Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000
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The last Bluetooth mini-receiver I got with a Microsoft Bluetooth Desktop (The Microsoft Keyboard Deluxe --Bluetooth Desktop set) was very cheaply-made. The metal around the end which plugged into a USB port was very thin, leading to poor connectivity of the receiver, which led to very poor connectivity of the keyboard/mouse. Unless Microsoft has fixed this problem, this set will be useless, and just a drain on your cash-flow. My mini-receiver is in the trash, where I threw it after attempting to get Microsoft Bluetooth to work, and the keyboard is sitting in the closet gathering dust. However, I love the MIcrosoft Deluxe keyboards and mice, so perhaps I will someday find a decent (non-Microsoft) mini-receiver. Anyone with any suggestions for working mini-Receiver which works with Microsoft Bluetooth desktops, PLEASE respond to this.
Maybe you were having problems with a previous model, but I see nothing wrong with the Bluetooth dongle. If there was anything wrong with it, I would have noted it in the review and the gallery.
This is a non-starter for me. The arrow and other keys are on the wrong side. Comfort and ease of use are important. Switching where the keys are would make it difficult for every other computer user in the world. It would be like trying to learn to drive a car in England, where everybody drives on the wrong side of the roadm after 40 years of driving on the right.