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Microsoft Optical

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Overall 6

The Fingerprint Reader Doesn't Always Work

LoveisJoy, Viewpoints
9 September 2012
  • Excerpt: When it comes to computers and technology, I am the opposite of an early adopter.  I'm more of a late bloomer.  It's not that I'm resistant to all of the wonderful things that technology can accomplish; rather, I'm resistant to being a guinea pig who is stuck with all the glitches.  For example, I tried upgrading to Windows Vista only to have to downgrade back to XP because it was so buggy.
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Overall 8

Great Keyboard/Mouse Combo - Worth the Money

phatmonkey, Viewpoints
9 September 2012
  • Excerpt: I got this package simply because I work in an environment where I tend to have a lot of sensitive stuff on my computer.  And for me the idea of a fingerprint seemed a lot easier than changing and remembering new passwords every few weeks. The keyboard works great.  I have no complaints.  My only problem with this combo is that the mouse tends to go through batteries quite often, but that may be a defect in my mouse. Definitely a good buy.
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Overall 9

"Geat product easy to use very nice layout!"

masterejk, CNET
25 March 2009
  • Pros: ease of use with the fingerprint reader, i love to just use my finger to log into windows and websites, and the mouse seems nice too but i dont use it.
  • Cons: The software!!! no 64bit support but yet 64bit has been out for a while.
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Overall 1

"Terrible product; stay away"

shadowdude77, CNET
16 February 2008
  • Pros: Um... volume controls? Like I can't find that anywhere else...
  • Cons: See below.....
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Overall 8

Say goodbye to those lists of passwords and hello to the Red Eye

TheBard, Viewpoints
4 May 2007
  • Excerpt: Bottom-Line : The Microsoft * Optical Desktop with Finger Print Reader * is probably one of the most useful pieces of computer equipment I have purchased in quite some time. At a basic level the keyboard in the Optical Desktop with Fingerprint Reader combination is a Microsoft * Multimedia Keyboard * with a fingerprint reader added to the left hand side.  The keyboard is an attractive black and silver (USB) unit with white on black keys for easy reading.
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Overall 8

"I love the fingerprint reader"

artur02, CNET
6 October 2006
  • Pros: Fingerprint reader is very useful, keyboard is comfortable, 5 soft keys
  • Cons: fingerprint reader sometimes fails to identify me, usb sometimes not usable for BIOS config
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Microsoft Optical Mouse

jpcrusino, REVIEW STREAM
6 May 2006
  • Excerpt: Microsoft is a big name… not like a big name in music or fashion; we are talking about the computer-producing masters of the world. With a name like Microsoft, there a lot to be upheld, and hence a lot to be lost as well.
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Overall 2

"Not Recommended Due to Security Concerns"

treet007, CNET
3 December 2005
  • Pros: Fingerprinting process appears to work quite well
  • Cons: Fails the gummy bear "test"
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Overall 9

"This is a fantastic device that will make your life easier, and save you a lot of time."

UWGeneticsGuy, CNET
12 November 2005
  • Pros: 1) Easy to use. 2) Well designed keyboard layout. 3) Mouse has 7 buttons! 4) Fingerprint reading functionality saves a lot of time.
  • Cons: There are no faults with this keyboard, however it would have been nice to see the wireless receiver (for the mouse) built into the keyboard itself.
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Overall 4

"Toy, not for corporate world"

rcarrell, CNET
27 July 2005
  • Pros: Manages website passwords well
  • Cons: Cannot use to login to a domain.
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