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Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000


Author:  Vu Le
Date:  2007.07.09
Topic:  Peripherals
Provider:  Microsoft
Manufacturer:  Microsoft







Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000

Introduction

Today we take a look at the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000. I need to take a breath. What happened to the days of simple names that made sense? It sounds like I'm reviewing a desktop computer system. Okay, enough with my banter. Say what you will about Microsoft's software division, but their hardware division has always been top notch. I've owned my share of Microsoft mice and keyboards over the years and I must say it has always been a reliable purchase. The WED 7000 looks to be the ultimate companion for your Home Theater PC. We find out if it can live up to the expectations.

Let's take a look at the specifications.

Specifications

Mouse & Keyboard Features
  • Wireless Freedom
    Give yourself room to move—wireless mouse and keyboard products let you work without worrying about tangled wires.

  • 2.4 GHz Bluetooth® Technology
    Connect wirelessly right out of the box with First Connect Technology for up to 30 feet with virtually no interference.

  • Battery Status Indicator
    You'll know when power is low when the battery status indicator senses battery life is running out.

    Mouse Features
  • Rechargeable Mice
    A battery status indicator flashes when batteries need recharging.

  • 4-Way Scrolling
    Scroll four ways for greater efficiency and comfort with Tilt Wheel Technology.

  • High Definition Laser Technology
    Microsoft® High Definition Laser Mouse products are more precise, more responsive, and deliver smoother tracking.

  • Instant Viewer
    Too many open items on your desktop? Click the scroll wheel button to instantly display your open windows, then point and click to select.


    Keyboard Features
  • Windows® Start Button
    Press to launch your Start menu and search your PC or the Web if you have Windows Vista installed.

  • Ultra-thin Comfort Curve Design
    Place your hands naturally and work comfortably using the distinctive and ergonomist-approved Comfort Curve design with quiet touch keys.

  • Navigation Pad
    Command your PC from your lap or the comfort of your sofa with the integrated cursor control.

  • Windows® Live Call Button
    Just press this button to access your Windows Live Messenger contact list; then select an Online Contact and start a video conversation.

  • Media Center Start Button
    One touch access to Windows Media Center.

  • Compact Industrial Design
    This sleek design reduces clutter on your desk, fits on your lap and complements your flat screen monitor.

  • Gadgets Button
    One-touch access to gadgets such as weather information, news updates, traffic maps and slide shows of online photo albums.

  • Media Controls
    Media Controls allow you to easily navigate to next track, previous track, play, pause and volume control.

  • "My Favorites" hot keys
    Access the folders, files, and Web pages you use most with one-touch “My Favorites” Keys.

  • Longer Battery Life
    Change your batteries less often! The keyboard battery has an average life of over nine months.

    Computer/Operating System
    Requires a PC that meets the requirements for and has installed one of these operating systems: Windows Vista™ or Windows XP (XP Professional/Home Edition/Media Center Edition/Tablet PC Edition).

    IMPORTANT:  For best results and Bluetooth® device compatibility, use the included Microsoft mini Bluetooth transceiver. Service Pack 2 is also required with Windows XP.

    Processor
    Pentium 233 MHz or higher with 128 MB of RAM.

    Hard Drive Space
    60 MB free (Install 100 MB free)

    Connectivity
    USB port

    Other
    - CD drive
    - Mouse: 1 AA NiMH (included) Keyboard: 4 AA alkaline (included)
    - Internet Hot Keys are supported for use with:
    Windows-based PC: Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later; MSN® Explorer versions 7.0 or 8.0; Netscape Navigator versions 6.1, 6.2, 7.0; and AOL versions 7.0, 8.0, 9.0.
    - Multimedia Hot Keys are supported for use with:
    Windows-based PC: Versions of Microsoft CD Player, Microsoft Deluxe CD, Microsoft Windows Media® Player, and certain versions of other popular media players and browsers.





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