|Submited By: James Duckett on 07/20/2010|
To be honest, I wasn t expecting much from this keyboard. I have been looking for something compact to carry around with my netbook, which has a very tiny keyboard, and decided to give this a go despite my bad luck with Microsoft keyboards in the past. And, I ve been pleasantly surprised. So, here is my breakdown.
Lightweight and Compact: this is exactly what I was looking for. I carry my netbook in a tote along with my iPod and iPad and needed something I could add without weighing it down too much. This fits perfectly inside the tote and I barely notice it is there while carrying it around. It is also small enough that it doesn t add to the bulk, another pleasant surprise.
Comfortable: I can type on this for long stretches of time without cramping up my hands, which I was never able to do on my netbook. That alone makes this well worth it.
Long Battery Life: I ve been using this for about a month and the original batteries are still working with no sign of giving up. It is nice to have something portable where you don t have to be changing or charging the batteries every few days.
Nano Transceiver: These are great. It come so it magnetizes to the keyboard but it is small and doesn t stick out so I just keep it plugged into the netbook at all times.
Plug n Play: I just stuck in the transceiver and within seconds I was off to work on the keyboard. Thank goodness this didn t have drivers on a CD, which is complicated to get loaded on my netbook. It is like this was build with netbooks in mind.
Great Look: I ve never had anybody comment on a keyboard, but this one has a nice, sleek look that actually has had a few people make a positive comment. Something I didn t expect -- especially from Microsoft -- but this has a little bit of coolness-factor.
The Arrow Keys: These are pretty difficult to work with as it is so compact and inaccurate. Sometimes I hit up and it goes right, or other various combinations. I find myself deliberately avoiding the arrow keys on this keyboard, which slows down my productivity, especially within Excel. They wasted three keys on volume control, I d rather they used this one button (up, down, and toggle for louder, quieter, and mute) for volume, combined the wasted home, end, PgUp, and PgDn keys and made a usable arrow key area.
The F-keys: F1 - F6 works fine, but F7 - F12 requires the function button being depressed to work. This might be nit-picking but, hey, I use those keys!! I wish they had just cut the size in half and had an individual button for each function key as they are not hit too frequently anyways. My problem is when I m trying to hit shift or ctrl and then the function key... I feel like I m pressing down half the keyboard just to do simple things.
This is a fantastic product, but not perfect. I don t think this is for everybody especially since I think there is no perfect keyboard for everybody s preferences. I didn t try this when I picked it up and was lucky that it worked out for me. But if you are going to be doing some serious typing I would HIGHLY recommend you test one out first before committing fifty bucks to it. At least Amazon has a great return policy if it doesn t work out for you as well as it worked out for me.