Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 - Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 Review

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As you might have garnered from the photos this is another Microsoft keyboard to feature its ‘Comfort Curve’. This takes a little getting used to since keys don’t quite fall exactly where you’d normally expect, particularly those in the middle (T, G, H, B and N) that are larger than they’d normally be. However, after a little time, you’ll get over the initial discomfort and begin to appreciate it a good deal.


It’s a subtle thing really, but the curve just means you don’t kink your wrists to type, resulting in your hands sitting more naturally. This effect is particularly beneficial on a small keyboard like this, making it feel a good deal less cramped despite its size.

This ergonomic comfort is wedded to an excellent overall typing experience. Keys have that firm, positive feel to them that instantly impresses and ensures fast, error-free typing. Microsoft has also done a great job with the layout – so often a problem on compact keyboards like this. Aside from the half-height top row of keys there’s no discernible compromise; Microsoft has even squeezed Page Up, Down and a Delete key on the right as well as volume controls and a mute key on the top row.


If there is a complaint to be made in regards to usability it would be that the set sits very flat. Though there is a modicum of elevation created by the lip into which the batteries sit, some little feet to provide a degree of adjustability wouldn’t go amiss. Still, it doesn’t severely affect comfort, so is little more than a small niggle.

The keyboard and number pad use regular AAA batteries – two for the keyboard, one for the number pad. This means you could use rechargeable batteries (save the planet and all that) or purchase new ones should you inconveniently run out of power.


Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t quote any battery life figures, but we’ve been using the set for several days without difficulty. Battery life in wireless mice and keyboards can typically run into months, so is unlikely to be a pressing issue. When you do eventually run short there’s a small ‘low battery’ indicator in the top right to warn you.

Verdict


It’s definitively on the expensive side, but the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 earns its price-tag thanks to assured build quality, excellent ergonomics and great flexibility. As such, if you do want a small, compact keyboard and number pad, we heartily recommend it.

Score


Score in detail

  • Value 7
  • Features 9
  • Design 9