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6.5 out of 10

Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000

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Overall 6

"Today, it's time to look for a replacement."

mfgeng, CNET
2 June 2012
  • Pros: The 8000 has been very reliable up till now
  • Cons: battery life, mouse & keyboard sync & response*, conflicts w/windows 7 preventing some features to be disabled. *main reason for replacement
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Overall 9

"superior to the diNovo Edge. Period!"

Bruce R Nelson, CNET
20 May 2009
  • Pros: 2 much to say here other than the "clunky" charger is more functional than the diNovo Edge, unless you are an Architectual Digest freak..i.e.style B4 function idiot....
  • Cons: I have not enjoyed more than a days use B4 recharge time which is not that big of a deal. Just put er to "sleep" at night, wake er up for breakfast. B better if one kept 4 back up bats in which case there should be an easier to open bat compartment.
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Overall 4

"Overall pretty disappointing"

zskuza, CNET
4 April 2009
  • Pros: Backlit keyboard, Charging dock/USB hub and bluetooth great
  • Cons: Mouse scroll wheel scrolls smooth instead of clicking, Extra mouse buttons accidentally get clicked, issues with charging, bluetooth dropouts and no connectivity during BIOS POST unless Hardware-managed Bluetooth selected
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Overall 2

"Extremely annoying."

nrdgrl, CNET
1 January 2009
  • Pros: Wireless connection is nice. Looks flashy. Rechargeable mouse.
  • Cons: Enormous-- not good for females. Both keyboard and mouse are way too big for small or medium-sized hands. Keyboard curve makes it even harder to reach. Mouse has a sensitive button for magnification that keeps getting accidentally turned on. Argh!
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Overall 5

"Good and Bad. Not well engineered."

lorinm, CNET
25 August 2008
  • Pros: distance is good keys are OK charging good and runs a long time on one charge. mouse pad on kbd is OK.
  • Cons: touch keys are toooo sensitive and I can find no way in setup to fix. Need to figure out how. Mouse too big! Not ergonomic mouse. Function touch key printing unreadable in room light. Not dark enough to illuminate keys internally.
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Overall 6

"Does exactly what it claims to do - but not hugely impressive doing it"

fbbbb, CNET
26 June 2008
  • Pros: All-in-one Media Center functionality, convenient in use
  • Cons: Over-busy styling, a little overpriced, overall feel a slight let-down
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Overall 5

"Cool, but not for that price ..."

patch991, CNET
29 February 2008
  • Pros: Backlit keyboard, bluetooth wireless
  • Cons: Way too expensive!!!!
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User Review

Matt Serrano, Techgage
25 December 2007
  • Conclusion: The Desktop 8000 provides an interesting look at what can be done with a simple keyboard. You can use this one device to do so many activities, from typing a document to controlling media. Other keyboards can provide the same functions, but the 8000 is designed with elegance and ease of use in mind for it particular task. It’s a universal remote for your computer, without having to change the batteries.
  • Pros: Innovative design, Backlit keyboard; the fade in effect when it detects someone is really nice, Bluetooth connectivity is solid, Charging station charges both peripherals at the same time, The keyboard is a breeze to use on the couch
  • Cons: Most of the setup is made out of plastic, Slight high-pitched humming emits from the charging station while it’s being used, Touch sensitive buttons on the top could have better implementation, $300 MSRP? Really?
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Overall 10

etremely satified with this product

markga, CompSource
13 December 2007
  • Pros: All around GREAT, Backlight keys great, Chargeablity is great, Good tactile touch, Great controls, Great functionally, High Quality, Ver compatible w vista, Very cool looks
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Overall 8


26 October 2007
  • Pros: Its super thin, Super cool looking.
  • Cons: Mouse doesn't seem nearly as cool as the keyboard
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