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Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 6000

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  • Flip 3D Key Experience this dynamic Windows Vista feature by pressing the key to display a 3D overlay of all open windows and cycle through them.
  • "My Favorites" Keys Customize these 5 keys to instantly bring up the folders, files, and Web pages you use most.
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Mini-Transceiver - Connects the keyboard right out of the box with virtually no interference, and provides up to a 30-foot wireless range.
  • Translucent Border and Polished Racetrack Brings the subtle elegance of Windows Aero to your desktop.
  • Comfort Curve with Quiet Touch Keys Your hands sit more naturally on the quiet, responsive, thin-profile keys for comfort and productivity.
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Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 6000 + Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 - Graphite + Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Microsoft
  • Model: J9C-00001
  • Color Name: Black
  • Form Factor: External,Ergonomic
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 19.9 x 1.6 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001B8EUEW
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: J9C-00001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2008

Product Description

Product Description

Comfort and Style for Your Notebook or Desktop. The Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 6000 features a sleek, Comfort Curve design with Quiet Touch keys, instant digital-media access, and a wireless mini-transceiver.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer

Overview:

The Microsoft® Wireless Keyboard 6000 features a sleek, Comfort Curve design with Quiet Touch keys, instant digital-media access, and a wireless mini-transceiver.

Features:

     
Flip 3D Key
Press this key to display a 3D overlay of all open windows and cycle through them.
  Windows Live™ Call Button
The easiest way to start a video call.
  Comfort Curve with Quiet Touch Keys
Your hands sit more naturally on the quiet, responsive, thin-profile keys for comfort and productivity.
 
           
     
2.4 GHz Wireless Mini-Transceiver
Connects the keyboard right out of the box with virtually no interference, and provides up to a 30-foot wireless range.
  Zoom Toggle
Easily zoom in and out of digital pictures, maps, and other documents.
  Translucent Border and Polished Racetrack
Brings the subtle elegance of Windows Aero to your desktop.
 

Additional Features:
  • "My Favorites" Keys: Customize these 5 keys to instantly bring up the folders, files, and Web pages you use most.
  • Media Keys: Control your media activities with the touch of a button.
  • Hot Keys: One-touch access to e-mail, Home, Calculator, My Documents, instant messaging, and photos.
  • Enhanced F Keys: Perform common commands from your keyboard.
  • Gadgets: One-touch access to weather, stock quotes, and more.
  • Windows Start Key: Press to launch your Start menu. If you have Windows Vista installed, search your PC or the Web right from there.
   

System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista® or Windows® XP
    • 100 MB hard drive space
  • or Mac OS X v10.2x–10.5x
    • 30 MB hard drive space
  • Windows-compatible speakers or headphones
  • USB
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 2 AA alkaline batteries (included)
   

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Things like keyboards should just work.
Abe
Key issues: It literally drops its signal once every couple of minutes - during this time the keyboard (and sometimes the mouse) are completely non-responsive.
Jason Mansel
Even in line of sight, within 2 feet, cannot stay connected.
Dorothy N. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Mahanes on November 16, 2008
There are 2 big draws to this product:

Firstly, Microsoft's name. They make great keyboards, and have for many years. Unfortunately, their products tend to be a bit more expensive than other brands, but I think the quality makes up the difference.

Secondly, the styling. This keyboard has a really classy style and contour. It reminds me of older ergonomic keyboard designs because of the curved layout, but it isn't trying to dramatically change the traditional layout. The translucent border around the keyboard's body is a very nice touch. It reminds me of the glass effect in Aero.

Facts about usage:
The keys have very quiet operation, and very short travel. They feel like a hybrid of traditional desktop and laptop designs. The added media keys around the border are very useful too.

My only gripe about the keyboard is that the F-key layout isn't traditional which makes me second-guess my finger placement when I want to press and F-key. I end up looking down. That's bad form. They layout they picked is more visually appealing and most users don't use the F-keys that much, but I do because I am an enthusiast.

9.5 / 10 Do not hesitate to buy this product.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Walker on May 15, 2009
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I'm definitely disappointed in this keyboard. The communication between the USB receiver and the keyboard does not keep up with my typing speed and there are times when I type something and it takes a couple of seconds before the letters appear on the screen. I often get double characters and spend way too much time correcting these errors. I finally had to buy a small USB hub and place the receiver in the hub right next to my keyboard itself and so far it seems to be working. But don't count on it being a smooth operation when the receiver is in your computer's USB port.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gallant on December 2, 2008
Usability and Ergonomics: 5 out of 5
The Microsoft 6000 Wireless keyboard is the most comfortable wireless keyboard to type on that I have tried to date. The gently curving key rows and low-profile, laptop-style keys making typing a breeze while increasing speed, accuracy, and comfort.

Construction and Design: 4 out of 5
The main deck of the keyboard is solidly constructed; there is no flex while typing. The extraneous keys (Home, Email, Quick-Launch, Volume controls, etc) feel cheap, however; some make a grinding or scraping sound when pressed, others occasionally stick. This applies only to the extraneous keys, not the standard keys. The trim around the edge of the keyboard is supposed to match the Aero Glass user interface in Windows Vista, but it looks like cheap, see-through plastic instead.

Battery Life: 3 out of 5
The battery life on this keyboard is very short in comparison with other wireless keyboards. Four different Logitech models I have owned each lasted between 6 months and 1 year on a single battery charge (all keyboards used several hours every day, 365 days per year). The Microsoft 6000 Wireless keyboard lasted slightly less than one month on a single battery charge.

Total Rating: 4 out of 5
The Microsoft 6000 Wireless Keyboard is hand down the best keyboard I have ever typed on, sticky volume keys, ugly border, and poor battery life aside.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By T. Geiger on December 20, 2008
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I'm not asking for much from the keyboard industry. I just want the older standard layout in a wireless keyboard that I can use from 8 to 10 feet away. After buying this product, I am still searching.

I knew I'd be making a couple of compromises right away. While it has all the keys from the standard layout, the main group is curved in a mild attempt to be ergonomic. It doesn't really feel any more comfortable than a standard keyboard, and now the keys are different widths, making it harder to type. Also, the function keys are tiny and are marked with pictures. While the older F1 designations are printed above the keys, on the keyboard itself, they're printed in white on a light grey surface, making them very difficult to read. And then in a further attempt to make them even more unusable, they're also arrayed in a curved line and evenly spaced. No matter what you use the function keys for, you now have to look at them to figure out which one you want to press.

The real sticking point with me though is that the marketing claims this keyboard will work from 30 feet away. I suppose that Microsoft might mean "if you have the keyboard and the receiver directly pointed at one another with absolutely no obstructions, at 30 feet it might accept a keystroke every once in awhile." I don't need 30 feet, I only need 8. When plugging the receiver into the back of my computer, the keyboard only worked if I typed very slowly and holding a key down (eg: deleting) was right out. Frankly, this level of performance was not any better than the 6000v2 which used infrared technology. So I plugged it into the side port to give it better line of sight. The keyboard works considerably better now, though it does seem to miss a few keystrokes every once in awhile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Gross on July 27, 2009
The instructions for the product have a diagram of the small transmitter plugged into a USB port at the back of the computer. When I did this, the typing and mouse pointing were absolutely horrible. Typing was so inconsistent as to be nearly ususable, and the mouse was unpredictably irregular in pointing and clicking. I have been able to solve the problem recently by plugging the transmitter in a USB port in direct line of sight with the keyboard and mouse (based on another review I read here), but if you will not be able to have a direct line of sight between the USB port and the keyboard, do NOT buy this product. That being said, the keyboard is very comforable even though curved, and very quiet. The mouse is ergonomically designed (sorry, southpaws, righties only) and very comfortable. As soon as I plugged in the transmitter, the product worked without any software installation. Due to company policy, I have not installed the supplemental software, but it appears to add a lot of helpful features to the keyboard, including one touch buttons for all kinds of things such as calculator, zooming in and out, audio and volume controls, and mail. I would give this a 4 or 5 star rating if the transmitter worked better or Microsoft made the product limitations clear on the packaging and instructions.
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