Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 Good Value
May 10, 2012
Review by Amy Krajeski
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Easy setup, 15-foot range, hot keys for volume, pause/play and more, precise mouse
Cons:Came with dead batteries. Keyboard riser feet wobble.
The Bottom Line: Nice wireless keyboard and mouse with easy setup. 15-ft. range. Quiet keyboard, scroll mouse.
I finally got fed up using the basic USB keyboard and mouse that came with my Dell desktop computer. They worked okay, but I wanted to go wireless, and I happened to see this at Staples for $39 and couldn’t resist.
Recommend this product?
~ Product Description
The Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 includes in the box a keyboard, mouse, and transmitter, along with batteries for the keyboard and mouse. The packaging informs that all you need to do is load the batteries, plug in the transceiver, and start typing. Sounded good to me, because I’m a little techno-phobic, especially when it involves hardware setup.
This wireless keyboard and mouse has a 2-year limited hardware warranty.
~ Keyboard Features
The keyboard is a sleek black with a small-ish footprint. The casing is a super shiny black. The keyboard has hot keys for volume up and down, pause/play, mute, calculator, and Windows start. It has a number pad and direction keys, along with the page up/down, home, end, delete, insert keys, and ordinary configuration of regular keys and F keys.
There is a battery status indicator light, so you know if the batteries are getting low. The keyboard and the mouse both require two AAA batteries. Additionally, the keyboard has two flip-up riser feet underneath if you want to back edge raised.
The keyboard has a 15-foot range, and is 2.4 GHz. It is suitable for PC or Mac, and uses a USB transceiver.
~ Mouse Features
The 1000 dpi optical mouse is on the smaller side, but basically ordinary in shape. It features a scroll wheel, left and right click areas, which are not separate buttons but just areas on the mouse. I guess this is the newest mouse design. The mouse has a battery status indicator that will light up when batteries are getting low.
The bottom of the mouse has a spot where the transceiver can snap in for storage or portability when not in use. There is also an on/off button on the bottom of the mouse.
~ My Experience
The setup instructions are just a small graphic page with 3 pictures; one showing how to place the included batteries in the mouse and keyboard, one depicting inserting the USB transceiver, and another showing how the transceiver stows on the bottom of the mouse, and where the on/off button on the mouse is. Looked simple enough to me.
I followed the instructions, and the keyboard didn’t work. The mouse worked, but not the keyboard. By process of elimination I figured out the problem must be with the batteries, and after putting in my own new batteries the keyboard and everything worked just fine. So my product came with two dead batteries.
I really like the keyboard. I do a lot of typing because I transcribe audio files into word documents, and a good keyboard is important to me. I have a small desk however, so I also prefer a keyboard with a smaller footprint. This keyboard is perfect in that regard.
This has a quiet-like touch that feels solid. The home keys of J and F have the little ridge to let you know your fingers are properly placed without looking. I’ve only been using this for a few weeks, so I can’t say if the letters/numbers will wear off the keys with use yet.
I’ve tried using it with the back riser feet up, and it kind of wobbles, so I don’t use them. If they didn’t wobble, I probably would, so that is kind of a con for me.
While I don’t often take the keyboard off the desk, it will work if I’m sitting on the couch about ten feet away. This might be nice if I’m watching a video and want to control the volume, mute, or pause/play from the couch.
The mouse is fairly average. It has a scroll wheel which I use constantly. The shape is fairly ordinary, on the small side, and fits my small hand comfortably. It has a matt surface on top and where your fingers grip the sides, with a slick black surface in between which just makes it look cool.
The buttons work as expected, although they really aren’t buttons, just areas which you press. I haven’t had any issues clicking the mouse. The scroll wheel is a little sensitive and can lock unintentionally, but it’s really not a big issue.
The mouse is precise and functions well.
~ Final Thoughts
The Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 is a good value and a nice way to go wireless if you haven’t tried it yet. It’s easy to setup and get started.
Amount Paid (US$): 39.99
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