Microsoft’s New Mouse and Keyboard – Good or Bad?

August 1, 2012

The folks at Wired did an article a couple of days ago about Microsoft’s new mouse and keyboard. In their heading, they call them lovely. They are not yet available for sale and therefore I’ve not had a chance to use them myself. From the picture, lovely is probably one of the last words I’d use. Even though I have fairly small fingers, the keyboard looks completely unusable to me. At first glance it looks similarly compact as the recent Mac keyboards. I have attempted to use those and I wasn’t able to type of them worth a darn. They may look sexy, they just aren’t usable. What do you think of this new keyboard and mouse?

Now I’m not a huge fan of mice at all (or trackballs for that matter). While I don’t recommend a mouse to be your primary pointing device, I do feel it is important that all users have one. Back in February I suggested the Logitech M305 Wireless Mouse because it is very functional and not very expensive. I have one sitting on my desk and keep another one in my laptop bag. While not my primary choice for a pointing device, it does work well.

What do I suggest for a pointing device? I swear by Wacom tablets. For those on a tighter budget, look at the Wacom Bamboo series. If you want the best, get one of the Wacom Intuos5 tablets.

As a writer, the keyboard is a very important part of my computer. When visiting client sites, I usually get the chance to use a lot of bad keyboards. I’ve been using the Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 for years and absolutely love it. It is comfortable and makes it easy to type. I keep seeing attempts (like the one mentioned in the Wired article) to make keyboards more compact and I just see them as difficult to use. If I can’t type on it, it just isn’t much use to me.

Post Discussion

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like…

My Favorites Products Covered in 2022

My Favorites Products Covered in 2022

In 2022 I've covered more than 50 products. Some of those products I've purchased and used and others I haven't. Today I'm going to recap the four products that I purchased and enjoyed the most in 2022. They will be listed in chronological order...

Read More

Sainlogic WiFi Weather Station, 10.2 inch Large Display

Track Your Exact Weather With Sainlogic Weather Station

It sure seems like almost any conversation with someone in a different location involves talking about the weather. While that small talk may not be that important, it can be important to know what is going on in your location. Is it raining?...

Read More

Intel Core i9-13900K Desktop Processor 24 cores (8 P-cores + 16 E-cores) 36M Cache, up to 5.8 GHz

Get Speed for New Year With Intel Core-i9-13900K CPU

Each year technology marches on and we get newer and faster components for our computers. Today we're going to discuss the latest iteration of Intel's top processor and the power it brings. I'll include links to purchase it from Amazon and I do...

Read More

Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III built his first Web site in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013. He has used the Divi theme exclusively since 2015. Earlier in his career he was the author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences.

Recent Posts

Pro WordPress Help

WordPress Web design

Graphics Unleashed Donations

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $5