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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 review

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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000
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  • Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000
  • 6000 Keyboard - Wireless - Black (Bluetooth - Ergonomic, Slim - English UK)

Summary

Our Score:

9

Now Windows 7 is out and to a gentle, polite ripple of applause (nothing too raucous thank you) we can finally get back to what the company is 'obviously' best known for: peripherals! We've reviewed plenty of Microsoft keyboards over the years but the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 is the company's thinnest keyboard yet. Yes, it's not an especially exciting claim to fame, but if you need a compact, portable keyboard then this could be the answer.

It's not a particularly cheap answer, mind. Most online retailers don't have any stock just yet, but pre-order pricing ranges from around £42 to the £55.99 we've listed from Play. A ways out there in the land of make believe is eBuyer, who is offering pre-orders at a staggering £110 and an expected shipping date of November 30th! All of which suggests getting hold of this set could be easier said than done.

Still, we've got it here and a neat set it is too. Some of its considerable cost can be explained by the presence of a separate number pad (necessitating two integrated Bluetooth transmitters). It can be used with the keyboard or independently and even comes with its own rather smart fabric carry pouch. This, allied to the already compact dimensions (the keyboard itself is just 355mm wide, 167mm deep and is little thicker than an AAA battery), means the Mobile Keyboard 6000 fills the 'mobile' criteria exceedingly well.

There's no shortage of style, either. Just being so slim obviously helps here, but the combination of white plastic base, black soft-touch plastic and a slim glossy strip along the top has an elegant simplicity. All these materials are pretty durable and overall build quality is excellent, too.

Being Bluetooth-based, this set doesn't come with a separate dongle thus restricting it to PCs and laptops (more likely the latter) that have it built-in. This makes perfect sense (what use is a portable keyboard if you then lose the dongle when you need it?), though if you don't have Bluetooth you could just buy a dongle yourself.

Pairing is perfectly straightforward, though obviously the number pad and keyboard have to be paired separately; simply search for the device in Windows, input the code it provides to verify it's connecting to the correct keyboard and you're done. Wireless range is, in common with most Bluetooth devices, around 10 metres in clear line of sight. This will vary depending on conditions, but is ultimately more than sufficient.

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Ryan131

October 24, 2009, 4:27 pm

You could also use this to type long documents on PDAs (if your laptop runs out of power before that urgent deadline...)

sbgilson

October 26, 2009, 5:06 pm

I've been using mine for about a month now and no sign of the battery dying so far. I have never used the keypad on a standard kbd, so haven't even used the separate number pad unit. The one issue I have is that the Func or Fn key is needed to use End and Home keys. Since I do a lot of document editing, I rely on those keys a lot. They're a little tougher to use compared to a more traditional kbd layout. I've been looking for a Microsoft utility to customize the keyboard, but nothing found as yet.

theangryintern

November 7, 2009, 1:12 am

@sbgilson: have you figured out how to do a print screen on that keyboard? We just got one for one of our users, but she noticed there's no print screen button and she has need of that function.

Richard Nash

February 3, 2010, 7:04 pm

If you havent already found out I beleive you can use intellitype to map key functions. EG you could map Alt-GR to Print Screen, or just swap mappings around so that you dont need to use the Fn key to access end or home. Will confirm this later as I have one of these keyboards on order

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