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Review: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000

If you're looking for a wireless desktop combo, Microsoft covers that too. The Wireless Desktop 2000 comes with a suitable desktop mouse for daily use and a comfortable keyboard.

The Wireless Desktop 2000 comes with your standard mouse, with a scroll wheel and left and right click buttons; sorry, no forward and back side buttons here. The mouse is very heavy for a mouse, but the size of the mouse feels great in my hands. I'm a little disappointed to not see side buttons on a mouse, but for the selling price, this is definitely a steal for regular consumers. The mouse uses BlueTrack technology, like all of Microsoft's mice products.

The keyboard comes packed with features for this price range, including 15 customizable keys, function keys, a keypad, the Windows shortcut key, and a number of shortcut keys as well.

What many people may not notice about the keyboard, is that it comes with a 128-bit (AES) encryption. Yes, this keyboard comes with 128-bit encryption to protect your personal information from sniffers. Although the transceiver is slightly large, it will be hidden on the back of your desktop computer.

This keyboard definitely rivals my Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 that I'm still using almost two years later. But I would change two things about the keyboard, and both have to do with feel. First, the palm rest could get annoying if you keep your hands in the same position for a long period of time. The textured palm rest could easily be smooth, like the Laser Desktop 7000. The second one would be the shortcut keys at the top of the keyboard. They are slightly on the large size, and they could have trimmed these down.

The Basics:

  • $49.94 MSRP
  • 128-bit (AES) encryption
  • BlueTrack technology
  • Lots of customizable buttons
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Very reasonable MSRP
  • Keyboard keys are very soft, almost laptop-like
  • 128-bit (AES) encryption to keep personal information safe
  • Mouse is very accurate with BlueTrack technology

Cons:

  • No back and forward buttons on the side of the mouse
  • Palm rest on keyboard could be better
  • Mouse is very heavy and bulky
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I'll buy this, looking at the pictures the mouse looks small to me, but I checked the dimentions and it's the way I like. I linke big and ergonomic mouses and not those small mouses made for "notebooks".. I just need to wait to it be relesed here in Brazil.

I'll get it becouse of the keybord anyway, I'll get the "Microsoft Touch mouse" (not the Microsoft Explorer Touch mouse) anyway.

KSib said,
No back and forward buttons is always a deal-breaker for me.

It's a PRO in my book. I always hit the **** suckers with my thumb and accidentally hit the back button. it ****ES ME OFF!. I LOVE mice that don't include them.

warwagon said,

It's a PRO in my book. I always hit the **** suckers with my thumb and accidentally hit the back button. it ****ES ME OFF!. I LOVE mice that don't include them.


You can normally disable them (or change the function) from the driver options. At least with everything I've used you can... So that shouldn't be a reason for mouse selection.

olavinto said,

You can normally disable them (or change the function) from the driver options. At least with everything I've used you can... So that shouldn't be a reason for mouse selection.

But the thing is... consumers usually have two choices with mice: ones with the standard three buttons and ones with loads more buttons. There's no point paying for extra buttons if you're not going to use them.

warwagon said,
It's a PRO in my book. I always hit the **** suckers with my thumb and accidentally hit the back button. it ****ES ME OFF!. I LOVE mice that don't include them.

For me depends on who made it. My main desktop uses a different model of Microsoft mouse, one of the Comfort series, and those buttons are pretty small and out of the way, never accidentally hit them and it would be awkward to go to a different mouse without it. But I have one on another system upstairs (Logitech I think), and they're much bigger, that one I'm of a like mind, had to disable the things and set the left/right wheel tilt to do those commands instead.