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Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews of Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and size. The reliability and design are also appreciated, but many are critical about the durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 user reviews of Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and price are overall positive. The design and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical views about the durability. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

durability

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for BluetoothMicrosoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth

 

A wireless command center for your PC, this Bluetooth combo might be too much keyboard for the average user.

Impressive wireless reception; lots of easy-to-program key commands; can use Bluetooth transceiver with other devices; padded wrist rest.

Requires Windows XP Service Pack 2; somewhat tricky to install; keyboard takes up a lot of desk space.

The keyboard requires a good portion of your desk, but with its size comes an army of useful shortcut keys, a responsive mouse, and the ease and range of wireless Bluetooth technology.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Techware Labs (techwarelabs.com)

Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 2.0

 

Wireless is thought of by most users as a feature that they don't need. Its an optional extra that's not worth the money that the hardware costs. After all its just a mouse and keyboard right? Three years ago most mice had a ball and then optical mice...

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Alex Kidman (cnet.com.au)

Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite For Bluetooth

 

Microsoft's Optical Desktop Elite For Bluetooth is probably overkill for the average user, but if you want a wireless keyboard and the added convenience of Bluetooth connectivity to other devices, it's a worthy buy.

Wide range of bluetooth compatibility ; Comfortable keyboard and mouse

Configuring other Bluetooth devices can be tricky ; Keyboard is huge

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth review

 

Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth Bluetooth keyboards and mice have long taken a backseat to their radio frequency-based (RF) cord-free brethren. Microsoft's $149 Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth, however, makes a solid case for ditching...

Impressive wireless reception; lots of easy-to-program key commands; can use Bluetooth transceiver with other devices; padded wrist rest.

Requires Windows XP Service Pack 2; somewhat tricky to install; keyboard takes up a lot of desk space.

The keyboard requires a good portion of your desk, but with its size comes an army of useful shortcut keys, a responsive mouse, and the ease and range of wireless Bluetooth technology.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Alex Kidman (zdnet.com.au)

Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite For Bluetooth

 

Microsoft's Optical Desktop Elite For Bluetooth is probably overkill for the average user, but if you want a wireless keyboard and the added convenience of Bluetooth connectivity to other devices, it's a worthy buy.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Sriram Sharma (techtree.com)

Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite

 

How many of you people take your keyboard and mice seriously? Well, it's a vital part of your computing experience, especially if you are a heavy user. Just think about the number of keystrokes you make on a daily basis, the number of times you move...

Oct, 2003

Consumer review (newegg.com)

love this thing!!

 

i love this combo!! the mouse does so much, if you press the sgroll key and push to the side, collapes all the open windows to snapshot view of all open windows cascaded on desktop.

none, for those of you compaining about battery consumption, use duracell, lasts for months!!!!!

Jul, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Geat Keyboard

 

Bluetooth works flawlessly, it connects every time, works at over 20ft.

There is no windows key on the right side of the spacebar.

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

BT needs to be standard on PC's

 

Quiet keys, comfortable design.

Unless your computer has BT built directly into it this can be a pain in the A*s.

Jan, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Awsome!!

 

Great range, long battery life.

the coloring wears off of the song select buttons, and when the battery is low some times the mouse scroll will spaz, this might only be my problem.

Dec, 2006

Product Specifications

Give your desktop the very best. This stylish set offers the pinnacle of performance, technology, and comfort. Bluetooth wireless technology provides you with the best power and reliability, and the Wireless Optical Mouse with tilt wheel gives you worry-free accuracy. Free yourself from the hassle of wires with the most advanced cable replacement technology available. Bluetooth products let you wirelessly sync and transfer files, music, and pictures between all kinds of supported devices, eliminating cables and clutter from your desktop. Scroll every which way. Now you can scroll horizontally as well as vertically through documents and Web pages. The entire wheel tilts, acts as a button, and reacts smoothly to your speed. Microsoft Bluetooth keyboards work seamlessly with Media Center PC, so you can easily control your computer and home entertainment center from up to 30 feet away. Wirelessly enjoy a wide range of digital entertainment, including music, movies, photos, and TV - all from the comfort of your couch. Optical technology refers to the use of an optical sensor to track mouse movement, rather than the traditional use of mechanical parts. As a result, optical mouse products work on most surfaces and offer you better durability, increased speed and accuracy, and consistent performance. Enjoy easy access to your favorite music, video clips, and media programs with the press of a key.

Design

Internal: No

Energy Management

Battery Type:Alkaline / AA type / Installed Qty - 5.

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Canada/United States
Localization:Arabic/English/French/Greek
Manufacturer:Microsoft
Model:2.0/2.1/2.1A/Elite for Bluetooth 2.0/For Bluetooth
Packaged Quantity:1/3
Product Line:Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite/Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop

Input Device

Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Form Factor:External
Interface (DA):Bluetooth/RF
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Pointing Device / Manipulator:Mouse
Type:Keyboard

Keyboard

Device interface:Bluetooth / RF Wireless / USB+PS/2
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:105
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Pointing device:Mouse / Scrolling wheel

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Mouse

Mouse included:No / Yes
Movement detection technology:Optical

Other Features

Compatibility:PC/Mac
Compatible operating systems:MacOS X 10.1\nMacOS X 10.2\nWindows 2000, XP HE, XPP / MacOS X 10.1\nMacOS X 10.2\nWindows 2000\nWindows XP HE\nWindows XPP / Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / XP Professional, Apple MacOS X 10.2.x / Windows XP H/PE (SP2) / Windows XP Home / Professional Edition (Service Pack 2)
I/O ports:1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) \n1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) \nUSB - 4 PIN USB Type A / USB
Minimum system requirements:Windows 2000 Pro/Server - Pentium - 133 MHz - RAM 128 MB - HD 60 MB\nWindows XP Home/Pro - Pentium - 233 MHz - RAM 128 MB - HD 60 MB\nMacOS X 10.1/10.2.x - HD 30 MB
Peripheral/ interface devices:CD-ROM
Pointing device:Mouse / Scrolling wheel

Power

Battery Type:Alkaline / AA type / Installed Qty - 5.

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:60
Minimum processor:Pentium / Pentium 233 MHz
Minimum RAM:128 / 32
OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.1 / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 98/ME / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6 or later / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.1 - 10.2.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 2000 Server / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.1 - 10.2.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 2000 Server / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.2.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / XP Professional / Microsoft Windows 2000 Server / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2/Microsoft Windows XP SP2
Processor frequency:133