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Microsoft intros ultra-thin Bluetooth keyboard

updated 10:55 am EDT, Wed September 9, 2009

Microsoft keyboard is just mm thin

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the upcoming release of its thinnest Bluetooth keyboard to date, the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000. At its thickest, the keyboard is only a few millimeters thicker than an AAA battery, but it also tapers down at the front. The keyboard can also be had with an optional number pad for accountants and others who need the extra input.

Comfort is a priority as the 6000 still uses the company's Comfort Curve layout that places hands at more natural positions in a split-layout design. Microsoft hasn't detailed operating system support, but the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 and Bluetooth Number Pad will start shipping in October, priced at $90 and $45 respectively.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. c4rlob

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    Why physical calculator buttons?

    If the calculator pad is wireless, why not just make it a touchscreen pad, that could double as more than just a calculator. They already make a touchscreen device of similar dimensions. Yet again Microsoft proving their inability to simplify or leverage resources or think.

  1. luckyday

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    Hmmmmmm. Maybe that has something to do with 1) KEEPING THE PRICE DOWN and 2) ITS BATTERY POWERED, a touch screen device with bluetooth thats battery powered will require you to change the batteries weekly.

    Who is the one proving their inability to think?

  1. bauhaus

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    If you think touchscreens are good

    you've never met anyone who actually uses a keypad constantly for work. It's like touchtyping; you need physical buttons to be fast. Microsoft is thinking right here about functionality.

  1. c4rlob

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    price and batteries?

    Thanks for proving my point even further. For goodness sake, Microsoft sells far more expensive keyboards and bluetooth peripherals. A touchscreen pad that had multiple functions would easily warrant a higher price and a rechargeable battery. To repeat, inability to simplify and thinking small - Microsoft's trademark.

  1. c4rlob

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    heavy number typing...

    Excellent consideration bauhaus. However, when I use my number pad for fast data-entry type stuff, I barely need to look or feel the edges of the physical buttons; I hit the keys mostly dead center - but that's just me I suppose. Because of the simplicity of a number pad it seems even more perfectly suited for a touchscreen than the alpha-QWERTY portion of a keyboard. Microsoft may be thinking "right", but they're still thinking "small", but that's just my opinion.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    A touchscreen number pad? That goes along with Apple's "Mighty Mouse". A solution looking for a problem.

    What exactly would be the benefit of a touch-screen number pad? What else would you use it for?

    And when you throw in the 'rechargable' battery on a device with a life span like an iPod Touch, you end up having to plug it in so much you might as well forget about it being a 'wireless' device!

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