Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 (Light Silver)
List Price: $299.99

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Product Description

The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is the ultimate rechargeable keyboard and mouse for Windows Vista and PC entertainment. Designed to make it easier than ever to control PC media from your desk, your lap - or even from the comfort of your couch.

The ultimate rechargeable keyboard and mouse for Windows Vista and PC entertainment, the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is designed to make it easier than ever to control PC media from your desk, your lap--or even from the comfort of your couch.

Desktop Features
The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is the first ever rechargeable mouse and backlit keyboard solution. Microsoft's exclusive charging hub allows you to recharge both the mouse and keyboard in one easy-to-use place.


A charging hub attaches to the keyboard when needed and allows you to recharge both the keyboard and mouse.
Meanwhile, 2.4 GHz Bluetooth technology allows you to connect wirelessly right out of the box using "First Connect Technology" from up to 30 feet away with virtually no interference. Give yourself room to move; wireless mouse and keyboard products let you work without worrying about tangled wires. Plus, you'll know when power is low when the battery status indicator senses battery life is running out. An intelligent power system adjusts battery life depending on performance needs.

Integrated USB ports in the charging station give you the flexibility to download images from your digital camera or plug in your thumb drive or other USB device--right from your desktop. You'll also appreciate intelligent backlighting on the keyboard, which comes on automatically when you approach the keyboard and turns off when you're away. Backlit keys only glow when the lights are low, saving valuable battery life.

Mouse Features
The sleek, symmetrical design of the mouse features an authentic brushed aluminum that feels as good as it looks. Meanwhile, 4-way scrolling lets you scroll four ways for greater efficiency and comfort with tilt wheel technology. You'll also enjoy high definition laser technology; Microsoft high definition laser mouse products are more precise, more responsive, and deliver smoother tracking.

Too many open items on your desktop? Click the scroll wheel button to instantly display your open windows, then point and click to select. You can also point and click to enlarge and edit detail using the Magnifier.

Keyboard Features
In addition to intelligent backlighting, the keyboard features a navigation pad that lets you command your PC from your lap or the comfort of your sofa with integrated cursor control. The keyboard lets you place your hands naturally and work comfortably using a distinctive and ergonomist-approved "Comfort Curve" design with quiet touch keys. The sleek design of the keyboard reduces clutter on your desk, fits on your lap, and complements your flat screen monitor

There's also a Windows Start button; press it to launch your Start menu and search your PC or the Web if you have Windows Vista installed. Meanwhile, you can use the Windows Live call button to access your Windows Live Messenger buddy list; then select an Online Contact and start a video conversation. Use the Windows Gadgets button to gain one-touch access to gadgets such as weather information, news updates, traffic maps and slide shows of online photo albums.

Media Controls allow you to easily navigate to your next track, previous track, play, pause and volume control, while the Windows Media Center start button gives you instant access to your digital media. Lastly, you can access the folders, files, and Web pages you use most with one-touch "My Favorites" Keys.

What's in the Box

Features:
  • 2.4 GHz Bluetooth Technology - Connect wirelessly right out of the box with First Connect Technology for up to 30 feet with virtually no interference
  • Battery Status Indicator - Know when power is low and battery life is running out
  • 4 USB Ports - Flexibility to download images from your digital camera or plug in your thumb drive or other USB device, right from your desktop
  • Rechargeable Mouse - A battery status indicator flashes when batteries need recharging
  • 4-Way Scrolling - Scroll four ways for greater efficiency and comfort with Tilt Wheel Technology

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent Product--But Expensive
    This wireless blue tooth unit works works well but is fairly expensive. This is my first ergonomic keyboard and I had a little trouble adjusting to the curved keyboard and the different sized keys--however, within several weeks it is no longer a problem.
    Good--back light, wireless, attractive, appears durable, charging lasts a long time.
    Not so good--expensive, no number keys, some keyboard lag for first strokes (disappears after a few seconds), a lot of special keys you need to memorize, special functions keys operate based on proximity versus actual finger push, and intermediate back light settings make it difficult to identify the keys....more info
  • Expensive, but worth it
    This keyboard is a nice size and weight and the adjustable backlight is great when typing in a dim area and you have to look at the keyboard to perform a function or when you want to use the audio/video controls. The Keyboard even has a built in touch pad. It is by no means a replacement for a real mouse or touchpad but it is nice to have so much functionality in one device. Note: the charging station does not need to plug into a computer but offers a USB port replicator if you do....more info
  • Plauged with connection problems, MS says they can't help
    I tried using this on my Vista Ultimate 32-bit system for 3 weeks or so. I Have yet to get it working reliably. When you turn on the computer, the keyboard doesn't work. No BIOS access, no safe mode access. Only when Windows boots does the hardware work. Keep a spare keyboard handy.

    If the system goes to sleep, the bluetooth dongle turns off. So you cannot turn it back on with the keyboard. Get out a spare or hit the power button.

    I called MS about this and they at first couldn't get me to keyboard tech support. They messed it up then flat out refused to. I called Amazon and got this number from them (800 936 4900) and connected with someone that spoke english. I have nothing against Indians, but they don't know how to process calls at MS. Anyway, in the end they said that this keyboard is INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE BIOS of this or any computer. It won't work, you cannot make it come on. Its possible if you have the computer fail on no keyboard and manually sync it, but its really tough if you're in and out of the bios on a late night.

    Secondly, they said THIS KEYBOARD IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH SAFE MODE because of the same reason as above. Its possible, but improbable.

    As for not waking up sleep, they said a similar too bad to that one too. If I can't make it work, they say it was designed that way and too bad. What a crock.

    Mind you, my old Logitech optical desktop worked great on all these things, even the bios. There was about a 1 second delay from power-on to keyboard working, so you had to press fast but it was doable. This is basically impossible. MS actually told me to go into the bios (with another keyboard mind you) to turn off the no keyboard failure code on the BIOS. Wow.
    Sadly, I donated my Logitech wireless desktop to my parents when I got an iMac, who's keyboard always works.

    I've only listed the constant problems. I have intermittent issues of when I charge the keyboard/mouse it becomes unsynced. If I walk away for a day and try it it becomes unsynced. They volume control randomly works (or doesn't) in Media Center. Its just a mess. The Logitech diNovo is also supposed to have major problems so I don't know what to buy.

    Pro: the backlit keys are beautiful. Pretty comfortable....more info
  • Great, but $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Pros: This keyboard is a pleasure to use. A great addition to my entertainment center. It brings everything together. Vista friendly.
    Well thought out.

    Cons: Way to expensive! ...more info
  • Biggest Piece of Cr@p
    I got this as a gift. I had read about it and was pretty excited too. But when I opened the box, my first impression was, Huh??

    The keyboard felt really cheap. The letters were peeling, and the MS logo rubbed off the mouse after a couple of hours. The keyboard battery completely died after two recharges.

    If you're thinking about getting this to save on the wire clutter, think again! The charging unit is loaded down with them, and you have to drag it out of hiding every time you need to recharge. Quite the pain if you're limited on desk space.

    The backlit keyboard was plus, but until they get the batteries figured out, it's kind of useless.

    Out of respect for the person who gave me the gift, I have not returned it. But I have replaced it with a new Logitech MX 5500. No backlit keyboard, but the quality of the Logitech product makes this MS keyboard really shine like the trash it is. The ONLY wire that comes with the Logitech is one to plug the mouse charger into the wall.

    Do yourself a favor and avoid this MS product
    ...more info
  • No more wires
    The best thing i have to say about this product is that it has freed me from all the wires connected to my laptop, I personally hate the laptop keyboards and the touchpad even more. I had been using a mouse and a separate keyboard, now i just simply have the laptop on my desk and my keyboard on my lap as i sit in my lounge chair and complete anything i want to do that day and not be bothered with all the various cords and attachments getting tangled with one another. The battery charge lasts almost a week on a full charge, recharges quickly, and is great for the environment instead of discarding all those batteries. The keyboard takes a little getting used to as the keys shrink toward the periphery and are larger than normal toward the center, but the more i use it, the more i can see why it works as well as it does. Very think and sleek with a rechargeable laser mouse that also works well for me. If you're looking for less wires and a good quality product, i've had this for almost 2 months now and love it. ...more info
  • Nice item...
    If it were back illuminated it would have five stars plus! I too found it difficult to sync with my bluetooth but I have a "star" usb that has five extra dongles so I use theirs... flawless item otherwise and a live saver. ergonomics is KEY for me it rocks... ...more info
  • Expect Aggravations with Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 8000
    DO NOT buy this product if you want to spend any time at all actually WORKING, rather than troubleshooting why the keyboard and/or mouse doesn't work. I have already rebooted my machine (an HP Pavilion tx 2000) 6 times this morning, and it's not yet 10A; I've spent at least an hour a day for the last 2 weeks trying to resolve why I am having such frequent lock-ups, most of which require an unsafe shutdown. The most annoying is the regularly occurring "stuck keys," where you're typing along, and all of a sudden, you type a letter and then it just keeps on typing, over and over, on every screen you go to, Word document, Excel spread, even password screens. there is no solution but to reboot. This product is very expensive and is SO NOT WORTH IT. stay with the wire, go back to the wire, or pick something else, but don't buy this nightmare of a product....more info
  • A Lovely Product
    Yes, she does have a price tag on her doesn't she? But, if you use your computer as a media center it is entirely worth the cost. I've had this set for nearly a year now and it has become indispensable. Looking back at other reviews, I vaguely recall the need to adjust to the curved design in the beginning, but I constantly change back and forth between my laptop (which couldn't get flatter) and the wireless keyboard with no trouble.

    The battery life is really awesome. Lengthy documents can be typed from the comfort of your couch without worrying about the signal cutting out and, as long as you put the keyboard and mouse on the charger/USB hub at night, you'll be fine for the next day (provided that you do occasionally sleep). The set does take up one more slot of the precious surge protector, but I see that as a perk. I like that I can charge the peripherals when the PC is off; usually if the computer is on, the keyboard isn't close enough to be plugged in and charging.

    Media center controls are located on the left hand side of the keyboard which is a Godsend when your watching a download or streaming video; you never know when the volume will spike without warning and it's nice to have the controls handy.The back lighting is nice (if a little eerie) and will sense you from a few inches away.

    The mouse tends to eat batteries a little faster, but I've still only had it get finicky a handful of times since I've owned it. The mouse has nice extra side buttons which default function as a browser back button (left) and a magnification (right). You might be surprised at the applications which will accept the command from the back button. It is definitely not limited to your web browser. I've seen other reviews mention awkward placement of the buttons, but the only issue I've ever had is occasionally tapping the magnifier when I first go to pick up the mouse. My boyfriend has reportedly similar experiences. One of the factors in any mouse purchase at our house is the size of the buttons since he has fairly large hands and I have rather small ones. It is very nice to find a mouse and keyboard the accommodates both of us.

    The install was fairly painless for us, but you will have to spend a few minutes on it. Just follow the directions, and account for set up.

    Of course the software offers you the opportunity to program additional hot keys and again, it's a pretty painless process.

    All in all a very satisfactory purchase. It's worth the expense if you want any serious mobility with your input devices. ...more info
  • Nice item...
    If it were back illuminated it would have five stars plus! I too found it difficult to sync with my bluetooth but I have a "star" usb that has five extra dongles so I use theirs... flawless item otherwise and a live saver. ergonomics is KEY for me it rocks... ...more info
  • Overall Very Happy
    I've had this system for a couple of weeks now, and I have to say I really like it. Initially, I seemed to have trouble with battery life on the keyboard, but I found that if I reduce the brightness of the illumination, the battery life is much better. Keyboard has a nice feel to it when typing. If I were to change anything, it would be the slight curve .. I don't like it, but I'll get used to it. (I also think a darker color .. like the 7000 .. would have been better.)

    The mouse is very nice. Responsive, smooth scrolling and nice shape which can be used in either hand. I agree with others who have pointed out that the construction of the keyboard seems "light". I previously had a Logitech DiNovo, and the construction of that was really tough. I hope this system lasts as long or longer.

    I also like that the batteries provided are something I'll be able to replace easily once they don't hold a charge.

    Overall, a big thumbs up. (But the price needs to come down!)...more info
  • Could not get keyboard to work with Apple Mac
    I could not get the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 keyboard to work with my Apple Macintosh (Mac Mini).

    The mouse seems to work OK, but the Mac Mini would not recognize the keyboard. When I turned the Mac Mini on for the first time with the keyboard plugged in, it recognized the mouse, but not the keyboard. After the system started up, I got a warning that the keyboard is not recognized, then it goes to a page asking me to hit the key next to the left Shift key so that the Mac OS could try to identify the keyboard. But after I hit that key, the boot sequence does not progress any further, just showing the message "Identifying your keyboard..."

    I realize that Microsoft only officially supports the the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 with Vista and Windows XP, but I assumed that a USB keyboard is just a USB keyboard. The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 seems to work fine with my older Windows XP system without requiring any special drivers, so I thought that it would appear as a regular USB keyboard to the Mac hardware, but evidently it does not.

    I posted messages asking for help on the official Microsoft hardware support forum, and two different Mac forums, but did not get any answer. I have therefore concluded that this keyboard does not work with Mac hardware. ...more info
  • Could not get keyboard to work with Apple Mac
    I could not get the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 keyboard to work with my Apple Macintosh (Mac Mini).

    The mouse seems to work OK, but the Mac Mini would not recognize the keyboard. When I turned the Mac Mini on for the first time with the keyboard plugged in, it recognized the mouse, but not the keyboard. After the system started up, I got a warning that the keyboard is not recognized, then it goes to a page asking me to hit the key next to the left Shift key so that the Mac OS could try to identify the keyboard. But after I hit that key, the boot sequence does not progress any further, just showing the message "Identifying your keyboard..."

    I realize that Microsoft only officially supports the the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 with Vista and Windows XP, but I assumed that a USB keyboard is just a USB keyboard. The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 seems to work fine with my older Windows XP system without requiring any special drivers, so I thought that it would appear as a regular USB keyboard to the Mac hardware, but evidently it does not.

    I posted messages asking for help on the official Microsoft hardware support forum, and two different Mac forums, but did not get any answer. I have therefore concluded that this keyboard does not work with Mac hardware. ...more info
  • over priced ,over rated. UNDER illuminated.
    THIS SO CALLED LIGHTED KEYBOARD IS VIRTUALLY USLESS FOR WHAT I PURCHASSED IT FOR.[ILLUMINATED KEYS]THE KEYS ARE SUPOSSED TO AUTOMATICALLY ILLUMINATE IN DIM LIGHT.I INTENDED TO UTILIZE IT WIRELESSLY WITH MY PLASMA TV BUT THE LIGHT FROM THE TV DROWNS OUT THE ILLUMINATION OF THE WEAKLY ILLUMINATED KEYS . DO NOT BUY THIS USELESS PRODUCT . A FLASHLIGHT IS MORE USEFULL THAN THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE...more info
  • Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000
    Absolutely the worse keyboard/mouse set on the market. It is also the most expensive so one is easily fooled into thinking it must be better than the rest. It almost crashed my system and I had to do a restore several times to get rid of the problems it created. I returned it to AMAZON.
    ...more info