Microsoft Wireless 900 Desktop review: The customization is nice, but the spacebar is loud

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Rob Schultz

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At a Glance
  • Microsoft Wireless 900 Desktop

Microsoft’s $49.95 Wireless 900 Desktop ($29.95 through Amazon) offers a few nice bonuses for the price: a wireless mouse and Mac OS support. But its standout feature is its software for customizing hotkeys. 

When I installed the included Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center software, I was able to create macros or assign shortcuts (to launch OneNote, for instance). Eight keys are up for grabs. There’s also a dedicated key to open Calculator, along with the usual Volume-up, Volume-down, Mute, and Play/Pause keys. 

Basic Features

  • Wireless connectivity via USB receiver
  • Windows and Mac OS
  • Two AAA batteries
  • Advertised battery life of up to two years

This full-sized keyboard is slender, but feels solid. The chiclet-style keys are adequately spaced, making it easy to just start typing. The kick-out legs didn’t give the keyboard enough of a slant to suit my taste, but this did not impede my typing flow.

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The chiclet-style keys were fine for typing...except one. 

The Wireless 900 responded just fine whether I was pounding the keys or flying lightly. All the keys—except one—are surprisingly quiet. Sticking out like a sore thumb is the space bar, which emits a loud thwack when pressed. Even though my workspace is filled with white noise, this thwack consistently annoyed me and seemed like a quality oversight in the keyboard’s design.

The Wireless 900 could have been just another desktop keyboard with a mouse, and its annoying spacebar does it no favors. Thanks to its programmable keys, it's a versatile device and a solid value. 

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At a Glance
  • The Wireless 900 offers an impressive amount of customization via software, and it's also nice to type on save for one key.

    Pros

    • Solid key travel and responsiveness
    • Highly customizable with Mouse and Keyboard Center software
    • Mouse is included

    Cons

    • Space bar is annoyingly loud
  
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