Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000
- Looks great, lots of shortcut keys, comfortable to type on
- Very expensive, key layout takes some getting used to
If you have a bit of money to splash around and want a wireless keyboard and mouse package that has all the bells and whistles, the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 may be right for you.
Price$ 499.00 (AUD)
Most keyboards sent to our office for testing aren't exactly the most inspiring devices, so when we received the Microsoft Wireless Desktop Entertainer 8000, we were pleased to see it has a little flare. While still a standard keyboard for the most part, it has an attractive design, a slightly funky key layout and is completely wireless making it a great choice for people who regularly use their PC away from their desk.
The best thing about the Entertainer 8000 is its simple recharge system. A critical problem with older wireless peripherals was how quickly they ran out of batteries, but that isn't a concern with this package. It comes with two sets of rechargeable batteries and a docking station that connects to AC power. Whenever you aren't using it, simply rest the dock on top of the keyboard, slot the mouse into it and you're good to go. Another nifty thing about the dock is that you have the option of connecting it to a USB port which acts as a hub, providing four extra USB connections.
We experienced no periods of downtime during out testing; it was still working well after leaving the keyboard and mouse off the charger for a whole weekend. This is partially thanks to the intelligent power saving options which do things such as shut off the backlight when the keyboard isn't in use.
Typing on the Entertainer 8000 took a little getting used to as the keys are laid out in a slightly strange manner. The difference isn't huge, but having the delete key and page up/page down buttons on the very far right led to more than a few typing errors until we eventually made the adjustment. There is also no number pad, making this package feel more like a notebook keyboard than a full desktop model.
However Microsoft has made great use of the extra space, packing in a ton of shortcut keys. The left-hand side bears host to a variety of media controls, including play/pause, track skip, volume, record, mute and even a channel change switch. Next to those are magnifier and gadget keys for use with Windows Vista, and two keys that act as mouse buttons. They work in tandem with the touch sensitive directional pad that sits on the right-hand side of the keyboard, completely removing the need for a mouse. There are also shortcuts for the start menu and Windows Media Center.
The Entertainer 8000 uses scissor keys which make for a fluid and speedy typing experience. The keys are responsive and we found ourselves working very quickly after adjusting to the aforementioned key placements. Wireless connectivity is achieved using Bluetooth technology and this operates via a simple Bluetooth dongle. We experienced no drop outs during testing, maintaining a strong and consistent signal.
The mouse is comfortable to use and thanks to the laser sensor, it is extremely accurate. While we'd recommend a proper gaming mouse if you're a hardcore gamer, the unit included in this package was more than adequate during our tests and will suit casual gamers very well.
Aesthetically the Entertainer 8000 is very smooth, with a brushed aluminium build and slim design. It is lightweight yet the metal design feels extremely sturdy to be easily carried around a room. The blue backlight also ensures typing in low light conditions isn't a problem.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® Portable SSD
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Google Daydream VR headset
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- PC prices will continue to go up due to shortage of components
- Radeon Vega vs. GeForce GTX 1080 Ti? AMD, Nvidia announce dueling events at GDC 2017
- Toshiba's in chaos, but not quitting PCs -- yet
- Intel's 8th-gen 'Coffee Lake' chips reuse 14nm process as other Core CPUs ease into new tech
- Intel researches tech to prepare for a future beyond today's PCs
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCLevel 1/2 SAP Support AnalystACT
- CCSenior Storage System Engineer - NetApp SpecialistNSW
- CCIT Infrastructure ArchitectNSW
- CCArcSight Security Engineer - Contract - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- TPPHP DeveloperVIC
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)VIC
- TPTechnical ConsultantNSW
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Finance ConsultantWA
- CCWPF .NET EngineerNSW
- CCMarketing SpecialistNSW
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperQLD
- CCSalesforce DeveloperNSW
- CCBusiness Project ManagerNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)VIC
- CCTelecommunication Operations SpecialistTAS
- FT.net Developer (Front and Back end)QLD
- FTJava Developer/IntegratorACT
- TPSenior Project CoordinatorNSW
- FTLife/400 Resource - PermanentNSW
- TPDigital Strategist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional ConsultantACT
- FTSenior Learning Specialist - Global OrganisationQLD
- CCSenior Life 400 DeveloperNSW
- TPWinforms DevelopersWA
- CCManager AnalyticsNSW