I purchased this Logitech S510 wireless mouse and keyboard a few years ago when I was getting my own computer. I had previously used a wired keyboard with hot keys which was good, but it started to show signs of wear and tear and so I wanted everything new, including a mouse and keyboard. I wasn't too fussy but I did want a keyboard with hot keys by a trustworthy brand, and not by a brand that I had never heard of before. Also, I wanted it to be wireless, as having wires out everywhere can look messy, and even though they can be hidden behind the computer desk, they always get tangled up.
For those of you that are unsure what hot keys are, they are extra buttons that you find on some keyboards that act as shortcuts. They are commonly used for when listening to music, which is when I find myself using them. I had gotten used to using them on the previous keyboard and so it was a must that I had them on my new one! You also have shortcut buttons for when surfing the web though such as a 'homepage' button and a zoom in and out shortcut buttons. I have never found myself using these particular ones though and after just testing them out there, they don't even work! You can go into your keyboard settings though and set each hot key up so that they will work, I have just never bothered to do this with them hot keys.
~ Price and Availability ~
I came across this set in PC World, and I already owned Logitech speakers which I was very impressed with and so considered this to be a brand I could trust. It was on offer at £24.99 in stead of £44.99 which was its original price at the time of purchasing.
You can now purchase these on Amazon and eBay for a lot cheaper than this at around £20. PC world and other big retailers like it now sell the newer versions of these sets.
~ Features ~
The keyboard is very flat and not bulky and the mouse is a cordless optical one, with a scroll button in the middle. They are black and grey and in my opinion look very smart - like they would have cost a lot more than they actually did!
A feature that I do like about this mouse and keyboard is that they both include a battery symbol and light on them, that start flashing red when the batteries are getting low. It states on the box that it does this 10 days before the batteries need changing, to give you plenty of notice. I have found that they can both last longer than 10 days though when the red light is flashing, but it will depend on how often you use them in this time. I tend to leave my batteries in right until the mouse and keyboard actually die on me and then I really do need to change them, as I always have some spare batteries at hand, but I do like that they warn you just in case you don't have any spares lying around.
Like many keyboards, this comes with two little stand underneath so you can prop it up a little, instead of having it lying completely flat on the desk. One of these however has actually snapped on mine, but I have it resting on the base of the monitor and so it causes no problems for me.
Finally, one of the main features which I purchased this for and which I have already briefly mentioned, the hot keys. I cannot really comment on the Zoom or homepage keys as I have never actually used them, but I do use the media ones to control my music. I like to use these hot keys to quickly mute or change the volume of my music but without actually having to go on to my media player window to do this, or on the speakers themselves. It also allows me to skip or shuffle through songs with the click of one key. I use this with iTunes and they work fine, but I am sure they will work with any media player you use as you set these keys up in the keyboard settings on your keyboard.
To connect the set to your computer you have to connect the receiver to a USB port in your PC and have the receiver relatively close to the keyboard and mouse itself so it can pick them up. The receiver has 3 LED lights - I am not entirely sure what the third one is for as two have only ever been lit for me and I have never had any problems. Although I am guessing only two need to be lit, one for the mouse and the other for the keyboard.
I have had this Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse set for around 3 - 4 years now and I have never had any problems with them. If they did ever break on me then I would definitely consider buying from Logitech again.
The mouse requires 2 AA batteries and the keyboard 2 AAA.
Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7; with a USB / PS/2 connection.
I have tried and tested many keyboards in my time, some ugly, some bad, some good. The Logitech Desktop S 510 ranks highly and admirably in my books. Its sleek design makes for a desirable addition to any desktop. Its layout is compact and neat, yet still very user friendly. It's ultra slim, which was a requirement for me, as the back edge slides nicely under a piece of equipment I use it with (Flight Simulator) and stays there with rubber grippers (I inserted).
What does impress me particularly, with this keyboard, is its battery life... This is a wireless keyboard and my experiences of many other makes of the wireless type is not great. Logitech excels in this area and the S 510 goes 8-10 weeks, depending on usage, between battery changes. Only two AAA types are needed, so it won't eat up your salary in batteries! Another complaint I have had of wireless keyboards, is that when you come to change the batteries, or, for that matter insert the batteries for the first time, you can never get a connection between the keyboard and your computer first go. You seem to always have to faff around trying to get the thing to connect.... Not with the S 510.... It's brilliant.... Connects first go. All thanks to the usb receiver's strength.
I have to admit, I only use the basic functions of this keyboard, purely for typing and flight simming, but there are many useful features included that others will find worth having... Press F1 and a light displays the battery condition. F1 also launches your default web browser. Other F buttons will load word, exel etc... To the right side are play, fast forward, rewind, pause, stop, media buttons and a very useful shuffle button for your music tracks. Volume and mute are thoughtfully placed nearest to you on the right. A zooming button is nearest to you on the left. On the left too are buttons for automatically making pages 100% size and for rotating images. All very time saving.
Now I know you're not supposed to drop any electrical equipment, but that's one test I always do - accidently - But please don't try this at home! This keyboard is strong and has survived my accidental drop!
The S 510 keyboard comes with a cordless digital mouse that is very accurate and seems to work on almost all surfaces. There's the usual left/right buttons and a rocker wheel with left/right and push down button functions. The mouse batteries are two AA (one size up from the keyboard) but last about six months, so again, not a fortune to run! I have written this review on the basis that I used Duracell batteries, so bear in mind other types may not last as long. Yes I have dropped the mouse, many times and it still lives on in all its glory.
Verdict of the S 510 Keyboard and Mouse? I love them!!
I bought this as a replacement for my previous keyboard when I moved house and found the position of my PC relative to my desk meant that the keyboard's cable couldn't reach the PC! As I love gadgets, this was less of a problem and more of an opportunity to go gadget shopping!
--- Looks ---
I wanted a keyboard that looked good, had a low profile and was reasonably compact and this keyboard meets these criteria. This keyboard does more than look good - it looks stylish! The keys are in matte black plastic and there is a strip of more shiny black plastic running down the left and right sides. The function keys have small orange pictures on them, corresponding to an additional function they can perform, if you have the "enhanced function mode" button on. At the edge closest to you is a matte gray, curved wrist rest. It almost has the effect of brushed aluminium at anything other than close inspection.
The keyboard has additional buttons down the left and right sides which among other things allow you to: zoom in and out on images; play and pause music and control the volume; open your browser's home page. I have found other keyboard make these extra functionality buttons quite bulky, but the ones here are small and round and don't take up much space.
There is only one LED on the keyboard and this is to indicate low batteries. LEDs for caps lock and shift lock are on the wireless receiver that comes with the keyboard. I think this helps save space and keeps the keyboard compact.
A big plus for this keyboard is that it has a very low profile. I suffer occasional mild RSI and find that keeping my wrists flat when I type is important. This keyboard doesn't force my wrists upwards and allows my arms and wrists to stay in alignment.
--- Setup ---
The keyboard comes with a USB wireless receiver. This has 3 green LEDs which indicate whether caps lock, number lock and enhanced function mode are on or off. Once the batteries are in the keyboard you press a connect button on the receiver and one on the base of the keyboard and you're good to go. Handily there are also instructions beside the keyboard's connect button, in case you loose the paper instructions that come in the box.
--- Operation ---
The keyboard is almost perfect and the keys have a great feel to them when pressed. Not too squidgy and not too clicky (although this is a area of personal taste). The layout of the keys can take a bit of getting used to though. If you have a standard Dell keyboard, the arrow keys and delete/home/end/page up/page down are slightly more compressed and in a different location, so this can throw you off if you've been using another keyboard. However, as this makes the keyboard more compact, I'm happy to live with the occasional mistypes.
The battery cover is a bit tricky to get off, however I have only had to replace the batteries once in since I bought it over a year ago. As I use my PC reasonably regularly in the evenings, I'm very happy with the battery life.
The only thing I can fault is that occasionally the keyboard seems to lose connection with the receiver and key presses are missed or delayed which can be a real frustration. I'm not entirely convinced this is due to the clutter on my desk, but as I like the keyboard I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt!
--- Mouse ---
You may have noticed that this is a keyboard and mouse set. I haven't commented on the mouse because I don't use it at all. It seems to be made for very small hands (almost pre-adult) and the highest point of the mouse is quite far back, forcing your wrist up at a sharp angle.
--- Overall ---
I think this keyboard is fantastic. It looks great, the keys feel great and it doesn't make my wrists hurt. The only flaw is the occasional loss of contact with the receiver, but I'm happy to blame that on the state of my desk!