Microsoft Builds a Wireless All-in-One Keyboard for Smart TVs

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OpenSauce

I have the Logitech version of this and love it. Check out the 'TK820'. It also has a more polished look to it and more adult than kiddish. Is Mattel making Microsofts products now? I only use Microsoft keyboard for budget systems. The Desktop 800 is a great combo for the price, but mid-level and high end is mostly Logitech.

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riopato

Microsoft finally makes a media keyboard and their target audience is smart tv?!? When are they going to admit that they are abandoning media center entirely so that alternative companies can start making apps to fully work with ceton cable cards!!!

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Dakron

I am guessing the dimensions on the Microsoft site must be wrong, 30.56 inches wide? That's huge.

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maxeeemum

NO THANKS! I don't trust Microsoft anymore! After Zune and other M$ products why should anyone! Then they release Windows 8!!! Till M$ rights the ship Windows 7 may be the last M$ product I ever buy!!!

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lunchbox73

Microsoft makes very good hardware. The Zune was awesome, they just didn't market it. Windows 8 is great. I've been looking for a good HTPC keyboard and this looks pretty nice.

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maxeeemum

But they drop these products like "Zune" cause they don't sell! Just like they'll drop the "Surface" soon!

"Windows 8 is great." LOL! You must be kidding!!!

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DirtModeler

That's pretty good news in my opinion.

I've tried, and my parents have tried a few different "HTPC" keyboards over the years, and all of the ones we have tried ended up croaking off within a year.

I don't have any MS keyboards to speak of experience, but i do have an MS laser mouse, and a bunch of wireless blue laser mice from them and i love all of em'.

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jbitzer

Yeah, sorry, the last MS keyboard i bought is a Reclusa that doesn't work half the time when 8 comes out of sleep. That's the last MS keyboard I'll ever buy.

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The Mac

i would say it looks more like the K400r really.

What makes this so special that it works with a smartTV and the K400 wouldnt?

Also, in the pic, the kid appears to be using windows 8, not a smarttv per se.

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Tungil90

And i believe that the K400 doesn't come with Mulit-Touch-Support!

edit: Oh i see it does, nevertheless the Touchpad on the Microsoft ist much bigger and maybe more comfortabel...

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The Mac

yeah it does look much bigger.

I love my K400, i dont use the trackpad all that much anyway, i mostly use it alpha input when searching the media center guide.

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Paul_Lilly

It looks similar to both, though the K830 comes to my mind because it's newer and both planks plop three media controls directly above the trackpad. The K830 and AIO Media Keyboard also both lack the graffiti design that Logitech splashed across the K400's trackpad.

As to your question, I woudn't read too much into it. Smart TVs are one of the categories Microsoft is targetting. That's not to say it's the only keyboard in the world that would work with one.