Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: 69Z-00001
- Bottom Line:
- Microsoft fits a number of useful features on to the keyboard in its new Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 set, but we're not sold. We'll give it credit for its easy-to-use media control buttons, but the keyboard lacks too much overall polish compared to competing products to earn a stronger recommendation.
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price range: $349.98
- Reviewed by: Rich Brown
- Reviewed on: 02/06/2007
The good: Media and cursor keyboard buttons make it easy to control your desktop from across the room.
The bad: Curved design adds little comfort and makes typing imprecise; keyboard doesn't grip your desk as well as it should.
The bottom line: Microsoft fits a number of useful features on to the keyboard in its new Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 set, but we're not sold. We'll give it credit for its easy-to-use media control buttons, but the keyboard lacks too much overall polish compared to competing products to earn a stronger recommendation.
A great addition to a vista computer.
by jeffbailey0 on April 29, 2007
Pros: small footprint, light and responsive rechargeable mouse, tons of useable functionality, and a simple look.
Cons: I wish it had a rotary dial for volume control, and the software.
Summary: I had the logitech mx duo, which was a great keyboard, but the effort used to type on this one is much less; the keystrokes are much smoother. I didn'...
Summary: I had the logitech mx duo, which was a great keyboard, but the effort used to type on this one is much less; the keystrokes are much smoother. I didn't much like the curve at first but after getting accoustomed to it it is alomst second nature and regular keyboards seem primitive.
I miss the rotary dial from my mx duo for volume control but this one makes up for that with great functionality.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good.. so far
by larryflowers on March 1, 2007
Pros: Excellent tactile response, feels good
Cons: Miss the right hand numeric keypad
Summary: I like this keyboard. It takes a little getting used to due to the layout of the specialty keys. Its compact size is a plus and it just feels right ...
Summary: I like this keyboard. It takes a little getting used to due to the layout of the specialty keys. Its compact size is a plus and it just feels right when I type on it. Its' too new to comment on battery life, I'll comment on that when I can.
It isn't cheap but it is very well made and the mouse in particular has a great feel. Shop it around, you can find 15-20% discounts easily. Don't use the included software, go to the Microsoft hardware site and download the software fromn there. There will also be an "install me first" located there before you actually install the intellipoint software.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Randomly (and often) looses connection
by Bphillips79 on March 25, 2013
Pros: Nice lay out, good feel
Cons: The keyboard constantly stops responding because it has lost connection to the USB receiver. User constantly has to push the "reset" button on the back of the keyboard
Summary: Don't waste your money on this. A simple google search will show the vast number of people who have problems with this keyboard. I would recommend spending your money ...
Summary: Don't waste your money on this. A simple google search will show the vast number of people who have problems with this keyboard. I would recommend spending your money on a different product.
This is The Best Keyboard Ever!!!!
by HipeL on August 15, 2009
Pros: It is ligth, compact, wireless, don't need to use too much battery and the best for the price and quality!!
Cons: None by now
Summary: I love This Product I had it from 2007 and is spectacular
Summary: I love This Product I had it from 2007 and is spectacular
One of the Best keyboards, need to get use to the curve
by ereporter on December 12, 2008
Pros: Bluetooth connection so easy to setup with included dongle or third party dongle. Key press is right and quiet. Mouse is excellent. Zero problem. Best, and Best of all they use AA batteries, Unlike Logitech Junk rechargeable batteries.
Cons: No cons, really. Cons for Logitech using rechargeable batteries that don't hold charge after 6 months. We want wireless, why would we want a messy wire to charge?
Summary: Microsoft Entertainment bluetooth keyboard and mouse 7000 is the best. Even 8000 model with the keyboard rechargeable feature is un-necessary. Up to now, this 7000 set is still the best, ...
Summary: Microsoft Entertainment bluetooth keyboard and mouse 7000 is the best. Even 8000 model with the keyboard rechargeable feature is un-necessary. Up to now, this 7000 set is still the best, but you will have to get use to the v-shape curve. I hope the v-shape was adjustable.
An excelent keyboard, keeping in mind that it is already top tier
by oniamien on May 21, 2008
Pros: Wireless (bluetooth,) customizable keys, comes with free mouse, has a built in trackpad, well made, good reception
Cons: Several keys that should be costumizable are not, expensive 9
Summary: To begin with, because I am using this keyboard with XP on a regular computer I will be adressing it from that standpoint, though it is technically marketed towards media ...
Summary: To begin with, because I am using this keyboard with XP on a regular computer I will be adressing it from that standpoint, though it is technically marketed towards media center PCs running Vista.
This keyboard is really in the top teir of
there two main competitors to this keyboardUpdated
This keyboard is really in the top tier so it is difficult to compare as most keyboards will not be as good purely because they are not intended to be. It is also difficult to compair this keyboard within its own catagory because their are only two competitors to this keyboard, the Logitec diNovo Edge, and Microsoft's own successor to this keyboard, the 8000 model. If you are considering buying this keyboard I would definatly look at these as well. I will describe them briefly for comparison:
-Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000
Basically, it is identical to this model, the 7000, the only difference being modest improvments such as backlit key and a recharging docking station that doubles as a USB hub. The layout and other features are otherwise identical. However, the 8000 is twices as expensive or more, despite the relitively minor improvents. Despite the fact that the 8000 is clearly an improvement on the 7000, due to the huge increase in price I would argue that it is not really a viable competitor to the 7000 model unless money is no object, because for the price of the 7000 or the Edge you could get a keyboard that is almost as good and save 100+ dollars or buy yourself 1 or 2 extra peripherals for your computer.
Though I think that the Microsoft keyboard is very attractive, the Edge definatly goes out of its way in this department, and is roughly an equal to the 7000, though they are not identical. The function and auxilliary media keys are kind of cool because they only light up when the fn key is depressed, but this can be annoying because that means you only know where those keys are when you hold down another key; otherwise they are essentially invisible. Also, there have been mixed reports of the track pad and volume control not being responsive enought on some peoples computers (i.e. you have to drag your finger across the pad to many times to get from one side of the screen to the other) and because there is no toggle between scrolling and mouse control as there is on the 7000, it is easy to accidentally scroll when you only meant to move the mouse, or alternatively you may have trouble getting it to scroll when you want it to.
The 7000 has several features that really make it shine as a keyboard:
-IT HAS A BUILT IN TRACK PAD! This was the reason I bought this keyboard (though as mentioned previously the Edge also has one) and is really quite useful. It is specially designed so that you hold the left and right edges in each hand and use the right hand to control the trackpad and the left to operate the mouse clicks and the various media buttons. The Edge is not configured to be used this way; it works more like a traditional trackpad with the mouse buttons directly below the trackpad.
-Most (but not all) of the buttons are customizable, and the top row of function keys are touch sensitive as oppoosed to the traditional keys you press down on. The keys can be made to do certain actions (like go back or forward in web pages,) and open a program, file, or web page. However, there are some limitations to this I will mention later.
-The keyboard is nicely layed out on ergonomic curve, but the keys are not in the "wave" formation that those keyboards often have, nor are they split in to two sections. Personally I like this but some may not care or actually dislike it.
This keyboard is great overall, which is why I gave it a 9, but I could not give it a ten because there are some obvious things wrong with it that could easily have been fixed, but weren't.
-My biggest complaint, but also one of my favorite features, has to do with the customizable keys. Most keys can be assigned to a variety of functions, but some keys, particualarly the channel key because users without a TV card or a media center PC will have no use for it but it cannot be reassigned. As a matter of fact I cannot get the channel keys to do anything, or see any settings related to them (which is also true to the green windows button on the right of the keyboard [although the blue one in the middle works fine]) which may be because I am runnign XP, but I am not sure. In any case, a few other keys can be disable or modified but not reassigned (including things like the windows and application keys, the scroll lock key, and the volume keys, although the latter may not be a big deal since most people will probably like volume keys no matter what computer they are on) which seems in excusable as there is no technical reason that these keys could not have been made customizable. However, this is a flaw with many keyboards, so my irritation is mainly at the fact that a keyboard that costs this much should not have any limitations on assignablity, but unfortunatly this probably will likely continue for a while, no matter what keyboard you buy. On the up side, the Windows Live Call Button can be reassigned to anything, even a non Microsoft service like Skype, so if that was a concern for you then you don't have to worry. Also, many of the keys have an intended purpose related to their icon, like the button with a camera opening your pictures folder, but even these can be reassigned if you like. Also, you can make different key layouts that are automatically changed depending on which application you use, so if you are browsing the web you might make the previous track/next track buttons go back and forward in your browser instead, which is a nice feature to have automatically implimented by the software included with the keyboard.
-There is a dedicated (but reassignable) back button but no forward button. Most people probably have not had a keyboard with a forward button, but my laptop has one and it is actually very useful. While it is true that most keyboards do not have such a key and thus the 7000 is not really worse in this regard, I feel like it should have been included given that this is a top of the line key board.
Overall, I really like this keyboard, and most of the problems with it are problems that affect most other keyboards anyway, so it is more of a relative problem rather than an outright flaw. Also, it comes with a decen 5 button mouse (clickable scroll wheel) with a scroll wheel that goes side to side as well as up and down. I would call the mouse merely ok, although it is certainly a lot better than a baseline mouse. It is also rechargeable, comes with its own chargeing station, and uses the same bluetooth dongle as the keyboard. This mitigates the cost somewhat, but then again cost comes with the territory because you are buying a first class keyboard. It may not be the best bargain, but the extra money that you invest in this keyboard is certainly not wasted (though I can't say the same for the 8000.) I definatly reccomend this keyboard, but be sure to check out the diNovo Edge because you may oe may not like it better (though it is more expensive and does not come with a mouse) and it is roughly equal to this keyboard.
Great Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse Set
by jayawhy on February 6, 2008
Pros: Bluetooth technology, Cursor control from keyboard, Quiet keys, Vista capabilities, Touch key response on function keys (Pretty cool), and slim flat design!..
Cons: Slight delayed response on system when keyboard and mouse goes into an inactive state (picks right back up after initial delayed response).. No dedicated 10-Key (My girlfriend’s complaint)
Summary: Great Bluetooth mouse & keyboard.. The keys on the keyboard are very responsive & are extremely quite! Nice touch adding the curser controller right on the keyboard, SWEET!.. Mouse works ...
Summary: Great Bluetooth mouse & keyboard.. The keys on the keyboard are very responsive & are extremely quite! Nice touch adding the curser controller right on the keyboard, SWEET!.. Mouse works very well, scroll wheel is very responsive.. Only drawback is that when the keyboard & mouse are not used they go into a inactive state (20 mins or so), which takes my Dell XPS 420 Quad-core a second for it to recognize it when the keyboard keys are pressed or the mouse is moved (Must be to save on battery life, I can live w/ it!..)... Over all I am very pleased w/ what Microsoft has put together!..
by bradyam on December 13, 2007
Pros: Looks cool
Cons: No ten key. Mouse floats.
Summary: This key board and mouse is horrible. The mouse pointer floats out of control. It takes forever for the keyboard and mouse to be activated once the computer starts up. ...
Summary: This key board and mouse is horrible. The mouse pointer floats out of control. It takes forever for the keyboard and mouse to be activated once the computer starts up. If you are going to type more than one sentence, the keyboard is uncomfortable. It sits flat on the desk and is not comfortable. At first I thought I just needed to get used to it, but have had it for a month and a half and dislike it more everyday. Especially frustrating as much as I paid for it!
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: 69Z-00001
- Description: Now you can transition between work and fun with unprecedented ease and comfort. This ultra-thin entertainment desktop set with rechargeable mouse delivers on/off desk top-notch performance with virtually no interference - from up to 30 feet away.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Keyboard and mouse set - Wireless
- Interface Bluetooth
- Max Operating Distance 33 ft
- Wireless Receiver USB wireless receiver
- Form factor External
- Localization English:North America
- Type Keyboard
- Ergonomic Design Yes
- Input Device:Connectivity Technology Wireless
- Pointing Device / Manipulator Mouse
- Hot Keys Function Internet browsing,
- Pointing Device / Manipulator:Pointing Device Features High Definition Laser Technology,
- Movement Detection Technology Laser
- Type Mouse
- Movement Detection Technology Laser
- Pointing Device Features Scrolling wheel,
High Definition Laser Technology,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces None
- Connections 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
- Color Silver
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
- Service & Support 5 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 5 years
- Port(s) / Connector(s) Required 1 USB 4 pin USB Type A
- Port(s) Total (Free) None
- Service / Support Details Limited warranty 5 years
- Slot(s) Provided None
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Microsoft Windows Vista,
Microsoft Windows XP SP2
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