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Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 Review

Apr 18 2008, 12:00am CDT | by

Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 Review
 
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Microsoft has been making wireless keyboard and mouse combos for years and today we are going to take a look at its latest set. The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 is the long name for this Aero-inspired desktop. Aside from good looks, how well does the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 perform? Read on to find out.

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Features & Specifications
The keyboard has a lot of interesting features with eth most noticeable being the attractive translucent plastic around the keyboard that is meant to remind you of the Aero theme in Vista. The keyboard is powered by a pair of AA batteries and the mouse uses a single AAA rechargeable and charges via an included dock. The keyboard also features a full complement of media keys and three touch sensitive My Favorite keys for one-touch access to your favorite websites and files or folders.

The keyboard uses the familiar Microsoft Comfort Curve layout and has a wrist rest on the front of the keyboard as well. Since the keyboard is designed to look like Vista it makes sense for it to have short cut keys like one for Flip 3D built-in. The mouse and keyboard connect to the PC via one USB transceiver that uses 2.4GHz technology. Microsoft promises a 30-foot range and I saw better range than that in testing.

The mouse is an ergonomic right hand only design that has a number of buttons on it. The mouse has a magnifier, 4-way scrolling, and five customizable buttons. The mouse buttons are laid out well with the two thumb buttons positioned where they are not likely to be activated by mistake. The mouse has 1000 dpi sensitivity making it more sensitive than typical standard mice. It was accurate during use and only users with 24 or 30-inch display will wish for more sensitivity.

Installation & Use
Setting up the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 is dead easy. All you need to do is plug the transceiver in and you are ready to work in a few minutes. The proprietary 2.4GHz technology used by Microsoft claims to frequency hop when it encounters interference and seems to work well. It seems to work well since I had no issues with interference in my testing despite a variety of Bluetooth devices and other wireless items in my home. Typing feel is typical Microsoft fare with decent feedback and quiet keys. Touch typists will like the typing feel. The keyboard also sports an array of enhanced F keys that can be used for one click access to email, spell check and other Office functions.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Good looks
  • Lot so features
  • Rechargeable mouse

Cons

  • Right hand only mouse

Verdict
If you are a fan of Vista’s Aero theme and want to spice up your desktop with a matching keyboard and mouse that also happen to work very well, the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 is a great option. The price is even good for what you get at $129.95. Most computer users will find something to like in the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000.

8.5
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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

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