Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard

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77
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Summary

Wireless peripherals are key to any good home theater PC setup. However, trying to juggle a keyboard and mouse from the comfort of your couch can be a real hassle. With the All-in-One Media Keyboard, Microsoft has opted to toss the mouse and replace it with a touchpad instead, creating a smooth, seamless input experience you can hold entirely in your lap.

At first glance the Media Keyboard seems plenty durable, with Neowin expecting it to "stand up to a toddler's terror or a spilled glass of wine." And though PC Advisor says it's "not the most stylish," it's still "discreet enough to live in your front room."

The marquee feature of the Media Keyboard is its touchpad, which subs in for the usual number pad on the right side. Unfortunately, Expert Reviews found it "felt rough and our fingers stuttered over the surface because of the friction." PC Advisor notes it's at least "a good size, and a nice level of sensitivity," while both Expert Reviews and Neowin noted the mouse buttons were responsive.

The keys themselves are a bit of a mixed bag, with PC Mag liking their "smooth typing experience" and "good spring." Neowin and PC Advisor both found the keys a bit spongy, while Computer Shopper noted the Media Keyboard is definitely "less comfortable to use than a traditional, full-size keyboard" and not something you would want to do a lot of typing on. Luckily, while Neowin notes it's not good on a desk, it "feels right at home" on your lap.

The Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard isn't comfortable enough to be your go-to desk peripheral but it doesn't belong there anyway. Use it to control a HTPC while curled up on your sofa, though, and you'll be more than satisfied.

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Design and form factor

69
 

Noise

100
 

Tactility / button-feel

69
 

Portability

84
 

Ergonomics / comfort

57
 

Configurability

80
 

How It Stacks Up

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93
 

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