Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 launched

Typing on tablet devices can be a chore sometimes, with the touchscreen not always the best or fastest way to type emails or documents. Microsoft has now launched a new member of its keyboard family that's designed specifically for the tablet market: it's the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 and it's already available today for all of your holiday shopping needs for $49.99.

The new keyboard, which can also be used by desktop, laptop PC and Mac users, has an ergonomic Comfort Curve designed to allow for long periods of typing by its users. It also has a thickness of just 0.75 inches which should make it easier to transport along with your laptop or tablet device. Microsoft says the keyboard can be used by iPad and iPad 2 users along with many of the popular Android-based tablet products.

Because the keyboard is Bluetooth enabled, that means that if your device has support for the wireless format it also means that it won't be taking up some valuable USB port space. It comes with two 2 AAA alkaline batteries and also has a three year warranty.

You can bet that this keyboard will be used by any Windows 8-based tablets when such products are launched, hopefully, sometime in 2012.

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I do wonder sometimes how the same company that has their logo on the Xbox 360 control pad manage to produce peripherals such as this.

Aergan said,
I do wonder sometimes how the same company that has their logo on the Xbox 360 control pad manage to produce peripherals such as this.

What does that even mean?

Simon- said,
No Backlight?

8000 if ya want backlight. When I first bought one they were around $249. Bluetooth, mouse on keyboard, backlight, comes with stand alone mouse for desktop.

For Media Center users, best keyboard made. For portable use one of the best keyboards as well except the frame is made for holding, so it is a bit larger than the tiny bluetooth keyboards; however, this is a plus when I'm being mobile and using it for presentations.

Smallville used these keyboards for Watchtower, so they have to be good...

I also use it for presentations...

Farchord said,
Ugh I want a good, high quality, solid keyboard.... Not those slim fragile mobile ones....

So you want a fat heavy keyboard to connect to you tiny tablet? That does not make sense to me.
I think a thin mobile keyboard is a perfect match.

Plenty of sturdy keyboard out there already for any other use

Farchord said,
Ugh I want a good, high quality, solid keyboard.... Not those slim fragile mobile ones....

Then you're probably looking for the Microsoft Sidewinder X series .

Farchord said,
Ugh I want a good, high quality, solid keyboard.... Not those slim fragile mobile ones....

Uh that mobile keyboard is a solid piece of kit. I used one exclusively for gaming for over a year.

Have the predecessor BMK 6000, and I can whole-heartedly recommend it. Really thin however the keys also got plenty of travel.

This is not a new model except the name...

Microsoft just renamed Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 set by removing Bluetooth® Number Pad into Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000...

http://www.microsoft.com/hardw...ile-keyboard-5000/T4L-00001

Check the product page, you'll notice this: "*This product is formerly known as Bluetooth Keyboard 6000"

Anyway if you don't need numeric keypad this kb is standalone much cheaper; but if you need it getting 6000 is around 5 bucks cheaper...