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I bought this keyboard and mouse set when I was trying to improve my typing efficiency. At the time, I was writing 3 essays a week on an IBM T41 laptop without very many accessories. This product had come highly recommended by the salespeople (I was much less cynical then), so I took them on their word and bought it. Less than a year later, I have swapped both the keyboard and mouse for something newer.
Looks - this is a large piece of kit. I did not really appreciate how big until I took it out of the box. it is approximately 30cm wide and 45-50cm long - that's just the keyboard. The mouse is also quite big, but I suppose that is the point as it is supposed to sit comfortably under the hand. I have quite small hands, so found it a tad too big.
Performance - I was not too happy with the keyboard. The keys were soft, yes, but I felt that they were not quite responsive enough. They were a bit sticky, meaning if I typed too fast, a lot of letters got left out (contrast to my diNovo keyboard, where my typing efficiency is a lot higher). My laptop keyboard was better - I think that says something about it. The mouse was decent, but put it on any surface which is remotely bright (including a white matte desk), and it becomes very unreliable. I suppose that is the problem with optical devices. Still, if you do not have the luxury of space for a mouse pad, you might want to avoid this.
Connectivity - generally very good. I had it for a year and had no problems whatsoever.
Battery life - excellent. They keyboard batteries never needed changing. The mouse is a different story, however, with swaps needed every 2 months (in contrast to the year advertised).
Summary - don't waste your money... there are many better options out there.
This is a long-term review - I have had this keyboard and mouse combo for well over a year now, and as with paying near £100 for a laptop and keyboard, you expect a long-lasting investment.
The package includes the keyboard, the mouse and a Bluetooth dongle, along with a disc for the Mouseware software that comes associated with the product. Since when I bought this product, there have been many updates to the software, which controls the display on the keyboard, how the interfaces react within Windows...I would not use the supplied software on the disc, but instead go and download the latest version online - especially if you are on Windows 7 or Vista on 64-bit!
The mouse is the MX Revolution mouse - it has a laser pointer for extreme precision, but is only suitable for right-handed people. It has so many buttons on it, each programmable, you can map pretty much anything on to it. There is a scroll wheel on your thumb, and also a 4 way scroll well between the left & right mouse buttons.
The keyboard is wireless too , and has a small LCD display at the top. This can display the time, the music track your playing, the ambient temperature or even count how many times you hit a key. Although fancy, I rarely used this, and generally kept it on the temperature function. It too has programmable buttons. All this programmability will be wasted on most users though - not everyone will be looking in to the advanced preferences of a keyboard!!!
Build quality, both items are top notch. The mouse fits most hands brilliantly, and the keyboard is sturdy and the keys are nice to bash away on. A problem area though with the keyboard is that one of my feet broke, and on inspection they are a bit flimsy, which was a real shame.
This is a great mouse and keyboard combo, but is it worth £100? No. Do yourself a favour and save more money than I did - there are plenty of wireless options out there for a lot cheaper price, and almost as good. But if you want the best, this is right up there.
Having upgraded from a low end wired Logitech keyboard and mouse, I was expecting great things from this expensive cordless desktop combo. Firstly, the keyboard is a huge improvement over the previous one. The MX5500 keys are soft to press and very responsive. The shortcut keys work perfectly fine, some of which are customisable e.g. the "media centre" key I use as a shortcut for iTunes player. Battery life isn't too bad either. I've owned this for approximately one year and have changed batteries once.
There is also a digital display on the keyboard which you can scroll through so that it displays different pieces of information (some more useful than others) for example, the date & time, current song being played in the media player, total number key presses.
The revolution mouse is very comfortable to hold. The best feature about it is the automatic scrolling. Just flick your finger and it'll scroll automatically until the wheel comes to a stop. Perfect for long documents. It's also rechargeable so you never have to worry about replacing batteries for the mouse! It has a battery indicator that tells you the battery life as well.
I can't really think of much negative points about the keyboard. It's perfect for users who multitask on their computers however, it's not intended to be a gaming keyboard. So bare that in mind if you're planning to buy this keyboard and play games with.
The mouse is designed for right handers only. I don't have a problem myself, as I'm right handed - but there will be left handed users who would be better off with a different mouse completely.