When Microsoft first announced the Wedge Touch mouse for Windows 8, plenty of people wondered whether the blunt, flipper-shaped device was actually practical. Its accompanying keyboard, meanwhile, looked unusually small, with a magnetized rubber cover that folded into a tablet stand. Depending on who you asked, it was bold, gimmicky, or both. Windows 8 is still months away, but I got a chance to try out the new $69.99 mouse and $79.99 keyboard.

While they’ll work almost anywhere, the keyboard has a row of custom Charm keys, and both are portable enough to be used on Microsoft’s new tablets. Is it worth the cost to experience Microsoft’s input devices of the future? Read on.