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Zssfssz 05-03-2012 10:10 AM

How Much Should I Hate Microsoft's Hardware?
 
Recently at BestBuy I found a keyboard and it was branded with the word 'Microsoft'. Being a loyal member of the FOSS community I wanted to know if I should only look down on microsoft's software or their harware too.

TobiSGD 05-03-2012 10:16 AM

In general, I find that Microsoft's hardware is rather good. I see no point in not buying a good product (using a XBox360 controller for gaming myself).

273 05-03-2012 10:18 AM

I've used Microsoft keyboards and I liked the "ergonomic" one I used at work -- was very nice to use.
However, I'm a bit political about where I spend my money and I try not to give a penny to Apple or Microsoft due to their patent bullying and other things. But you could take a stance against virtually any company on the planet especially the major corporations, so I can't pretend to be any better than anyone else because of my choices.

suicidaleggroll 05-03-2012 10:49 AM

I've found Microsoft's keyboards/mice to work well.

headrift 05-03-2012 12:32 PM

I'm typing this on a cheap Microsoft keyboard. It works fine, and I kind of like the irony of using a Microsoft keyboard on a Linux machine... even if I feel like a bit of a hipster. :-/

baldy3105 05-03-2012 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by 273 (Post 4669501)
.. I'm a bit political about where I spend my money and I try not to give a penny to Apple or Microsoft due to their patent bullying and other things....

Its not just me then? :D

273 05-03-2012 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by baldy3105 (Post 4669656)
Its not just me then? :D

I don't like the idea of paying lawyers to threaten people over Linux's supposed patent violations or push up the price of Android devices, amongst other things.
Which is actually a shame because the MS mice and keyboards I've used have been good.

sycamorex 05-03-2012 02:41 PM

I have found that keyboards are Microsoft's most reliable products:)

dugan 05-03-2012 03:50 PM

Their Bluetrack mice are really good too. They work on any surface.

However, I don't recommend using an Xbox 360 controller for gaming. A Wii Classic Controller Pro with a Mayflash USB adapter is much better.

If you can use Linux because you think it's good, then you can use Microsoft products because you think they're good.

TobiSGD 05-03-2012 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by dugan (Post 4669709)
However, I don't recommend using an Xbox 360 controller for gaming.

Actually, nowadays most PC games are compatible with the XBox360 controller out of the box. No fiddling with controller settings. By the way, I only use it for racing, sports and jump-and-run games. No point to play an egoshooter or a strategical game (like Warcraft, Civilization, whatever) with a controller, much better to do that with mouse and keyboard.

Zssfssz 05-03-2012 05:41 PM

I acctualy have a Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse that I use I just wanted to know the publics feelings about them.
In a strange irony, this keyboard does annoy me, I have two computers and only one mouse (I do have an extra one with the right click ripped out) so I need to constantly unplug and plug back in!!
I dought this would ever happen but if Microsoft's hardware got popular enough they might acctualy pull away from windows.
Does microsoft make more than keyboards (and xbox stuff)?

sundialsvcs 05-03-2012 06:48 PM

Their optical mice are nice.

They don't make 'em ...

frankbell 05-03-2012 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by baldy3105 (Post 4669656)
Its not just me then?

No. It's not. Not at all.

Don't feed the patent trolls.

catkin 05-03-2012 09:54 PM

I like and use MS optical ergomice but the PC support people don't like MS mice, they say they move too fast and jerkily for the users.

I have two vague memories (from the 80s?) of MS re-assuring the world after acquisitions, firstly that they were not a hardware company (they had just bought a company that did make some hardware?) and secondly that they were not an applications software company (they had just bought a company that did provide applications software). Does that ring a bell with anyone?

Zssfssz 05-03-2012 11:26 PM

Well the company's name is Microsoft not Macrohard.


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