and highly recommend.
Keyboards...there are a million of them, and they vary wildly in price from under a tenner, to well over £100. So where do you start? Well in my opinion, you can spend a fortune on a keyboard that is full of programmable buttons that unless you are a hardcore gamer, you will never use, or has backlit keys that are only visible from certain angles, or...
...You could buy yourself one of the cheapest keyboards out there, and save your money for other more interesting things.
Thats what I did when I choose the Microsoft Wired 600 keyboard and mouse, and I am glad I did.
Its pretty obvious from the price point that this is going to be a no frills keyboard, but thats all I wanted.
It design is basic, but the black finish looks simple and stylish, and fits in with the colour schemes of most modern desktop PCs. Overall it is well put together, and feels solid, as I have come to expect from Microsoft products.
This keyboard is no hassle to install: it was simply a case of plugging it in and it just worked.
We use it for both gaming and a good deal of typing, and I find it fine for both. The keys are quiet and have a good sharp, responsive feel to them. My previous keyboard felt spongy in comparison.
It has a few media control keys (volume etc) which can be handy, though I rarely use them myself.
Having had this keyboard for over a year now, my only complaint is that the print on certain well used keys have started to wear off. Not so much a problem for my touch typist girlfriend, but it can sometimes annoy me.
The bundled mouse is poor quality in comparison to the keyboard. It feels a bit light and cheap, with a rather unpleasent notched mouse-wheel action. However, I never bought this pack for the mouse, as I own a far superior Logitech one, so at best it is a spare.
If you are looking for a decent, low budget keyboard, you cant go too far wrong with this little set, but be prepared to replace the mouse if you find it unagreable.
With the advent of my husband dropping his laptop (d'oh!) and then the power connection getting mashed in the process we decided to invest in a PC. Our son is getting to that stage where he's very interested in technology and it was decided we'd buy a family PC to sit in our living room and have my laptop as our 'ready to use' machine/my work horse if we so needed it.
Well we already had a monitor so it was a case of buying the extras that didn't come with the PC (a hard drive was on the list would you believe ;) and on this list was a keyboard and mouse. We had a quick look on Amazon and noticed this keyboard and mouse set. At the decent price of £9.97 it would have been rude not to buy it ;).
I think Speedy Gonzales was on the case of delivering this one to us because we placed our order one day and received it the next! I was very impressed with this, as you can well imagine, and although I didn't need to restore any faith in Amazon it definitely helped win over more of my loyalty.
It came in a huge box - unnecessarily so, I would say - with plenty of protective air pocket packaging. When I saw the mouse I was quite surprised how chunky it was. From the picture I was expecting something a bit more sleek and streamlined. Never mind, it wasn't a deal breaker, I thought to myself and moved onto the keyboard.
It's a standard black keyboard and goes with our room decor so aesthetically there's not much more to it than that ;). With a child in the house the keyboard is also spill proof, which is an essential for us. Before we had this keyboard a friend actually gave us a wireless keyboard and mouse which I wasn't pleased about because it worked for all of 5 seconds. With a wired (USB plug in) keyboard I feel more secure and know where I stand - maybe I sound like a dinosaur but it is reassuring ;).
The mouse that comes with the keyboard is also a wired mouse with optical motion detection which effectively means it doesn't have a silly little roller ball inside to feel/detect a surface (does anyone remember those? I remember our family one, when I was a kid, kept getting clogged up with dirt!) and uses less power than an old school mouse. And like I said, no grime under the roller ball. It also features a scrolling wheel which is handy for scrolling up and down quickly on websites, documents and anything else where scrolling might be required. Another plus about the optical motion detection is that it will work on most surfaces - just not our glass desk ;).
All cables for the mouse and keyboard come attached (as you'd expect.) As I mentioned before the mouse seemed quite chunky. This doesn't get any different when you're using it as it feels chunky in your hand. Although I see this as a positive because it doesn't slip out your hands. Another great feature of the mouse? Whether you're right or left handed you can use this mouse. This would have been handy in my house as my dad is left-handed and would always move the mouse over to the other side ;). However this mouse has an ambidextrous design and so can be used by righties or lefties ;).
The keyboard is a little chunky, too, but not overly. The keys are quiet in comparison to any other keyboard I've had and they have the added bonus of a calculator button which when pressed brings up the calculator, a volume button which controls the volume and a multimedia button which I haven't used but can only assume it brings up the music player/media player.
Since we've purchased this keyboard and mouse set it has gone up in price from £9.97 to £13.99 so it is proving popular on Amazon. It's also number 5 on the most popular list so if you're in the market for a new keyboard and mouse? I wouldn't put off buying it.
From the chunky build of the mouse and the no-complaints keyboard I would definitely recommend this set to anyone in the market for a new keyboard and mouse set and rate it as a 5/5.
Microsoft clearly has a huge reputation when it comes to all things computer related having dominate the Operating System market with their Windows offering. As large an Organisation they maybe, I had never used any of their peripherals until 14 months ago and I was given this keyboard and mouse at work.
Both the keyboard and mouse are designed to a good enough standard. The keyboard has two little feet on the left and right back corners so you can elevate the keyboard slightly. I don't like typing on a keyboard that is flat to the desk. I find it uncomfortable and find that it's harder to touch type.
The keyboard is a standard QWERTY keyboard, which most people will be familiar with using. There is also a separate numeric keypad, which I find is useful when working with spreadsheets or when performing data entry where there is a large volume of numbers which need to be keyed. In my opinion the keys are well spaced out and the keyboard doesn't feel cramped or over crowded.
The keyboard also have the Function keys, such as F1, which is fairly standard on a keyboard these days. There is also a handful of quick keys. The quick keys can be used to Play/Pause, control the volume up or down or mute the sound altogether. There is also a button which bring up the calculator, situated near the numeric keypad.
As for the mouse, it is designed to be used by both left and right handed individuals. There are 3 buttons on the mouse, there is a left and right click button and there is the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel can also be used as a 3rd clickable button.
I find that the mouse fits well in my hand and it's very light weight. The mouse curves in slightly and I find that my thumb fits nicely in the gentle curve which provides me with a good, comfortable grip on the mouse.
~Installation and Use~
The mouse and keyboard couldn't be easier to install. Both are plug and play devices and as soon as you plug them into their own individual USB ports, they are ready to use in a matter of seconds.
I have found both the mouse and keyboard to be responsive and very durable. The keys on the keyboard haven't got sticky, there is no ware on the keys and after 14 months of use, both mouse and keyboard look almost brand new.
Both the mouse and keyboard are wired USB devices and require a USB slot each. The mouse is an Optical Mouse, which means that the movements are tracked by an Optical Light instead of the traditional roller ball. I would recommend using any Optical mouse with a mouse mat. I find that a shiny office table can often interfere with the Optical light and cause your on screen pointer to behave oddly.
I was expecting a well made product, which was easy to install and worked well with their Operating System and I have to say, I haven't been disappointed. This product seems to be durable and it's easy to install and use. You can buy this for around £15 online and it's worth every penny in my opinion. I'm sure Microsoft will be delighted to learn that they have come through my review with their reputation intact.
This product is great.. very handy to have if you hate having wires sitting about the place but i personally use this for my TV as my TV is hooked up to the internet through playstation and i can sit in the confort of my sofa whilst surfing the net and the connection is fab.. with my old wireless keybaord i would sometimes lose connection if i sat a little to far away/ i would defenatly pick this key board as it has a reasonable prise and 100% quilty. The keys are very easy to use as in past experience my keys have been a bit sticky and awquard to type with but i feel this keyboard makes it easy to touch type without having to slam on the keys. the colour is also perfect for my computor and it looks very sleek and stylish so i would defenately advise this. Hope this helped :)