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Review of Microsoft's Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000


By steve - Posted on 08 April 2011

I picked up a Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 to leave at a client of mine. I do a lot of onsite software development there and already have an external monitor and docking station there. I always have a bluetooth mouse and wrist pad with me, but I had gotten to the point where I wanted a full keyboard instead of using the keyboard on the laptop.

I'm pretty picky about keyboards. I spend a lot of my time typing either emails, blogs, or, oh yeah, code, so a good keyboard is a must...

I liked the shape of the keyboard and that, plus bluetooth, were attractive to me.

The layout is about half way between a full "ergo" keyboard with the wrists split and a standard keyboard that runs straight. I found that fairly easy to type on.

Another thing I liked was that it didn't have a 10-key pad built in. It comes as a separate keypad that is also bluetooth and use is totally optional. That works great for me because I only need a 10-key once a year when I do my taxes!

The keyboard uses 2 AAA batteries. Since it is bluetooth and an HID device, it didn't require any special configuration or software. Just turn it on, tell Windows 7 you want to add a device, type in your code, press enter, and you're working.

The keyboard behaves pretty much as expected. When you come out of hibernation it can take a little while to see the keyboard, but after that, it works pretty well.

I look at a keyboard and consider a couple of factors when determining if I like it or not:

  • How does it look and is it well designed?
  • How does it feel when you type?
  • How does it work?

How does it look and is it well designed?

I think the keyboard looks pretty cool. It isn't as flashy as my Logitech diNovo Edge with its Star Trek-like controls, but it has a very pleasant look and design. It is super thin and has nice curves.

How does it feel when you type?

I find that it feels OK when I type. The keys are kind of typical of a laptop keyboard. They don't have a lot of travel, but they respond well. They aren't clunky, but you can tell when you've hit bottom. The hand placement is OK, but I usually prefer to have my arms straight. Since this is my first curved keyboard, I'm still getting used to that.

How does it work?

My only complaints with the keyboard are about how it works. It works fine, most of the time, if you are typing the standard letter keys. Everything is mostly in the right place. The Enter key, shift keys, control keys and alt keys are all in acceptable places.

One of my big complaints about this keyboard, when it comes to using it for writing, is that the keys I use a lot when busting code or knocking out a blog post are only available by pressing the blue Fn key. For instance, Ins, Home, and End all require the Fn to be pressed. I use Home and End hundreds of times a day as I select text or edit spreadsheets. I now dread having to jump to the end of a column as I press and hold Fn, press End, release, then down arrow. Or select a sentence: Fn-End/Shift/Fn-Home. Doing those maneuvers very often will certainly give you carpal tunnel syndrome or, at the least, "Twister (tm)" fingers.

Another complaint is that the angle of the keyboard, from front where the space bar is to the back where the function keys are, is fixed at a single angle. I'd like to raise it up a little with adjustable feet. I need the keyboard at a slight higher angle, to be super comfortable.

Overall, I'd say the keyboard is a decent wireless keyboard. I don't think I'd like to use it everyday, like I do my diNovo, but it is still a decent keyboard. If they moved the Home and End keys to their own buttons and made the angle adjustable, the keyboard would be nearly perfect.

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Have you figured out a way around the awful home/end keys? I'm a programmer too and can't stand having to hit fn/ctrl/shift/arrow to select my text "quickly".

I did find that one user was turning off the number pad and using the "1" and "7" keys for home and end, but that's almost as awkward.

Great Review!

No real work around. I just FN/Shift & End, but what a pain. And I think I'm getting carpal tunnel from it :-(

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