Microsoft launches media-centric All-in-One keyboard
By Chris Wood
April 17, 2014
Microsoft has announced the latest addition to its in-house accessories range in the form of the All-in-One Media Keyboard. The device is aimed squarely at the living room and features an integrated multi-touch trackpad and a range of entertainment-related features.
In recent years, Microsoft has significantly upped its game when it comes to hardware, the most widely known example being its competent, but somewhat ill-fairing, Surface tablet range. What is perhaps less known is that the company also makes a range of accessories to back-up its popular Windows operating system, including its comfort-orientated Sculpt range and designed-for-tablet Wedge keyboard and mouse.
The company’s latest product is designed for those times when you’re sat back on the couch looking through photos or watching Xbox Video or Netflix through a connected PC. The keyboard is designed to be "spill resistant" (which we’re assuming refers to the lack of significant gaps between the keys), is fully wireless up to 30 feet (10 m) and features a laptop-style integrated multi-touch trackpad capable of swiping, dragging and dropping, zooming and of course clicking.
The peripheral also features dedicated volume keys on the left side and three customizable hotkeys above the trackpad, as well as a range of media controls integrated into the F1-12 keys. Design-wise, the new keyboard isn't going to win any awards, but given its US$39.95 price point, the clean and simple looks aren't half bad.
With games consoles and streaming boxes taking care of a lot of your media needs, we’re not sure how common the living room PC setup is nowadays. That said, we’re sure the accessory will find its audience, and despite its living room-centric marketing, it would likely be a good all-rounder for anyone who prefers a touchpad to the more traditional desktop mouse. I’m sure there are some of you out there somewhere.
The All-in-One Media Keyboard is available now from the Microsoft Store.