Fed up with your wires getting tangled? Want some more freedom around your PC? Well folks, I've got just the thing for you! I bought a Logitech I-Touch cordless keyboard & mouse setup recently as I was fed up with being restricted to sitting directly in front of my PC. I have a big leather reclining chair & there's nothing more relaxing than putting your feet up & relaxing with your keyboard on your lap. It beats sitting up straight all the time & getting a sore back! On a recent trip to the local branch of PC World (sorry for swearing!) I decided to have a look at their range of cordless keyboard & mouse sets. There were about five sets to choose from, 1 from Packard Bell which just looked cheap & cheerful & didn't have any extra function keys or the likes, 1 from Microsoft, but it didn't take my fancy, a couple of others that were cheap looking & the Logitech I-Touch. I compared all products for price, functions & the likes & the I-Touch from Logitech came out tops each time. Fair enough, the I-Touch was the most expensive at £70, but I think that it's worth it for quality & extra functions. Anyway, I bought the I-Touch & set off home with my new toy! Once home I unpacked everything & laid out the various components, 4 x AA pencil batteries, 2 x AAA batteries, keyboard, mouse, palm rest, remote sensor & software CD. The instructions were easy enough to understand & I followed them carefully, putting the AA batteries into the keyboard, the AAA batteries into the mouse, attached the palm rest & laid out the remote sensor. The next step was to boot my PC & remove the drivers for my Microsoft keyboard & mouse, before switching off & connecting the remote sensor. Attaching the remote sensor can be done in any of 2 ways, using the keyboard & mouse ports at the back of the PC or by using the keyboard & a free USB port at the back of the PC. There's a USB to PS2 converter to help you out. With
everything connected up I booted the PC & installed the software & everything was detected & worked first time. The keyboard has Internet function keys (9 of) which are all preconfigured, but all can be reconfigured via the I-Touch software quite easily. You also get 8 multimedia function keys that are preconfigured, but can't be reconfigured. All the same though, the media buttons are handy enough & will save you some time. I find that the keys are quiet & that there's not much of a clicking noise when you use a key. The keyboard is also very light & very comfortable to use. The mouse is comfortable enough & can be used by left or right handed people. It's got 2 buttons a wheel, all of which can be reconfigured via the Mouseware software. I have to admit though, that this is a cordless ball mouse & not optical, which is my only problem with the set. I've been using an optical mouse for a long time now & wasn't sure about using a ball mouse again, but it works well enough. In a few weeks I'll be trading in the mouse for one of Logitech's cordless optical mice as I prefer them to the ball mice. Colour wise, the mouse & keyboard are a little better than the usual cream coloured ones. This set was cream & blue & the remote sensor is a transparent navy blue, which is nice enough. I've been playing about seeing how far away from the PC I can use the keyboard & mouse & so far I've managed a 10foot distance & still had full control over my PC. It's always handy to know that you can sit a fair distance away from your PC & still be able to control it! Overall marks have to be about 7 out of 10. I would have given higher marks if it had not of been for the ball mouse that was included. Given the choice I would have spent a bit more & had an optical mouse included as I prefer them entirely. All the same, I can't fault the keyboard as it's light, full sized & comfortable to
use. I did find that there's a new version of both the Mouseware & I-Touch software available for download from the Logitech UK site: (http://www.myitouch.com/gbr/support.cfm) Anyway, this is a good investment for most people who use their PC a lot or who want more freedom when using it! Check out the Logitech website to see the keyboard & read about all of its features & the likes. http://www.logitech.com/cf/products/productoverview.cfm/103) Thanks for your time! Tom Happy new year everyone!
Take a look at your keyboard, if is a decade old and has a cable then read on...... I purchased this cordless keyboard and mouse for around £70, and I have to say every penny was was worth it. It works by using digital radio technology and can be used up to 2 meters away from your PC. Although I have found it working up to 5 meters away. Even though the mouse and keyboard come in the same box you would expect the receiver unit to use a single USB port, but you need a spare port for each device. When you tear open the packaging you will find a very high quality keyboard, which you would expect for this kind of money as well as a fairly good mouse. The let down for the mouse in my opinion is that it uses the old technology of a roller-ball on the underneath, and not the new technology of the optical laser sensor. But I suppose this would have inflated the price further or Logitech would have had to compromise on some of the other features. Having the freedom of no cables is a great pleasure, this means that you can now do your work anywhere, in bed in the loo, or at the dinner table (providing your PC is close by.) There a range of feature on the keyboard that let you navigate your computer with a windows shut down button, mute, volume up+down, CD/DVD navigation and open program buttons. But it lacks internet browser functions such a back, forward, etc. But this is incorporated into the mouse, How? I hear you ask, well by pressing the middle button will bring up a menu for browsing the net efficiently. A major let down, when you first use the hardware is that you find out there aren't any LED's on the keyboard that would normally indicate a pressed Caps Lock, etc. Instead you can have 3 icons in the bottom right of the start bar. This is irritating and makes your desktop messy. (Well I'm fussy, anyway.) Logitech have been kind enough to provide you with four batteries. Two for each peripheral so you
can literally plug and play out of the box. I hope I have convinced you that you are in need of a hardware update. Go on treat your self.
I have had this keyboard and mouse for about one and a half years now, and it has made my life a lot easier. If you have two PCs but don't want the desk cluttered with keyboards, this is a must have. Just buy a switch box that has sockets for keyboard, mouse and monitor and you can run both units with just one mouse, keyboard and monitor. There is one problem when doing this. The wiring inside the green PS2 adaptor socket is wired differently to all other types of gender changer. When plugging it straight into the PC it doesn't matter because the drivers handle everything, but when routing through a switch box, the wiring gets mixed up and dosen't work. The only way you can get it to work is to get another Logitech socket from a friend who dosen't need theirs because logitech don't sell them separately in England as I found out by contacting them through their website. For this reason you need to treat these adapters like gold dust, because if you lose them and later find that you need them (eg when you get a new PC), you can't buy them again. I am a heavy user of my PC and I find that I have to change the batteries in the mouse every other month, which can be a pain in the wallet. Make sure you use branded batteries as super market own brands last only about a month. (I have started using energiser and they seem to perform well in this unit). The other big advantage of this piece of equipment, however, is that you can use the keyboard and mouse at a distance from the computer, so you can work from your armchair or bed if your PC is in your bedroom. Just change the screen resolution to 640X480 so you can see what you are doing. All in all, if you generally buy things to make life easier, you can't go far wrong with this and if you are a heavy internet or just PC user, you will not regret spending this ammount of money.
Logitech has put a new interface on one of the oldest computer peripherals of all and in the process has created a game player's dream board.. ********** If you use a keyboard/mouse combo to play games, then you know that no specialty controller, or multi-buttoned joystick really compares to the flexibility of your keyboard, matched up with the fast and intuitive feel of a good mouse. Now Logitech has one-upped that venerable combination with the iTouch and it's advantages are so obvious that you have to wonder why no one has thought of enhancing such an integral part of the gaming experience before now. When I need to stop in the middle of play, no longer do I have to hunt through each different game's menu for the proper way to Pause that game. When I am being called to do such mundane real word chores as say, take out the trash, I simply use the Suspend button to put my system to sleep instantly, I used to have to alt/tab, or dig down through dreary menus to get to my volume controls, but with the iTouch I can turn up the Volume or Mute instantly with a single touch. I have a multitude of speakers hooked up through my computer, so the iTouch also allows me to play, pause, stop and move through tracks on my audio CDs with that same one touch ease of operation. Besides the fact that it hooks up to the standard PS/2 ports, the iTouch also doubles as a dual port USB hub. I used to constantly reach around the back of my computer to hook and unhook joysticks, gamepads, etc. Now, I simply plug what I want to use into one of the very convenient USB ports on the keyboard itself and my computer recognizes the device automatically. ********** The unit is a tad pricey at £80 !!! ********** Another point in this keyboard's favor are the four extra buttons in the upper right hand corner of the board, which can launch any of your favorite internet applications from e-mail to sear
ch engines. This is not a mechanical keyboard, but the keys feel quick, without any of the sponginess that can throw you off when you are trying to pop through commands in the middle of the action. The layout of the standard keys is very typical, but with nice little touches, like placing the Backslash key above the Return. Bottom line, the Itouch is a bit pricey, but anything that does such a good job of taking the hassle out of my gameplay is worth every penny.
Have been using the cordless mouse and keyboard for the past 9 months and kept having Win 2000 crash on me. Checked the graphics card and monitor and nothing made sense, until Logitech informed that due to the crashes on Win 2000 it would better to use the latest software available on their website. By that time after endless crashes, my harddisc had become corrupted with a number of faulty files and was advised by by IT Manufacturer to format the disk and start again. By this time I had lost 7GB of important graphic files - most of which I had backups to, but have lost about 3GB permanently - and now have to spend the next two weeks reconfiguring the system again
Fairplay, this is one seriously nice bit of kit! No more wires!! No more restricted mouse movement, no more trying to sellotape the mouse cord under the table to give more slack! No more yanking the keyboard & mouse cables in an attempt to reposition it!! You get the picture! I bought mine fairly recently at the bargain price of £57.57 from dabs.com (quicklink: G6FWS) and was firstly surprised to find that the better mouseman curvy style mouse included rather than the one shown on this dooyoo page – it’s the one that comes with the pro version & that silly shaped keyboard (which luckily you don’t get – I hate them!). I notice dabs.com have updated their site to reflect this now. The first things I should point out if you’re considering buying are… - Somewhat obviously, it’s gonna require batteries – which obviously will need replacing at some point, so make sure you have 2 AA & 2 AAA batteries spare! - The keyboard doesn’t have any LED lights for Caps, Num etc Locks – instead they are displayed on the taskbar tray (along with another 3 icons which you’ll probably want to disable as it just clutters up the taskbar). This isn’t that much of a problem – but you soon realise just how much you did look at the LED’s before!! - If your are used to turning on your computer via the keyboard, this one doesn’t support it – that was a bit of pain for me as my PC box is hidden away out of site! So does it work well? Yes – in fact it works flawlessly! You have a receiver box which plugs into the mouse & keyboard ports or USB ports. The receiver itself can be tucked away under your desk or something – nicely out of sight & the range is pretty good, I can use mine anywhere in the room, even the next room (useful!). The keyboard is very good quality & the mouse, although takes some getting used to, soon become
s a can’t do without – it fits the hand perfectly & has a very useful fourth (side) mouse button which (as with all the others) you can set to do various things, i.e. Double click, minimize all applications etc etc. Of course, I’m now forever loosing my mouse!!! And I have a habit of dropping it! Still, at a little under £60 for this it’s a bargain & a darn classy bit of kit – I love it (just in case you hadn’t twigged!).
What fool would pay eighty quid for a keyboard and mouse? Me! Not for any old keyboard and mouse though, only the Logitech itouch package. While I admit eighty quid is a bit steep the old saying "You get what you pay for" definitely holds true for input devices. This particular set up is cordless meaning virtually no wires cluttering up your workspace. I say virtually because the base unit for transmitting and receiving still needs to be plugged into the sockets on your computer, it has about a meter of wire so that it can be tucked away under your desk or where ever you like. All of the devices are run on battery power, 2 AA's for the keyboard and 2 AAA'S for the mouse. I've had them since before last Christmas and have never had to replace the batteries in the keyboard though I have had to replace them twice in the mouse. I don't know whether this is because of the way I use the computer, the size of the batteries or just the way they are designed. The beauty of Logitech's set up is that it is radio and not infra red which means the devices don't have to be in line of sight with the base unit, a friend of mine has a transmitter for his video card to the TV downstairs and he just takes the keyboard and mouse downstairs to use the computer to watch DVD's on his TV, this was what finally convinced me buy :@). The build quality is excellent and the mouse has the best design I've ever used, a good weight and solid feel. The keyboard has some multimedia buttons along the top, there are the music control buttons along with some internet navigation buttons. I have to admit I don't use these very much, which has more to do with my computing habits than any flaw with the equipment. This set up is great if like me you continually have more than one computer knocking about, you can just put them away on a shelf somewhere and leave your desk clear to work on. I have only ever had one problem, that was w
hen the mate mentioned earlier came over for a networked game session. My keyboard and mouse didn't like being used near his, they come with 2 radio channels which you can change at the press of a button but this didn't seem to help. I ended up going back to the old corded keyboard and mouse. This and the price are the only drawbacks that I can see, so if you've got some dosh burning a hole in your pocket which you're itching to spend this comes highly recommended.
I have not had my cordless mouse and keyboard for longer than 1 month but I can already recommend it to everybody. The system uses radio waves to transmit your input, thus enabling you to move your keyboard and mouse around freely. There is no need of line-of-sight contact like there is with some infrared-based systems. Place the radio receiver somewhere away where it doesn’t disturb you. The manual mentions, though, that the receiver should be away from other electronic devices and I had to move my receiver away from to computer to get optimum performance. The mouse has three buttons and a wheel (that can be pushed down as well making it a fourth button). All buttons as well as the wheel can be assigned many different tasks. Make your surfing easier by assigning back and forward or make your word-processing easier by assigning cut/paste. Not only is the keyboard sleek and elegant, it is also very functional with its 12 extra buttons. Use them for accessing your favourite web sites, controlling your CD or DVD, adjusting the volume or to put your computer into stand-by mode. The keys are pushing down on a thin foil making the typing resistans in the keyboard to be low. You’ll feel the difference after hours of typing. I also had a chance to try out Logitechs customer service. After one week, both the keyboard and the mouse ceased to work. After a short call to the customer service, we found out that I had made a silly mistake and in 5 minutes, the equipment was working again. Good work customer support :-)
Ive now had my Logitech Cordless Desktop iTouch for 5 months and I can honestly say its one of the best buys Ive made in months, You shouldnt pay more than £65 for the Keyboard & mouse package. I use my pc LOTS and my mouse batteries only went last week, the keyboard is still fine. I no longer get my mouse caught on thongs and my keyboard sits on my knee (like now) when I type....FREEDOM!!. The multimedia hot buttons are pretty useful if you play music on your pc and the hot web buttons are cutomisable.