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The Logitech Wave keyboard is a beast in size. I measure it to be about 48 cm wide and 26 centimetres tall. This large size is needed to incorporate the wave design and the palm rest. But stop here if you are tight on space or would prefer something compact to compliment your desk.
The large size of the keyboard facilitates no less than 16 additional hotkeys ranging from zoom to music to calculator shortcuts. To get these to work you need to install the Setpoint software, which can then use to customise the keys to open your favoured programs. Personally I only use two of these, one to open itunes and the calculator every so often.
The main keys on the keyboard is curved upwards like a smile which allows your hands to rest at a natural angle. This will take getting used to if you are moving from the regular keyboard. the curve meant I kept bashing the wrong buttons when typing at speed, you will too. Fact. As well as the curve, the keys are also raised at the central section, so the profile of the keys looks like a gentle wave. This will look odd, but as so as you rest your hands on the keyboard, they just seem to fit naturally, this is a weird sensation as all the keys are always in touching proximity. There is a slight concave wave on the keypad as well, while the keys between them are set vertically.
I would say the keys are on the firm side to type on and will work the finger strength initially, but this allows for a quieter keyboard with there is no plastic clattering or metallic clinks.
The built in palm rest is amazing. I never knew i needed one until this keyboard. The foam like material is only 5 mm or so thick before the hard plastic, but that is all you will need, it is hard to describe the perfectness it finds between comfort and support and the material with its little dimples will not cause sweaty palms.
The Logitech Wave uses two AA batteries which lasts me 2-3 months of use working day, rechargeable lithium ones should last longer and there is an indicator below the arrow keys to let you know their condition.
If you have bad wrist or RSI related problems with your keyboard, then the Wave is great choice for a more natural typing experience.
Being in the market for an ergonomic keyboard, I wanted something comfy for my hands when typing, but just couldn't abide by those designs where the letter keys had been split in half, with one side for each hand. I needed something new and user-friendly, but not too radical!
For me the Logitech Wave was ideal, and it has been for over two years now. The buttons are nice and chunky, soft to press and solid, but at the same time you don't find yourself accidentally knocking keys unintentionally. The extra keys at the top are also nice touch, they include volume, media fast forward/pause/play, control panel, media center and calculator.
Now, ergonomically this keyboard is a nice middle ground. The subtle wave shape means it doesn't look too different from a distance, but it really helps your hands sit more naturally. This means it can work for touch-tipists or those who just type with their trusty index fingers. The rest at the bottom is also really comfy for laying your wrists and has helped minimise strain greatly for me. The keys always scrub up well too.
The keyboard comes with a tiny USB receiver for wireless connection to the PC (which was a breeze), while it takes 2 AA batteries. These have lasted for ages, despite me being quite a heavy user.
All in all, when you consider its price (I bought it bundled with a decent mouse for £50) this is a solid, reliable and good-looking keyboard without any unnecessary gimmicks. For me it's made typing easier and more pleasant.
It's not often that you get to review an item while using it at the same time.... but that's what I'm doing now as I batter frantically at the keys of my trusty Logitech Wave keyboard.
After considering the amount of time that I spend crouched, glaring intently at my laptop screen - I thought it might be wiser and healthier for my eyes, back and neck to create a more ergonomic environment in which I could use my computer. After purchasing a good-sized monitor and a comfy mouse, all I needed to compute the setup was a ergonomic, yet functional, keyboard.
I'm sure I could fill up this review, telling you about USB receivers, wireless signals, interference and all sorts of technical mumbo jumbo.... but in reality.... it's a keyboard. Needless to say, Logitech have the electronics covered and it performs flawlessly. The USB wireless receiver is small and slots neatly into any USB port. Within seconds my computer had picked the device up and I was ready to type. If you want the full functionality of the keyboard, such as the additional buttons, simply install the Logitech SetPoint software that is provided and within minutes, you have all the features specified.
The additional buttons on the keyboard include controls for Windows Aero, Windows Gallery, Media Center, Media Player, Computer settings and the calculator. Plus, there is also a little button in the top-right which allows you to put the computer to sleep or to turn it off altogether.
Now onto the important but.... Ergonomics! Logitech make great noise about how ergonomic this keyboard is and, to be honest, their marketing is justified. This is, quite simply, one of the most comfortable keyboards I have ever worked with. If you have ever tried typing a lengthy essay or research paper on a typical computer keyboard, your fingers and wrists will soon let you know that they aren't happy. With this keyboard however, I have been able to type for considerable periods of time without cramps or aches.
Many previous incarnations of ergonomic keyboards left a lot to be desired. Microsoft toyed with splitting the keyboard into halves, but this really only worked for old-school touch typists. Other manufacturers have toyed with the actual shape of the keyboard but none of these ideas really took off. However. Logitech have managed to take the best bits from all these designs and cram them into a keyboard which retains the for and function of a typical keyboard, while improving ergonomics considerably.
From a distance, it looks like any other keyboard, but if you examine it closely, you will find that the keys are rise and dip according to the typical position of a user's hand. Secondly, you'll notice that the section of the keyboard (the letters) are angled inwardly from the sides, allowing your hands to naturally point inwards towards the centre of the keyboard. While these changes may seem insignificant, I can tell you that over a period of time, they really do matter! Finally, a padded and adequately sized wrist-wrest is positioned perfectly to make sure that your wrists are naturally supported by the keyboard itself.
All the keys are within reach, yet adequately spaced to ensure that you aren't constantly accidentally hitting the wrong one. The main buttons are reasonably chunky and if you've gotten used to the flat keys of a computer laptop, it may feel unusual at first, but after a little time, it will become second nature and you will actually find it much easier and nicer to use than your laptop's keyboard.
Battery life is pretty good. I don't think I've ever recorded how long a pair of AA batteries have lasted, but needless to say, I never have to worry if I don't have a spare pair handy. Firstly, it will take a considerable amount of time/usage before the batteries will run down and secondly, a little red warning light will indicate that your batteries are starting to get low - thus giving you ample time to purchase some more.
Aesthetically, the keyboard is sleek and the black with silver trim is modern and well designed. The keyboard feels sturdy and well-put together also. On a down note, it is reasonably bulky - so if you're going for the minimalistic look - or if you are working in cramped conditions, then it might not be suitable!
Reliability-wise, I have owned this keyboard now for a few years now and it has never let me down! All-in-all, this is a brilliant ergonomic keyboard and definitely the most comfortable I have ever worked with! A must-buy if you are constantly typing!
The Logitech Wave is a smart looking keyboard made to be comfortable to type with by having the keys in a waved shape in the middle and by including an integrated cushion at the bottom of the keyboard to rest your hands. Even the numeric keypad is slightly wavy and these wavy shapes supposedly help you position your hands. That is assuming you touch type like I do as I can't imagine it making much difference to non-touch typists aside from looking nice! The cushion is made of a rubbery material, which isn't too squishy but feels quite nice to rest my hands on. This is better than having those removable palm rests that come with a lot of standard keyboards.
The keyboard itself is a USB wired keyboard although it did come with a PS/2 adapter if you didn't want it to take up a USB port. There's also a wireless edition but I didn't want it as it mean that the CAPS, Scroll and NUM Lock indicator lights would not be on the keyboard itself to save power. On the wired version, these are located just underneath the numeric keypad. The keyboard is very stylish looking and maybe only a bit bigger than a standard one. It has two separate stands underneath so you can choose how high to tilt the keyboard. Also, didn't want to pay extra for the wireless option. It cost me around £35 at the time. It seems to be around the same price today.
Aside from the usual keys, it also has a bunch of extra buttons down the left side, across the top and two at the top right of the keyboard. It has Zoom, the full set of multimedia buttons (play/paus, stop, volume controls, etc) as well as buttons to open Gadgets (the Tools/Widgets down the right if you use Vista/Windows 7), Pictures and Music folders, the Media Centre (if you use a version of Windows that includes it), and even a program switching button. Lastly, on the right, we have a calculator and a PC power button. In addition to these, it has extra Fn functions that let you use the F Keys (F1, F2, etc) while you hold down the Fn to perform a different task. These include Word, Excel, Calendar, a, b, and c to perform the task of you choice, Internet, Instant Messenger, Email, Internet Search, Search PC and even an Eject button, which I rather like as it's quite unique to be found on a desktop keyboard. These buttons (besides the multimedia controls) can be customised to do something else via the Logitech SetPoint software. This can be installed from the included CD or downloaded from the Logitech website. Either way, this is easy to do.
I like the look of the keyboard and I like how comfortable it is and how quickly I can type using this keyboard. I like how they've included the media buttons, the calculator button, the Fn functions and how easily they can be customised to do something else if need be. However, I don't like a few things they've done with the layout. First thing is the Home and End keys, instead of the Home key being above the End key, they are now side by side. The End key is no longer in between the Delete and Page Down keys. Instead, it is above the Page up and Page Down keys. The Delete key is the size of two keys in height, which I wouldn't have particularly minded if it didn't mean the Home and End keys would have to be relocated.
Another little annoyance is the 'Right-click' key. This is usually located on the right side, in between the Alt Gr and Ctrl keys. When pressed, it opens up the menu that you would get if you did a right-click. I sometimes used this but annoyingly, Logitech have moved this to the Print Screen button as a 'Fn' function so I would have to hold the Fn button and then find the button at the top right of the keyboard. I'm guessing not many people use it but for those that do now and again, it's annoying. The Fn key is now in the right-click key's original position.
Bad points aside, the keyboard feels very robust and is spill proof, meaning spilling your drink over it does not necessarily mean a new keyboard. The keys can be easily pried off, using something pointy, if the keyboard is in need of cleaning, although the media keys are bit trickier to take off. Looking underneath the individual keys, it is obvious that any liquid that happens to seep down between the keys will be trapped off and unable to seep further down to where the electronics are due to the design. The button underneath the key is protected by a wall. I have indeed, spill a drink over the keyboard, a sticky one at that, and it has survived (I'm using it now). Albeit, the SPACE and right cursor keys got a bit sticky causing the cursor to run away but a couple of further cleans remedied the problem.
- Good quality keyboard
- Comfortable to type with
- Lots of extra buttons, Fn keys plus media buttons
- Spill proof
- Good support from Logitech for software updates
- Some keys are in non-standard positions, which can take getting used to
It's a comfy, stylish and robust keyboard from Logitech. If you don't mind the couple of key location changes, then I can highly recommended. Alternatively, go with the wireless one, which also comes with a mouse.
Thanks for reading!
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I actually have the bundle that had the mouse aswell, and this was the keyboard that came in the bundle.
Now theres many types of keyboards out there, and in my opinion this was kind of a new idea - the wave concept.
Before i mention anything, wave keyboards are curved inwards. Now the keyboards doesn't have a big curve inwards. The reason is it more egonomical and easier to type!
If your scared you wont get used to it, then take it from me, theres not that much to get used to - not like those keyboard that are split in the middle!!
The keyboard itself is great, it has quick keys like pause/play etc, and also window switcher just like you can use alt+tab to switch.
My version is cordless and the battery has not run out yet, even though ive changed the mouse battery twice. Ive had the keyboard for 1 year and no change!