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Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 4000 (3.0) Silver PS2/USB Mac/Win

3.9 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews
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  • Tilt Wheel Technology
  • Smart technology reduces the likelihood of interruption by notifying you when it detects interference or low battery
  • Many users experience a half year of battery life
  • Designed by Microsoft ergonomics experts, the arched shape provides support for your hand in a natural, comfortable position
  • Compatible with Windows XP Professional Edition, XP Home Edition, or 2000 Professional
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Microsoft
  • Model Number: BX2-00004
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color: Silver & Black
  • Hardware Platform: Mac, Pc
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Product Description

Product Description

Distinctive style and enhanced comfort converge in the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 4000. Designed for comfort by ergonomic experts, the keyboard helps your hands rest in a more natural position, a subtle change that makes a big difference. Add the freedom and convenience of a wireless mouse with 4-way scrolling and optical tracking.

From the Manufacturer

Experience the comfort of ergonomic design and the convenience of Tilt Wheel Technology, and work without interruption with longer battery life.

Tilt Wheel Technology
Experience unrivaled accuracy, speed, and control as you scroll through documents and Web pages.

Smart receiver
Go wireless with confidence. Smart technology reduces the likelihood of interruption by notifying you when it detects interference or low battery.

Three times the battery life
Finally, a solution to the top wireless hassle: Now you can work longer without interruption. Many users experience a half year of battery life!

Ergonomic design
Work in style and comfort. Designed by Microsoft ergonomics experts, the arched shape provides support for your hand in a natural, comfortable position.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 18 x 9 x 3 inches
Item Weight 5 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.7 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 B0002CE0XY
Item model number BX2-00004
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3.9 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #633 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Keyboards, Mice & Accessories > Keyboard & Mouse Combos
Date first available at Amazon.com July 2, 2004

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By CuppaTea VINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
I read some of the excellent reviews before my purchase, so there were not many surprises. The name of the set is different on Amazon than in other stores, which was a bit confusing. Microsoft itself calls it the wireless optical desktop - comfort edition. My impressions after a few weeks of use:

Pros:

- The radio signal appears to be strong and is resistant to interference. I've got a Gyration Ultra cordless mouse, a WiFi router, and speakers near the base receiver, but both the keyboard and mouse work without a hitch.

- The keyboard is relatively comfortable to use with good tactile feedback, and the faux leather wristpad is nice. Microsoft has a knack for well-built keyboards.

- Love all the extra buttons! They are reprogrammable with the Intellitype program, which is included.

- The zoom function is pretty nice when the type on the screen is too small to read. I don't have to always have my reading glasses on.

- The mouse is ambidextrous (one of the few wireless mice that isn't ergonomically designed only for righties).

Cons:

- The mouse has only 2 buttons plus the scroll wheel. Most of the newer high-end optical mice have more programmable buttons.

- The keyboard is not a true ergonomic keyboard (despite the "comfort" label). Although the layout is slightly curved, there is not much wrist angle reduction when typing.

- As others have noted, the F Lock key and the new and improved function keys are a serious step backwards to all of us used to working with the old function keys. For example, I am used to hitting F12 in some programs. Now, by default this is set as a "print" function. I've printed out more than a few pages accidentally.

Overall I am reasonably satisfied with the keyboard and mouse, but as with most Microsoft products, I think it will take a few iterations to get things really right.
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This is probably Microsoft's best-made Keyboard yet. It feels solid and steady, much more so than previous ones, and well-made. The Keys have great feedback and it looks and feels like a high-end peripheral. The 'faux leather' palm-rest works very well. The mouse unfortunately is not MS' high-end explorer, but the more simple optical mouse. It works well, but will leave some longing for the better contoured, button-rich explorer 3.0. The keyboard shape itself is a bit of a mixed bag, it feel like Microsoft tried to do everyone right, and missed it slightly either way: If you want a truly ergonomic board, don't get this; you can beat MS' own Optical Keyboard Pro (true ergo, and split). This is more akin to a more comfortable standard keyboard than something truly ergonomically styled. But, if that doesn't bother you, this is a good buy at a good price. Wireless works absolutely flawlessly, though the reach could be a tad bit farther.
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I am a Mac guy. Full disclosure right up front. I dislike Microsoft for their less-than-honorable business practices. Still, my Logitech set-up mysteriously crapped out on me, and when you need a keyboard you tend to grab what is at hand. For me, that was this Microsoft Keyboard/ Mouse combo, the "Comfort" edition. Yeah, the fake leather wrist-rest cushion is a gimmick, but wow... it really does feel like leather. Soft as a baby's butt doesn't begin to cover it. It is really soft and really comfortable.

Ok, big deal - we have the comfort nailed, but what about function? So much in this world is style over substance, but Microsoft just flat-out has the function nailed, too. I can't speak to the Winders software, but if it is half as good as the software controlling the mouse and keyboard on the Mac, it will be almost perfect. Set up is a breeze for the half-way tech savvy, though if you read and follow the directions, I fail to see how anything can go wrong.

The mouse is smooooooooooooth. Like a fine single-malt scotch or satin sheets, there really isn't a way to adequately describe this mouse; you just have to experience it for yourself. This mouse just exudes quality. Buckets of it. It's as if this mouse is crafted from a solid piece of metal. You know it's not - your eyes tell you that. Your sense of touch tells you that. Yet... it glides on the desktop almost like it is floating on a cushion of air. The scroll wheel doesn't click as it spins, it is just home-made vanilla ice cream smoooooooth. And the side scrolling feature that lets you scroll right and left is very cool, and very useful when surfing the web.

The "Killer App" here is the software. The smart scrolling and intellipoint software are just so blamed... intuitive.
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The Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 4000 (3.0) Silver PS2/USB Mac/Win is like having "Silver Wings" on my keyboard tray. No wires, no fuss and they always work. This is my third wireless keyboard/mouse combination, but my first combo that really works well for me. The keyboard and mouse set up very easily. They work so flawlessly that my hands and fingers seem to fly along.

It has been three months and I am still on the first set of batteries. I have not seen any false battery "alarms" and I am always connected when I boot up the computer. Interference does not seem to be an issue with this Micorsoft setup.

The keyboard is easy to use and the mouse fits my hand very nicely. My hands are of average size - so it may be a good idea to "preview" this setup at a store somewhere. My wife's hands are small, but she says that the mouse and the keyboard seem to fit her "fairly" well. She does prefer a smaller mouse - so that should be taken into consideration.

The extra features such as the Tilt Wheel Technology and the Smart Technology to reduce the likelihood of interruption by notifying you when it detects interference, or low battery levels are nice. However, I don't really notice them. Personally, that is the way I like it! One "sweet" touch is the one-touch button on the keyboard that brings up your calculator. No more searching for a calculator when you want to use one.

I don't know about the half year of battery life yet but so far, so good. I do appreciate the fact that the keyboard is not over-designed by the Microsoft ergonomics experts. The arched shape to provides support for your hands in a natural, comfortable position is not overdone, and therefor is easy to become familiar with. Microsoft got this one right!
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