Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000
We'd generally consider £44 a reasonably hefty lay-out for a keyboard, but the 6000 is worth it. It's subtly attractive, slim and a pleasure to type on, while the wireless functionality is reliable and useful.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 is an attractive wireless device that justifies its relatively high price tag with comfortable typing and good reliability.
First impressions - and good old-fashioned design stereotypes - might lead you to guess that someone other than Microsoft had come up with the curvy Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000.
For one thing, the 6000 is attractive, in a quiet and minimal manner not generally associated with the bullish software giant. There's a shiny panel along the top but the surround is otherwise matt and rubberised. Underneath the chassis colour switches to a light grey.
For another, the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 is utterly user-friendly, and works easily out of the box, rapidly hooking up to the Bluetooth connection of our test system. Microsoft claims a wireless range of 10m, and the keyboard proved capable of at least this much in our tests. It continued to type happily long after the typer was too far away to read the writing on the screen - testament to a strong and reliable wireless setup.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000's number pad is provided separately, which allows you to reduce still further the space taken up by an already petite product - it looked almost lost in the middle of a newly wire-free desk. It's also wonderfully thin, raised up just 14mm from the desk, and a lightweight 433g, which is ideal for portability if you're pairing the 6000 with a notebook. And unlike many light keyboard units, the 6000 isn't particularly unstable; the rubber feet seem to hold it quite steady enough.
Typing on the 6000 is pleasant; it produces comparatively little sound and the action is quite responsive. The keys feel perhaps a touch cramped, however - we tended to miss the comma key and hit the M instead. Microsoft's Comfort Curve ergonomic design generally helps the keys to sit neatly under the fingers, although the curve is actually gentle and fairly conventional.
A final thing you might not expect, given Microsoft's traditionally fractious relationship with Apple, is that the 6000, with the bare minimum of button configuration, can easily be converted into a Mac keyboard - although bear in mind that you won't have an eject button.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 3 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 4 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 5 MSI GS70 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- AMD will sneak-peek its high-end Zen CPU in December, starting a new CPU war
- 5 burning questions about AMD's Zen chip
- Nvidia tempts GeForce Experience 3.0 users with Gears of War 4 giveaway
- Intel's latest Xeon chips based on Skylake due next year
- Intel packs more horsepower in its monster 22-core processor
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTCampaign AnalystVIC
- CCTest Lead : Perth BasedQLD
- CCSenior Visual DesignerVIC
- CCProgram Manager BankingNSW
- CCUI DesignerNSW
- FTTechnical Solutions Architect -Cloud /Work Location - CanberraVIC
- CCJDE ERP Technical ConsultantVIC
- CCSenior PMO Coordinator, FinanceNSW
- TPSolution ArchitectQLD
- CCBusiness Analyst - Reporting, Excel and AutoCAD experienceNSW
- CCInfrastructure Architect - Immediate Start - Migration Project -Hyper-V & VMWareNSW
- CCTesting and Support Services ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Network ConsultantVIC
- CCService Desk Quality Assurance SpecialistNSW
- FTService Delivery Management LeadQLD
- FTService Desk Team LeaderNSW
- FTLead Front End DeveloperVIC
- TPProject Coordinator - IT Projects - State GovernmentVIC
- CCServicing Financial Planner - CBDNSW
- CCProject Manager - Community Transport SolutionsACT
- CCIngres DeveloperVIC
- CCSIEM SpecialistVIC
- CCSenior Security AnalystACT
- FTRuby On Rails DeveloperVIC
- CCProject Coordinator / Specialist / Analyst - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW