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Microsoft Wired Keyboard 500


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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Microsoft
  • Model: RT2300
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color Name: Black
  • Form Factor: Compact
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 7.6 x 1.6 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0007SXGJW
  • Item model number: RT2300
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 11, 2005

Product Description

Microsoft RT2300 121 Key Standard Keyboard

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I'd definitely recommend this keyboard for anyone looking for a well built cheap keyboard.
P. McGuire
The key action is nice and light, the low-travel makes it very easy for your fingers to really fly across the keys, and pretty quietly, too.
T. Hirashima
I have tried a variety of keyboards over the years and now I have FINALLY found the perfect one.
Greg Huffman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Tex-Talk on January 26, 2006
This keyboard is a very good value. It has only a PS2 connection, so if you need to use USB you will need a converter plug. I needed a PS2, so it was OK for me. Also, I deducted one star because the cord for connecting to the computer is a little shorter than the one I had, but if your computer isn't too far from your keyboard, you'll be ok. Keys are quiet and require minimal pressure. Has a top row of quick link keys including Favorites, Mail, Homepage and Music and others. Nothing fancy, but if you need a simple, quiet keyboard this one will work well for you.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Hirashima on April 3, 2007
Good, but just short of great. The key action is nice and light, the low-travel makes it very easy for your fingers to really fly across the keys, and pretty quietly, too. I like the fact that they are trying to make keyboards that are more spill resistant, because I have killed more than one keyboard by spilling a drink on it. I have no idea how well the spill-resistance is, though, as I am not about to willfully go testing it out or anything.

The profile is very thin, and the footprint is also smaller than average. Personally, I would not have minded having the keyboard be a little bit wider, because in order to save space, Microsoft has re-arranged the insert-delete-home-end-pgup pgdn keys to be in a two vertical lines instead of the more common two horizontal lines. I use those keys quite a bit for text file navigation while programming, a learning how to use this new configuration by touch took me a week or so, which was kind of annoying.

Another small niggle is the lack of a usb adapter. Do doubt, it helps keep the price down, but I would really love to be able to use this keyboard with my iBook as well as my PC, but in order to do that, I'll have to buy a third-party adapter.

And, as always, the inclusion of the extra keys at the top of the keyboard are almost useless. I say almost, because I do actually use the calculator key often enough, but the rest are nothing but a waste of space.

Despite these complaints, I still think the one thing that Microsoft still does well is hardware. Their keyboards and mice are pretty solid. As a basic, no frills keyboard, this is much better than you would usually get so for cheap.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Arthur on February 3, 2007
This is by far the cheapest (price) keyboard I've ever owned, and by far the best. All the buttons work too with my Windows XP Pro, ALL OF THEM!!!!! I replaced a much more expensive keyboard with this one and I'm happy I did. It's smaller, doesn't take up a lot of room, NO software to download like the others, and everything works out of the box. I'd spend twice as much in the store for an inferior model. Plus, if you spill something on it, it's not history like my old one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. McGuire on February 15, 2009
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I have used most of Microsoft's keyboards. With a typing speed of 180wpm (Mavis Beacon) and a computer related job - keyboards are my life.

I got this new keyboard with my new Dell system at work last week. At first I thought these keyboards would be pretty crappy because of their $14 price tag. The first thing you notice when you type on these keyboards is how quiet they sound... Well, that goes away with a few hours of use (for me anyways). After a few days of use the keys really loosen up and become pretty loud so if you are looking for a quiet keyboard, this isn't it. However, the smoothness of the keys allows for some pretty fast typing. I bought one for home and have been using this keyboard as my main keyboard for a few days because I liked it so much. It is pretty compact, doesn't require any drivers for the special keys to work, I like the build and ease of key presses.

I'm surprised how long and how fast I can type without the "wearing" out feel I got with other normal keyboards. This keyboard will remain my "main" keyboard for many months at work and at home.

Compared to the Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 - this keyboard is much more quiet and takes much less desk space. There is also more keypress length (whereas the Comfort Curve 2000 has a notebook feel). This keyboard is significantly lighter as well but it has well built/placed rubber grips so it does not slide on the desk no matter how hard/fast you type.

I'd definitely recommend this keyboard for anyone looking for a well built cheap keyboard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By things can change on July 20, 2009
Hello, world! I recently purchased this product after my old and dusty keyboard's S key stopped working. This is an excellent product and was delivered to my door early to my surprise. It was fairly inexpensive and although my monitor is fairly new, it still used the old PS/2 connectors for the mouse and keyboard. To avoid the extra costs of an adaptor, purchasing a PS/2 keyboard was my finest choice. The Microsoft Wired PS/2 Keyboard was evidently the perfect keyboard choice for me!

Contrary to what many other reviewers say, my keyboard did not make much noise when it was in use. In fact, it was quiterer than my previous VAIO keyboard. The shortcut keys on the top of the keyboard, especially the Calculator option, are very useful for everyday computing. The first time I plugged in the keyboard, the shortcut keys were very slow, although the second or third time I pressed one of the shortcuts, it worked instantly. Some of the shortcuts were not compatible with my computer, although they may work with others.
The keyboard was shipped in a standard medium-sized Amazon box, with air bags inside.

All in all, the Microsoft Wired PS/2 Keyboard is the quintessential choice of keyboards for anyone looking for a PS/2 keyboard that is cheap but very efficient.
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