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Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 - Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000
As for the mouse, its colouring makes it a perfect match for the keyboard. It’s symmetrical making it left-hander friendly, which is something I appreciated. However, ergonomically I found it not as comfortable as my Logitech MX610 or the wired Razor mouse I use at home. It’s a bit too high in the centre and I felt that bit less in control. It’s still decent though.
While there isn’t a battery status indicator on the keyboard, there is one on the mouse, which flashes when the power is low. It glows when charging, and a very cool charge pad is included; you just place the mouse flat on the pad, rather than the more fiddly upright position some chargers need. The two main mouse button run all the way down the front of the mouse, but the strips under the fingers are relatively thin, making it harder to press than my normal mouse. There are two other buttons – one will fall under the thumb, while the other will have to be pressed with the inside of the middle finger.
The scroll wheel is large and fat, mostly to allow for the ‘tilt-wheel’ functionality, which means that you can use it to scroll sideways, as well as up and down. It felt quite odd to me. By default the central button is mapped to a feature of the Intellipoint software called ‘Instant Viewer’ – this is essentially similar to the Expose feature of MacOS X, which arranges your open windows and apps on screen so you can quickly switch to what you want. Why this is part of the mouse software and not part of Vista by default is beyond me. It’s better than the wizzy but not that helpful Flip3D feature in Vista and means that you have to get a Microsoft mouse to get it.
All in all though then this is a very nice set. It’s not necessarily the best mouse of the best keyboard I’ve ever used but it’s a great package, that looks fantastic and has loads of features. I really did find the shortcut keys useful. It makes the most sense if you’re running Vista, and even more if you have make use of Media Center. It’s a shame though that the batteries on the keyboard need charging separately, especially when the mouse is replenished so conveniently.
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 is is well built, littered with useful shortcut keys and dedicated buttons. The thin laptop style keys have a good feel and the lack of charger for the keyboard is a shame, but as cool looking, sleek cordless mouse and keyboard setups go, this is going to please a lot of people, though it's undoubtedly best suited for those running Windows Media Center.
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