Pros Fingerprint reader is very useful, keyboard is comfortable, 5 soft keys
Cons fingerprint reader sometimes fails to identify me, usb sometimes not usable for BIOS config
Pros Fingerprinting process appears to work quite well
Cons Fails the gummy bear "test"
Summary I personally would not recommend this for high security environments. Mild security arenas like at home would be sufficient, but anti-spyware setups should be established at the same time to avoid any security compromises on the PC itself (like keyloggers). The Microsoft software appears to cache web ID/passwords and the like on the hard drive, and any spyware could harvest this information and send it to a designated web site, unknown to the PC users.
Plus, I have read other reviews in which the fingerprint reader can be fooled by a gummy bear lifting the fingerprint from a glass (or other surface) and placing it on the reader. The scanning resolution does not appear to be high if this type of technique can fool the device.
Instead, I recommend using different set of strong passwords depending on the confidential nature of the data being accessed. The user should have a set pattern at each level, easy to remember, but at least 8 characters in length with special characaters embedded as part of the pattern. Keep a list of web sites which have passwords so that the user can keep track of his/her web site setup. Of course, passwords should not be written down and not based on any dictionary-type references.
"This is a fantastic device that will make your life easier, and save you a lot of time."on by UWGeneticsGuy
Pros 1) Easy to use. 2) Well designed keyboard layout. 3) Mouse has 7 buttons! 4) Fingerprint reading functionality saves a lot of time.
Cons There are no faults with this keyboard, however it would have been nice to see the wireless receiver (for the mouse) built into the keyboard itself.
Summary This is by far one of the most useful devices that I've encountered. I no longer have to waste time logging into programs, websites, or my computer itself. All with the scan of a fingerprint I have complete access to all 'login' required areas. The fingerprint reader is a time saver and so far neither I or my roommates have been able to fool the device into allowing anyone but me into my login restricted areas. We've done many things to trick it, but nothing has worked as of yet. The keyboard is designed very well and has many customizeable buttons that are actually placed in areas on the keyboard that you'd want them to be placed, particularly the volume control, and media buttons (which are located near the fingerprint reader) which you'll quickly begin using because they're situated in an area that you'd naturally want them to be in (not like other keyboards with the same functions). The included mouse is pretty nice also, with left and right click as well as center scroll, center click, conter vertical and horizontal scroll with left and right center clicks (which I haven't been able to use for anything but scrolling yet but I'm sure they can be assigned to some functions). By far this is the nicest keyboard I've used, and although it retails for $70, I bet you'll be able to find it for less if you look around online. Also, as you scan your fingerprint an oval surrounding the scanner will light up red, which adds a 'secret agent' type aura to the device.
Pros Manages website passwords well
Cons Cannot use to login to a domain.
Summary It would be great to be able to setup all accounts on a Win2003 domain to login using a fingerprint. Microsoft's ad for this product leads you to believe you can use this product for that need (not recommended but possible)- but in fact you cannot at all.