By Don Cohen, Senior Editor of TigerDirect.com
Iâ€™ve written probably a thousand ads to get folks excited about owning a wireless keyboard and mouse. Freedom! Freedom! Creativity Unbound. Blah, blah, blah. Wretched headlines all. Thatâ€™s because they were not borne of experience. You see, Iâ€™ve never used a wireless keyboard until about ten minutes ago, shortly after my colleague Ira Miller kindly showed me how to insert two AA batteries into the back of the keyboard; Iâ€™d already put the AAA batteries into the mouse. I plugged in the USB transmitter and I was ready to go â€“ just like that!
Microsoftâ€™s wireless optical desktop 700-keyboard/mouse combo has literally changed my life in only about 11 minutes! Iâ€™m typing with my back turned to my monitor while watching a couple of fetching females walk by. Freedom? You betcha! Here comes blogmeister, Lonny Paul, who wants to know why my desk looks like something out of Sanford and Sons. â€œMy maid has a head cold, Lonnie â€“ now go away; Iâ€™m writing a blog story.â€ Hell, I think Iâ€™ll see if I can work with this gizmo when Iâ€™m upside down. Hold on a secondâ€¦
Oops, Lonny has hit the floor with a resounding thud. (Editorâ€™s note: we are prohibited by law to photograph Lonnyâ€™s prone body, unless we store the images in a warehouse on Van Nuys Boulevard in the San Fernando valley)
Back to my tale of unbridled freedom. Iâ€™m just now finding out that the mouse on my Microsoft 700 has 3 big buttons. Two easy-click buttons flanking a nifty scroll wheel (I suspect thatâ€™s button number three). Boy does the wheel turn smoothly as I scroll up or down, depending where I want my mouse to roam.
Lonny just reminded me that this wireless keyboard and mouse should give me the freedom to work with less desktop clutter, not really a selling point with me, because I enjoy clutter. But just to please Lonny, Iâ€™ll try to become a minimalist version of Red Foxx, albeit a Jewish one, who is still alive. But thatâ€™s neither here nor there.
What is here (And there) Is the fact that the Microsoft wireless optical desktop 700 has a compact keyboard with keys that respond almost effortlessly to even a gentle touch. This is an extremely fast keyboard. As a veteran of scores of typing tests during my hey days as an itinerant temp, I can tell you that Iâ€™ve used a ton of nasty keyboards, probably a devious attempt by the agencies to make their tests more difficult. And the Desktop 700 is a Ferrari compared to those old horses and carriages.
Letâ€™s read what Microsoft has to say about this nifty little wireless combo:
â€œGet the reliability you expect from Microsoft hardware at an extraordinary value â€“ with the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700. This keyboard and optical mouse combine the freedom of wireless with the control of an optical mouse with scroll wheel. Plus, itâ€™s easy to use â€“ just plug in the receiver and start typing.â€
Couldnâ€™t have said it better myself (as Iâ€™ve clearly illustrated above).
The Microsoft Optical Desktop 700 wireless keyboard and mouse â€“ you wonâ€™t know that you canâ€™t live without it, unless you try it.
Gotta go â€“ itâ€™s time for my yoga class; I think Iâ€™ll bring the Desktop 700 with me!