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      15.07.2008 04:46
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      if your unsure, get it, and you can always use your old mouse if you are as clumsy as me!

      this is an excellent keyboard all in all.

      I have to admit buying this on a whim, I bought it because it looked good. Its black with sliver-matt buttons at the top of the keyboard, and the mouse is hold friendly, buttons everywhere and you dont get cramp as a result from using it.

      There are different parts to the keyboard, the keyboard itself, which takes 2 aa batteries, the mouse, also takeing 2 aa batteries and the connection tool which plugs into your computer and means everything works wirelessly. Its all very comfortable to use, with a detachable wrist strip, moulded mouse shape and buttons which are easy to reach.

      On the keyboard, there are keys for just about everything on your desktop, from the scroll button, play/stop/rewind/ffrd/pause, messenger, webcam... I wont go into too much detail here, its easy to see from the box or websites you visit where its sold. All work seemlessly with my computer system (dell and vista)

      The bad points are:
      the batteries! in the mouse, they do seem to get eaten up at an alarming rate, if I get the extra power duracell type, (m-3 or something) they last about a week, maybe a week and a half, so I end up haveing to take them out after every use which is a pain and easy to forget. On the plus side, the keyboard batteries seem to last for ages, I only changed mine after about 10 months! and I use my computer for about 8 hours every single day. - dont ever need to take the batteries out of the keyboard.

      The keybaord is a very smart black. This can mean alot of cleaning, dust really shows up but its not such a hassel to clean if you flick out all the keys and clean that way.

      The wrist support is hard plastic, this is still more comfortable then nothing, but not as good as a softer comfort strip would be.

      I also have another issue with the mouse, the buttons are easily pressed, a mixed blessing, its very easy to knock the mouse on the side and loose the page you are on by going backwards, irritating if you have just been typng!

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        24.01.2005 18:44
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        Well I was sitting here trying to think up a title for this masterpiece and nothing was coming to mind. Then little piglet came running in and decided it was time she had some attention, so up she jumped onto the desk and right across my lovely new wireless desktop. It seems cats are no respecters of state of the are computer kit, which is a shame, but at least it gave me a title :D

        Okay, this is going to be quite simple, the Logitech MX wireless bundle consists of 3 parts. One wireless optical mouse, one wireless keyboard and one radio base station/mouse recharger. Okay, please bear with me while the cat gets put outside, otherwise this wont ever get done… boy did I get a look then. Anyway, as I say, 3 parts, ill go into detail on them now, here we go…

        Okay, all your kit is wireless, but you still need some way of sending the data back to your pc. This is were the little base station/mouse cradle comes in. Its quite a small little cradle that has its own power supply and has 2 connectors coming from the back which plug into the mouse and keyboard inputs of your lovely computer. Don’t panic though, you can put the cradle at the back of your desk and there it will sit without a problem. It has a little connect button on the front which you press and then press the connect button on the mouse and keyboard, this locks the devices to each other so it gets the right signal. It also has the caps lock and number lock lights on it, which is a little weird for those of us used to the num lock/caps lock light being on the keyboard itself. Its fine though, so don’t worry, you will get used to it. Okay, as well as being the base unit to receive the wireless signals, its also the mouse recharger. Yep, no more batteries for you! This baby will power the mouse up to keep it running without a hitch, more on the mouse later. That’s about it for the base station/cradle. It looks nice though, all colour co-ordinated in black and silver and is small enough to not be intrusive on your desktop. It might be handy though to place it away from other electrical devices if possible and also to try not to block it behind anything so it can get the signal. Saying that, ive never lost the signal on either device, even when moving them a few metres away.

        The fun bit now, the mouse! Oh yep, this is a lovely little baby, wireless, optical and re chargeable! Does it get any better? Im sure you all shouted “no!!” as I did… Oh dear, I should get some help. Anyway, the mouse is the trusted Logitech mx700 which has a solid reputation already as a good all round mouse, even for gaming. Once again it looks the part in sleek black and brushed silver, but if your someone who buys computer stuff on looks then I probably wont like you anyway. Okay, the details, it has 8 configurable buttons, one being the scroll wheel. There are two side buttons which are set as back and forward in your web browser, much handier to navigate through your pages and you will soon get used to it. As I said, all the buttons can be configured to your needs and you can set the scroll wheel line number etc. Its all very nice, the buttons are well placed, but you would expect that. Being optical, you don’t need your mouse matt anymore! Very nice, but be aware that it may have problems on glass or shiny surfaces, but otherwise you should be fine. It’s a very responsive mouse, the optical sensor is very fast and is very good for windows. I also play games with it, half life2, counter strike source etc. and I haven’t had any problems with lag. It glides smoothly over the surface and is a joy to use and im sure you would like it as well. The batter life is good, I haven’t yet had it run out, but it’s a good idea to get used to putting it in its dock while its not being used for any length of time. It also switches itself off when its not used, so it wont power down.

        The whole kit is colour co-ordinated, the keyboard is mainly black but has the brushed silver on the buttons and a main central dash. Again, it has no cord, so you can move it around and about! Unlike the mouse though, it does require batteries. Which is a shame, but I guess making the keyboard rechargeable was just too much of a headache and may not work. So far though I haven’t had to replace the batteries, but I do keep a pack of AA batteries in the desk though to be safe when it does happen. Well it’s a multimedia keyboard, which means you can control your music player from it as well with the usual play, stop, mute etc. buttons. Maybe useful for some, but I never got used to them on any keyboard. It also has the usual buttons for loading up your email or websites and such. It used the Logitech itouch software which allows your to re configure any of the buttons to your own needs. Those on slower systems, or no desire for the extra functions, may wish to turn this off to save system resources. It also has a little scroll wheel on the left, just like on the mouse and this can be configured to do many things like scroll through your music tracks, raise the volume or scroll through documents like the main scroll wheel. You can also have an F-lock key which when pressed gives the Function (f1 f2 etc.) keys an alternative use, such as save print etc. Might be handy for someone! The keyboard is general very good, the keys are nice and responsive and the wrist rest, like with most keyboards, is fine. Cant fault it!

        Overall it’s a very good package, the mouse is excellent and the keyboard is very good. Range seems fine, although I haven’t tested it fully, a few metres is the most I have used it so far. If your tired of getting snagged on wires then this should be something you should have a look at, the mouse is very good and its nice not having to worry about batteries for it. For gamers, this kit is also fine, although I would still think if you’re a hardcore CS player then a wired setup may be better. For the rest of us, well we can enjoy it, although maybe better for dog owners ;)

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          22.10.2004 16:05
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          The second you open this box you'll gasp at what your eyes behold.

          The Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse set looks sexy in an ultra-modern black and silver design.

          This set is good looking and works well. The keyboard has multi-functionality and the hot keys can be re-assigned to suit your needs, whatever they may be.

          The mouse works from more than 3 inches away, which is a nice bonus with a wireless set. In fact the mouse works beautifully although with the set price at nearly £100, is the mouse enough to buy the set for?

          Well, obviously not, no but that doesn't mean the whole set isn't worth it. The keyboard is pretty darn good too. There have been some minor complaints of a slight lag, but I haven't experienced any real difficulty with it.

          There are downsider to this which make it difficult justifying paying the asking price when there are more effective keyboard/mouse sets than this for the same or better still less money.

          The keyboard doesn't actually have the usual Function Lock, Caps Lock or Scroll Lock indicator lights. They are there, but they're on the receiver and it's probably just as quick to try typing than to look at the led.

          Whilst you can change the functions, you obviously can't change the labels on the buttons which are labelled as the original function.

          The mouse will need recharging every couple of days, but that's got to be better than keep buying batteries hasn't it?

          The set is compatible with Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows XP but again there has been trouble for some with getting this to work with Apple MacOS X.


          All in all, this set would be worth the money if it was more like £50-£60 instead of £100. The mouse is a dream, but there are minor gripes with the keyboard and for this money you don't want gripes, even minor ones.

          My advice? Look for something a little cheaper or wait for the price on this one to drop a little.

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            23.06.2004 21:29
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            To star of With Lets star with the cool looking keyboard. With its Black and silver finish looks extremely good with any desk or pc environment it also has the programable internet shortcut button and volume controls with the media player interface this is one amazing keyboard. Not only does it have all this cool stuff but it also has the excellent Logitech cordless technology which is by far the most reliable it also has a great distence with it. Ok the only thing that lets is down is the fact that you have to use batteries but that doesn?t seem much of a problem as I have not had to change the batteries on mine for almost 5 months and the batteries are still going strong. The mouse is also an amassing piece of art work. It is one of the most comfortable mice I have ever used and I have used a few mice in my time. On the down side it is slightly heavy but well worth buying. It has the useful programmable shortcuts just like the keyboard. The thing that impressed me about the mouse was the recharger that came with it although the set is costly you save quite a bit by not having to buy batteries every other week, This Set Is the best wireless set out on the market and well worth the money I have bought one of these for each of my computers and would recommend this product and Logitech to any one who is looking to buy a keyboard and mouse set. This is my first review so and comments would be well recived.

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              07.02.2004 06:53
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              Functions ======= The array of functions included in this combo is insane. Each aspect of daily has been deal with time-saving function keys and shortcuts. Firstly there is a scroll wheel identical to the one found on the mouse which can be programmed to do a number of tasks including normal scrolling, switching applications, changing between folders and a number of others. Below that there are two buttons, one functions as a ?Back? navigation button and the other is the ?Go? button which reveals a small dialog box allowing you to type in a URL which will be loaded in Internet Explorer. Secondly there is the ?Media Centre? area of the keyboard which includes a scrolling wheel for volume, a master mute button, start/pause, stop, last and next buttons. There is also a media button which allows you to open up any media application installed on your system. On either side of the keyboard from the silver media area are a range of buttons which primarily open up applications like MSN Messenger and Microsoft Outlook but also include buttons for opening up the preset shopping website and your homepage. Aesthetics & Design ============= The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX Keyboard and Mouse Combination is flawless in design and it seems difficult to imagine how this product could be improved upon. Compared to a standard keyboard and mouse, the ergonomic design of this combination is mind-blowing, especially the mouse?s design which allows easy use of the ?Forward? and ?Backward? browsing buttons beside the thumb. Unfortunately for anyone who is left-handed the mouse is specifically for right-handed users and anyone who is left-handed would find that they would be hindered by this and would also find the function buttons on the mouse difficult to use. Construction ========= This product has been built to a very high standard and after a thorough inspection after purchase I see no flaws in its construction whatsoever. No more ca
              n be commented on regarding this product?s construction, it is simply perfect. Installation ======= Within the box for this product there is a massive poster-sized setup guide that depicts each step of the installation process where you are using either a PC, Mac or notebook PC. In conjunction with the pictures, there are written explanations of the installation process. The process is extremely simple and primarily consists of inserting the batteries into the keyboard and mouse and setting them to communicate with the receiver which is basically pressing buttons on the underside of the peripherals. Software ====== For both the keyboard and mouse there is software which is used to handle the functions of the various enhanced keys on the keyboard and mouse. These programs are called iTouch (for the keyboard) and MouseWare (for the mouse, obviously :-p). Both applications run nicely in the background and use minimal system resources. The software drivers are updated often to incorporate new features made available to the keyboard and mouse and the update of this software is made possible through the iTouch panel with the online download facility Customer Service ============ Technical support from Logitech is renowned for being of a very high standard and with my dealings with them I support this. After making an enquiry regarding the alternative uses of the function keys on the keyboard, I received a swift response despite e-mailing them over a weekend. Within a day I had received a concise, friendly and informative response from one of the technical staff at Logitech who included a vast range of information which proved to be very useful and satisfied my question. I was very impressed with this as they do not advertise that they provide weekend support or even that they have technicians working then. Pricing and Availability ============== I purchased this product from my lo
              cal P CWorld store for £99.95 but this product is available in all manor of shops, both on the high street and on the internet, often at a lower price than I paid for mine (even PCWorld now sell it for £69.99 in the post-Christmas sales).

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                br>< br>< br>< br>< br>< br>< br> Having become an established fan of Logitech peripherals (I own their Wingman Rumble Pad and Wingman Extreme Digital 3D Joystick, also reviewed here on dooyoo), I recently recieved delivery of their flagship desktop set - the Cordless Desktop MX. Overview ----------- Logitech have long been in the peripheral market. All manner of game controllers, keyboards, and mice - as well as webcams, speaker sets, and more. They are becoming a little more of a household name since they have begun to branch out into console controllers, and all this makes them very experienced when it comes to functional products. Today, I will be looking at their Cordless Desktop MX combo. It features a version of their 'Internet Navigator SE' keyboard, bundled with the excellent MX700 cordless optical mouse. They do cheaper sets, and more expensive models that use BlueTooth (wireless technology used in many new mobile phones and other devices) - but this is the 'best' set to get if you don't need bluetooth functionality. Value ------- This package is expensive for a keyboard and mouse (currently retailing for around £75), but you get what you pay for. The MX700 mouse currently retails for around £45-50 and the Internet Navigator (black) keyboard for around £25. Essentially, you are getting the wireless keyboard functionality thrown in for free in buying the combo, as opposed to getting them separately. However, I feel that a drop in price of £5-10 for the combo would be appropriate. Overall, although this is expensive for a keyboard and mouse, if you do college work with your PC (as I do) or use it professionally, then it will pay for itself in comfort and ease of use. First Impressions -------------------- My first impressions of the combo were excellent. Unpacking everything reveals: Wireless base station (fo
                r communicat ing with the mouse/keyboard) AC adaptor (for said base station) Internet Navigator keyboard (but cordless) + a couple of decent AA batteries for it Wrist rest for the keyboard MX 700 cordless mouse Logitech's driver CD Instructions The base station also doubles as a docking charger cradle for the MX700 mouse. No fiddling with batteries :) Installation ------------- Installation was perhaps the only downside to this package. Perhaps Microsoft are to blame, but I did run into some problems... The instructions are excellent. They provide a step-by-step illustrated guide on connecting the various cables, and setting up communication between the mouse/keyboard and base unit. You are given a choice between connecting the peripherals via two separate PS/2 connectors (colour coded, which is helpful) or a single, shared USB connector (used for many devices these days, your PC should have them if it is fairly modern). However, I opted for the PS/2 connections, given that my USB ports are full up with all my kit. This seems to be more convenient for desktop pc's; given that all will have this kind of connection and it saves wasting USB ports. According to most sources using USB for your mice is fine though, and will be more convenient for a laptop (logitech recommend this). If you follow all the instructions for setting up you should have no problems. Communication for the base unit was flawless. However, I have seen that even review sites have run into difficulties by not reading the instructions. You MUST keep the base unit away from other electronic devices (e.g. Monitor/Amp/Speakers) or the signal will be interfered with and you will get mouse lag etc. When I booted the PC up, Windows XP butted in as usual, detected the devices, and suggested an install. I then proceeded to ignore this and fired up the Logitech CD... The install program is clean-cut and easy to fo
                llow, but I found it very rude and pervasive - I was surprised! It is full of bundled bloatware! I was greated with a trial version of MusicMatch jukebox, WildTangent's GameChannel, AND a link for BT OpenWorld broadband. I do not expect to pay £75 for a product, only to have greedy advertisements forced upon me during driver installation. This was very dissapointing. Still, the drivers went on without a hitch, and I restarted. However, I then remembered I had MS Intellipoint (for my MS mouse) still installed, so uninstalled that. On the restart, I was given a BSOD (thats BlueScreenOfDeath) and the PC crashed. A second restart detected the mouse as a basic Logitech PS2 model (not the shiny MX700 I paid for). I sorted it out in the end by reinstalling the logitech drivers though. NB : The drivers provided on the CD are fairly old, and aren't too great. Take a trip here to get the latest versions of both the MouseWare and iTouch drivers (for mouse and keyboard respectively) : Mouseware : http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?page=downloads/software&CRID=1792&contentid=6034 &countryid=18&languageid=1 iTouch : http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?page=downloads/software&CRID=1796&contentid=6997 &countryid=18&languageid=1 Apperance and Ergonomics -------------------------------- Both the keyboard and mouse look very smart and sleek in matt black and silver. Both are reassuringly heavy and sturdy, and offer a wide range of functions. The keyboard itself, which I am using now, is very comfortable to use. Logitech make alot of fuss about 'Zero Degree Tilt' - which basically means that the keyboard is contoured for rigity and comfort. The included wrist rest is also comfortable. The iTouch keyboard drivers unlock all sorts of hidden funtions, however. There are buttons for launching mdeia applications, email, web sites etc. The most impressive feature for me, being a great music fan, was the media
                controls. You can sit on your bed with a wireless keyboad, and Start/Stop, skip track, and adjust the volume with a dial, all from the keyboard. It is a liberating experience when you are feeling lazy :) Overall, the keyboard is excellent - it is sturdy, stylish, comforable and oozes functionality. The MX700 mouse is similarly outstanding. Ideal for gamers, this mouse does away with the lag normally associated with cordless mice. If you are used to the corded variety, it takes a little while to adjust to having a mice without a tail :) Still, when you are comfortable with it you will wonder how you ever put up with the cables. The mouse itself is very, very comfy - and feels extremely sturdy compared to the Micros**t optical mice I have used (I own an Intellimouse Optical). The MX700 is sleek and contoured, but designed for right-handers so you may wish to look else where if you're a lefty (fortunately I'm a little ambidextrous). Not only is motion smooth and precise, but there is an assortment of buttons (8!) for making navigating your PC easier. One flaw is that a couple of these are too small and difficult to reach without contorting your fingers. Overall, the kit is ergonomically and aesthetically very pleasing. Performance --------------- The mouse takes 3 full charges to reach its fullest charge. However, the first charge still lasted half a day, and charging only takes ~20 minutes. The docking station is extremely handy - no more searching for new batteries every few months. The standard AA batteries in the keyboard have to be replaced, however - but I expect this won't have to be done as often as in Wireless mice. Putting the keyboard through its paces (as much as you can with a keyboard, I suppose) proved excellence is in abundance here. Typing is smooth and fluid with a satisfying click, and extremely comfortable. In addition, the shortcut and media keys are all customisable and real-world u
                seful, rather than get ting in the way. They WILL save you time. Time that could be better spent with my girlfriend. Or my guitar. Or writing reviews on dooyoo :) The mouse is equally impressive. Very comfortable, with precise and smooth control. I put it through its paces in Max Payne 2 and various first-person-shooters, and there was no lag. Overall, this combo performs extremely well. Conclusion ------------- In all, I am very pleased with the Cordless Desktop MX. It offers great funtionality, convenience in the lack of wires and integrated charger/base unit, and fantastic comfort. My only gripes were the slight installation problems (although MS may be to blame), the rudely included bloatware (unneccesarily bundled software), and the slightly-too-high price. However, these are minor problems and this is still the best keyboard and mouse I have ever used. Highly recommended. Dave_UK :D

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