Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 v2
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: M7A-00001
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- Average user rating: 1.0 stars out of 4 reviews
- Enjoy freedom from desk clutter with an optical mouse and a compact keyboard design in Microsoft's most affordable wireless desktop. Control your favorite activities with Media Keys and easily programmable hot keys.
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Enough for those in need of a cheap wireless set-up
by Boris_72 on May 28, 2010
Pros: Good layout, simple mouse (also con), good shortcut keys, goes through batteries very well
Cons: Tends to miss strokes, space bar very 'light', letters and numbers wear off keys quickly, receiver not too flash
Summary: I have now had this keyboard and mouse for six months, but can only comment on the keyboard. I like to have shortcut buttons on the mouse (I discovered this ...
Summary: I have now had this keyboard and mouse for six months, but can only comment on the keyboard. I like to have shortcut buttons on the mouse (I discovered this after I bought the set), so reverted to my old wired mouse as I only needed a wireless keyboard. First of all I will say a lot of the problems with this set is caused be using the optical system. This relies on there being direct light from the keyboard/mouse to the receiver. A Bluetooth set doesn't need this, and for quality purposes, it is a lot, lot better. I type up to 95 words per minute on this keyboard without much fuss, regardless of other reviewers saying they can only reach 45 wpm, so I wouldn't believe that.
Saying that, though, you have to have the set-up right. I have experimented with different arrangements to find what is best for me, but by no means best for you. Firstly this set seems temperamental to movement. I have found that it seems to 'get used' to the things being in one place. At first it often misses keystrokes, but I found after a day or two there were barely any problems. Once you set your receiver in a position, unless it doesn't start working in the next day satisfactorily, leave it there. Having the receiver above the height of your keyboard/mouse seems to work a lot better. I have my upright PC tower sitting next to my keyboard, and I rest the receiver on top of the tower with open view around the room. This is about 30 centimetres horizontally, and then about 40 centimetres vertically away from the keyboard. I can still type up to 3 metres away, 2 metres before the letters start cutting out too much. This is definitely enough for those who just need to be able to chuck their keyboard aside to use the desk space. Just make sure that your keyboard has line of sight with the receiver, but not necessarily directly. I find it works slightly better if you have it facing away.
The mouse is quite terrible. It is very sensitive, even turning the sensitivity right down on my operating system, it is still quite fast, and is quite a small unit. It is not the most ergonomic shaped mouse, but it will do for those not so serious computer users. It works for solitaire, what more could those users want?
You do have to hit the keys a bit harder than most keyboards, but I see that a preference thing. I like my keyboards like that so it suits me, if you like a lighter touch keyboard, then shop elsewhere. You do get used to it though.
Very reliable so far. After six months there hasn't been a single fault and it is still running perfectly on the set of batteries that came with the set.
In another review there was a complaint about the mouse going into 'sleep' mode. This is to not waste power and takes a full two minutes to turn off. You wake it up with a single click. If you leave your mouse alone for longer than two minute intervals this could be annoying, but I don't see it as a problem. I'd prefer that than having to turn it off every time, and risk forgetting and having to change batteries once a month. As I said though, don't use the mouse for other reasons.
All in all, this is good for the price. This is perfect for those users who want to free up some desk space occasionally and not be tripped up by wires, but also aren't brilliant typists who are in need of working on their computer all day. If you need this for work purposes I would say not the best idea, but for those who use their computer sparingly for those odd things, this is perfect, especially for the price.
For those serious computer users this isn't the one. Don't be sucked in by prices. Do the research and find out what's best, don't buy it and then give it a bad review simply because you didn't do your research.
Poor for microsoft
by cletus25 on January 29, 2010
Pros: Keyboard layout fairly good, with good shortcut keys. mouse a fairly ergonimic design...
Cons: Poor quality if you can touch type any faster than 45wpm. Range is terrible
Summary: It wouldnt be such a bad setup if it wasn't for missing keystrokes if you can type fast enough. It seems that you have to be very delibirate in ...
Summary: It wouldnt be such a bad setup if it wasn't for missing keystrokes if you can type fast enough. It seems that you have to be very delibirate in typing, hitting the keys with a bit of force. No good for touch typing. I'm quite dissapointed with it, being a MS product, but it came with my new pc, so I'll get something logitech :)
Mediocre: range way too close
by buck_il on July 27, 2009
Pros: The mouse is a regular sized mouse without being loaded with useless buttons. It takes standard AA batteries. The layout is typical with nothing unusual. The keyboard has a low battery light and runs off two AAA batteries.
Cons: The range is not more than 10-12 inches from the receiver. I keep having to pull the receiver closer, particularly for the mouse.
Summary: Overall, keep looking for a keyboard/mosue combo that have better distance range from the receiver. Having to be 8-12 inches from the receiver at all times is kind of ...
Summary: Overall, keep looking for a keyboard/mosue combo that have better distance range from the receiver. Having to be 8-12 inches from the receiver at all times is kind of like an "invisible fence" for your keyboard/mouse instead of the dog. I have an HP keyboard/mouse combo that came with my HP TouchSmart and they are fantastic. That keyboard has a great touch, better range, and the large delete key is easy to appreciate once you get to using it.
This product does not deserve the Microsoft name
by lfkestner on December 19, 2008
Pros: Price seemed good as Office Depot discounted it 20% but then won't accept returns since they are closing many stores. Buyers beware.
Cons: Keyboard is set to accomodate a five-year old. If you can type faster than 45 WPM and don't have to look at the keys you will hate this keyboard. Space bar is erratic, the last letter in a word often doesn't take. Terrible product.
Summary: Have tried to use this product for over a week, thinking I just had to get used to it. Assumed it was a good product because it was "Microsoft". Believe ...
Summary: Have tried to use this product for over a week, thinking I just had to get used to it. Assumed it was a good product because it was "Microsoft". Believe me, nothing in my experience prepared me for this poorly engineered product. It will only work adequately if you are a child, and searching for each key individually. If you know how to type and have years of keyboarding experience, you will be so unhappy. Each key must receive a direct and purposeful hit or it won't type, especially the space bar. I tried slowing down but when you can go faster you tend to do it so all my attempts...like the one I'm making now to get these words typed, are totally unsatisfactory with mistakes in every single line. I look up and see no spaces between words and letters left out altogether. If this keyboard had been packaged with a warning: "for people who can't type by touch", then the buyers would have been warned. To make matters worse, the mouse that comes with the keyboard must be clicked after just a very few seconds of not using it, before it is ready for a new task. It appears to go to sleep like a computer screen saver comes on after no activity. Who thinks that is a good design feature? Terrible as the first click after inactivity must be made to get the cursor to show so it takes two clicks for most any action! Everyone should be warned. Just because Microsoft's name is on the box, you can't be sure of even decent quality. Office Depot won't take it back because they are stamping all receipts "all sales final - no returns" - closing the store? going bankrupt? I don't know. To anyone who reads this -- don't for a single minute consider buying this keyboard/mouse. It is absolutely worthless.
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: M7A-00001
- Description: Enjoy freedom from desk clutter with an optical mouse and a compact keyboard design in Microsoft's most affordable wireless desktop. Control your favorite activities with Media Keys and easily programmable hot keys.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Keyboard and mouse set - Wireless
- Interface RF
- Max Operating Distance 11.5 ft
- Wireless Receiver USB wireless receiver
- Localization English - US
- Form factor External
- Localization English:North America
- Type Keyboard
- Input Device:Connectivity Technology Wireless
- Pointing Device / Manipulator Mouse
- Hot Keys Function Volume,
- Pointing Device / Manipulator:Pointing Device Features Scrolling wheel,
- Movement Detection Technology Optical
- Type Mouse
- Movement Detection Technology Optical
- Pointing Device Features Wireless,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces None
- Connections 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
- Color Black
- Compliant Standards CMII,
FCC Part 15,
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
Software & System Requirements
- Included Software Drivers & Utilities
- Type AA / AAA
- Type AA / AAA
- Installed Qty 4
- Technology Alkaline
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 5 - 80%
- Port(s) / Connector(s) Required 1 USB 4 pin USB Type A
- Port(s) Total (Free) None
- Slot(s) Provided None
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP
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