Microsoft unveils its thinnest Bluetooth-powered Keyboard

Microsoft announced today its thinnest keyboard dubbed "Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000", which if you didn't notice in the name is designed exclusively for Bluetooth enabled PC's. The keyboard itself is just a few millimeters thicker than an AAA battery, with Microsoft's Comfort Curve design for a more natural wrist posture when typing.

Check it out:


Images courtesy PressPass

"The design tenets of compact, clean and refined really set the stage for the success of the keyboard," said Chris Kujawski, industrial designer for Microsoft Hardware. "There is nothing extraneous about the design. We removed everything that didn't fit with those ideas and ended up with something we're really proud of — a compact, sophisticated keyboard that pairs perfectly with Bluetooth computers."

According to Microsoft's press release, one of the top consumer complaints when using a notebook or a netbook is the lack of a number pad. So Microsoft has shipped a stand-alone Bluetooth powered number pad as well as a carrying case with the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000.

The keyboard will be available in October of this year with an estimated retail price of $89.96 for both the keyboard and number pad, and $44.95 for the number pad itself. Both are backed by a worldwide three year limited hardware warranty from Microsoft.

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It's a great looking piece of hardware. I really like it because of the removable numpad.

HOWEVER, I wont be buying it because it's Bluetooth. Unless this device is somehow different than most, it wont let you boot into the BIOS because the keyboard won't work that early in the boot sequence. If they make a normal wireless version then I'd think about getting it.

mixpix said,
It's a great looking piece of hardware. I really like it because of the removable numpad.

HOWEVER, I wont be buying it because it's Bluetooth. Unless this device is somehow different than most, it wont let you boot into the BIOS because the keyboard won't work that early in the boot sequence. If they make a normal wireless version then I'd think about getting it.

I've been using wireless keyboards for years (diNovo Edge and MX5500 Revolution) and they work pretty much on the standard USB interface. I've never had a problem with my keyboards in any situation, including the BIOS entrance as you've mentioned.

If it requires a battery I'll never buy one. I have never found a need to take my keyboard further than it's cable length or the length of an added extension.

My mom has a cordless keyboard. All I hear her complain about is how fast she goes through batteries.

its an awesome keyboard, the rep was harping on about the seperate num pad, and it is dam thin but they didnt talk about battery life...so i guess we'll see...

Its not overly curved and its more natural. Believe me I hated all curved at first and I still to this day cannot stand the curve with the split sets of keys. UGH. This is a nice design and works well for the natural bend in your arms/wrists.

that does look very nice !


and too whoever said about the mac one being better, whats wrong with you :|
i have to use those in college, i cannot stand the things ;(
so thin and spaced out, they feel horrible.
its freakishly heavy aswell :S
though it does seem like itd be a mission to break.

Shouldn't everyone buying something like this at this price tag already know very well (without looking) where each button is? If so, why do you need a backlight unless you find yourself working in apps that have more mouse work (photoshop?) and thus you're left with only one hand. But even then, I've used non-lighted KB's in the dark, and all you really need is the light from the monitor and it's enough imo.

I have to agree that MS makes top notch hardware. I bought a wireless keyboard and mouse back when they were all the rage and it's still working some 8 years later. This looks fresh too.

Same goes with the 7000 series. I've been gaming the crap out of it and nothing is worn (ASDF is pretty shinny though haha).
They have kickass range too.

bobbba said,
I have had it happen on a 2000 and now a 6000.

Maybe it's not a microsoft problem? Maybe it's a "you" problem.

Awh, I'm in such a feisty mood today. Today is going to be a great day.

Yeah, that's what I understood from the press release. How much will they sell a BT dongle if you don't have it?

dtomilson said,
Too bad.. I wonder why if they won't include it with the keyboard if they are including it with the mouse?

Probably because most people who would buy this, buy the better laptops, which come with bluetooth. Not the cheapeast dell and hp's.

You can get a bluetooth transmitter from ebay for about $3 if you really want one.

Microsoft makes excellent hardware. I still have their Digital Sound System 80 hooked up. It's not the best by today's standards but it still sounds great!

I've also got their blue backlit keyboard and mouse they made together with Razer. They look and feel awesome.

Still waiting for someone to re-release a force feedback mouse. Logitech made a great one, not sure why they let the concept die.

M_Lyons10 said,
Wow, that's a really nice looking keyboard. I just may have to pick this up. :)

You say that about every single Microsoft product on this website, M. Or should I say Steve?

I like MS hardware as I've used it a lot too but I think I still prefer Logitech. Like MS Software too - so it's all good around lol.

DanielZ said,
Wow, even Apple's bluetooth keyboard is cheaper- at $70. Plus it's so much nicer to type on.

Judging by the photos the Apple Keyboard is thinner too. :P

How can you say the Apple keyboard is nicer to type on when this hasn't even been released yet? :confused:

ZakO said,
How can you say the Apple keyboard is nicer to type on when this hasn't even been released yet? :confused:

The keys seen in the picture look very similar to many other keyboards that are out today. So that could be an indication. Next to that people might not like the curving.

What are you smoking? I will be replacing the Apple BT keyboard with this one!
The Apple one has a lot of issues and you must find workarounds for it to be paired onto multiple operating systems and won't pair with the PS3 properly.

Another gripe is the function key in the left corner. FPS and typing in general can be thrown off by this. The price is fine and I will be picking one up asap!

ishtar said,
Apples keyboard and mouse suck I owned them over priced pos

Well, yes, maybe they are. But what if Apples keyboards are overpriced, and this one is more expensive, then what does that make this keyboard?? Over-overpriced.

Looks nice though, haven't used a curved design before, anyone have any experience?

Once I started using curved designed KB's I now hate the normal ones. I'd take a curved/natural design over a normal one anyday, regardless. It just feels way better.

cakesy said,
Looks nice though, haven't used a curved design before, anyone have any experience?

Before I switched to Mac I had a curved Microsoft keyboard that worked brilliantly. IMO Microsoft makes some pretty good quality keyboards. But then again I also think that it's completely nonsense to claim that Apple keyboards a crappy and overpriced. When it comes to quality both companies make equally good keyboards. The only difference I prefer about the ones Apple makes is the aluminum design vs plastic.

dtomilson said,
The Apple one has a lot of issues and you must find workarounds for it to be paired onto multiple operating systems and won't pair with the PS3 properly.

Obviously the Apple Keyboards are designed to work with Mac OS X and provide perfect integration with that operating system. That said I've been using both the wired and wireless keyboards with Windows for a while now and they work just fine after installing the proper Boot Camp drivers.

I like the idea of having it seperate. If i am at home, i can have it on the side like a calculator. Looks cool and isn't in the way when i don't need it.

qdave said,
Cool but they should feature build in number pad as well.

Well MS should have made it so the number pad could attach to the keyboard, as in some kind of quick connect/disconnect type thing.

Agree with you 100%. This is going in the living room next to the Laser Mouse 8000 - Another great piece of hardware by Microsoft. My favourite BT mouse.

OMG that's sexy. I'm gonna have to get one and see how it handles. It might just replace my Logitech Illuminated Keyboard.

It certainly looks nice albeit it's not so great for those who frequently use the home and end keys. It'd certainly look good in a media center setting and not having a dongle is a plus as well. I'm curious as to the battery life of this keyboard(s). I'm unsure as to whether or not this will increase Linux adoption though.

I must say Microsoft may not have the best software for PC, but they have the best hardware for PC. I love Microsoft hardware.

Agreed. I don't like most of their keyboards, although this one looks *very* nice. I use a Microsoft mouse on my MacBook, because they make the best mice for Macs (ironic, really).

java2beans said,
I must say Microsoft may not have the best software for PC, but they have the best hardware for PC. I love Microsoft hardware.

windows anyone ?

Yeah, I think you tried to pull one over on us. Microsoft makes great software. As a teacher, I can't get enough of Microsoft Student or Encarta. I've used Streets and Trips up until recently, and I use Money as well. Windows 7 too.

ccoltmanm said,
Yeah, I think you tried to pull one over on us. Microsoft makes great software. As a teacher, I can't get enough of Microsoft Student or Encarta. I've used Streets and Trips up until recently, and I use Money as well. Windows 7 too.

Money was discontinued this year

java2beans said,
I must say Microsoft may not have the best software for PC, but they have the best hardware for PC. I love Microsoft hardware.


I would have to disagree with you on that, I've always chosen Logitech's kb/mice over Microsoft's. I however, like their software.

ccoltmanm said,
Yeah, I think you tried to pull one over on us. Microsoft makes great software. As a teacher, I can't get enough of Microsoft Student or Encarta. I've used Streets and Trips up until recently, and I use Money as well. Windows 7 too.

I never said Microsoft didn't make great software. I said that their software may not be the best. The keyword here is "may." Besides, when I talk about Microsoft software, I'm talking about a wide range of software not just Encarta or OS like Windows 7. By the way, I'm a BIG fan of Microsoft Windows. But, you have to face the fact that "you can be good at something but can't be good at everything."

ccoltmanm said,
Yeah, I think you tried to pull one over on us. Microsoft makes great software. As a teacher, I can't get enough of Microsoft Student or Encarta. I've used Streets and Trips up until recently, and I use Money as well. Windows 7 too.

Aren't they about to discontinue Encarta?

java2beans said,
I must say Microsoft may not have the best software for PC, but they have the best hardware for PC. I love Microsoft hardware.

There is nothing better than japanese Mitsumi Classic and hardly will be.

simon360 said,
Agreed. I don't like most of their keyboards, although this one looks *very* nice. I use a Microsoft mouse on my MacBook, because they make the best mice for Macs (ironic, really).

That's weird, I've had three of those and they all sucked.

java2beans said,
I never said Microsoft didn't make great software. I said that their software may not be the best. The keyword here is "may."


Wow, what a lame excuse, just because you didn't expect the reactions....sigh

java2beans said,
I must say Microsoft may not have the best software for PC, but they have the best hardware for PC. I love Microsoft hardware.

I came here to say the same thing. Microsoft is a huge mixed bag, some great hardware and software, some really bad stuff as well. A lot of people will accept anything that Microsoft gives them, whether it is good or bad. They are called fanboys, and will vehemently disagree at anything said against them. There are some of us here that use them when they produce something, but don't bury our heads in the sand to other companies also producing great stuff.

Now most of the people replying to your comment, which camp do they sit in?

meriam said,
windows anyone ?

As he said, they really don't make good software... And some of the hardware is ok.... Apples keyboard is thinner, but I don't mind the look of this one.

neufuse said,
Money was discontinued this year

Accounting Express/Pro 2008 or 2009 - will continue that line with more features and better importing/exporting for the more popular Quickbooks and other accounting software. The Express version is free and previous upgrades are free. I use this software over QB2009 and like it more and I am very familiar with QBooks.