A 5-minute Unboxing and Review of the Microsoft Wireless Keyboard Mouse combo 800.
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Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800
| Wireless Keyboard and Mouse combo |
I bought this set for Rs. 1100 from Cost to Cost, Nehru place, New Delhi. Currently the lowest price its listed on eBay India is Rs. 1350 + shipping. So, a nice deal to begin with.
It works on the usual 2.4 GHz wireless connection and works upto a radius of 15 feet, which I guess is more than one needs to work on a computer. I, so far, cant find a reason to work on a PC from a distance more than that. It works on both PC and Mac and comes with a 2 year limited warranty. Its pretty light, does not feel more than 250-300 grams.
This combo came in a bright red box and included the following items:
4 Duracell batteries (2x AA and 2xAAA)
A Product Manual in various languages
A pictorial setup card
3 other cards, one each for the keyboard, mouse and transceiver.
The keyboard has a nice glossy, shiny finish, its good to look at and makes your PC look elegant. There are a total of 109 keys, only 5 of which are special buttons.
Calculator || Play/Pause || Mute || Volume down || Volume Up
The keys are tightly packed but do not give an impression of a cluttered/congested keyboard. Most people today are used to of working on laptops and netbooks, this keyboard is and feels much wider and comfortable.
The keys while typing don't really give the pleasure of typing on a TVS Gold, nor does sound like a el-cheapo keyboard at the same time. Instead of the click-click sound of the TVS, this is more like the tap-tap kinda keyboard.
There is absolutely no light or indication to show that the CAPS Lock key is ON or OFF. This I feel is a big mistake by Microsoft as its very irritating to not know whether your caps lock is on or off. I myself have made a few wrong password attempts and later realizing that caps lock was on.
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There is also no ON/OFF switch for the keyboard.
The Function keys are smaller in size than the normal keys. They are also placed at regular intervals. I now have to actually look at the keyboard to press an F5 for example. Usually, there is a gap between f4 and f5 which makes it easy to just run your hand over them without looking and pressing.
The mouse is a black, light weight 2 button scrolling mouse, with 1000 dots per inch responsiveness. It fits the hand very well and clicks well too. On the back the wireless transceiver can be stowed, it is pretty small (yes smaller than the Logitech transceiver) and snaps in tightly, thereby avoiding any chance of misplacing in case you need to transport the mouse.
There is an ON/OFF switch at the back, an optical sensor and a compartment for batteries. It works on 2x AA batteries which need to be inserted at an angle and then pressed to fit properly.
On the front of the mouse, there is also a battery indicator green light, you would need to change the batteries if it turns red. These also are said to work for around 15 months of normal usage according to Microsoft.
There was absolutely no setup required, I just needed to plug in the transceiver into one of the USB ports and have the batteries in the keyboard and mouse. The mouse needs to be switched on though.
Overall, I would rate this product 3 on a scale of 1-5 only for its looks and price. This is perfect for a Home PC with normal usage and for people on a budget. Gamers and developers might wanna look at better options.
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