Keyboard and mouse combos aren't exactly rare in the world of PC peripherals; nor are wireless devices which connect to your computer remotely. So it comes as no surprise to see the Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 110 combine both qualities inside a single package.
The EX 110 uses wireless RF technology to connect both keyboard and mouse to your machine via a base station; the receiver sits unobtrusively on the desk ready to accept commands and sent them to your machine using USB and generic PS/2 connectors.
Thanks to this no-nonsense design, you are pretty much guaranteed a good quality connection between devices and desktop, so there's no need to concern yourself over signal loss and temperamental control protocols like Bluetooth.
While drivers and utilities are included on a CD, I found no need to use them, with both keyboard and mouse being detected automatically by my initial installation setup. That being said, I don't use the extra 'shortcut' keys which do require the software to be installed in order to work correctly.
I can also confirm that the Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 110 is suitable for use with a Playstation 3, and it's a worthwhile proposition if you find the on-screen entry system as much of a nightmare as I do. Not only does it make online-gaming more fun, but simple things like password entry and username registration go much quicker too.
It should come as no great revelation to find the keyboard is a fairly non-descript device. A standard full-size layout complete with Windows key and number pad means you're getting a standardised piece of kit.
The device runs on two AAA alkaline batteries that last a fair while before finally fading. After a simple sync with the base station you're ready to get going with minimal delay between keystroke and display.
On the plus side, the keyboard is remarkably lightweight and you can get many comfortable hours of typing done with the device sat on your lap. There's also stand-tabs on the bottom if you'd rather go more formal and sit at the desk, not to mention an additional wrist support add-on if you intend to spend all day at your PC.
Lastly, the keyboard is supposedly spill proof, meaning accidental flooding won't ruin the electrical connectors inside; I can't really comment on this feature as I've learnt from history not to drink and eat over my keys, but spill proof technology is still a welcomed addition.
The only real negatives come from range and build-quality, with neither being particularly impressive. You'll easily lose your connection if you sit more than a metre or two away from your base-station, and being of cheap construction you'll quickly find the rattling and creaking most off-putting. Still, for the price, they're complaints worth living with.
Of similar plain, plastic construction, the optical laser mouse runs on two AA alkaline batteries. Featuring a clickable scroll wheel and regular left/right mouse buttons, the standard arrangement feels firm if a little uninspired.
The shape and profile are a little more tapered than I'm used to, but it's still pleasing to use the mouse over large periods of time. While the battery life isn't as strong as the keyboard, it still spews out power for a few weeks without too much fuss.
Once again, the negatives are only really restricted to range and build quality. Predictably, it's the same problems here as it is for the keyboard; while I would complain too vigorously about the matter, it's still an unavoidable set of issues.
This is where the Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 110 comes into its own. As a package, the entire combination costs a little less than twenty pounds - an absolute bargain considering a wired duo of this quality could easily cost the same!
If you're looking to invest in a spare keyboard and mouse, or are hunting out a cheap replacement for your current setup, I'd be negligent in denying this attractive package for such a small initial outlay. My only advice would be to invest in a suitable charger with an appropriate mix of AA and AAA Ni-MH batteries; while disposable replacements aren't exactly an extraordinary expense, the cost will begin to mount up over time.
It's one of those cases where the sum outweighs the parts. While I'd be reluctant to recommend any of the components on their own (alternative devices would probably perform better in general), I'd happily recommend this 'all-in-one' wireless solution at such a reasonable price.
For the money, you're getting a solid act from both items and if, after a year or two, you feel it's time to upgrade to something more substantial, you won't feel disappointed having invested less than twenty quid total.
I originally bought this Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 keyboard and mouse for my Playstation 3 a few years back, however the distance between where I would have used the keyboard and where the USB receiver was positioned was too far and as such the keyboard gathered dust for a few more years. I have since used it in my room for my keyboard for my laptop/media setup - the laptop outputs to an external monitor and I'm using this wireless keyboard simply because I am too lazy to get up and use the inbuilt keyboard and mouse. It's easy to install and so far, after 2 and a half months of use the original batteries I installed still have juice inside.
__What's in the box?__
Well, inside the box there is a cordless optical mouse (plus 2 AA batteries); a cordless desktop EX110 keyboard (plus 2 AAA batteries); an RF receiver which is compatible with both USB and older PS/2 connectors (via adapter); an installation CD for SetPoint 4.0a and installation instructions with a 5 year warranty.
The keyboard: It's a relatively standard keyboard with a number keypad and a couple of additions:
-Media/shortcut buttons: These span the top and left side of the keyboard. To the left there is a 'back' button and a 'stop' button - mainly used in conjunction with a web browser. Along the top there are media buttons: a play/pause, stop, previous track, next track, volume control. Finally to the top right are shortcut buttons: mail, home and calculator.
-Function buttons: An F mode button toggles between multimedia keys and the F1-F12 keys.
Each key is built to last 5 million keystrokes and the keyboard is 'spill resistant' when 'tested with 60ml of liquid'. There are also two plastic stands which fold out on the underside if you want the ergonomic tilt when on a flat surface.
As for the build quality - the main 'keys' part are fine, however the additional media keys around the outside are not all properly fitted and sit poorly in the keyboard. The build quality of these keys is somewhat disappointing considering the fact that these additional 12 keys are not essential for the keyboard's function and are just there to enhance the functionality (I personally only use the volume control buttons). As such I am taking 2 points off the processing/quality section.
The mouse: It's a 3 button optical mouse with a typical scroll wheel incorporated with the middle button. Sadly no side scroll or additional features unlike other optical mice but it does the job. Seems to work an most surfaces - only reflective surfaces it seems to have trouble with. Compared to the mechanical ball mice: pros of optical - you can use it on uneven surfaces. Cons - you can't use it on reflective surfaces.
For the lack of features on the mouse, I have docked one star for the 'Variety of features' section.
The receiver: The RF receiver is compatible with both USB and PS/2 connectors, meaning it can work with any device that has been pretty much been built in the past 15 years. The 'dongle' part has three lights: Caps Lock, F Mode and Num Lock plus a connect button. The length of the cable is short - about 2m long and I use two USB extension cables so I can position the 'dongle' part close enough to where the keyboard and mouse are operating.
__Setting it up___
Instructions are easy to follow and basically involves plugging the cable in, installing the batteries and pushing a few buttons to pair the device. you can then install software to 'improve' your experience. This basically means activating the multimedia keys. This final part is optional. If you are looking for a basic keyboard the final step is unnecessary.
Using it is easy, the keystrokes are sent in the correct order and the battery life is great. I've used the same batteries for 10 weeks now on a regular basis and both the keyboard and mouse are still functioning. However, the range is limited to 5 metres or so - it is OK if you can position the dongle in the right place and have enough USB extension cables but ideally you could be given a longer cable. Most people with desktop set ups will be fine though. I have lost connection due to interference in the past - when the extractor fan is switched on I have needed to unplug the dongle and reconnect the USB cable. It isn't 100% reliable but in recent weeks I have not seen this problem reoccur. I am therefore taking off 2 stars: one for the disconnections when other electrical devices are turned on, another for the shortish range that didn't allow me to use the device with the PS3.
At a cheap price of £20 it does what it needs to do - be a keyboard and mouse. Battery life is excellent, reliability not so and the short cable is a downside as well if you are using the keyboard and mouse a fair distance from where the laptop/desktop is. The addition of these keyboard features has resulted in compromising build quality of these additional media keys while the mouse features are unspectacular. Don't expect top quality, but it does the basics correctly. Considering the price: 4/5 stars.
The EX110 is pretty much a budget wireless keyboard and mouse set and it's done the job for me so far.
The keyboard is... well, it's pretty much like any other desktop keyboard. I couldn't go without the shortcut buttons - it has media playback controls, browser navigation and shortcuts for internet, mail and oddly the calculator.
I haven't had any problems with the mouse either. Though if you're doing anything like photoshop work or something that requires precision it might be worth going for something else - as slow movements aren't always smooth.
With this thing being wireless it's ofcourse powered by batteries - which can be a little annoying. You know when the mouse runs out because goes 'jumpy' or stops responding entirely. As for the keyboard - usually it'll stop responding altogether.
This being said a normal non-rechargeable set of batteries (2xAA+2xAAA) do last both component for quite some time. Rechargeables don't last quite as long but I guess you're not disposing them at the end of the day.
On a final note it's worth noting the keyboard can be easily cleaned - bits of dirt fall inbetween the keys and whatnot like with any other keyboard. All you need to do is remove the screws on the base and remove the electronic PCB. The keys are fixed in so you can just submerge them in water and/or hoover them.
I bought this set as I needed a mouse and a keyboard and it seemed like good value at about £20.00. I am really pleased with it.
What you get is a wireless keyboard and mouse. The transmitter is a cute little arc of black plastic with lights to show each item is working, with a long cable to attach to the pc. The keyboard itself is black plastic, and lightweight. It's probably not especially tough, but it is more than adequate for normal use. They keys are strong and made a good sound.
The optical mouse is also black plastic, with 3 buttons (2 plus the scroll press).
Setting it up was really easy. The only slightly confusing thing for me was the extra buttons around the edge of the keyboard, as I had not had those before. There is a disc that comes with it, however, that helps set these up.
One thing I didn't realise at first (because I made assumptions!) is that the mouse and keyboard take different size batteries - AAA in the keyboard and AA in the mouse. They seem to last a good long time, however.
I have not had any problems at all with this set since I bought it - great value.
The range is pretty good, certainly having no trouble working across the room if necessary.
I bought this set when I saw it on offer at half-price in Tesco and I must say, having used it for about 3 months, it would have still been quite a bargain at the full price.
It consists of a keyboard, a mouse, a receiver, a software cd, and all the batteries you need to get started - which are 1 x AA battery for the mouse and 2 x AAA batteries for the keyboard.
It is very easy to set up; simply insert the batteries and plug in the receiver, which has one USB plug and one PS2 plug (you may need to restart your computer afterwards). My Vista machine even allowed me to start using it without installing the accompanying software - although you can't take advantage of all the function buttons until you do.
The software itself installed smoothly with no complications, but be aware that it will try to install a copy of the Yahoo toolbar if you don't uncheck the relevant box.
The mouse and keyboard both work right across the other side of my room from the receiver (about 10 feet away) and, while I had to replace the mouse battery after about 4 weeks to keep this range up, the keyboard is still on its original batteries.
The mouse does no more or less than you would expect it to, but the keyboard has several auxillery function keys dotted around the edge. Specifically, these are...
On the left:
Close (closes window)
Back (navigates back on browswer)
There is also an F Mode key that switches the standard function keys (F1 - F12) to a new set of functions, which include launching MS Office applications and Undo/Redo - although I haven't learned how to use these yet.
In summary, anything that costs less than £20 and allows you to sit in bed and answer your emails has to be worth evey penny.
I bought this set to replace a previous Logitech set that had stopped working. Managed to pick it up quite cheap from PC World. It is easy to set up, just plug in and away you go, or you can install the software that comes with it if you wish to change some of the one touch key functions. It comes supplied with batteries but I found that these didn't last too long. I have always had cordless sets due to fact that my PC isn't set up for wired keyboard or mouse. It has one touch buttons on it which are great - volume up and down, mute, email, internet, calculator, also buttons to work media player (play, stop, forward, reverse) are all along the top of the keyboard. At the left side of the keyboard there is a back button and a button which I wasn't sure about but I soon discovered that it closed programs down when my young grandson pressed it (I disabled this button). In all it is a pretty good set and good value for money. My only concern is that I am continually having to replace the batteries. I did try rechargable ones but it didn't work properly when I did this, was later told that rechargable batteries don't have the same power in them as alkaline batteries which is why you are advised not to use them. I have yet to find batteries that have given me a decent usage so I am seriously considering a usb keyboard and mouse.
When I bought my Logitech Cordless 1500 Rechargeable Desktop set I thought I had found the pinnacle of value for money in wireless technology. However, I was wrong. This set does not have a rechargeable base station for the mouse BUT it was half the price, a mere £15 from PC World. Apart from the mouse not having a base station I feel that the Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 has the same basic functionality and performs as well as the 1500. It had rave reviews on eBuyer and many other websites including dooyoo which did influence my purchase decision. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to do a comparison of the two sets.
As I find with all of Logitech's products they put real thought into the use of their products and this one is no exception. The mouse never gets tiring to use and the level of sensitivity on the keyboard is just right. The keyboard is also very light weight so it's fine to use on your lap. The mouse works on the vast majority of surfaces so you can get as comfortable as you like on the desk or couch or bed or wherever you want to use this.
I found that since this set has a smaller wireless transmitter than the 1500 I was able to put it up higher and more on display. This means that I actually get a better range of at least 4 meters! I think it is less sensitive to object placed in the direct path too since there are more opportunities for the signal to bounce off the wall when used in this way.
As with the 1500 the EX110 has incredible battery life in the keyboard- a few months on and it's still on the original alkaline batteries. The mouse batteries have now been replaced with rechargeable Ni-Mh ones and I have to charge them once every couple of weeks if I am using the computer a lot. The great thing about using this type of rechargeable battery is that they hold their charge so if I don't use the computer for a while the mouse still has the same running time left.
Most of the media buttons on the keyboard work straight out of the box on Windows XP for me but not all of them so you will need the CD if you want them all to work. Exactly the same connectivity as the 1500; long USB cable to the wireless transmitter but it does also have the PS/2 and all necessary adapters to not need USB at all. The fact that there is no mouse base station charger actually means fewer wires around your PC since no mains adapter is required.
This amazing keyboard was my first wireless when i picked it up for 20 pounds from my local store. At first i was wary because i struggled setting it up, and everytime it disconnects i still find it difficult getting it back up. Now, thats all the negatives out of the way. The Logitech Keyboard and mouse is brilliant and has a really nice design. It features buttons for your music, such as volume,play and next song. It also has buttons with microsoft office buttons to easily open them, and for you with a lot of friends there is a mail button for quick access. The mouse is small and sterdy, and is easily used with infrared. The keyboard and mouse can work from very far away, which is a bonus if your not near your computer. The wireless is also very good, and i rarely have any problems with it. Love This.
I am now on my second cordless keyboard in as many months.
The good news is that the Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 is the good guy, not the villain of the piece.
I've been building a Media Centre PC, i.e. using a 'freebie' desktop base unit that I'd come by for services rendered* as the donor system, hiding it behind my Panasonic panel TV.
(*Don't even ask)
Well partly just because 'I can' and know how to, and partly because, now equipped with a TV capable of acting as a PC monitor, either via its HDMI or VGA inputs, I can now watch 'catch-up' TV like BBC iPlayer or 4-On-Demand via a full-sized 37" 16:9 screen rather than huddle round a more normal PC.
I can also now grab programmes from my Freeview recorder, via its USB port and turn them into DVDs on the media PC, courtesy of its DVD burner.
I can also slob-out and surf from the sofa, and that's when the trouble started.
First attempts to sit away from the TV i.e. at a normal viewing distance on the sofa were thwarted by the exquisite-looking but ineffective Toshiba cordless keyboard about which I'm straining to write.
Having resigned myself to wasting the 30 quid spent on it, I resolved to spend less on its replacement. It was in Tesco's that I spotted the Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 110 selling for a very reasonable £19.95 (beating Amazon's price by a staggering £30). The only major difference (apart from hopefully working properly!) was the fact that it was a tad less stylish, and sported a separate optical mouse, not a built-in mousepad.
Unpacking it revealed the keyboard, the mouse, two sets of batteries (well mine had one as I'd not spotted the fact that the carton had been opened by some light-fingered so-and-so), a software CD-ROM and the transmitter/receiver that plugs into the PC and fools it into thinking that a mouse and a keyboard are physically 'there'.
To be honest there's hardly anything to it. You plug in the mouse and keyboard leads from the transmitter. The mouse comes with an adapter so that it can be either a USB or a PS/2 connection, whereas the keyboard is strictly 'PS/2'. Making sure that the batteries are installed, you boot up the PC and....well, that's about it really. The instructions tell you how to tune the mouse and keyboard to the transmitter, but mine worked first time, out of the box.
It's worth planting the transmitter/receiver where you can see it as it carries LED reminders for the CAPS and NUM locks - there are none on the keyboard to help preserve its batteries for actual keystrokes.
The CD-ROM doesn't really do much except take ages to install. Adjustments to the mouse speed and double click can still be made in Windows Control Panel without it, and since it will also run using standard Windows drivers, you have to ask yourself why you need something that can check for new Logitech drivers.
PERFORMANCE - SOFA SO GOOD
The salient point is; would it work ten feet away on the sofa?
Yes it would, unlike its predecessor.
In fact it will work so far back from the telly that you can't even see what you've typed, which to my mind leaves it plenty of latitude for weakening batteries and the like.
I've liked optical mice since they were invented. I've tested some under the most trying of conditions - like on a table of a First Great Western High-Speed Train, strewn with coffee puddles and blueberry muffin crumbs! The Logitech one won't be subject to anything like such an arduous assault course, but the fabric of the sofa is plenty for it to track the fact that it's on the move. Even your trousered leg works as a mouse mat.
The mouse has most of what you'd want. Three buttons (the third being a press on the scroll-wheel), and the ability to hold a web page and float gently down it giving you time to read.
The full 105-key keyboard has all the usual extra Microsoft add-on keys, like the Windows start-up key and so on. You can take short cuts straight to your default e-mail client and browser and control basic DVD/CD playing functions, including sound levels.
The keys are standard UK layout with the Euro symbol available from a combination of the right-hand 'ALT' and '4' buttons. The keys press like 'real office' ones, not those found on a laptop. Design is compact with none of the more usual spare 'flesh' around the edges which suits me fine. After all, this is to be a glorified 'remote control', not an ergonomically-designed wrist-saver.
The build quality seems fine. Yes it creaks if you twist it, but then so does my Microsoft keyboard on my main PC.
The all black appearance won't suit everyone but when placed in front of the TV waiting to be used, it looks like a 'proper' accessory.
All in all, a good purchase, especially at that price.
The Logitech EX110 is great value for money.
People have told me that it's cheaply made and plasticy! (Is that even a real word ?!)
People fail to realise what they pay for is what they get. As far as i'm concerned this is a great keyboard and mouse. The mouse fits comfortably in my hand and I was able to touch type on the keyboard with no errors with the first use! It just seems to mold and become part of my hands!
The mouse takes two AA batteries and the keyboard uses two AAA batteries. It ships with Duracells anyway, so no need to worry about buying batteries.
The wireless reciever is sleek, stylish and sits on the desk very nicely. It has two PS/2 connectors for both keyboard and mouse, or if you are using a laptop, it also comes with a USB connector to work both!
It was pre-programmed on it's own wireless frequency so I didn't need to mess around with trying to get the mouse and/or keyboard to work!
The keyboard also comes with Macro buttons to quickly open Word and Excel etc. You can also program up to four of your own!
I'm going to keep this nice and short.
I brought this Wireless Keyboard and Mouse set quite some time ago (1-2 yrs actually) and at the time it was priced at around about £15-£25, pretty much the same as it is today.
Logitech are a big BRAND and tend to have a good reputation with their PC accessories and peripherals.
This wireless set is still functioning pretty much the same since the day I got it. Both the keyboard and Mouse are constructed to be pretty tough and look very good especially if have a dark colored PC to go next to.
Into more detail: The Keyboard and Mouse are pretty much constructed of the same stuff. Most of the keyboard is made up of pretty hard, black colored, grained plastic.
The thing that sticks out for the Keyboard & Mouse is the aesthetically pleasing shiny plastic lining at the top of them, you can see this from looking at the photograph.
Another win for the set would be the various media buttons, dotted along the left and upper hand side of the Keyboard. They are pretty nice to the touch and are colored silvered, which compliments the style.
The mouse feels pretty hard and well constructed & has no rubber ball
, which increases its precision. When I first used it was very sensitive to the movement of my hand but this can be adjusted on the computer.
The Mouse, I think is the biggest problem. Unlike the keyboard which uses 2 AAA batteries, the mouse on the other hand uses 2AA batteries. It tends waste energy within a week, while the keyboard takes MONTHS to drain the batteries (and there smaller!).
This is quite problematic if don't have any rechargeable batteries on hand.
The mouse also seems a bit hard because its made out of the same stuff as the keyboard but at this price it would be expected.
Though that isn't a big problem.
I think this is a great cheap Wireless Set. If your looking for something to carry around the room and if you have a set of rechargeable AA batteries for the Mouse, I would recommend this to you.
Overall it functions very well, and is very aesthetically pleasing.
I seem to have a problem with keyboards - I seem to be able to wear down the letters on the frequently used keys fairly quickly. That is OK if I am always using the keyboard but it can be quite hard if I offer to let someone use my laptop as you can't always see which letters are which. Because of that I thought it might be a good idea to invest in a wireless keyboard to use with the laptop so off I went to the Amazon site to do some shopping.
The Logitech EX110 keyboard is actually a wireless keyboard and mouse which Amazon were selling for a modest £16.99. It has quite a lot of features including One-Touch Controls which enable you to access music, video, volume, email, internet and more. It also has Programmable F-Keys which you can set to open favorite applications, sites or files. They also claim it has a "Spill-Resistant Design" to protect the keyboard from accidental drips or splashes.
The mouse which is bundled in the package is a Quick-Response Optical mouse with Scroll Wheel to help you page through documents with ease.
To use this keyboard and mouse you need:
Pentium® processor or compatible
Windows® 98, 2000, ME, XP, or Vista
1 USB port or 2 PS/2 ports
I placed my order and the box duly arrived containing:
Logitech® cordless keyboard
Logitech® cordless optical mouse
Compact USB - PS/2 RF receiver
2 AA and 2 AAA alkaline batteries
CD with software, comfort guidelines and help center
Quick Start Guide
USB to PS/2 adapter
It was simplicity itself to set up and within minutes I was happily using my new keyboard and mouse. I didn't realise that you could get keyboards which could be used for much more than typing. My Logitech keyboard has a number of shortcut keys and controls.
Most keyboards have what's called an F-row at the top of the keyboard. Because most people rarely use these keys, Logitech decided to map these keys to popular applications, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel® and Internet Explorer®. All I need to do with my new keyboard is one press of a key to do anything from a Web search to an Internet call. To use these shortcuts all I need to do is hold down the Alt key (near the space bar) and press the F-key associated with the desired application.
There are also a number of hot keys, including zoom controls, a calculator launch button and even keys designed specifically for Microsoft Windows Vista features. I just love the ease of opening the calculator in one press of a key and the ability to program keys to suit my needs - I don't have MS Word on my laptop much preferring the free OpenOffice software to MS.
Would I recommend it?
Yes I would if you want a wireless keyboard and mouse at a reasonable price. It was simple to install and is easy to use and the keyboard is relatively quiet in operation. It isn't quite a stylish as the Logitech Wave keyboard which I use at work but it is a great product for the price.
Only time will tell if I manage to wipe the letters of these keys as well!