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:


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"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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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