Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse and Wedge Mobile Keyboard Review and Giveaway

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I have had the opportunity over the last several weeks to put a Wedge Touch Mouse and a Wedge Mobile Keyboard from Microsoft Hardware through their paces courtesy of Microsoft Hardware.

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I primarily used these with my Acer Iconia Tab W500 and in November I was able to use the with a brand new Microsoft Surface RT for a couple of weeks.  The usage experience was the same on both devices as they easily paired with each one via Bluetooth.

My review here is not about specs but about functionality and portability because these devices are really targeted towards usage with tablets although nothing says they can not be paired with a full size desktop system either.

The devices have a great look and are obviously built with similar materials to match together as a set.  Of course the common Wedge name helps with that assumption as well. They are quite compact compared to other mice and mobile keyboards I have used with my tablets.

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The keyboard comes with a very unique cover that shuts off the keyboard when the cover is snapped over it.  The keyboard cover itself is made of a firm material which is made in such a way that allows the cover to be folded in the middle and turned into a tablet stand.  So not only does the cover do its job to protect the keyboard but it doubles as a stand to hold your tablet. As they say Two Birds with One Stone. Prior to testing the Wedge Mobile Keyboard I used a copy holder as a makeshift stand to hold my tablet. With the cover in place on the keyboard I had no heartburn tossing this into my backpack or computer bag for travelling.

It is a standard keyboard layout with chicklet style keys that are spaced very closely to each other as you can see. It does take a little time to get used to the layout and the vicinity of the keys but you will adapt pretty quickly.

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The Wedge Touch Mouse is smaller than you think it is as the pictures really do not do it justice in showing the small size. It is very functional and has some gesture support for scrolling side to side in Windows 8 however, you can not swipe in from the various edges to get the Charms and Apps Bar in Windows 8.

I have larger than normal hands and I found the Wedge Touch Mouse to be too small at times for prolonged use as it caused my fingers and hand to cramp up. I also would find myself mis-clicking for a Context Menu right click because my finger was not far enough over to the right of the mouse surface.  However, both of these things, although inconvenient, did not make use of the mouse impossible.

The mouse also lacks any type of small carry bag as well which I think would have been very useful to protect the device when it gets tossed in a bag for travel.  I used a small drawstring cloth bag I had at the house to protect it from scratches when I was on the move.

This combo makes a great enhancement to any Bluetooth compatible tablet when you need more than just the onscreen keyboard and navigation at your disposal. These devices are also cross platform compatible and can be used not only on Windows machines but also on Android and Mac devices.

If you are interested in reading more on the specs follow these download links:

Now to the giveaway portion of this review.

Microsoft has graciously granted me permission to give these away to a lucky reader of WindowsObserver.com and since they make a great combo we will be giving them away as a set instead of individually.

So how does the contest work.  Just leave a comment on this post and share how you will put these to use on your own computer/tablet and why you should receive them.

We will select the best entry and announce the winner of the Wedge Combo on one of the January 2013 episodes of the Observed Tech PODCAST.

The small print on this is that I can only ship these to an address in the United States and one that can receive a verified delivery.  Please do not place your address in your contest entry because I want to make sure your privacy is protected and I will contact the winner when the time comes to get all the details I need anyway.

Please share this with your friends on social media and if you tweet about it please include @WinObs in the tweet if possible.

I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say for your entries.

Good luck.

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14 thoughts on “Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse and Wedge Mobile Keyboard Review and Giveaway

  1. I have my laptop permanently connected to my TV and Reciever so I’d be using this mouse and keyboard to play iTunes without having to go to my laptop to skip songs!

  2. I just bought a new laptop (actually my first ever laptop I’ve owned and I’m 26 *gasp shock awe* but I went from using an old stone of a 14 year old PC, to having a laptop with Windows 8. I feel like I’m struggling to use Windows 8 effectively. First I such at touchpads to begin with, but the concept of Windows 8 is like re-learning what I know about computers. Plus the keyboard would help, because I like to be able to sit back on my couch and use the laptop, and sometimes laptops get heavy and make it hard to adjust positions, so if all I needed to keep on me was the keyboard I would be so much happier. :D

  3. My plan is to use these gadgets to pair with my surface pro once I get it in my hands. This setup will become my primary machine for programming work and future development endeavors.

  4. I’d use it as my main keyboard and mouse. Currently, I carry around a large keyboard and mouse combo with me all the time (Back and forth from school). Using the Wedge mouse and keyboard would save me a ton of backpack space and weight.

  5. I would love to win these as I am currently building a new Z77 desktop that will run Windows 8. Microsoft products means no compatibility issues, and let’s face it this set looks great and had a great feel when I gave it test run in the store.

  6. I’d love to have these, because right now I don’t have any wireless mice/keyboards, and I have a limited amount of usb ports available (2), so I often have to use the trackpad instead, which isn’t nearly as good

  7. You should give them to me because I will use them paired with my Samsung series 7 slate. I am currently using a bluetooth keyboard from an HP Touchpad and I think it is causing my Windows 8 tablet to be very sad. I have made apps for the Windows Store exclusively on my Windows 8 Pro tablet to demonstrate the point that you can do this when your tablet is not just an enlarged phone without a phone. The touchpad keyboard lacks proper Alt and Function keys and this makes it more difficult. Me + Tablet + Wedge keyboard/mouse will mean more apps in the Windows Store.

  8. I\’m on the go about a half of the work day. Now since I\’ve finally got my hands on Acer W700, I would love to have those devices to work comfortably even when I\’m in a car or another office. Wedge Keyboard is a great combo of lightweight keyboard and a mobile dock for a tablet and mouse is a usefull addition when I nedd to use WIndows 8 in a desktop mode.

  9. I\’d love to use these with my Surface Pro (coming in.. January?) and hopefully a nice all-in-one for the family, maybe the 23\” Dell Win8 machine. Best thing about them is easy BT connection, and I love the style of the mouse.

  10. I was able to try these out for a few minutes at a conference over the summer and love them. They would go great with my tablets, including Surface, for when I need a more substantial typing surface for longer work periods while traveling. The wedge mouse is fabulous for me for the same reason you had a little trouble – its size. I have very small hands so I found the wedge to fit really nicely for me and it felt very comfortable – more than most mice I try. I\’m hoping that the keyboard also might be able to pair with my Samsung Smart TV!

  11. It would be great to have such a set to clean up the actual desktop! Have an \”old\” all-in-one that we\’ve upgraded to Win8 Pro. Would be fantastic to get some \”additional Win8 functionality\” out of this hardware…it\’s actually pretty comical moving between this non-touch all-in-one and our touchscreen notebook!

  12. I\’m planning to buy Dell Latitude 10. It has greate dock, but hasn\’t any keyboard like an option (other Atom-tablets could give such an option). So I\’m looking at wireless keyboard and mouse to organized my working space. This 2 devices are greate and they are from MS, so it will be best choise.

    So I\’ll be ready to recieve them with pleasure. :)