Microsoft has a history
of producing solid, quality keyboards
, and the company's newest one could possibly be one of its most attractive ever. The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 was designed to work with Bluetooth-enabled notebooks and desktops alike, but it's clearly engineered with portability in mind.
The keyboard is just a few millimeters thicker than a standard AAA battery at the rear, and it's even thinner at the front as it tapers off. Microsoft Hardware’s Industrial Design team tapped the company's 'Comfort Curve' layout for this board, and the curved design should lead to more comfortable typing. If you're still not satisfied, there's the additional Number Pad that essentially enables you to pack along a full-blown keyboard when you travel with your netbook/ultraportable.
“The design tenets of compact, clean and refined really set the stage
for the success of the keyboard,” said Chris Kujawski, industrial
designer for Microsoft Hardware. “There is nothing extraneous about the
design. We removed everything that didn’t fit with those ideas and
ended up with something we’re really proud of — a compact,
sophisticated keyboard that pairs perfectly with Bluetooth computers.”
The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 and Bluetooth Number Pad will be available in October 2009 for an estimated retail price of $89.95 and $44.95, respectively, with both products boasting a 3-year warranty.