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Product: Microsoft Office Keyboard
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/keyboard/offkey.asp
Estimated Street Price: $64.95
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction & Features
2: Design & Installation
3: TouchPad & IntelliType Pro
4: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for the Microsoft Office Keyboard review.

 

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 90%
Design: 80%
Performance: 85%

Drivers:
95%
Features: 75%
IntelliType software
 accuracy: 90%
Price:
70%
Users' Guide: 80%
Overall: 83.5%
 

The latest Microsoft keyboard is definitely a great addition to the Microsoft keyboard family. Itís clearly one of the most efficient and most productive keyboards available at this time. The touch pad with its unique shortcuts and the Microsoft Office enhanced function keys are definitely a great enhancement. The Microsoft RD department really listened customers in order to boost their productivity by unleashing a highly effective, full featured, customizable keyboard, addressing that way most of their demands. Itís clear that this keyboard perfectly teams up with Microsoft Office 97 up to XP to save usersí time. However this new model still features a few small errors: no USB hub, no multimedia hotkeys, and no split-design, which we hope Microsoft will fix in the future with a new keyboard. All in all, this new keyboard represents a real ergonomic advance and will please every customer who types a lot within Microsoft Office.

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 83.5%
Version Reviewed Microsoft Office Keyboard
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box 1 Microsoft Office Keyboard,
1
USB to PS2 adapter,
1
IntelliType Pro 2.0 CD,
1
Getting Started guide.
The Good Points Excellent quality,
Redesigned keys for easier access, "quiet key" touch,
Application toggle switch.
The Bad Points Size,
Not designed for left-handed users, Some keys don't work in all applications,
No USB hub,
No split design,
No more media player control keys.
Reviewers PC Setup

Pentium 4 1.7 Ghz
Intel D850GB Motherboard

Windows 2000 SP2
384 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
DirectX 8
19" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet III 64Mb AGP 4x Graphics Card
Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB

Microsoft TrackBall Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW2200E

PC Required Minimum System Requirements

Microsoft Office 97 or later (XP recommended)
Pentium 133 or higher processor
Microsoft Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 or NT4 SP6a, Windows XP Home Edition or Professional
32 MB RAM for Windows 9x, 64 for NT or 2000, XP
PS/2 or USB connection (USB not supported under NT4)

Links of Interest

IntelliType Pro Software Download
Microsoft Office Keyboard @ shop.microsoft.com
Microsoft Office Keyboard Powers Up on Productivity
Minimum System Requirements for the Office Keyboard

   

ę TouchPad & IntelliType Pro  

 

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