Microsoft Natural Elite A1300002 Wired Keyboard Reviews

Microsoft Natural Elite A1300002 Wired Keyboard

74 ratings (74 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
33
4 stars
27
3 stars
8
2 stars
2
1 star
4
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite Has PS/2 And USB But Buttons Too Small

Jul 25, 2001
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Comfortable, helps prevent carpal tunnel, looks cool, has USB connection

Cons:Pricey, odd key layout (arrow keys, Home, Insert, etc.)

The Bottom Line: I like it


I have used the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite at work and the cheap no-name copy at home. The Microsoft keyboard is very comfortable, the pressure you have to apply to the keys is just right. The keyboard not only looks cool, but also helps prevent carpal tunnel.

This keyboard is the second in a series of ergonomically designed keyboards from Microsoft. Its split, gently sloped design allows you to place your hands, wrists and forearms in a natural position for greater comfort while typing. If you have never used a split keyboard before, this model will take some time to get used to, but after that you will like it. The split design also encourages you to type properly (without your left hand using the keys on the right side and vice versa).

Space-Saving Design

The improved space-saving design takes up less room on your desk and fits easily into keyboard trays. However, to save space, the cursor control (arrow) keys and special keys (Home, Delete, Insert, etc.) decreased in size and changed position (see below).

The Natural Keyboard Elite is both PS/2 and USB compatible. The included USB adapter allows you to use your Natural Keyboard Elite with computers that have USB port (I was surprised that there was no standard keyboard connector included, however you can buy a generic connector for about $5 if you have an older PC). Although I use the PS/2 connection, the ability to use it with USB is quite nice.

There are two disadvantages I noticed:
1. The cursor control (arrow) keys layout is different from standard keyboards. And they are too small.
2. The Home, End, Delete, PgUp, PgDn and Insert keys... see above.

Because of this, it is difficult to use the above mentioned buttons without looking, especially if you routinely use this keyboard and another keyboard. For example, I use MS Elite at work and another keyboard at home and it takes some effort to “mentally switch” between different layouts. You think that you are pushing “Home” button, but in fact it’s something else.

Reliability

When I got my first keyboard, the [A] key didn't work so we had to replace the keyboard, but after that it worked fine for more than a year.

Bottom Line

In general, I like it a lot!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 30

Read all comments (1)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600

Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600

The Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 is Windows 8- and Xbox 360 compatible, with media hot keys, plug-and-play setup, a Windows Start button, and quiet-to...
Microsoft Store

$16.95

FREE Shipping
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard/ Microsoft Usb Keyboard

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard/ Microsoft Usb Keyboard

Computer users will love and appreciate the Ergonomic 4000, a keyboard from Microsoft that caters to the comfort needs of users. Some studies have pro...
eBay
Microsoft - Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - Black

Microsoft - Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - Black

It's important to be comfortable in a place where you spend a lot of your time. This Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has even more comfort f...
Best Buy

$34.99

FREE Shipping
Microsoft(R) Wired Keyboard 600, Black

Microsoft(R) Wired Keyboard 600, Black

Quiet, responsive, thin-profile keys Quiet Touch keys provide quick access to media controls. Use the Calculator Hot Key for one-touch access to the c...
Office Depot

$16.99

+$9.95 shipping
MICROSOFT HARDWARE 6JH-00001 WIRED DESKTOP 200 FOR BUSINESS

MICROSOFT HARDWARE 6JH-00001 WIRED DESKTOP 200 FOR BUSINESS

MICROSOFT HARDWARE 6JH-00001 WIRED DESKTOP 200 FOR BUSINESS
Sears Marketplace
Microsoft 5QH-00001 Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Business - keyboard - English - North America

Microsoft 5QH-00001 Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Business - keyboard - English - North America

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Business - Keyboard - USB - English - North American layout
PCM

$39.99

+$3.99 shipping
Microsoft B2M-00012 Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - Keyboard - USB - ergonomic - English - North America

Microsoft B2M-00012 Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - Keyboard - USB - ergonomic - English - North America

Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has been expertly crafted to allow you to work in a more natural position. The new Gull Wing design features a 14-degr...
MacMall
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000,

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000,

Computer users will love and appreciate the Ergonomic 4000, a keyboard from Microsoft that caters to the comfort needs of users. Some studies have pro...
eBay

$38.66

FREE Shipping
Microsoft Wired Notebook Compact Optical Mouse500

Microsoft Wired Notebook Compact Optical Mouse500

A better way to work. This wired USB mouse uses an optical sensor to navigate with speed, accuracy, and reliability. From Microsoft.
QVC

$17.96

+$5.22 shipping
MICROSOFT HARDWARE 6JH-00026 DESKTOP 200 FOR WIRED BUSINESS

MICROSOFT HARDWARE 6JH-00026 DESKTOP 200 FOR WIRED BUSINESS

MICROSOFT HARDWARE 6JH-00026 DESKTOP 200 FOR WIRED BUSINESS
Sears Marketplace