Microsoft Hardware officially announced a new, super-thin Bluetooth keyboard that features an additional (and optional) stand-alone Bluetooth Number Pad. Microsoft claims that its new Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 is its thinnest keyboard thus far, measuring just a few millimeters thicker than an AAA battery at the back. However, both the keyboard and the Number Pad work with Bluetooth-enabled desktops, laptops and netbooks.
"The design tenets of compact, clean and refined really set the stage for the success of the keyboard," said Chris Kujawski, industrial designer for Microsoft Hardware. "There is nothing extraneous about the design. We removed everything that didn’t fit with those ideas and ended up with something we’re really proud of--a compact, sophisticated keyboard that pairs perfectly with Bluetooth computers."
Both the keyboard and the Number Pad is extremely lightweight and easy to carry, and according to Microsoft, the Number Pad comes with its own carrying case for "added portability." For natural wrist posture, the keyboard features Microsoft's Comfort Curve design, bending at a slight 6-degrees to make blogs and Facebook updates somewhat easier. The separate Number Pad is ideal for notebooks or netbooks that lack a built-in number pad.
Microsoft said that the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 and Bluetooth Number Pad will hit retail shelves next month, costing $89.95 for the keyboard and $44.95 for the Number Pad. That's quite a load of cash when combining the two into one purchase, but for many consumers looking for that cool, thin gadget, the cost may be worth it.