|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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Microsoft Wireless Final Thoughts
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 is a very nice setup for most users. The mouse is precise and responsive allowing for quick movements without much confusion. The mouse is quite sensitive and requires at least some tweaking in order to achieve the proper amount of comfortable mouse usage. The mouse is very ergonomic, but its design is not optimal for games. The side buttons require the thumb to move and the scroll wheel is smooth which can make weapon selection difficult. My personal style of game play requires me to pick up and set down the mouse during play, which can be difficult with this mouse. For non game usage, I found the mouse to be fairly nice feeling. Its novel design requires getting used to.
The keyboard has a lot of pluses, including the soft keys, the comfort curve design and the incredible amount of customizable keys. However, I've found the random wireless disconnections to be highly detrimental, even though they're for a short period of time. When playing computer games with the keyboard, I was mostly free from disconnects, but it occurred twice during an hour of game play. As such, one must make their own determination of the worth of a wireless keyboard for gameplay.
Overall, the main reason to get a wireless keyboard and mouse is to eliminate the wires on a desk, which this set certainly does. The range is excellent, eliminating the need to have a wireless station sitting nearby. Along with the premium features, like a laser sensor and an array of over 30 customizable function keys, this combo certainly goes for the gusto. At an MSRP of $100, this combo isn't cheap, but places itself near the middle of the pack as far as wireless keyboard mouse combos are concerned.