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When wireless mice and keyboards came out they were all the rage, everybody wanted one. The main reason is that for people with PCs there were already too many wires at the back of the computer. And to try and find your mouse of keyboard cable to untangle it or to try and solve a problem was a nightmare. Not to mention you would move the mouse to a position only to let it go and have the tangled wire pull it back, so it is no longer where u need it, or worse still it falls on the floor.
The first thing that hits you about this product is that it's not just your standard keyboard. The black and silver finish really makes it stand out. With the mouse also matching the keyboard, it will add a bit of 'bling' to anyone's desk.
No more being tied to your chair being unable to move away because you don't have the freedom to move away a little and peek at who is shouting for you. Also great for times when you maybe don't have a desk. Now any surface can be your desk. Be it a coffee table or the floor. (So long as you stay in range of course)
For me this was the large downside to the wireless age. Not only would you be paying more to get this new found freedom, as they usually cost more than a simple keyboard. But the ongoing cost of consumables like batteries just wasn't worth it. Not to mention the mouse dying in the middle of your epic game battle or late night report writing. Meaning you have to go find new batteries before you can finish your task.
They are a great idea and were fun for a while, but it's much cheaper to just buy a plug in keyboard, maybe even pay more to get a longer cable length?
How many of you can lay in bed? (Is that everyone then?). How many of you can lay in bed and use something plastic that will protect you? (Those of you with a sexually perverted mind will answer yes to this question, every other normal person will not have a clue what I am on about!). I am of course talking about the piece of plastic being the wireless keyboard and mouse that I recently bought. I am able to lay in bed and operate my computer, hence staying well away from my screen, which have been proven to give out radiation, and best of all staying safe. I have only got a small room, with a small desk (and a small chair, a small wardrobe, a small shelf, a small radio. I could go on.And on. And on. And on. And on. But I will resist temptation and not go off on a tangent!). 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, that is if and when I can be bothered to do any work. I can keep them anywhere, the only bad thing about that being it is I have lost count of how many times I have lost the mouse. The keyboard, which is bigger, is proving harder to lose, but no doubt will be easier to find. The way wireless 'stuff' works (note the word stuff- it is simply shorter and quicker than writing keyboard and mouse, even though by doing this it was probably quicker just to write it in the first place). Anyhow, they work by converting key strokes and mouse movements/clicks into radio signals whihc are then transmitted and picked up by a receiver, which is connected to the usual keyboard and mouse ports on the computer. I was a bit optamistic on buying the Labtec keyborad and optical mouse package, because it was so cheap compared to other packages, where some mice alone were more than what I paid. However some reassuring words from my bank manager infor
ming me how skint I was, persuaded me to buy it. With this set, batteries are included, however they are the 'Novacell' make (i.e. the sort you pick up from the market, costing 50p for sixteen, and only last two minutes), so do not last as long as it says on the instructions. They claim batteries last '2 to 6 months depending upon usage' however I would halve this time. The only thing I suggest to improve battery life is to put some decent batteries in keyboard and mouse. The keyboard uses 2 AAA and the mouse 2 AA. Apparently there is a battery saving mode built in, but I have not noticed it yet. 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, it can be more like 2.5m or even 3!. The mouse is a female (it has no balls!) and is optical, so there is no build up of fluff on the ball causing the mouse to lose sensitivity (I just hate that problem, the same happens with pubes). They are very easy to install, simply plugging in the cables, starting up the computer and insertig the CD toinstall the software. To set up the hardware, it takes the pressing of four buttons, one after another. Hard, isn't it! The instructions are a little on the brief side, but adequate, as their ain't much to instruct about. Overall a cheap, neat little package that is great alue for money.