Thursday, December 15th 2011

Microsoft Announces the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000

Nokia BFF Microsoft has today revealed a new peripheral which caters to the typing needs of Windows, Android and iOS tablet owners, the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000. This keyboard measures 165 × 355 × 13 mm, it features a sleek, Comfort Curve design (allowing for a more natural wrist posture), Bluetooth connectivity (range is up to 10 meters), and comes with a three-year warranty.

The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 requires two AAA batteries to work and is scheduled to become available later this month. Its price tag is $49.95.
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9 Comments on Microsoft Announces the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000

#1
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Nice. I love the curved (ergonomic) keyboards and have been using them for years. They increase my typing speed quite a bit.
No keypad, however, kills this one for me. I use it a lot.
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#2
erixx
Great but contrary to you Kreij I rather have a mouse emulation pad or point (like IBM ThinkPads back then).

And what is Nokia BFF Microsoft?
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#3
RejZoR
It looks like it melted :D
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#4
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: Kreij
Nice. I love the curved (ergonomic) keyboards and have been using them for years. They increase my typing speed quite a bit.
No keypad, however, kills this one for me. I use it a lot.
Knowing Microsoft... They will have it down the road... They have it for their "ARC" version.
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#5
AsRock
TPU addict
If it's any thing like there blu tooth mice they can stuff it were sun don't shine..
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#6
bostonbuddy
looks nice, I love the aestetics of their arc keyboard(have one for my htpc) but its just awkward for typing.
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#7
Octavean
OK, but I dont see how this Microsoft 5000 keyboard is any different then the Microsoft 6000 keyboard,.....which can be had for ~$32 at newegg. I have one but its OEM and came with my Asus Eee Pad EP121 Windows 7 Tablet.
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#8
Mega-Japan
Does anyone mind enlightening what exactly is the purpose of a "mobile" keyboard?
By mobile, I would expect something pocket size, at least cargo-pocket size. This looks like a regular slim keyboard to me. Why would you need a "mobile" keyboard? A tablet? Wouldn't an attachment such as the ASUS Transformer's be a much better choice? iPad, Galaxy Tab, and so on have their own versions as well. And using this for a laptop is just stupid (unless the keyboard is broken)...
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#9
Octavean
by: Mega-Japan
Does anyone mind enlightening what exactly is the purpose of a "mobile" keyboard?
By mobile, I would expect something pocket size, at least cargo-pocket size. This looks like a regular slim keyboard to me. Why would you need a "mobile" keyboard? A tablet? Wouldn't an attachment such as the ASUS Transformer's be a much better choice? iPad, Galaxy Tab, and so on have their own versions as well. And using this for a laptop is just stupid (unless the keyboard is broken)...
As I stated before, my Microsoft 6000 keyboard which looks to be identical to this Microsoft 5000 keyboard came bundled with my Asus Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet. Although Microsoft sells it as a alone product too. It seems to be intended as a general purpose Bluetooth keyboard for tablet devices. The Asus Transformer and Transformer Prime keyboards + battery attachment may be better designed but its not general purpose (doesn’t fit other devices) and comes in at a whopping ~$150. Also not all devices are deigned with such specialized attachments in mind and those would need a more general keyboard design.

Having said that, I haven’t used the included OEM Microsoft 6000 keyboard with my Asus Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 Tablet. It seems unnecessary,….

Also, there have been a lot of complaints that the OEM Microsoft 6000 keyboard will lose sync,....
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