Microsoft offers keyboard with 128-bit encryption

By Emil · 10 replies
Jun 3, 2011
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  1. Microsoft has unveiled the new Wireless Desktop 2000, a keyboard and mouse combo for $40. You can buy it now from, though you should note that it requires either…

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  2. z0phi3l

    z0phi3l TS Member

    If you are that paranoid, you wouldn't be using a wireless keyboard to start with, looks like a big waste of money
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    "...but the addition of encryption is puzzling."

    Boy, no kidding. I don't get it. And won't get it. ;)
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Gotta say, I wouldn't mind stroking her keys...

    That's a nice keyboard.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Once again MS shows its lack of originality. This is clearly just a rip off of the Enigma machine.
  6. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    And once again Ms has proved his lack of common sense to copy useless ideas :(
  7. Zilliak

    Zilliak TS Booster Posts: 164

    Lol aka if someone is parked outside your house and your using a wired or wireless they can see what your typing....with this they can't. Make sense?
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    I've always been under the impression that the range between wireless keyboards and transceivers was rather short (and more akin to line-of-sight).

    1. Short / line-of-sight range is the case for my Logitech wireless keyboard. Once i leave the room with transceiver the keyboard is no longer detected
    2. Why would anyone want or need a long range wireless keyboard anyway? It's not like this is a keyboard that one would take on the road or use in an internet cafe

    Or am i missing something??
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,536

    In my experience, the useful range is far than that. At least with the M$ wireless keyboards I own.

    The disturbing thing about them is this; when I have two machines on the same frequency, a mouse click or key stroke will wake another machine from sleep, maybe 15 + feet away, but the useful control range is much shorter than that.
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Not that useless. A lot of the breakthroughs that allowed the Allies to crack the code of the Enigma came from failure of the humans using the machine to follow proper protocol, for instance using the name of a girl to start each message, or always using a sequence like qwerty. That's just about on par with people leaving the default password on a router, or using a very predictable password to safeguard their account.
  11. Who sits around intercepting keystrokes from wireless keyboards? That would require some extreme proximity, so why not just stand over someone's shoulder and watch them type? >.<

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