Stay comfortable and productive with this sleek Microsoft® 6000 Bluetooth® Keyboard. Exclusively designed for Bluetooth computers, the bluetooth keyboard lets you enjoy wireless freedom — no transceivers to coneect or lose. Give your wrists a break with the comfort curve keyboard that encourages natural wrist posture and is easy to use. With its sleek and ultra-thin design, this Microsoft® 6000 Bluetooth® Keyboard is easy to take on the go.
- Comfort Curve keyboard: Microsoft’s Comfort Curve encourages natural wrist posture and is easy to use.
- Exclusively for Bluetooth mobile and desktop computers. Wireless freedom without a transceiver.
- Sleek, ultra-thin design. Thin profile that is easy to take on the go.
- Battery status indicator
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 14.4 x 1.5 inches ; 1.4 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
- ASIN: B004HVW0ZQ
- Item model number: 2XJ-00001
- Date first available at Amazon.com: December 15, 2010
Portable and effective but with a minor flaw
The implications of this?
1. the keyboard is awesomely portable. It’s probably a half inch thick, and about the size of the keyboard on a 15.6″ laptop. It fits very easily into the narrowest of spaces alongside my netbook or laptop.
2. the aesthetics are great – its a minimalistic design where even the logo is unobtrusive. A single battery indicator light keeps you company as you type. A rubberized texture around the edges of the keys adds a touch of luxury. Rubberized feet ensure that it won’t slip even on a slick surface.
3. As would be expected, there isn’t room for all the keys you’d find in a full sized keyboard, so the following trade-offs are made:
a) some keys (the Home, End, and Ins) do double duty, based on a Fn key.
This is a problem for me as I usually use Ctrl-Home/Ctrl-End to jump to the top/end of a document. This combination is now made more complex – Ctrl-Fn-Home and Ctrl-Fn-End. It’s do-able, but is noticeably inconvenient. Even my netbook has dedicated keys for home and end, so this is a downer.
b) some keys are thinner (the cursors) or narrower (F1-F12) than on a full sized keyboard.
c) some keys are eliminated – there’s only one Windows key, no Properties key, and no number pad
d) media keys are limited to Volume Up/Down/Mute.
4. Pairing the keyboard is very easy. You make the keyboard discoverable (a recessed button on the underside), ask the computer to find the device, and enter the code provided by the computer on this keyboard and press Enter. That’s it!
5. Pairing with another device is just as simple. Press and hold the recessed button until the LED on the top right flashes red and green, and then enter the code displayed on the device.
6. While there isn’t a way to raise the keyboard on “stilts”, the keyboard is actually thicker at the top than at the bottom – making it slope gently by design. This has worked well for me.
7. The keyboard does not have a trackpad/joystick. This makes it harder to use with a PS3 … though it pairs easily with it. If you need something for a PS3, the Logitech PlayStation 3 Cordless MediaBoard Pro might be a better option.
8. The keyboard goes into sleep mode after about 10 minutes. However, whenever you begin typing, the keystrokes are not lost, and they appear with about a seconds worth of delay. Overall impressive performance.
In conclusion, it works as advertised and is eminently portable. If it weren’t for the missing Home and End keys, it would have definitely been a 5-star product.
Updated June 21, 2011: This keyboard pairs very nicely and painlessly with the iPad, and is a much nicer alternative to using the onscreen keyboard. However, the lack of a touchpad, and the fact that the cursor and page navigation buttons don’t seem to work within apps such as the Safari browser, means that you can’t achieve a completely touch free experience.
Comfortable but suffering from slow Bluetooth wakeup time and no dedicated HOME, END keys
- Extremely Slim profile
- Number Pad is separated from the keyboard for high mobility and great for any netbook and laptop without number pad. It is also great for saving a crowded desktop space.
- The ergonomic curvature allows less stress on the wrist
- Comfortable tactile feedback but at the same time feels like the keyboard is integrated on your table due to the slim form factor.
- Extremely easy to pair up with my Asus Laptop that comes with built-in Bluetooth and Windows 7.
- No dedicated HOME and END buttons on the keyboard but on the Number Pad 7, and 1 keys when Num Lock is OFF.
- Limited Multi Media Controls: only Volume Up, Down, and Mute buttons
- There are no secondary functions printed on the Number Pad, instead it gives you a tiny piece of card for you to memorize. But the good part is all number pad functions are the same as any other number pads on the market.
- Slow Bluetooth wake up time. It takes around 1 second for the keyboard to respond after 8 to 10 minutes of inactivity. You only need to press once and don’t keep repeating the same key otherwise after the Bluetooth reconnects to the computer, you will see all the repeated typed strings.
If you don’t mind the bluetooth slow wake up time by all means get this! It’s very slim yet comfortable! It is way better than Logitech’s DiNovo or Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard.
Used with Droid X – love it!
The instructions with this keyboard are short sighted… they don’t tell you how to pair with anything other than a PC. It was pretty frustrating figuring it out but come to find out it couldn’t be more simple. Put both the phone and keyboard in pairing mode, type in any four numbers (more if you want)into the your phone when prompted and hit enter, then type the same four numbers on the keyboard and hit enter. They pair instantly.
The keyboard works wonderfully, but one time it spit out like 7 lines of one letter and we had to turn it off, (other reviews say this is chronic with the Droid but it’s only happened once with us). Otherwise it’s been great. The arrow keys navigate within the pages on the phone, like in email you can jump from the To pain to the CC to the Subject to the Text Body with the arrows (Similar to how you would use Tab in PC applications) and type away to your heart’s content in each as you go. Then arrow key down to Send and hit Enter, you never have to touch the phone once you’re in the app you want.
The volume buttons on the keyboard work with music apps but the mute doesn’t.
Some internet complaints say the keyboard loses it’s pairing with the phone and you have to un-pair it and re-pair it often. We’ve found that when you’re done using the keyboard turn it off. Every time we’ve turned it back on it has remained paired and is ready to use.
We love the build of the keyboard, could be an Apple product for it’s design.
It’s definitely a MS product for their lack of their realizing the potential of their own product and not offering instructions even on their website to help users implement it. So typical.
Haven’t tried the keyboard while talking on the bluetooth headset yet… but with the keyboard having a power switch, if it interferes one can just turn it off (I suppose).
Love the size of the keyboard, perfect match for the Droid X to use at home or travel, would even recommend for school and business.
Will update if issues arise.
Good traveling keyboard may be my new everyday keyboard!
Works well with iPad 2
As mentioned in other reviews. This keyboard lacks some things that you probably are used to, like the ability to adjust its height/angle. It lays rather flat on its lonesome, and in spite of being ergonomically curved, a flat keyboard is not generally the definition of comfort for most people. I don’t know, maybe this is better for you so they force you to do it like this. It doesn’t have a dedictated [Home] or [End] key, but it does have an [Fn] key that you can use with [Page Up] and [Page Down]. I think thats acceptable considering most people don’t use these buttons, and Home is basically the super-page up and End is the super-page down.
This device does interface effectively with (from what I’ve read) most android phones. I personally set mine up on my Droid 2. It is probably important that you download BlueKeyboard JP from the android market (free and safe) so that your keyboard keeps a better signal. Otherwise your phone/keyboard will disconnect repeatedly. This will work pretty well, but it does seem to get hung up on letters occasionally resulting in one letter being repeated quite a few ttttttttttttttttttttttttttimes (like that). I don’t think this is actually the keyboard’s fault either.
To save you all the trouble, if you feel like doing this for whatever reason, the keyboard will ask you to input a pin. There’s no pin on the keyboard by default. You make it up. Enter a number (it can be anything) on the phone and then type the same 4-8 digit number on your wireless keyboard and press [enter] and the two will sync up.
If I were to sum up my thoughts on this keyboard in two words, they would be: Effective and Affordable. It may have one or two form functions you don’t love, but its cheaper than most of its competition and it works.
* Slow wakeup time. If you haven’t used it in a little while, tap the spacebar and wait a few seconds. That’s all. It’s really not such a terrible thing.
* Dedicated home and end keys. This one I agree with, although there are ways to re-map your keyboard. This keyboard has dedicated page up/down keys with home/end as extra functions. On my PC I am going to use a keyboard mapping program to reverse the keys so that home/end are the primary keys and page up/down are the function keys. For this I give the keyboard 4.75 stars instead of an even 5 (or would if I could).
Now we’ll talk about the good things:
* Size: having the number pad separate from the keyboard is inspired. Not only can you carry only one or the other if you so choose, but the units allow you to make better use of limited space by arranging the two parts of the keyboard however is most convenient for you.
* Shape: I usually only use the split keyboards (ergometric). On the other hand, there is no denying that an ergometric keyboard takes up a good deal more space than a straight keyboard. This product strikes the perfect balance: the design offers about 75% of the ergonomic advantages of a split keyboard while only taking up 10% more space than it would have if this keyboard were completely straight.
* Action: This is very much like a laptop keyboard, which worried me at first. I hate laptop keyboards: I can only ever manage to type half speed on them. For some reason, though, this product gives me probably the best typing experience I’ve ever had on any keyboard, laptop or otherwise. As I type this review, I am amazed at the speed I am achieving, especially considering the next bullet point.
* Support: Most reviews aren’t able to comment on this, but my keyboard arrived with a broken “E” key. The key won’t stay on and keeps popping off while I type (and yet I can still manage to keep up over 80 words per minute if I’m careful). I called Microsoft support, got a human being after holding for less than 10 minutes, and was told that a replacement was en route and that I didn’t have to worry about shipping the old one back. Needless to say I am very pleased because I love the keyboard.