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I originally bought the wireless desktop so i could link my Desktop Computer to my 40" flatscreen tv, and must say i was expecting it to be very reliable being an authentic Microsoft branded accessory.
The Installation was simple, but straight away the flaws started to show. The range that this product gives is so poor that my desktop is now hooked back up to a monitor instead of the big screen. I have also found that if your usb reciever (for the keyboard/mouse) is under, for example, your desk, then the connection is pretty much non existant.
Once you have sorted out the issues with the connection by sitting as close to possible to the reciever, you can start using the keyboard as normal. There is a large array of shortcut buttons above the main keys and to be honest, you will only use about 7 or 8 of these. In total there are about 30 of these keys. The most useful ones are the volume controls, email and homepage short cuts, and the media player controls (which i much stress, only seem to work with Windows Media Player). How Biased!!
Most of these keys need to be assigned to a program or folder which isnt too difficult to do but can be more hassle than its worth, because to be honest, i would rather click on the start button to get to my files and programs, it normally quicker than trying to find your shortcut button.
PLEASE NOTE - Some of the shortcut buttons seem to override the 'F' buttons (e.g. F4, F12 etc). I found this out when i was trying to use the Wireless Media Desktop in the computers BIOS, and i could not save my settings or re-install my windows, until i plugged in my very old keyboard!
There are some plus sides though. the keys are actually a very good size, perfect for me in fact, not too big, and not too small - and they are very quiet! The mouse is very good, no complaints there either. Perhaps the best thing about the package is the battery life - Ive had to do just ONE battery change in the 16 months or so that i have owned this peice of kit.
In my honest opinion, i am quite happy with the purchase i made, for some strange reason! But i do not think this is a very good keyboard to recommend. I can imagine there are much better Wireless Desktops out there and maybe for cheaper. If you do decide to buy this product, please be aware that you cannot obstruct the reciever, and you cannot sit to far away, because it just simply will not work.
This product is a great product for anyone who likes to use the computer alot but sometimes has downsides such as the connection goes off.
The keyboard in general: very good and it has the same buttons as other computer keyboards and some other buttons such as interent webpage opener which makes it easier to open webpages.
The mouse in general: great stylish mouse however sometimes decides to not work and the buttons are easy to press and scroll down button is really easy to function.
Bad points: the mouse and keybord are great but the bad things are that the connection doesn't really stay for long and breaks down after a bit and this is not a problem with the computer it is with the mouse and keyboard because they have faults in them which really start to open up after 3 months of using it.
Overall good product but do not buy second hand, its definitely going to be faulty then.
Recently, I moved my computer from the family room to my bedroom and hooked it up to a 42 inch LCD. I was still using the standard keyboard and mouse that it came with. As I quickly realized, having usb cables streched out across the room on to my bed, was not only a tripping hazard, It's a good way to damage your keyboard, mouse, wires and your ports with just one incedent.
So I went shopping for the one obvious answer....Wireless! Where to go was easy, now that the local Circuit City closed its doors. Best Buy didn't dissapoint me, they had quite a selection to choose from and a price range to fit just about any budget. Buying a keyboard that comes with a mouse seems to be the most cost effective (and it's nice when things match) with sets starting at just $19.99 and working all the way up past $200.00
I chose the Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 1000 because of all the features and the nice price point ( $44.99), along with the fact that 95% of the progams and software and hardware that run on my computer is from Microsoft, how could I go wrong, right? right? Wrong!
The very !st step you must take when instaling hardware is to load the install disc that it comes with but in my case the software could not download due to a recognition error. So I searched online for an answer and found out that other peaple were having the same issue, however I did find a patch, either through the Microsoft web site or one of the muliple Tech forums that I went to ( I was bouncing around from link to link and lost track). The install completed after adding the patch and I was on my way. Wait...not yet. Now, in order to use all the nifty features on the keyboard, I needed to program the keyboard the way that I wanted it to work for each program that I would be using( It did come with a default setup but It seemed like it catered to internet explorers' basic functions. After going through all the features and saving the configuration I was ready to go online, wireless style. The boxed set comes with one more important piece of equipment, the device that plugs into the usb port gathering the signal from the keyboard and mouse. I laid the device on top of the tv stand and sit back on my bed, 10 or 15 feet away from the computer and Whoola! No Signal. There is a button on the device that recieves the signal that you push and it will search for the inital contact of the mouse and keyboard. There is a small button on the mouse and keyboard that you push sending out a signal that the device locks on to. After trying first with the keyboard to get the signals locked in, I found myself inching toward the computer. Closer and Closer I got....until I was off the bed and standing 2 feet away. THe mouse was a little better, about 2.5 feet. Now what do I do? How ironic that the device that plugs into the computer has an extra long cord that streches out to about 8 feet. So, picture this. here I am writing this review kicking back on my bed with my wireless keyboard and mouse...and an 8 foot usb cord with a reciever on the end of it......It's attached to a 6 foot usb extension cable that plugs into the back of my computer. the signal recieving device lays on the foot of my bed 2 feet from me. But it's working. I would have taken it back, but my son happened to throw the box away that night and the trash man came the very next morning. I didn't want to go through the hassle.....Is it better that the corded mouse and keyboard?