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A disappointing set by Microsoft.
I bought tis set to complement my new computer and to replace my previous Logitech wireless keyboard. I wish I hadn't. The keyboard looks great and has a load of useful features but its negative points frustrate each time its used.
Firstly, the features of the keyboard such as hot keys, volume, gadget buttons, instant calculator and lock options are great and look and work really well. The mouse is responsive and accurate and feels really well put together as does the keyboard. As mentioned, it does look like a really good combo and the features support that so if that is what is important then you'll be happy.
However, the bad points out number the good points.
The receiver on the desktop has two problems, one is that it is highly sensitive to th state of the batteries in the keyboard and mouse. If your battery starts to lose power you will notice less accuracy when typing. Also you need the keyboard to be in good sight of the receiver otherwise it is frustratingly difficult to type. My receiver is on the desk and if the keyboard drops below the level of the desk or something is in the way, then certain letters will be missed when typing. This can be increasingly frustrating when typing long documents. It works ok if you are a slow typist but not if you type moderately fast.
Another fault which is frustrating is the keyboard and mouse seem to need synchronizing with the receiver more than I ever needed to do with the Logitech. Sometimes one or the other will just not work accurately. A press of the sync buttons and they work okay.
The biggest problem I have though is the positioning and size of the shift key. The keyboard is an ergonomic design and thus curved. Th shift key though on the left side of the keyboard is MUCH smaller than is usual. I regularly (when touch typing) think I am pressing shift and discover a long line of "\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" instead! I think it won't be a problem if you have smaller hands or type with one or two fingers but if you use both full hands and those hands are man size, you will have problems and frustrating ones at that.
The mouse is largely fine but disappointingly has no tilt functions on the scroll wheel.