New Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard is thin, expensive

— 6:00 AM on September 10, 2009

Some folks like their keyboards big, heavy, and loud. Others don't mind typing on something a little smaller and more portable. Microsoft has addressed the latter portion of the market with its new Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000, which is purportedly the company's thinnest keyboard ever.

The device is "just a few millimeters thicker than a AAA battery at the back," and it combines low-profile, laptop-style keys with a Comfort Curve ergonomic layout that places the two halves of the home row at a six-degree angle. Folks who want a numeric keypad will have to buy the separate Bluetooth Number Pad accessory.

As the name implies, the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 has no wires and uses Bluetooth to talk to the host PC. Microsoft put in a battery status indicator and an on/off switch, but it kept the layout relatively spartan. F-keys have no secondary functions imprinted on them, although they do share the ride with a pair of dedicated volume keys. The paging block is a little unusual, too.

In any case, the thin form factor and sleek design command a premium. Microsoft plans to offer the keyboard in October for the low-low price of $89.95—and that's without the numeric keypad. Be prepared to shell out an extra $44.95 for that accessory. (Thanks to CrunchGear for the tip.)

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