|Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 XSA-00001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Mathew Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 29 December 2008|
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XSA-00001 Detailed Features
The mouse appears to have been designed specifically to fit the hand. Though, the buttons are placed above the thumb, requiring movement upward. The buttons are reachable, but doesn't make the mouse as friendly to gaming as one with the buttons directly under the thumb, like the Microsoft Sidewinder X5
The mouse features a 1000dpi laser running at 6000fps, which means that mouse movement is both smoother and more precise. It also allows the mouse to be used on more environments, which should appeal to both the gamers as well as the living room computers.
The keyboard is also very elegant looking. The clear smoke trim all around the edges is a very nice touch as is the integrated, rubberized wrist rest. The comfort curve design provides a fairly ergonomic feel while not resorting to the rather radical split keyboard design.
A function lock switches between the regular F1-F12 keys as well as 12 different shortcuts. The top of the keyboard contains a series of shortcuts (such as Windows Live call), programmable keys and media keys. To the right is a zoom key and two shortcut keys.
The keyboard and mouse each take 2 AA batteries with battery indicators located on each device. The keyboard comes with 2 rubberized props that can be inserted into slots at the front and back of the keyboard allowing the keyboard to be propped forward or back. (Note: Current ergonomists recommend a keyboard lying flat or propped in such a fashion as to keep the wrists straight. I've personally found my wrists have less strain on them when my keyboard is flat than when the back is propped up).
The Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 connects to the computer via a USB transceiver dongle. The components operate on the 2.4ghz radio band. The USB dongle fits into a slot on the bottom of the mouse. The whole set came with instruction manuals, batteries and a drivers CD that contains IntelliPoint and IntelliType v6.3.
You can also download the necessary drivers and software from www.microsoft.com if you lose the CD.