|Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 XSA-00001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Mathew Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 30 December 2008|
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Microsoft XSA-00001 Conclusion
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 looks very nice. It feels nice and comes packaged very nicely. Everything about it is clean and meant to look good. It comes with the necessary items to get started, including batteries. The online support is pretty good, including easy access to drivers and information.
The keyboard is very excellent looking, especially the semi-transparent smoked plastic trim on the keyboard. I'm a big fan of the dark gray on black color scheme of the combo. The mouse is quite radical looking with a lot of sharp points meant to fit right under the hand.
Both the keyboard and mouse in the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 feel sturdy. The keyboard's weight is somewhat average. Not light at all, but not at all heavy. Its size doesn't really make it portable. However, the wireless dongle fits into a cubby in the bottom of the mouse, making it easily transportable. The mouse is a bit heavier than normal (though mouse weight is more a function of user preference and, as such, should be left up to the buyer's discretion).
The mouse's laser sensor is very precise, reducing confusion on the sensor's part, but also increasing mouse movement, requiring tweaking on the part of the user. The thumb buttons feel out of the way, which isn't great for gaming. The wheel is very smooth making it very good for scrolling through web pages and documents. The keyboard's keys soft, quiet and allow for fast typing. The comfort curve feels very nice on the wrists. However, the keyboard's disconnects are annoying, albeit for short periods of time.
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 retails for $99.99 MSRP, but appears to be sold at several very affordable prices with some searching. Heading into the 2009 New Year, prices for the XSA-00001 kit were $84.99 at Newegg.com, they also offer a v2 OEM kit for $44.99 and retail package for $59.99. As far as wireless combo sets are concerned, it falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. Even considering the shortcomings, I'd say that the combo is a pretty good value for the money.
+ Very long range
- Mouse shape requires getting used to
Final Score: 8.3 out of 10.
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