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The ultimate in cutting-edge performance and sleek design, this High Definition Laser mouse and Comfort Curve keyboard set is perfect for any state-of-the art desktop environment. With proprietary Microsoft High Definition Laser Technology, this mouse responds quicker and offers more control. The mouse Magnifier tool lets you enlarge and edit any section of the screen, and the Tilt Wheel enables you to scroll horizontally as well as vertically. The comfortable keyboard with a Zoom Slider and My Favorites Keys makes accessing and viewing documents, spreadsheets and images more convenient.

CREDIT goes to member JasonAJB for spotting this cheaper price
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#1
Brilliant price! I bought mine from eBuyer 2 years ago for £45, since then the price actually went up on their site (but its £39.99 right now).
This price is great for a great desktop set. The mouse is very responsive and comfortable to use (once you get used to not using a clunky normal mouse) and the keyboard is really good too and so good to type on. I usually do a lot of coding on my computer, and it's really comfortable with this keyboard. Plenty of extra keys, and works fine on Windows and Mac.

Tempted to get another one at this price as a spare.
#2
Have some heat from me too!

I have this - and paid a lot more than that for it!

I swear by it - the keys are soooo easy to use when you are tap-tap-tapping away or walking all over the keyboard with your paws!

Puuuurrrrfect!

xxxx

Would definitely recommend this beauty if anyone is thinking of replacing their keyboard AND mouse to a wireless one......

Good spot!

xxxx
#3
yeah ive been using this set for quite a while now, and i love the lower profile keys,nd the small angle of the keyboard makes it much better for typing out my essays!

But thinking of getting another set now at this price as im in need of a wireless set for the ps3!
#4
At the top of the keyboard, there's the media keys on one side, and a series of keys numbered 1 to 5 on the other. The 1-5 keys are extra function keys, and you can set them to do anything you want.

I used AutoHotkey and programmed some simple scripts which I assigned to those keys, so that if I press 1, a get a list websites I commonly use when coding. 2 launches Notepad++. 3 opens a list of my different media folders (films, music, tv shows etc). 4 lets me quickly insert bits of code that I frequently need. 5 brings up my todolist.

It's really handy and makes this keyboard even better
#5
MrBrightside1987
At the top of the keyboard, there's the media keys on one side, and a series of keys numbered 1 to 5 on the other. The 1-5 keys are extra function keys, and you can set them to do anything you want.

I used AutoHotkey and programmed some simple scripts which I assigned to those keys, so that if I press 1, a get a list websites I commonly use when coding. 2 launches Notepad++. 3 opens a list of my different media folders (films, music, tv shows etc). 4 lets me quickly insert bits of code that I frequently need. 5 brings up my todolist.

It's really handy and makes this keyboard even better


Looks good, can you use autohotkey to assign scripts to other keys outside those 5?
#6
kamaran
Looks good, can you use autohotkey to assign scripts to other keys outside those 5?


Yep, you can assign it to other keyboard buttons and combinations too.
#7
Do MS mice still not have "clicky" wheels ?
#8
Think im gonna have to go for this, been after a new wireless desktop for a while, was looking at the lx710 but i much much prefer low profile keys and the reviews iv seen and your comments have persuaded me. Seems to be only a cosmetic change between this and v3 so for this price its thumbs up.
#9
deanos
Do MS mice still not have "clicky" wheels ?


the wheel on this mouse clicks - best way to open links in new tabs in Firefox :-D
#10
MrBrightside1987
the wheel on this mouse clicks - best way to open links in new tabs in Firefox :-D


Thanks, dont like the smooth non clicky wheels :)
1 Like #12
deanos
Thanks, dont like the smooth non clicky wheels :)


if you mean that it doesnt click as you spin it, they dont, its a free scroller wheel.
It clicks down as a middle click which i think the guy above is talking about.
#13


well spotted mate :thumbsup:
Im sure it was higher on play.com last night, I guess they pay attention to HUKD
#14
jlow00
well spotted mate :thumbsup:


Your welcome. Feel free to edit your op if you like and change it with the play one :thumbsup:
#15
awoodhall2003
if you mean that it doesnt click as you spin it, they dont, its a free scroller wheel.
It clicks down as a middle click which i think the guy above is talking about.



Yeah im after one that clicks when you spin, the free spinning ones are no good for games :thumbsup:
#16
The picture on the play website looks like a non UK layout (the @ key gives it away)

I don't want a US Layout. Is this image just for illustration and is it a UK layout?

Thanks
#17
deanos
Yeah im after one that clicks when you spin, the free spinning ones are no good for games :thumbsup:


agreed...i struggle when playing FPSs!
But i love the set otherwise!
#18
MrBrightside1987;5124320
the wheel on this mouse clicks - best way to open links in new tabs in Firefox :-D
Is the middle wheel click stiff, i.e. hard to press down on? Thanks.

I've tried 2-3 laser mice so far & all have been too stiff for me. On the other hand my old cheap wired Trust optical mouse is a pleasure to use in this respect.

cloudthecat;5122147
Would definitely recommend this beauty if anyone is thinking of replacing their keyboard AND mouse to a wireless one.....
Hmm, might do just that, thanks :thumbsup:. Never owned a wireless kb/mouse before.

Thanks to jlow00 / JasonAJB for the good spot :)

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TigerDirect (US) video review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4BRE3UNgzU (same version??)

Only 3-star rating on Amazon??
#19
Hi guys,

Does anyone know the range of this keyboard and mouse?

Thanks.
#20
the keyboard has a highly annoying miniature shift (or is it control) key - really really irritating, up there with the poxy eee pc right-shift disaster

on top of that, this is yet another wireless set that drops letters when typing at a high wpm, and loses pixel-perfect mouse precision just when you need it.

never again for wireless, wired optical ms mouse and wired cherry keyboard for me, goodnight.
#22
earwolfigz;5125023
the keyboard has a highly annoying miniature shift (or is it control) key - really really irritating, up there with the poxy eee pc right-shift disaster
on top of that, this is yet another wireless set that drops letters when typing at a high wpm, and loses pixel-perfect mouse precision just when you need it.
never again for wireless, wired optical ms mouse and wired cherry keyboard for me, goodnight.
Thanks for that :thumbsup:. So it seems it's one of those you either love or hate!

Regarding the [left?] Ctrl / Shift key, from the video review (link in my previous post), the Ctrl key looks smaller than normal, but the shift appears double the size of my Logitech keyboard.

But £33.77 including cheapest delivery - this one includes delivery for the price :)

Edit: There seems to be a few different variations of this keyboard? The video review is different from the one at Microsoft & Play? Is it because that's a US version? :thinking::?
1 Like #23
Crossbow
Is the middle wheel click stiff, i.e. hard to press down on? Thanks.

I've tried 2-3 laser mice so far & all have been too stiff for me. On the other hand my old cheap wired Trust optical mouse is a pleasure to use in this respect.

Hmm, might do just that, thanks :thumbsup:. Never owned a wireless kb/mouse before.

Thanks to jlow00 / JasonAJB for the good spot :)

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TigerDirect (US) video review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4BRE3UNgzU

Only 3-star rating on Amazon??

Not hard to press down: i can press it down easily with my little finger...

earwolfigz
the keyboard has a highly annoying miniature shift (or is it control) key - really really irritating, up there with the poxy eee pc right-shift disaster

on top of that, this is yet another wireless set that drops letters when typing at a high wpm, and loses pixel-perfect mouse precision just when you need it.

never again for wireless, wired optical ms mouse and wired cherry keyboard for me, goodnight.

the left ctrl is slightly smaller, and the left shift is tiny agreed, but ive got use to it, and dont even think about it now.

chatmike
Hi guys,

Does anyone know the range of this keyboard and mouse?

Thanks.



Range? Depends on everything...when i had a glass and metal desk it was crap unless the reciever was on the same plane as the keyboard and mouse.
However now i have a large wooden desk the range is much better.

Just tried plugging it into my ps3 and i can type from about 12ft away...and its also been known for the reciever in the study and the keybaord work for media functions through two walls into our bathroom :-D
#24
If my hands ever become bendy I'll buy one of these keyboards!
1 Like #25
Crossbow

Edit: There seems to be a few different variations of this keyboard? The video review is different from the one at Microsoft!


The one on microsoft is the newer version 3, this is version 2, i read some reviews and it seems only the layout has changed and its a cosmetic difference. Its £49.99 on play http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/6579176/Microsoft-Wireless-Laser-Desktop-6000/Product.html so i guess you have to decide if the extra £20 warrants the slightly different layout.
1 Like #26
Here's a picture of the left shift key, sorry about crappy camera pic
http://www.tinypic.ca/images/3nn9hy7yquqhp5y2ojag.jpg

The key is pretty small, and yes, it's different to other keyboards. However, I assure you that it's very easy to get used to and I've never accidentally missed it and hit the side of the keyboard, or any other key.

I spend about 5-6 hours coding daily, and have to be very careful as most of it is case-sensitive, yet I can't say my code hasn't worked because my shift key was too small.
#27
tooner;5125282
If my hands ever become bendy I'll buy one of these keyboards!
:w00t: you don't have bendy hands now like the rest of us!

Thanks guys, much appreciate all the responses :). Will hold you all responsible if what I get is any different :p
#28
Is it a US or OK Layout? picture on play shows US
#29
Left Shift key on my present keyboard is only slightly larger than the standard letter keys, but never wished it was larger.

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/1748/keyboardkeys.jpg

Slicker, I'm sure it'll be UK layout & the pic is just for illustration purposes. But how can you tell it's a US layout? The pic is too small.
#30
ok - can tell on the pic cause there is no \ between the shift and the z key
#31
Thanks for the brighter pic MrBrightside1987 :)

That is a very small shift key indeed! What were they thinking! There's a large Shift key on the video review though - 46-54 secs in, & it's a V2. Could you people complaining about the smaller one have V1 may be? The pic on Amazon also shows a larger Shift key.

Slicker;5125784
ok - can tell on the pic cause there is no \ between the shift and the z key
Ah, right. I still think it'll be a UK layout though.
#32
Hot deal for the price. However, I recommend that you try out the KB & Mouse before buying. I bought this set a couple of years ago and hated it so much that I chucked it out and got a Logitech LX710 set instead.

The buttons on the mouse are positioned so that you often hit the function buttons by accident. The KB layout is non-standard and difficult to get used to. The KB also misses a lot of key depressions if you are a fast typist. The batteries are depleted very quickly. Until this KB/ Mouse combo, I was a diehard Microsoft mouse and KB fan. After this set, never again.
#33
No problem.
The back of mine says Microsoft Wireless Laser Keyboard 6000 v2.0

The Amazon one looks the US layout as pointed out by Slicker - there's no \ next to the Shift key, hence room for a bigger Shift button

@Lowtrawler
There's a massive groove on the side of the mouse where your thumb sits, from where it's difficult to hit the function buttons by accident (see pics)
The only app that misses keys when I type is Office 2008 for the Mac, and that's the program running slow rather than the keyboard
In two years I've changed batteries three times.

http://www.tinypic.ca/images/xdvor5df1n1ahqs4kttf.jpghttp://www.tinypic.ca/images/1h98nmjv3ruzc0n6ak5.jpg
#34
It's worth noting that this is the old v2 mode, not the current v3 model
#35
Lowtrawler
Hot deal for the price. However, I recommend that you try out the KB & Mouse before buying. I bought this set a couple of years ago and hated it so much that I chucked it out and got a Logitech LX710 set instead.

The buttons on the mouse are positioned so that you often hit the function buttons by accident. The KB layout is non-standard and difficult to get used to. The KB also misses a lot of key depressions if you are a fast typist. The batteries are depleted very quickly. Until this KB/ Mouse combo, I was a diehard Microsoft mouse and KB fan. After this set, never again.


yep. trouble is no-one can really try these out in real work situations ahead of time. so they buy them on impulse, realise the flaws and that the set has minimal resale value (and who can be bothered with posting etc). and so the wasteful cycle continues. i am carving my next pc out of wood.
#36
Lowtrawler;5125855
Hot deal for the price. However, I recommend that you try out the KB & Mouse before buying.
Good advice there (something I advise people on other forums to do).

It looks very tempting but, as you & earwolfigz say, could be a waste of money.

Oh well, looks like I'm stuck with my 6-7 year old mouse & keyboard then - for the time being at least.

Lowtrawler;5125855
I bought this set a couple of years ago and hated it so much that I chucked it out and got a Logitech LX710 set instead.
Please chuck in my direction next time - I'll even be willing to pay you for the trouble.
#37
awoodhall2003
Not hard to press down: i can press it down easily with my little finger...


the left ctrl is slightly smaller, and the left shift is tiny agreed, but ive got use to it, and dont even think about it now.




Range? Depends on everything...when i had a glass and metal desk it was crap unless the reciever was on the same plane as the keyboard and mouse.
However now i have a large wooden desk the range is much better.

Just tried plugging it into my ps3 and i can type from about 12ft away...and its also been known for the reciever in the study and the keybaord work for media functions through two walls into our bathroom :-D



Thanks, thats just what i needed, for Ps3 and for PC use on TV.
#38
I found the mouse to be great but little high egonomically but on the other hand the keyboard is very very very poor . It often misses key presses as the amount of times i have hade to repeat a ##### type password because i cant tell what keypress it isnt picking up. The wireless signal works only within 2 feet or it gets even more tempramental. it only holds key press signal for about 3-4 seconds meaning it is no good for any gaming where you are pressing keys for longer periods to move around.
mouse 8/10 keyboard 4/10 and the shift key is half size so you are constantly taking off caps lock
#39
Got mine in the post today, having a play with it atm and typing this using the keyboard.
Must say i love the feel of the keyboard, i wasnt expecting it to be so large but it fits on my desk nicely. The customizable keys are very handy and i can see me using them a lot, once iv decided what to assign to them anyway lol :p
Mouse is rather nice aswell, its quite heavy but fits the hand well. Only downside is the scroll wheel, it moves so slow, and yes iv put the settings to max and enabled it to scroll further the faster you move the wheel but its just not as fast as im used to. So if anyone has any tips on that it'd be helpful or if its just something i have to live with then let me know.

Oh and yes, the shift button is tiny as its the UK version and has the backwards slash between shift and the z key, but im sure i wont even notice that in a bit.
#40
got this item yesterday, am using the keyboard and the mouse as i type.

unfortunately the mouse is very difficult to adapt to. it seems slow and unresponsive and for a 1000dpi mouse its not what i expected. i'd came from a logitech nano which was amazing, i don't know maybe my expectations were too high.


i'm getting used to it now, slowly...




oh and this thing about the shift key being too small, what rubbish... yes its small... or a reason, this is an ergonomically designed keyboard, there's a reason for keys being different sizes. the way we type means ony the little fionger on the left hand *should* use the shift key, for typing purposes. I LOVE THE KEYBOARD. absolutely awesome :)


thatnks to the OP :D

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