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Logitech Cordless Desktop ITouch
Member Name: philmar
Logitech Cordless Desktop ITouch
Date: 30/09/00, updated on 30/09/00 (185 review reads)
Advantages: Uncluttered Desk
Disadvantages: Doesn't like being in close proximity to it's own kind
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.
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