Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop Keyboard and Mouse Set £40.99 Argos
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Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop Keyboard and Mouse Set £40.99 Argos

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Found 6th MarEdited by:"microwavemasterchef"
Not sure why this is so cheap when it's around £65 + delivery in most stores. In John Lewis its £99.95!

Anyway, I dashed out and grabbed one before the store closed. Unfortunately it requires the PC you want to use it with to have Bluetooth 4 connectivity. My PC only has bluetooth 2.1 so I can't use it for now.

The matt black finish looks very sleek and comfortable sitting on my desk. I starting typing on it by accident before realising I was using the wrong keyboard and nothing was happening.

The keys feel nice and remind me of those on the Apple keyboard. It's low profile and compact but the keys are a good size and well spaced out. It's even got a number pad.

I'll let you know what it's like to use once I get a Bluetooth 4 adapter.
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Great price, some really mixed reviews though from what I can see
Amazing price!, I've sent a price match form to JL as they're selling it for £99.95 and i'd prefer to go through them
It's a fantastic keyboard and a poor mouse, but superb price nonetheless. I spent more than that on the equivalent Surface keyboard.
No stock near m
khush0114 h, 3 m ago

Amazing price!, I've sent a price match form to JL as they're selling it …Amazing price!, I've sent a price match form to JL as they're selling it for £99.95 and i'd prefer to go through them


JL have agreed to price match for me
JL - I have looked into your request and have found that Argos do not currently have stock of the Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop Keyboard and Mouse, Black, therefore on this occasion I cannot match the price quoted by Argos.
Number pad adds unnecessary width which makes the keyboard offset.

Manufacturers who make some with a detachable number pad section like Logitech did back in the day.
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Picard1235 h, 27 m ago

Number pad adds unnecessary width which makes the keyboard …Number pad adds unnecessary width which makes the keyboard offset.Manufacturers who make some with a detachable number pad section like Logitech did back in the day.


I do a lot of programming which requires typing a lot of numbers. So for me, people with business accounts and invoices to write up, students doing maths homework and astrophysicists trying to discover the origins of the universe, the number pad is a must.
Picard1238 h, 34 m ago

Number pad adds unnecessary width which makes the keyboard …Number pad adds unnecessary width which makes the keyboard offset.Manufacturers who make some with a detachable number pad section like Logitech did back in the day.


Its sad to read such a post... for me, someone who uses computer every day (not for facebook etc!), numeric keys are an INTEGRAL part of the keyboard, I just can`t imagine why da hell you would want something crippled without such an important functionality.


For me this keyboard isn't great, Enter button is too close to others, and I prefer slash key next to the left Shift. Prolly good choice for all-in-one PC`s.
Edited by: "genmaxiu" 8th Mar
genmaxiu1 h, 13 m ago

Its sad to read such a post... for me, someone who uses computer every day …Its sad to read such a post... for me, someone who uses computer every day (not for facebook etc!), numeric keys are an INTEGRAL part of the keyboard, I just can`t imagine why da hell you would want something crippled without such an important functionality.For me this keyboard isn't great, Enter button is too close to others, and I prefer slash key next to the left Shift. Prolly good choice for all-in-one PC`s.


Where is the backslash/pipe key?
buddn0712 m ago

Where is the backslash/pipe key?


According to the picture it sits above the enter.
genmaxiu2 h, 25 m ago

Its sad to read such a post... for me, someone who uses computer every day …Its sad to read such a post... for me, someone who uses computer every day (not for facebook etc!), numeric keys are an INTEGRAL part of the keyboard, I just can`t imagine why da hell you would want something crippled without such an important functionality.


99% of home computer users never use the number pad section. Unless you're an accountant, data entry clerk or similar, it's the most redundant feature ever. Really unnecessary to include one on virtually every single keyboard.
genmaxiu1 h, 26 m ago

According to the picture it sits above the enter.


So it does.

I must've scanned that pic 3 times, and couldn't see it!
According to the Q&A, although the pictures show a US layout (with no backslash between the shift and Z) the keyboard supplied is a UK layout.

None in stock anywhere near me unfortunately.
Picard1234 h, 44 m ago

99% of home computer users never use the number pad section. Unless you're …99% of home computer users never use the number pad section. Unless you're an accountant, data entry clerk or similar, it's the most redundant feature ever. Really unnecessary to include one on virtually every single keyboard.


Do you have a source for that made up statistic?
crumpetman2 m ago

Do you have a source for that made up statistic?


It's not made up. 99% of people don't use number pads. With laptops you don't even have separate number pads on the keyboard!
Picard12338 m ago

It's not made up. 99% of people don't use number pads. With laptops you …It's not made up. 99% of people don't use number pads. With laptops you don't even have separate number pads on the keyboard!


33401540-o783Y.jpgI beg to differ...
Picard1232 h, 4 m ago

It's not made up. 99% of people don't use number pads. With laptops you …It's not made up. 99% of people don't use number pads. With laptops you don't even have separate number pads on the keyboard!


You must be very young my padavan:)
buddn071 h, 34 m ago

[Image] I beg to differ...


The majority of laptops sold don't have number pads. 15.6" and 17" laptops are also the minority of laptops sold in 2018. And if you look at your photo again, it's very obvious that the ergonomics are compromised because you have the trackpad offset to the left (even though most people are right handed) and the number pad offset to the right. Your laptop also needs a bit of a clean!
genmaxiu28 m ago

You must be very young my padavan:)


What manufacturers need to do is bring out a modern day version of the Logitech DiNovo. That way anyone doesn't want the bulk of a number pad can ditch it.

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Microsoft have the right idea but not everyone likes the sculpt keyboard design:

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buddn0718 h, 13 m ago

Where is the backslash/pipe key?


The one they've shown in the picture is probably the US layout. The keyboard I bought has the | \ key between the Left Shift and the Z.
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genmaxiu19 h, 41 m ago

Its sad to read such a post... for me, someone who uses computer every day …Its sad to read such a post... for me, someone who uses computer every day (not for facebook etc!), numeric keys are an INTEGRAL part of the keyboard, I just can`t imagine why da hell you would want something crippled without such an important functionality.For me this keyboard isn't great, Enter button is too close to others, and I prefer slash key next to the left Shift. Prolly good choice for all-in-one PC`s.


The enter key is close to the others but it's nice and big so doesn't get pushed by mistake. What annoys me about the layout, is that the Del key is on the top row, frustratingly out of reach of my pinky or its neighbour without me having to move my hand towards it. Also the F number keys are secondary and have to be pressed with the Function key. The the primary actions on these keys are brightness and volume etc. I'd prefer if the inverse were true. My other gripe is that the F numbers are printed in a grey ink and are difficult to see against the black keys in low light.

Other than that the keyboard is responsive, compact and very good looking. It's definately a step up from my old Apple keyboard.
Picard12317 h, 29 m ago

The majority of laptops sold don't have number pads. 15.6" and 17" laptops …The majority of laptops sold don't have number pads. 15.6" and 17" laptops are also the minority of laptops sold in 2018. And if you look at your photo again, it's very obvious that the ergonomics are compromised because you have the trackpad offset to the left (even though most people are right handed) and the number pad offset to the right. Your laptop also needs a bit of a clean!


I would love to know who's a**e you're pulling these statics out of?!

If you go onto any computer website, or into any Currys etc, you'll find the majority of the laptops are 15.6".

There's a reason for that.

The ergonomics aren't compromised at at all the track pad is in the center of the keyboard, so I type as I would do if it wasn't there, but use it regularly when required.
microwavemasterchef7 h, 15 m ago

The enter key is close to the others but it's nice and big so doesn't get …The enter key is close to the others but it's nice and big so doesn't get pushed by mistake. What annoys me about the layout, is that the Del key is on the top row, frustratingly out of reach of my pinky or its neighbour without me having to move my hand towards it. Also the F number keys are secondary and have to be pressed with the Function key. The the primary actions on these keys are brightness and volume etc. I'd prefer if the inverse were true. My other gripe is that the F numbers are printed in a grey ink and are difficult to see against the black keys in low light.Other than that the keyboard is responsive, compact and very good looking. It's definately a step up from my old Apple keyboard.


Some BIOS or computers have an Fn lock key. Worth having a look, which would solve this problem.
buddn0722 m ago

I would love to know who's a**e you're pulling these statics out of?!If …I would love to know who's a**e you're pulling these statics out of?!If you go onto any computer website, or into any Currys etc, you'll find the majority of the laptops are 15.6".There's a reason for that. The ergonomics aren't compromised at at all the track pad is in the center of the keyboard, so I type as I would do if it wasn't there, but use it regularly when required.


These are well known industry metrics. There are loads of business and tech analysts reports on this. Have a Google.

A trackpad should be offset to the right of the keyboard if you're right handed, and offset to the left if you're left handed. They know its compromised by putting it in the middle but they only put it in the middle to cater for left and right handed people, and it being more expensive to have left handed laptops and right handed laptops.
microwavemasterchef10 h, 25 m ago

The enter key is close to the others but it's nice and big so doesn't get …The enter key is close to the others but it's nice and big so doesn't get pushed by mistake. What annoys me about the layout, is that the Del key is on the top row, frustratingly out of reach of my pinky or its neighbour without me having to move my hand towards it. Also the F number keys are secondary and have to be pressed with the Function key. The the primary actions on these keys are brightness and volume etc. I'd prefer if the inverse were true. My other gripe is that the F numbers are printed in a grey ink and are difficult to see against the black keys in low light.Other than that the keyboard is responsive, compact and very good looking.


Just remap the keys using Key Remapper and similar programs.
My laptop has a numeric pad and was one of the reason I bought it. Your views are single minded if you think 99% of people don't want one. Some will, some wont.

I work with figures and wouldn't do without it. Try adding up the following quickly with a numeric pad and then without one. You will then understand why your view is complete wrong for people that work with spreadsheets, numbers, accounts etc.
5987.00
456.68
356.45
100.15
12458.78
589745.13
131245.00
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buddn0719 h, 31 m ago

Some BIOS or computers have an Fn lock key. Worth having a look, which …Some BIOS or computers have an Fn lock key. Worth having a look, which would solve this problem.


Many thanks for the tip. After reading your post, I noticed that a single tap on the Fn button activates the function lock. Not sure how that affects the battery since doing so switches on an led on the Fn key.
1.01% TCB too ... = £0.41
buddn078th Mar

[Image] I beg to differ...


I'm not sure if your computer is f*cked up or just dirty
How's everyone finding the keyboard?
I've hesitated on this so far due to reading about the sleep issues with windows 10.
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I've been using it continuously since posting this and the only sleep issues I've had are with my 10 month old baby boy waking us up in the middle of the night. The keyboard so far has been immediately responsive whenever I've returned to it after long breaks.
microwavemasterchef14th Mar

I've been using it continuously since posting this and the only sleep …I've been using it continuously since posting this and the only sleep issues I've had are with my 10 month old baby boy waking us up in the middle of the night. The keyboard so far has been immediately responsive whenever I've returned to it after long breaks.


Thanks, just received it today and pleased with it so far. Not as keen on the mouse but it's ok.
I assume everybodys keyboards has a slight bend in it for ergonomics and I don't have a dud!
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QSECOFR4 h, 42 m ago

Thanks, just received it today and pleased with it so far. Not as keen on …Thanks, just received it today and pleased with it so far. Not as keen on the mouse but it's ok.I assume everybodys keyboards has a slight bend in it for ergonomics and I don't have a dud!


I totally forgot it even came with a mouse as I've continued to use my Logitech trackball. I don't have bend on my keyboard though. Are you sure you didn't get sent one of these 33460672-2VJiq.jpg
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