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Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price free/subscription

Microsoft Optical Desktop with Fingerprint Reader - Microsoft Optical Desktop with Fingerprint Reader

Despite that annoyance, this is a clever, well thought out piece of kit that, despite Microsoft’s warnings to the contrary, may well improve your security. Think about it: there’s no need to check the rather unsafe “Remember my password” box any more, and no need to link or even duplicate passwords in order to remember them all. It works beautifully too, hardly ever misreading.

The all-important key action doesn’t let the side down either. It feels positive, soft and comfortable, while at the same time managing not to get over-clacky or noisy - something that the best ‘feeling’ keyboards sometimes suffer from. And there’s a whole host of useful shortcut keys on board too, from the calculator button on the top right of the console to the double up function keys that also let you undo, redo, open, close, reply and so on at a single press.

The mouse supplied is top quality too. Microsoft’s top-of-the-range optical wireless mouse is unencumbered by nasty wires – so no more cable snagging, or cleaning to do, but you do have to weigh this up against the fact that it is powered by a pair of AA batteries, which will need changing regularly. It fits snugly in the hand too, though we must stress that mouse shapes are very much a matter of personal preference. Try it before you buy.
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Verdict

The only thing that may put you off this quality package is the price, which at around £60 is on the expensive side for a keyboard and mouse package, though it isn’t what we’d call extortionate. On the other hand if you’re a keen surfer, online shopper, banker or ebayer, the convenience of being able to associate your fingerprint with all of your logins is something that’s worth paying a little bit extra for. And there’s not too much wrong with the key action or optical mouse either. Wholeheartedly recommended.

Note

Website password replacement support provided for Internet Explorer 6 and later, MSN Explorer 8.0 & 9.0

Our Score

8/10
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