Our review of Microsoft All-In-One Media Keyboard


Our review of Microsoft All-In-One Media Keyboard

The item is compact and sleek. This wireless Qwerty keyboard entails an unified trackpad, which can work with movements such as swipe and pinch-to-zoom. The keyboard has media hotkeys, which can be personalized, and may be connected via wireless USB. The item functions on batteries. This product has originally been designed for digital home setups; it can work to control a movie centre or digital audio rig.

Physical layout and Composition

The dimension parameters are: 367x132x194mm. The weight is 434g, making the item compact and sturdy. The covering is made of black plastic and seems a lot bulkier than it really is.

A bright black trackpad is located to the right. Rounded edges create an impression of a slimmer model than it is in reality.

The quality of materials, which were used for construction are high. Maybe the plastic part does not make the item look to fashionable, but it is reasonable and sensible enough for your house, and it seems durable and long-lasting.

Mobility

The keyboard comes with a small pocket (with a magnet), where you can fit your dongle for protection.

On top of that, connecting this keyboard is not a problem at all. All you need is to insert the dongle, turn it on and that is it! When our team tested out the accessory in our office full of various wireless devices including keyboards, we experienced no impedance or obstruction to the keyboard’s performance.

Also, the trackpad is of a sensible size, and is reasonably sensitive. On my PC I preferred to use it instead of a mouse, as moving the cursor on the screen by touch is instinctive, when swiping, scrolling and zooming on a trackpad is more natural and less time-consuming in Windows eight.

However, one disadvantage which we have noticed and come across on practice was the fact that this keyboard is not meant for typing for long periods of time or demanding utilization. The problem is that when you are pressing on keys, it seems as if you are on a netbook. Ok. Yes. I am not denying. Maybe the cause for this is my lack of skills, but after a couple of sentences my fingers and palms were in so much pain, as if they were going numb. In addition, I made a lot of typos and mistakes. A potential reason for these difficulties is a lack of angle- the keyboard practically lays flat on the surface.

Cost at the time of our test – $37

6 Comments
  1. Reply SecondUser 26.11.2016 at 02:20

    I agree with the author of the article: this keyboard is unusable for typing any texts. I use it for my media center and it is the only way I found to use it. I always thought that Microsoft made devices with a great usability. But this is the worst I ever seen. Trackpad is an intresting feature, but I prefer using mouse and it doesn’t take too much place in my bag. Don’t buy it (I got mine as a gift).

  2. Reply Bart 01.12.2016 at 17:49

    I want to say that the All-in-One Media Keyboard – it’s more than just a keyboard. After all, next to the keys complex located touchpad that gives the owner of the device to get rid of a mouse, even when working for the usual computer-getting experience with gestures and other delights inherent usually only work on laptops. Connected All-in-One Media Keyboard to other devices using a special adapter, which is hidden under the cover of a special compartment on the bottom of the case, where you can also find two penlight batteries for power.

  3. Reply I.Stark 01.12.2016 at 19:17

    Oh well, as i can see people are not too impressed with this keyboard… When i started to read this article i was sure that it would be something great and worth buying but maybe not… I don`t wanna take a risk and waste my money even if the cost is not too high. I haven`t decided yet which keyboard i want but it should be something more simple and easy to work with. 🙂

  4. Reply Gemma 07.12.2016 at 16:45

    The only thing i like so far is the trackpad which is sensitive and allows to forget about using a boring mouse. But if this keyboard is not good for typing then there`s no reason to buy it… I couldn`t even imagine that its design might cause such a problem. And now it`s understandable why it costs not too much compared to the other microsoft stuff… Definitely it`s not my choice.

    • Reply Emily 10.12.2016 at 14:53

      Hmmm… I bought this keyboard not too long ago but i don`t agree that it isn`t good for typing! I have never felt any pain in my fingers or palms or whatever… Most of the keyboards today are flat so what? Should we refuse using them and go back to the ugly and clumsy ones? I am very sorry but that`s kinda nonsense! I like this model a lot for its features and nice design..

  5. Reply Dalia 23.12.2016 at 13:06

    I’m impressed the wireless keyboards, it’s so convenient and practical, because your attention isn’t on tangled wires and you can quietly work on your PC! Microsoft All-In-One Media Keyboard is an excellent option for a nice price! Touchpad (don’t need to use the mouse), interesting design, the Microsoft build quality (keyboard is sturdy and durable) – this is the perfect device for work and home.
    I liked that you can protect, enable and disable keyboard with the key! It’s new for me, interesting and reasonable!
    From this review, I noticed that there are some drawbacks to this keyboard. In this case, be sure to test the keyboard before you buy it!

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