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Microsoft - Wireless Laser Desktop 4000

Model: 4GC-00002SKU: 8318974

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 39 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 4000

    Posted
    bestuse

    At first, I liked this combo. The keyboard is comfortable, and while the alternate home/end/del/pgup/pgdn configuration takes a bit of getting used to, I now like it better than the standard layout. The alternate F keys are annoying, but hitting F-lock returns it to the standard F1-12. The reception on the keyboard gets erratic once you get to around 10 feet away, and sometimes you have to turn the thing sideways for it to register. Still, the keyboard isn't really the problem. The mouse, on the other hand, has all sorts of issues. First of all, reception is erratic. Even though the receiver is about 8 inches away from the mouse and level with each other (direct line of sight), somewhere between 1/3 and 1/4 of mouse clicks get dropped. Sometimes I'll sit there and click something 8 or 9 times, the mouse right in front of the receiver, before it finally registers the click. It's only the buttons though; mouse movement is fine until you get to about 4-5 feet away. Another mouse issue is the scroll wheel, whose tilt function feels fragile, and scrolling increments aren't defined, making it a pain if you need to scroll to specific spots. The biggest oversight, though, is with microsoft's software, intellipoint. If you're using Vista, intellipoint is incompatible with certain programs when it comes to the scroll wheel. For example, in iTunes, 90% of scrolling doesn't register, making it painful to scroll through your music library. Microsoft even knows about the issue, and is addressed here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828677 but their first workaround didn't fix it for me. I had to uninstall intellitype, rendering my side buttons and tilt scrolling useless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good entry level wireless keyboard

    Posted
    HedleyLamarr

    I have been using this keyboard and mouse for about a year now, so I have discovered all the pros and cons. Overall it is a nice product. The best part that I like about it is the curved design. It is “just ergonomic enough” to take strain off the hands and wrist, but the keys are not spaced out too far or separated like the official ergonimic keyboard, which I personally don’t like. The programmable quick launch buttons are a nice touch. You can even program the labled buttons as well – for example, I have the “Calculator” launch Quicken and the “Sleep” button just locks the computer. The mouse is your standard laser mouse. Hardcore gamers might not like it, but the average user will like it. The scroll button needs some work, though, and the settings don’t remedy the problem. You either scroll so slow that your finger is going a mile a minute or you move one “notch” and the whole screen flies up. The range is fine. The only complaint is that I find (with my unit) that the sensor needs to be on top of the desk, otherwise the keyboard does not work and the mouse has jagged movements. But I have it next to the monitor so it is not too obtrusive. The only bad thing – more of a personal thing, though– is the rearrangement of some of the keys. It took a few days to get used to the new locations. In addition, there is no lights for the caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock on the keyboard. They are on the sensor. There is also a little box that comes on the screen when you toggle. That takes even longer to get used to. Otherwise, this is a nice keyboard and mouse and it works well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad

    Posted
    GonzoF1

    I bought this to be able to have a keyboard and mouse to share between my racing cockpit and a web surfing area. I chose it for it's many custom buttons that can be assigned to do some limited functions. Generally, this is a nice feature as you can have them open folders or surf to web locations, but with IE7, if you want to open a web page, it is going to open another tab for it. The key layout is taking some time to get used to. After decades of looking at a linear key layout, this one is just odd to me. Also, the 'DELETE' key, Pg Up/Pg Dn, Home, End keys are not very logical. Built-in zoom I am finding useful. That's a surprise. Tha mouse feels good, but again, I have used an Intellipoint for so long, having the Fwd and Back buttons on opposite sides of the mouse it proving hard to get used to. By far the most debilitating thing about it is it's range. I couldn't get more than 4 feet away from the transceiver without losing signal. The manual says 6'. Ended up having to put a 6' USB extension on it and place it between the two stations to have it work right. A work-around for sure from what I had hoped. I may still return it for the Logitech with Bluetooth. Overall, I like it. The keyboard feels good, but the jury is still out on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Terrible wireless distance

    Posted
    Theologian

    I wanted to use this keyboard and mouse combo from my couch 9 feet from my larger monitor. The computer is next to the monitor and I put the wireless base transmitter next to the PC. the keyboard and mouse aren't detected for 4 out of 5 clicks or keystrokes. Terrible distance reception. I looked for quite a while online and finally found a distance limitation of 6 feet (which is not labelled on their product or in the manual). Also, I found myself accidentally clicking their "additional" mouse buttons which are between your thumb and index fingers. Anyone who slides their hand slightly to the side when moving the mouse triggers this button as it is VERY sensitive. By default, it's a magnification button and you have to turn off this button via the mouse control software, which was irritating and I still get annoyed by the click noise each time I accidentallly click it. Found it on sale at Best Buy for 60. Still wasn't worth keeping because of the distance issue and the annoying button placement. I replaced it with a RocketFish bluetooth mouse/keyboard combo. MUCH better reception and standard 101-keyboard feel than Microsoft's large machine of a keyboard.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    Posted
    CSBMIS

    Very simple to install and run. Wrist wrest is very comfortable--a welcome addition since I am IT mgr and sit at computer all day. The keyboard and mouse are comfortable to use. The mouse is good and heavy--doesn't feel cheap. I didn't know if I'd like the curved keyboard, but after getting used to it, the keyboard does make typing easier for long-term use. The extra keys (like favorites and volume control) are a great addition. The only thing about it I don't like is that the system doesn't warn about low battery on either the mouse or keyboard. So when one of them get "squirrely" I know it's time to replace the batteries. However, it's not often since battery life is good. Mouse is averaging 4 months and keyboard is averaging 8 months between changes. I've had my mouse/keyboard 4000 combo almost 2 years now. OK, one more minor complaint--the function keys (F1-F12) are dual purpose, so inadvertant disabling the F-lock can be aggrevating, even though there is an LED on the control box telling when it's on or off. It would be nice if the LED was on the keyboard like a traditional keyboard (Which I know is not practical due to it being battery operated).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Best Keyboard+Mouse Around

    Posted
    clind

    Using this set for nearly a year, I can't speak well enough for this product. From the simple fact the keyboard is comfortable, to the point the mouse grips wonderfully, to the overall matter that it's wireless, and the point of all the quick links that exist on the keyboard itself. Fully customizable, the Microsoft software for both the keyboard and mouse work wonderfully, featuring some exclusive items that are truly rather cool (middle button on mouse can enable some window changer by default) and easy customization with each "favorite" button bringing up a window when you first press them to ask what you want it to open. Compared to the wireless Dell/Logitech keyboard+mouse set that originally came with this computer in 2003, it's extremely light and the batteries seem to last forever, never having changed the keyboard ones and possibly replacing the mouse batteries once after owning this set for one year. Highly recommended to anyone out there!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent replcaement

    Posted
    Hoover

    I needed a replacement keyboard as the original one that came with my computer finally decided to falter out (mouse went already). I had found the one I wanted online, but the store didn't have it. I find it a bit odd that you cannot buy a wireless keyboard by itself (you must buy it with a mouse) and you cannot buy the packages for less than $60. Its a decent replacement...does what I want it to do, but it would be better on the keyboard layout. I'm used to using the F keys for doing page reloads, etc, but now with this keyboard you have to hit the F lock key (much like turning on/off the caps) just so you can use the F keys correctly if you have them programmed to do specific tasks or otherwise use as they are intended for functionality within IE/Mozilla or other programs. Not to mention the insert key has been changed from its own stand alone button to being part of the F key process - not sure what bozo designer changed that, but they must not normally do cut/paste functions

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    High expectations but disappointed

    Posted
    bellringer54

    I bought this wireless combo for a new computer I just built because I wanted to free myself from the wires and get a few nice features that my last old fashioned wired mouse and keyboard didn't have. I Did like some of the features like the zoom button on the mouse and keyboard! But the wireless range was ridiculus! If I got my mouse or keyboard more than 12" from the sending unit it would warn me of poor wireless coverage and stop working! Which meant I had to put the sending unit so close to the keyboard and mouse I was More restricted than with my old one! Also, I don't know if it was because I learned on a traditional flat keyboard but this Ergo keyboard just didn't work for me! I was always missing keys and stretching to reach the right keys. Personally I just didn't like it and I am taking it back to get a more traditional styled mouse and flat keyboard. Thanks for the 14 day return policy Best Buy!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile yet quit busy

    Posted
    MUTiger

    Honestly, this keyboard/mouse combination is quite a bundle. I thorough enjoy it as it can work for a laptop as well as a desktop pc. There is every kind of shortcut available to you which is great. As well, a lot of the shortcuts that 'alt+[letter]' work for are labeled right on the keys! That's great if you can't quite remember how to quickly cut and paste. The wireless mouse is also very versatile and functional and works from a good distance away from the base. The drawbacks of this system are few but profound: you have to plug in a usb keyboard/mouse receiver to your computer/laptop which can be frustrating. As well, it has to be located in a convenient place for the keyboard and mouse. Also, the keyboard has several buttons on it that seem excessive. I barely know how to assign them, let alone have the need to use them. They clutter up the keyboard and can be confusing. All in all, it's a great product if you can see past the clutter and bulkiness.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't Buy this one

    Posted
    TechGeek911

    Don't buy this product. I decided to try a wireless combo because I wanted to set up a computer home theater system about 10 feet from my big screen TV and wanted less wires in the living room. The lag was pathetically bad on my duo processor computer and not terrible but not great on my quad processor computer. Also the keyboard and mouse need to be very close to the signal transmitter (so what's the point of wireless). After this experience, I threw out the combo keyboard and mouse and bought a USB keyboard and mouse and hooked them into a USB hub that I set up on my coffee table about 10 feet from the computer and big screen. The wires to the USB hub are under a throw rug. Additionally, I plug multiple USB keyboards and mice into the USB hub so multiple people can play games together without passing the keyboard and mice around. (i.e we have multiple USB mice hooked into the USB hub so multiple people can play Monopoly or other games)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    this is awesome.

    Posted
    movierater

    This is the best keyboard and mouse set I have ever bought. In fact, it is so great, I use it between all of my laptops. The mouse is so resistent, and it works from about 10 feet away from the recieving unit. The mouse also has better scrolling than any other computer mice I have in my house. The keyboard is even better. It has a scroller switch, and even 21 extra function keys, 5 of which are customizable to any programs of the computer. I have used this set for about 6 months, and I still have not replaced the batteries, after all day use, with no rest. The keyboard is so quiet. I type on my laptop computer, and that is louder than the keys on my keyboard. Pushing the keys is so easy, it's like poking a pillow. Overall, this is the best keyboard/mouse set you'll find on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    NOT worth the $$

    Posted
    Aphiara

    For the first year about, it worked great! I loved this keyboard combo. Keeping in mind, I previously owned another Microsoft keyboard/mouse combo before this one. The mouse on that one randomly died. So I was pretty apprehensive about buying another Microsoft brand combo. A good year later... this mouse died. Had to get my trusty P.O.S corded mouse out. :( At least it works... So if you want to spend this much money on a product that will fail at any given time, it's your call. The keyboard never fails, BUT since the beginning, it likes to stick quite a bit. I can be writing a word and it will end up like "hellooooooooooooooooo", with a letter sticking, unintentionally. Overall, Microsoft might be good with some products, but NOT mice and keyboards.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Enjoying This Very Much.

    Posted
    liteman

    I found this easy to install and set up, and it works great. I am sitting back in my reclining office chair typing this review, something I could not have done before. The mouse is sensitive and moves the cursor quickly, but that is good. As for the keyboard, it will take a little growing accusomed to the layout, but in a few days that will work well also. The "My Favorite" keys are simple to set, and I find nothing negative to say about this unit. Sadly, because of all the negative reviews I almost chose not to purchase this, now I'm glad I ignored the negative reviews and went for it. You should too, I doubt you'll regret doing so.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I agree with the preceding reviewer

    Posted
    KathyB

    I really hate this wireless keyboard. At least once a day, including an hour after it was first installed, I get the message that the wireless signal is low, and then continue without a problem. I think I will follow the reviewer's procedure and buy a wired one. I do not like the configuration and I hate the fact that the receiver has to be practically on top of the keyboard and mouse for it to work. If you have to have a wired (and I have had mine more than two weeks so cannot return it), get a different one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pricy but Solid

    Posted
    NeveragainaSony

    You can probably get a less expensive keyboard mouse combo, but I've had good experiences with the multiple wireless Microsoft mice I've bought(work laptop, home laptop). They are reliable, have a decent battery life and put up with a ton of use and abuse. The one issue that I keep having with this mouse is every now and then I get a message that the mouse signal is low (no problems with the keyboard). But I believe it is just interference from the other wireless mouse being used nearby.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard and Mouse

    Posted
    Atlas

    I absolutely love this keyboard and mouse combination. They are easy to install and easy to setup the extra features on the keyboard. The pad on the keyboard helps cushion your wrist while giving you a soft surface to rest them on. I only have one small complaint and that is the distance between the devices and the sensor. Once you get more than 2 1/2 to 3 feet away it can't detect the device. This isn’t really a problem as long as you can position the sensor in a good spot on your desk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Purchase

    Posted
    Montanadude

    Bought this keyboard and mouse to use in a living room as the bigscreen is often used as a practice monitor for presentations. I've previously owned the Logitec version of this and have returned two of them. I've had this one for a couple months and so far the Microsoft is the only one with enough wireless reach to work across the room. I'm not sure what others are commenting on when they say they have low wireless signal. I'm on my way out the door to buy another for my office computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great product

    Posted
    Anonymous

    i got this product for a christmass gift it was easy to install i had it up in 5 minutes i love the setup on the keyboard and the zooming switch on the side idk what the other people are saying i live on the 2nd floor i cen bring my keyboard downstairs and put it on my counter and it will still work u dont really need to go that far b/c obv. u cant see the screen i would deff recommend this to anyone b/c its not a cheep one and its not one of those fancy 150 dollar ones

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Posted
    mburbage

    We needed a wireless set and this was a bit pricey but is worth the money. Easy to set up, and easy to use. Mouse is better than I've found in a lone time. Fits hand perfectly, no stupid wire to pull at either! Keyboard is designed for comfort, and does just that. I would have like a more gel/like pad for it, but the pad is just as good. Shortcut keys work, unlike about 4 other boards I've gotten that ended up never working. So this is perfect all around!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent

    Posted
    Dothackking

    I bought this keyboard around 6 months ago, and it's almost totally insenstive now. Am going to ask Microsoft if they replace defective keyboards today. During the first 5 months though, besides the horrible wireless range, I had zero complaints about the keyboard. Mouse was a little weird, but quite good for a wireless. Would not recommend paying the full price for this set.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend