Media Center Wireless Keyboard from Microsoft
As reported by C|Net:
Microsoft will offer a wireless keyboard designed for computers running the home entertainment version of the Windows operating system, the world’s largest software maker said Tuesday.
Yup, it’s even got backlit buttons and an integrated touchpoint mouse, and should go for about $100; in other words, we’d totally hit it.
I had the opportunity to play around with a prototype (codenamed, “Kirk”) a few months ago. Here are my thoughts:
It feels good in your hands or on your lap
The backlit buttons are GREAT
It works up to 30 ft away
The eraserhead-style mouse works great on the rare occasion you want to use it
A master lock so that my kid won’t reprogram my PC banging on it! My washer/dryer/refrigerator/microwave/oven have this. All major devices designed for home living spaces should do the same.
Feedback I’m sending to the team:
IR is good, but BlueTooth would be even better IMO. I understand why IR, it helps keep costs lower (for PC Mfrs and consumers)
I would have put the green button further up on the r-hand side.
A small, LED-based battery meter on the underside would be ideal.
Available in September, more details here.