Microsoft Wireless Media Desktop 1000 (Black) review: Microsoft Wireless Media Desktop 1000 (Black)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0

Average User Rating

3 stars 1 user review
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The Good More affordable than Logitech's similar desktop set; more hot keys.

The Bad Uninspired hot-key placement; chunky, outdated design.

The Bottom Line Microsoft's Wireless Media Desktop 1000 will provide you with a perfectly capable wireless mouse and keyboard for a more reasonable price than its competition. We just wish Microsoft would give more thought to the design and overall feel of its hardware.

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Microsoft's entry-level Wireless Media Desktop 1000 offers an affordable mouse-and-keyboard set for PC owners. At $50, it's less expensive than Logitech's $60 Cordless Desktop S520. We found few surprises with either desktop set, although Microsoft's design is not quite as thoughtful as its competition's. We prefer the Logitech set for its design, but if price is more important to you, the Microsoft Wireless Media Desktop 1000 is the best deal of the two.

The Microsoft mouse included in this desktop set is perfectly functional and thoroughly unremarkable. It is composed of two buttons, a scroll wheel, and an infrared sensor--and that's pretty much the story. The Logitech mouse comes with a laser sensor, but that's really only an advantage to gamers; and, if you're a serious enough gamer to care about mouse performance, chances are you'll want a separate gaming mouse with more features. You'll need to feed the Microsoft mouse two AA batteries, which are included in the box.

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Microsoft Wireless Media Desktop 1000 (Black)

Part Number: ZHA-00001 Released: Sep 9, 2008
MSRP: $49.95 Low Price: $39.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Sep 9, 2008
  • Compatibility PC