The Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard design looks like a standard keyboard with a few extras, a spill-resistant design, built sturdy to survive accidental sit-ons and occasional drops The Keyboard looked and felt solid with a clever Microsoft nano receiver (dongle) that has a magnet, this allows the dongle to be fitted cleverly under the battery compartment when not required. Microsoft have placed their logo on the dongle ensuring an authentic kit is visible.

 Box Contains:

1 x All-in-One media keyboard

2 x AAA alkaline battery

 Dimensions:

Length: 14.4″ / 367mm

Width: 5.20″ / 132mm

 Product Description:

Supported operating systems: Windows 10/8.1/8/RT 8.1/RT and 7, Windows Phone 10, Mac OS X v.10.7-10.10, Android 3.2/4.2/4.4.4 and 5.0

 Connectivity: USB

Setup:

The setup worked straight away, requiring no configuration.  The dongle plugs directly into the standard USB connection and works straight away with no configuration required. The Keyboard was used with a standard laptop & an android gaming box. The multi touch trackpad took a while to get use to, the finger motions worked well when mastered.  Using the keyboard on the Android box worked great allowing the usual websites easily accessible.  The range within a standard room worked well. The basic keyboard functionality can be used with select USB HID compliant Smart TVs gaming consoles.

 

There is an option to setup media hotkeys allowing shortcuts to your music, photos, and videos. The volume controls option allows control of the audio. Shortcuts options to music, photos and videos are possible but are not essential on the setup.

Security

The keyboard uses Wireless connectivity (USB) with a connection of up to 30 feet. (Approx.  9 metres) This has Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-Bit Encryption electronic data encryption technology.  The keyboard is permanently paired with its receiver at the factory with no key information shared over the air ensuring the info is protected.

Conclusion:

The Microsoft All in one media Keyboard is good quality without breaking the bank. The requirement for a keyboard is still relevant today from its initial conception back in 1868 when used as a typewriter with Microsoft getting in on the act of ergonomic keyboard for computers, in 1994.  The keyboard may not be ergonomic comfortable keyboard for the usual 40 hour working week but for short use can’t fault this keyboard. The advantage in terms of no cable. practical and works is very beneficial in a busy lifestyle.  The Keyboard was comfortable but did not have the lugs to tilt the keyboard, the keyboard did not have a backlight and a bit smaller than an unusual keyboard. The keyboard is slightly shorter than a laptop 15.5 laptop keyboard, with the keys narrower than a standard keyboard. The Integrated multi-touch trackpad takes up some space making the keyboard keys shorter than a typical keyboard. All the function buttons expected on a standard keyboard are available on the keyboard.

The keyboard is full-size keyset with an integrated multi-touch trackpad – type, swipe, drag, zoom option. The sturdy build quality which you expect from Microsoft is clear and cleverly design. This branded premium product comes at a reasonable price that works well, allows the flexibility on the move especially when using on a smart TV. Depending on your requirement whether occasional few hours use, or daily business use, this may justify the model to use.  If considering a limited use of the keyboard looking at cheaper alternatives would be a poor consideration, This Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard works well with a few nifty tricks at a realistic price, certainly a keyboard to consider.

Avaialble from most electronic stores circa  €50.

Written by brendanlahert

20 years’ experience in the commercial technical industry. Interested in technology. Certified ITIL v3 Service Management, Project Management Prince 2, Six Sigma.

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