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Microsoft Hardware is announcing today the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000. This is like the “little brother” to the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 – but without the separate number pad. The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 is a full-size keyboard and is light-weight with a very slim design. It features the approved design by Microsoft’s resident Ergonomist Dr. Dan Odell. Specifically, the design has a 6-degree curve that allows the keys to stay in a contiguous arc for a more natural wrist posture.
This keyboard is perfect for new ultra-portable PCs like the ASUS ZENBOOK. I’ve been using the ASUS ZENBOOK UX21 – the 11.6” model – as my primary laptop PC. Ultra-portable laptop PCs often come with a limited number of USB ports and in my case with the ZENBOOK, I have only 2. When I’m out-and-about, I usually have one USB port used by the USB nano transceiver of my prototype Arc Touch Mouse I like to use and the other USB port is sometimes used by a memory stick. Because the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 is, well, Bluetooth - it does not use a USB nano transceiver instead connecting wirelessly to a laptop PC. While the keyboard on my little ZENBOOK is quite adequate, I often enjoy the benefits of the ergonomic design of the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 and the full-size keyboard especially when I’m doing a lot of writing.
Aside from the slim and light-weight design the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 offers – another added benefit is the price: only $49.95 (U.S.). You’ll find it available this month!
I ABSOLUTELY love the feel of this keyboard, or at least the feel of the 6000, however, I wish there was a wired USB counterpart. I wanna love bluetooth, but sometimes the BT stack acts a bit weird on my desktop systems, and doesn't work too well with my KVM.
I wish I could use it with my Windows Phone!!
Looks like a nice keyboard to use with a tablet. What security is being used to prevent someone from capturing your keystrokes?
@Chris Miller - this keyboard simply uses Bluetooth to connect. I am not sure of any advanced security features it has to prevent capturing keystrokes but you should check out this keyboard (I use these on my desktop PCs): www.microsoft.com/.../E6K-00001
So how is this new, exactly? Isn't this the keyboard out of the $89.95 6000 set, minus the $44.95 keypad? The specs and dimensions and pictures look identical. Nice that you can get the keyboard alone, but new? Highly recommended BTW. Works with my HP Slate, Dell DUO (in the dock), iOS and Android devices. Sadly not with my Windows Phone. Guess no-one would want to hook a small BT keyboard to a phone with an Office Hub that supports Office document creation and editting.
Rebuilding the Arc Keyboard and Arc Mouse with BT would have been 'new'. Get on that would you? Those would actually be very nice accessories for the millions of Win 8 slates you plan to sell, except that it takes up two (2) usb ports to run them both. That's why I have the 6000 to use with my HP Slate, which only has one(1) USB port on it's own. All the other compatibility is a bonus. Three cheers for standards.
I wish I'll use it with my Nokia Belle smartphone.