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Review of Microsoft Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard

written by: D Lamberti•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/26/2013

The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 package is a bundle of both a wireless keyboard and mouse that is designed for ease and comfort while typing. The keyboard and mouse are both wireless, freeing up space, and are designed for maximum comfort while working.

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    Natural Ergonomic Wireless Backlit Keyboard

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    Natural Ergonomic Desktop Wireless Keyboard 

    The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wireless Backlit keyboard is designed for comfort and ease of use while typing. It can operate from up to 30 feet away from the receiver. The receiver works through a USB port, which means that computers relying on PS2 ports may not have room for this keyboard.

    This keyboard has the standard 104 key layout, but the QWERTY section is broken into two by the innovative zoom button. This

    feature allows users to zoom in on certain things on screen easily and accurately. The keys are designed so that the user's hands can be placed naturally and comfortably on the keyboard while typing, and the keyboard also has a palm rest for added comfort.

    Additionally, the Natural Ergonomic Wireless Backlit keyboard has additional Internet and e-mail hotkeys that allow users to quickly access e-mail and Internet applications. Programmable hotkeys can be set to open certain applications at the press of a single key. The entire keyboard is backlit, and as such can be used for typing or data entry at night or in the dark.

    The keyboard and mouse bundle sells for $119.95 USD, which is quite expensive for a keyboard and mouse bundle, but this keyboard is definitely an option to consider if a high quality keyboard and mouse bundle is needed for either home or work.

    Image source: microsoft.com

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    Pros and Cons

    Pros

    • Wireless.
    • Designed to fit a typist's hands naturally and comfortably.
    • Built in zoom feature.
    • Programmable hotkeys that can be customized for any application.
    • E-mail and Internet hotkeys that make accessing e-mail and Internet applications simple.
    • Works up to thirty feet away from the receiver.

    Cons

    • Does not possess a PS2 receiver.
    • Quite large in size.
    • Rather expensive.
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    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

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    The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wireless Mouse, like the bundled keyboard, works up to thirty feet away from the receiver, and is extremely accurate. This mouse tracks movements via optical lasers, and as such is much more accurate than a standard ball or optical mouse. There is a magnifier button on the side of the mouse that can be used to enlarge a certain portion of the screen. Additionally, the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wireless Mouse can scroll four ways, up and down as well as left to right, because of built in tilt wheel technology.

    The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wireless Mouse works via AAA batteries, which can be found at most convenience stores, and boasts a six month battery life. It has a built in LED light that indicates when the batteries are running low and need to be changed. The mouse sells for $79.95 USD from Microsoft's website, but can be purchased bundled with the above for $119.95 USD.

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    Pros and Cons

    Pros

    • Works with AAA batteries.
    • Has an LED battery indicator.
    • Four way scrolling.
    • Built in magnification feature.
    • Works up to thirty feet away from the receiver.
    • Very accurate through the use of lasers to track the movements of the mouse.

    Cons

    • Fairly expensive.
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    This is a good buy for someone who uses their computer often for work or play. The ergonmic keyboard and mouse will ensure you remain productive during long hours of computer use. The only setback is the price, however, the quality may be worth it.

References

  • Image and data from the Microsoft Website: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/natural-ergonomic-desktop-7000