Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000

Yep, it's a keyboard, with no delusions of trying to be anything else. For the price it's pitched at, it also happens to be a very good one.


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Microsoft's Digital Media Keyboard 3000 (DMK3000) at first glance seems like an ordinary keyboard with a few extra multimedia buttons, and a little light — however, this changes the moment you start typing. It's quite well built, and each key strike is exceptionally soft and quiet. If you're someone that's driven mad by the clackety-clack of cheaper keyboards (or the divine old IBM-style "battleship" keyboards), this could well be worth a consideration.

The DMK3000 is covered in a matte black, textured surface, which is both pleasant to the touch and fingerprint resistant. Apart from the standard keys, it also features a full range of file operation buttons (which are essentially shortcuts to common functions like new file, open, save, save as etc) that replace the F1 through F12 keys. The function keys aren't gone altogether — they can be accessed by pressing the "F Lock" button — but it's an indication that the function keys aren't so widely used these days.

Featured above this are shortcuts to your default email, Web browser, messenger application and media player. While initially they load whatever your program defaults are set to, this can be modified via included software to start any program or open any file you desire.

Next to this are five customisable hot buttons, and then media and volume controls. Wrapping up the extra buttons are a shortcut to My Documents and My Pictures; and magnification tools on the left; a shortcut to the calculator above the numpad (we're a fan of this, but it will only spawn one instance of calc.exe); and finally a button purely for Vista to enable Flip 3D, the poor, destitute, seven times removed and thrown out of a dump-truck cousin of Apple's Expose.

It comes with a built-in, non-removable wrist rest, and can be elevated one level by using the feet on the underside — and that, folks, is that. You can find the DMK3000 online for AU$50 or less — and at this quality and price, you really can't go wrong.



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MrSex
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MrSex posted a review   

The Good:'tis awesome, nice shortcuts works on mac

The Bad:not wireless maybe but i cant really complain about that

nuff said

 

jaced posted a comment   

I can't get the keyboard back to "normal type" mode and have searched and searched to be able to do so. All I get is jargon and reprogramming info - I'm not a techy, just a normal user. Not happy!

 

rtu posted a comment   

The Good:urg func

The Bad:Can't get through a sentence with out resetting

I have two and broke one in half can't wait to get rid of the other one it just can't make it through a sentence without droping letters.

 

Happy Customer posted a comment   

The Good:Keys are nice and quiet, love the multimedia keys around it, like the low profile keys. Easy on the wallet as well.

The Bad:N/A

the keyboard is lightweight and seems flimsy and fragile but is quite sturdy and robust. Really good that a good proportion of the multimedia keys are customisable. Laptop keys type thing is a little hard to use, but never really used laptops before, so expect to get used to it. I recommend buying this product.

 

S. posted a comment   

How d'you connect it? :|

SVAndrei
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SVAndrei posted a review   

It's a good slightly better than basic keyboard. I like the tactile response from the keys, they are easy to press and very quiet. It has a decent amount of of function keys, so it's good value for money

Just another lurker
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Just another lurker posted a review   

The Good:Basic keyboard aimed at the value for dollar market.

The Bad:Basic keyboard aimed at the value for dollar market.

Umm, it appears that this is a wired keyboard...without a mouse. Not sure what you're on about with the whole 3"-6" thing. Try plugging it in maybe?

Lokith
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Lokith posted a review   

The Good:Proported to be wireless, but not so much so. Nice keyboard button functionality, ie. really easy to type, the keys aren't stiff.

The Bad:Wireless properties are grossly over hyped. The range is roughly 3 to 6 inches at best if you want any degree of functionality. Not a worthwhile investment imo.

This keyboard and mouse would be ok if the signal quality didn't totally suck. It implies 3 feet in its help info but it should read 3 inches. I don't use the mouse, just the keyboard and its range is pitiful. I wish that Logitech made a keyboard cause then I'd probably have a functional wireless keyboard.




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User Reviews / Comments  Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000

  • MrSex

    MrSex

    Rating10

    "nuff said"

  • jaced

    jaced

    "I can't get the keyboard back to "normal type" mode and have searched and searched to be able to do so. All I get is jargon and reprogramming info - I'm not a techy, just a normal user. Not happy!"

  • rtu

    rtu

    "I have two and broke one in half can't wait to get rid of the other one it just can't make it through a sentence without droping letters."

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