Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Elite
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Stylish, but hard to get used to
15 April 2013
Summary: I love the look and style of this keyboard, I would not have broken out the 10-key if it was my design, but that also provides mobility and a smaller form factor when its not being used (you can easily grab the keyboard and take to a meeting with you - bluetooth, no stick required, leave the 10-key behind!
Keys feel GREAT! Like my regular home keyboard feel but no cords and less clutter :)
29 November 2012
Summary: I was looking for a bluetooth keypad for my desk to reduce clutter. The number pad works great but I put it in my closet because I usually just use the keys on the keyboard. I type about 60 words per minute and no delays at all. What you type is what comes out on screen. I was a little worried at first about the curve shape but turns out I can type AT LEAST as fast as I did before- possibly a bit faster. Enough said... I'd buy it over again if I needed too.
Summary: This does work with my Macbook pro, but as a touch typist, I have to re-learn the position of my hands on the keyboard everytime I go between this and another keyboard. The "ergonomic" design screws up my ability to find the keys. I've since upgraded to one of the newer bluetooth Apple keyboards, and I've never looked back!
Summary: I was wary of this keyboard because of the reviews that complained about the sleep/wake habits of the keyboard but gave it a shot nevertheless. Well, those reviews were accurate; this keyboard goes to sleep quickly and takes an inordinately long time to awaken. Perhaps it is better with a PC (I was using this with an iMac) but Microsoft should be able to do better. More annoying was the keyboard layout.
Great Little Keyboard--problems with blue tooth connection
16 June 2012
Summary: I ordered this keyboard & number pad combo because I like new and different keyboards, and I have little space on my desk for a full size keyboard. I originally planned to use this with my work lap-top computer, as it was bluetooth. I also ordered a blue tooth mouse. Long story short, I could not keep it connected to my lap-top, it would work for a few minutes, but if I stopped to answer the phone the computer would lose connection with the keyboard and mouse and I would...
Summary: Its OK. But I have come to expect better from MS. I've owned a couple wireless 3000 KB's, and they were generally quite satisfactory. The BT KB has a delayed response when typing, and does not seem to support system wake-up.
"Lightweight, slim but goes to sleep all the time!"
27 March 2012
Pros: Lightweight, slim, comfortable to use, nice feel, bluetooth connectivity frees USB port on notebook. Separate Number pad makes for small footprint on desk when it's not needed, also allows flexible work layout when it is.
Cons: Battery powered so constantly timesout and goes to sleep. Is slugish and loses characters coming out of idle. No LED Caps Lock or Num Lock indications. Numlock functions on number pad have no legend overlay, so require memory or crib sheet to use.
Summary: This keyboard is a charm to hook up. No problem there at all. After I started using it - maybe two weeks - the O key started sticking, and it continues to do so. Other than that, it has a huge delete key (that is OK), but no Home key or End key. I remapped F11 and F12, and became happier. It does provide both of these functions with a Fn key to provide alternate function, but that was inconvenient for me.
Summary: Did not realize that this keyboard does not have keys like a laptop. By that I mean that is does not have the dual function keys that can be used with fn alt and specific keys to create letters such as é. Microsoft support could not supply a work around so I had to return it.
Summary: No problem pairing with laptop running on Windows Vista. Curved ergonomic keypad is really comfortable for long use, and the individual key layout is friendlier than full sized wave keyboard. The battery life seems to be reasonable, no replacement so far after 1 month usage. Takes about 3-5 seconds to wake up from battery saving mode. Can't tell if Cap Lock or Num Lock is ON or OFF; a status indication LEDs at the keyboard would be helpful.