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Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition ( ZV1-00004 )

3.3 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Microsoft
  • Model Number: ZV1-00004
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color: Black
  • Form Factor: Sleek,Compact,Spill-resistant design
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Product Description

Product Description

Control all the functions of your Media Center PC, including playing movies, surfing the Web, playing music and viewing digital photos, without getting out of your chair. Lighted keys make it easy to see in the dark, so you don't have to turn on the lights. Cursor control and click/right-click keys allow for easy navigation Sleek profile and compact design for easy use on your lap Spill-resistant design 4 AA alkaline batteries included Compatible with a Media Center PC that runs Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 or later and has a Windows Media Center receiver 116 Multimedia Keys Port Connection Wireless infrared Mouse Included

From the Manufacturer

This three-in-one wireless keyboard, mouse, and remote lets you control a Media Center PC from the couch. Launch digital media, surf the Web, watch movies, and send instant messages from up to 30 feet away.

Features

  • Backlit media keys: Easily control your Media Center even in low-light conditions.
  • 30-foot wireless range: Wirelessly control a variety of digital entertainment devices from up to 30 feet away.
  • Sleek, three-in-one design: Enjoy all of your digital media clutter-free. The three-in-one design integrates a keyboard with a mouse and remote control.
  • Built-in television controls: Turn your TV on and off and control volume with convenient, built-in functionality.
  • Green Start button: Put Media Center PC through its paces with the press of a single green Start button.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 6 x 19 x 2 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2 pounds
Domestic 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.
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ASIN B000AOAAN8
Item model number ZV1-00004
Customer Reviews
3.3 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,404 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Keyboards, Mice & Accessories > Keyboards
Date first available at Amazon.com September 13, 2005

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By Stephen Rowe on October 24, 2005
I have been looking for a good wireless keyboard with built in mouse for some time. I have Media Center and I really wish I could control the PC portion from the couch. When I saw this for sale, I just had to have it. I immidiately took it home, hooked it up, and was sorely disappointed. The keyboard works fine. The Media Center specific buttons work fine. The mouse control is so bad I thought I had a defective unit. Alas, I found other reviews on the net indicating that i did not. The mouse looks like the little pointing device on Thinkpad laptops. It isn't. Rather than just pushing to the side, you have to push down to make it work. It seems that you have to push down in the direction you want to go. This means if you want to switch directions, you have to let up and push down in another direction. Trying to get the mouse onto anything is an exercise in frustration. If you want a good remote keyboard, consider this. If you want a remote mouse too, stay away. Mine will be going back to the store.
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Used this remote keyboard for 4 days. It's attractive, well designed and easy to use. An earlier reviewer described the mouse pointer as being awful and it is -- BUT ONLY WHEN THE UNIT IS BRAND NEW. Initially the mouse pointer is difficult to use by way of the amount of finger pressure required to get it to operate. During the first few days of operation, it was difficult to place the cursor exactly where I wanted it because of the amount of pressure required. HOWEVER AFTER 3 DAYS OF USAGE THE POINTER HAS BROKEN IN AND NOW WORKS JUST AS GOOD AS A TOUCH STICK ON A QUALITY LAPTOP. I can now recommend this keyboard remote to anyone seeking the convenience of wanting a wireless keyboard/remote without having to manipulate 2 separate units. It's easy to use from your own lap, table or computer drawer. JUST REMEMBER WHAT I MENTIONED EARLIER -- WHEN YOU FIRST USE A NEW UNIT YOU WILL ACTUALLY HATE IT BECAUSE OF THE INITIAL STIFFNESS AND STUBBORN MOVEMENT OF THE POINTER, but give it a few days and hardly any pressure is required from your finger.
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BEWARE..This product ships with no IR receiver. I have had this remote keyboard for almost 2-3 weeks and unable to find a compatible IR receiver in local stores. No one carries them anymore. Btw, it does not work with IR receivers that come bundled with other name-brand MCE remotes. The only compatible IR6 receiver(A9O-00007) I could find was on ebay for >$20. If you are buying this for keyboard, you are better off buying wireless(2.4Ghz) keyboard. If you are looking for remote + keyboard, tough luck in finding a IR receiver that works. In this day and age, It believe it should ONLY be shipped with a Receiver. Amazon should clearly note this on their product description. For me, it is nice product but useless. I am returning it.
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DOES NOT COME WITH IR RECEIVER. its a paperweight without it. why no one else mentioned this in reviews before I have no idea. weak sauce.
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A great keyboard with an esthetically pleasing and very ergonomic design. I have a media center in my living room and it completes the experience well. All the shortcuts keys to for the media center are right there. As many reviewers, I had a hard time with the pointer to control the mouse but by going to the control panel -> mouse and reducing the cursor speed (nearly to the min) it ended up working nicely.
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This product would have been great if it had been clearly marked that you need an Infrared Sensor hooked up to your computer in order for it to work. Some computers come with them, most don't. If you are looking to buy a wireless keyboard with built in mouse I suggest a different product. By the time you buy everything you need to get this one working properly you could buy a nice WiFi keyboard.
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Something I missed from the description (although not others comments - wish I'd read them) is that this keyboard DOES NOT INCLUDE AN IR RECEIVER! As a result, it only works with computers that shipped with windows XP media center edition and included a specific IR receiver. Only consider this keyboard if that description fits your computer.

Pity, as it is well built, looks nice. Something that critical should really be in the product description though.
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Buyer beware, this is the keyboard only. I bought this thinking that I could have the best of all worlds for my home built MCE machine: a wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control all in one.

However, you must have a Media Center machine with the IR Receiver. It doesn't come in the box, although this is not listed anywhere on the Amazon site (it is on the side panel of the box). Seemes pretty nice other wise, however I can't tell for sure since I don't have the IR on my machine. Looks like I have to return it or buy the remote control too. Also note, that according to some of the reviews on other computer sites that this keyboard won't work outside of Windows MCE, eg. you can't enter the bios, it won't work on regular Windows XP, etc.
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