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This was my first wireless keyboard and mouse i've bought. Has all the benefits which a wireless desktop has, including an optical mouse. Can stretch to distances of 5m at the most if you're clear of obstacles. Very impressed with the mouse. Very precise, no lag. Comfortable with finger grooves. Responsive clicks and has a middle scroll button. Has an LED to warn you of low power. However, the mouse is rather bulky and slightly oversized for my liking. To add, the mouse has a red LED just in front of the middle mouse button wheel which flashes when clicks and movements are registered - which can be annoying. Positives for keyboard are that is has light and soft, but responsive keys. It has a row of useful function buttons and the bottom plastic edge is purposely extended to serve as an arm rest. There's also a red LED in the top left corner which flashes when keypresses are registered. The height is adjustable. As you progress from row to row starting from the bottom, they raise slightly (like ascending cinema seats), giving comfort when typing. Negatives for the keyboard are that it's rather bulky and thick, and even when it's not raised, it still feels quite high from the desktop. The plastic trimming around the edge also gives the illusion of bulkiness. The spacebar feels sturdy at first, but after a while it feels loose as you type, rattling on a centered pivot. The light can also be annoying, especially the colour and continually flashing. The main issue with the keyboard is the inability to send more than one keypress signal simultaneously. For example, when playing a first person shooter (such as Joint Operations or Halo where the direction keys are W-A-S-D), you find that you cannot do diagonal strafes because you can't press both W and A at the same time. Doing so results in a signal jam, and you find yourself jammed moving in one direction, even though you've released all the keys. You only stop when you cancel the signal by pressing a single key. I called Labtec support regarding this issue and was informed that the keybord was not capable of simultaneously sending more than one signal. Therefore, all first person shooter games I bought had to be played using a wired PS/2 keyboard. Overall, it's ideal for office use in tasks like web browsing, word processing, composing emails etc...but it's definitely not for gamers. Although the mouse may be adequate for softcore gamers out there because of it's precision.
I recently had an accident with my keyboard, and decided I would treat myself and buy a wireless version. I flicked through the Argos and found the Labtech Wireless Desktop Edge for only £14.99. This includes the keyboard, mouse, receiver and batteries. I have only got a small desk, so with a wired keyboard and mouse I was restricted and so had to keep them on my desk due to the wire, however with a wireless keyboard and mouse I can keep them wherever I want to, giving me more space to work on my desk. The way wireless keyboards and mice (is that the plural for a computer mouse as well???) work is by converting key strokes and mouse movements/clicks into radio signals which are then transmitted and picked up by a receiver, which is connected to the usual keyboard and mouse ports on the computer. The quoted distance they need to be away from the computer is 1.5m, however if there is a clear space between the keyboard and receiver, I have found it can be more like 2.5m or even 3!. The keyboard is very nice (stylish in black and silver) and includes 12 hot keys that let you access the Web, send e-mail, and play your favourite CDs, MP3 files, or DVDs - all with one-touch ease. The keyboard is slightly bigger, however, than a standard keyboard because of these extra buttons. The keys are nicely spaced and dont make too much noise (so I dont wake up my partner now when Im writing Ciao reviews in the early hours of the morning) The mouse is pretty robust but is a nice shape and fits well in the hand. I accidentally dropped the mouse down a flight of stairs and I thought for sure I damaged it, but plugged everything in and everything works perfect. The mouse is heavier, but from what Ive read, all the wireless ones are heavier. The mouse is a 3 button optical version (well 2 buttons and a wheel), so there is no build up of fluff on the ball causing the mouse to lose sensitivity They are very easy to install, simply plugging in the cables, starting up the computer and inserting the CD to install the software. The instructions are a little on the brief side, but adequate. The package is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP. The only downside I have found is that the batteries need replacing on a regular basis, so I now use rechargeable. Overall a cheap, neat little package that is great value for money.
The stylish Labtec Wireless Desktop Optical combines a wireless multimedia keyboard with a three-button wireless optical mouse to give you an unprecedented level of desktop freedom. Now you can surf the net, send e-mail, play your favorite music and make Web browsing easier! Sit back, relax and enjoy your new-found freedom from cable clutter!