Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Keyboard review: Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Keyboard

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Impressive list of customizable features; receiver connects to keyboard and mouse combo.

The Bad Difficult to adjust to curved design; removable feet easily misplaced; narrowly-shaped mouse hard to grip.

The Bottom Line The Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 is a solid keyboard and mouse combination with a bevy of customizable buttons that make it a no-brainer to use with a home theater PC, but the asymmetrical button layout on the keyboard requires time to learn. If you're looking for a more ergonomic desktop set and willing to put in a little work, the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 will serve you well.

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The Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 is an $80 keyboard and mouse combo that offers all of the innovative and customizable features we've come to expect from Microsoft peripherals. The mouse is simple in design but also features Microsoft's BlueTrack technology for use on almost any surface, and the keyboard's body-friendly setup successfully alleviates the pains associated with long-term typing. Our only issue with the keyboard is that the angled design takes some getting used to; but as long as you're willing to accept the learning curve, you'll be more than satisfied with the Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000.

The layout of the keyboard bundled into the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 is similar to the recently reviewed Logitech Wireless Keyboard K350 that splits the keyboard in half and turns both sides up so your wrists are angled in a less stressful position. The big difference between the two, however, is the keys on the Microsoft 5000 keyboard aren't evenly spaced or uniformly sized--since they're forced to conform to the Comfort Curve. The middle rows are affected the most by this bend--the G and H as well as the B and N buttons are significantly wider than the rest, resulting in some mistaken key presses during the initial learning phase. It's not a huge deal, and definitely doesn't require as much time to get used to as the ergonomic split-keyboards; we were typing our average speed in less than two hours into using it.

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