Review: Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000

In the market for a new wireless keyboard and mouse, looking to upgrade from my Microsoft Digital Pro Keyboard, I took a look at Microsoft's Wireless Laser Desktop 7000. Keyboard and mouse response peripherals are important to all communication between the user and their computer, hoping that Microsoft got it right after mixed reviews on previous keyboard / mouse combos.

The Keyboard:
The keyboard has the Comfort Curve design keyboard that has a slight bend in the keys to make the feel of typing more comfortable to the user. The keyboard has a small 6 degree bend in the design to help improve typing from the average angle of a users shoulder to keyboard. The keyboard comes with a 2.4GHz frequency wireless technology for quick response time, with a maximum of 30 feet distance from the transceiver.

The keyboard also comes equipped with a smoked translucent border around the edges to replicate Windows Aero, found in Windows Vista and Windows 7. The keyboard also has floating My Favorite Keys that launch applications or folders by simply touching the keyboard, without buttons.

The Mouse:
The mouse has a slick new design from Microsoft with a clean black and silver finish to match the keyboard. The wireless, single rechargeable battery powered mouse also connects to the transceiver, the same one the keyboard uses, to give the user freedom to take and use the mouse from anywhere.

My Thoughts:
After a short time with the keyboard and mouse, I found my comfort zone with both of the devices, after some tweaks for the speed inside the Control Panel in Vista. The keyboard had issues at the beginning, with missing key strokes, but seems to of fixed itself after a reset of the keyboard. The keyboard was also able to perform flawlessly with the transceiver behind a desk, at a fair distance.

The mouse also had the same hiccups on getting started, much like the keyboard, by not able to properly move across diagonally, but has since fixed itself after a reset. The mouse feels comfortable in my hand, but has hard to reach back button, where I need to lose my placement on the mouse, in order to go back a page while browsing. My only issue with the mouse is the scroll wheel click button that is a lot harder to press in for quick scrolling of a page, from my previous Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse 3000.

Keyboard Pros:

  • Nice overall design, the look is much nicer compared to other keyboards
  • Great functionality – performs great at distances, and excellent at keeping keystrokes
  • Good Media Center Keyboard – with stop, start, play, and other media controls, it is great for controlling a media center on your living room TV.
  • Programmable Keys – Like other Microsoft keyboards, the ability for programmable keys is a nice feature to have and keep.
  • Light weight – great for mobility between PC's, or home theater
  • Very silent keystrokes – almost makes no sound when typing

Keyboard Cons:
  • F-keys – too close together, and not grouped up like regular keyboards, making it hard to tell what F key is which
  • No light indications – Impossible to tell if Numlock, Caplock, or anything else is enabled.

Mouse Pros:
  • Light weight – great for sliding across a surface, without the feeling of a weight under your hand
  • Stylish look and feel – has an overall great natural appearance and feel to it
  • Very smooth scroll wheel – for browsing up and down pages, the click-less scroll wheel is excellent

Mouse Cons:
  • Hard to click scroll wheel – to be able to open another tab while browsing, it is difficult and annoying trying to click on the wheel.
  • Bad back and forth button placement – The buttons are too far back, and should be moved forward. Back button is the most commonly used button, and should be directly under your thumb.

Overall I would give this keyboard a great review (in the short time using it) in performance, reliability and functionality. For the price of $143.99 (CDN) it almost seems not worth it, but if you're in the market for a new keyboard / mouse combo (untested in games) and can pick this up for a little cheaper, it seems like a great choice.

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I've had this keyboard for about a year. I do think it is a great wireless desktop set, but I also find the same flaws most others find (no light indicators for CAPS, NUM, etc., and the function keys are odd) It does however work well at a distance as the reviewer stated, and the curve is awesome.

I've since moved to a Razer Lycosa, which looks nice, but I do miss the comfort curve greatly.

I've owned this keyboard for about six months, and I love it. I previously had a wireless desktop also, so I won't discuss about how much I like wireless.

They keys feels great, the mouse feels AWESOME. Both are very soft to the touch and you can still feel the "click" (I don't like when you don't). The keyboard is just slight curved. I didn't like the curved keyboard but I feel great with this one. The mouse charger is nice. The design is awesome. The inclination cna be adjusted and it doesn't have those little fragile plastic legs, but two solid rubber blocks (than can be removed or placed in the back or the front). And that is great because I always break them. The range is great (is bluetooth after all), even with walls.

Only two cons I found:
- No caps/numlock indicator
- The function keys ARE weird. Too small, I would prefer them like regular keys.

Why suddenly all the reviews to hardware are MS keyboards?
This just made want to go and buy a good quality Logitech. :P

I've had lots of issues with RF based keyboards/mice. The range was no where near what it was rated for.

Buy a bluetooth one instead.

I don't know about everyone else, perhaps I'm just old school, but I much prefer a keyboard that has a click to the keys - tactile feedback is very important to me when I am working on my computer. The same goes for the mouse scroll click - I much prefer a mouse wheel that has a click to it, though not a "hard" stop click. I also _hate_ curved/ergonomic keyboards - they are nothing of the sort for me.

I could care less about how quiet it is when typing. I'm much more of a fan of Logitech - used their input devices for over 10 years now and have never had a problem. Great tactile feedback, great, comfortable design, and very solidly built.

Personally speaking, I'm not feeling that keyboard design at all. It looks rather tacky in all honesty.

Personal opinion, naturally.

Aren't the indicators for caps lock, num lock etc on the transceiver? At least that's where I remember them to be on my old pc, which I was using wireless laser desktop 6000 with.

I've switched to Habu and Reclusa ever since I got my new pc though, cuz the transceiver had problems with keyboard and mouse not being on the same level. Only issue till now is from habu, since vista won't detect it automatically during startup most of the time.

I own the Wireless Keyboard 6000 edition and agree with the review. It performs marvelously, and I do like the programmable buttons and the ease of typing on it. I prefer wired mouses though for performance, and to not have to worry changing out the battery for it every 6 months. Wireless keyboard battery life is better these days though so I don't mind this keyboard being wireless in that regard.

@Mike Frett:
I was a wired guy myself, but found it hard to use a keyboard / mouse on my TV, which is almost directly set up behind my computer. Pausing and stopping movies / skipping tracks was a big sell for me, meaning I could skip parts of things I had already watched, or seek through songs.

@NienorGT, yes the set isn't exactly "new" but it doesn't mean it can't be reviewed. There are some issues with the mouse, and made me ponder for almost 30 minutes on getting it at the store. The only display mouse that wasn't available for testing, was of course the 7000 series both keyboard and mouse. I decided it looks better than the 6000, and opted to buy this.

@Silverskull:
I didn't know how else to explain it. I set it up when I purchased it, installed the drivers, and plugged the transceiver into the USB slot, and went from there. Both the keyboard and mouse seem to of had a similar problem. I reset everything up, and the problem simply "went away"

lylesback2 said,
@NienorGT, yes the set isn't exactly "new" but it doesn't mean it can't be reviewed. There are some issues with the mouse, and made me ponder for almost 30 minutes on getting it at the store. The only display mouse that wasn't available for testing, was of course the 7000 series both keyboard and mouse. I decided it looks better than the 6000, and opted to buy this.

lol, when I said I was having this set since 6 months, it was not to say that your review is outdated :P
It was just to tell that I'm an owner of it as with you lol.

Seems to "have" fixed itself.

I may buy a Microsoft keyboard... but I'd rather have one without the curve. It gets annoying at times. The Logitech Wave that I'm using now is nice, but I want something wireless... and I like Microsoft hardware.

I have this desktop set since about 6 months...
I would add the Mouse Con: Hard to hold in your hands when lifting it since there is no grips on the right side, and: Left side buttons are too high and make the mouse get out the desk surface when used...

No numlock/capslock indicators? Thats weird and seems like a bit of an oversight. Keyboard looks nice, but I'm not sold on the mouse.

mine has indicators on the receiver itself.
also when you install Microsoft intellithingy, you'll be informed on the screen as you press the buttons.