Microsoft Media Keyboard, wireless with keyboard and touchpad at John Lewis (in-store) £15
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Microsoft Media Keyboard, wireless with keyboard and touchpad at John Lewis (in-store) £15

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Found 10th JanMade hot 11th Jan
Found this in John Lewis Southampton in-store, could well be national but a clearance line. Popped in for a look and ended up spending £300+! The keyboard's RRP is £34.99; JL were doing them for £15 and had quite a few left, brand new and sealed. Reviews are solid (but not perfect, seems to be more from people trying to use them as office/heavy-duty units) but seem to be better made than the Logitech K400 - I will probably go back and buy another once I've had a play with the first one. Couldn't see it online but Microsoft link is here:
microsoft.com/acc…006

If you are popping in there were other deals worth a look - I got a Samsung C430W colour laser printer for £35 (open box) and a UE Roll 2 for £25 (missing box and manuals). Stacks of Samsung-branded cases for Galaxy S5 and Tabs if you like manufacturer-branded stuff, lots of reduced TVs. Had to get out before I maxed the credit card!

Hope this helps some of you.

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Sounds good, might try and pop in tomorrow... Whereabouts did you find the reduced/open box stuff? Bit scared of getting lost in there!

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finknottle

Sounds good, might try and pop in tomorrow... Whereabouts did you find … Sounds good, might try and pop in tomorrow... Whereabouts did you find the reduced/open box stuff? Bit scared of getting lost in there!



1st floor (not the top) in the technology bit. It (the keyboard) was just to the right of the 'pay here' technology tills on a shelf-end. Then the big clearance and ex-demo/open-box stuff was surrounding the phone and Apple bit on glass shelves or under the demo stands in the cubby holes.

Time before this I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 for £175 and a Lenovo MIIX 300 detachable tablet with keyboard for £65.

plewis00

1st floor (not the top) in the technology bit. It (the keyboard) was just … 1st floor (not the top) in the technology bit. It (the keyboard) was just to the right of the 'pay here' technology tills on a shelf-end. Then the big clearance and ex-demo/open-box stuff was surrounding the phone and Apple bit on glass shelves or under the demo stands in the cubby holes.Time before this I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 for £175 and a Lenovo MIIX 300 detachable tablet with keyboard for £65.



Thank you, will see how it goes and report back... Voted hot BTW

I think this is better than the Logitech K400 and K400+. I have the K400 and the Microsoft and the keyboard feels better quality. Ergonomics and Aesthetics are both better IMHO. Will go and see if my local John Lewis has one... or two...

RabbiDreed

I think this is better than the Logitech K400 and K400+. I have the K400 … I think this is better than the Logitech K400 and K400+. I have the K400 and the Microsoft and the keyboard feels better quality. Ergonomics and Aesthetics are both better IMHO. Will go and see if my local John Lewis has one... or two...



It really is.

Logitech keyboards are garbage in general any way.

Had them both and I like the Logitech one better as it's more responsive, durable and doesn't have range issues. So I returned the Microsoft one
Edited by: "Bogditzy" 11th Jan

Logitech is Bluetooth and works with Amazon Fire Stick. Microsoft won't work.

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Wadadli_Cooler

Logitech is Bluetooth and works with Amazon Fire Stick. Microsoft won't … Logitech is Bluetooth and works with Amazon Fire Stick. Microsoft won't work.



Which Logitech? Because I also have a couple of K400 keyboards and they use a 2.4Ghz Unifying receiver as well.

There are some of these in the office here, though I haven't managed to bag one for myself yet I do like them.

Word is that they are manufactured for Microsoft by Trust, and the Trust version of this is much expensive (Veza £23).
Edited by: "androoski" 11th Jan

Can confirm just got one in the Reading store marked up at £29.99 but scanned at £15 thanks.

plewis00

Which Logitech? Because I also have a couple of K400 keyboards and they … Which Logitech? Because I also have a couple of K400 keyboards and they use a 2.4Ghz Unifying receiver as well.



​You are right. Neither have bluetooth. Thought the k400 did for some reason.

looks like they are getting rid of these Keyboard models. Nowhere to be seen online. so definitely just instore

Bought both of these last week as wanted to try them both. Agree that MS keyboard has better build quality however the range on the K400+ is much more reliable. Sofa is only 3 meters away and the MS keyboard struggled at times.

RabbiDreed

I think this is better than the Logitech K400 and K400+. I have the K400 … I think this is better than the Logitech K400 and K400+. I have the K400 and the Microsoft and the keyboard feels better quality. Ergonomics and Aesthetics are both better IMHO. Will go and see if my local John Lewis has one... or two...



What about PageUp & PageDown? They look awkward to get to with the Function key on the keys... can you assign PgUp & PgDwn as gestures on the touchpad?

I've got the K400 and it's bulletproof. Dropped onto hard floors more times than I could count, range is good, responsive, good touchpad, easy to type on. Tempted to look at the MS one as I need a second keyboard but the only reason to pick it over the K400 is if it's cheaper.

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I agree the K400 is reliable with good range but it does feel cheap and plasticky. Going to try the Microsoft one today.

cheers OP. about 10 left in JL @ Ox Circus in London

Just bought one in Bristol ... good price :-)

moogle

cheers OP. about 10 left in JL @ Ox Circus in London


just got one from the Oxford Circus store aswell.
Dont really like the feel texture of the material that is used for the entire keyboard and the also the trackpad aswell.
Its that bumpy rough plastic. Not the nice smooth texture.

In the picture and the video reviews it looks like the material is much nicer, and I also noticed there are some differences compared to the one I got from JL @ 15:
1. Rough bumpy texture vs Smooth texture
2. Backspace button has a symbol vs 'Backspace' text written on the button
3. Left shift has a up arrow and is smaller in the width vs 'Shift' text written and longer in width
4. Other buttons are also different Caps Lock, Tab

Maybe the differences are due to the UK version vs the US not sure.
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