Microsoft gave away some Wireless Laser Desktop 6000s as gifts for attending the Windows Vista RTM Lab during CES 2007. I’ve always wanted a wireless keyboard and mouse set so without second thoughts, I’ve been using it since. There’s a bunch of good and bad things about it (you can find plenty of reviews), but there’s one in particular that baffles and annoys me day in, day out.
If I had covered my keyboard with tinfoil, I have no right to complain, but this is as close as I can get the keyboard to the receiver without actually wiring it together. As the troubleshooter suggested, I’ve tried changing resetting the wireless connection, changing wireless channels and even flipping the receiver upside down (simon says, Long do) without luck. The mouse on the other hand has full signal all over the table.
First I thought it might have been a software bug, but I’ve experienced keys ‘stick’ or not even respond at all. The problem becomes much more apparent and annoying in games, specifically first person shooters, where I’d be walking off cliffs and doing other fatal acts I normally do at my own discretion.
Is there something wrong with my hardware? Should I have lower expectations for wireless keyboards or something?
Update: Now I’ve put the wireless receiver on the floor, directly below the keyboard, and now it has a full signal. Weird concept, but I’ll live with it.