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For a post-Christmas treat for myself I decided to upgrade my computer keyboard and having been impressed with my previous wireless mouse and keyboard from Logitech it didn't take me too long to decide that £12.99 wasn't too much to pay when I saw this 2 piece combo set available at Amazon recently. I like the freedom a wireless keyboard gives, the lack of trailing wires from 2 pieces of hardware to the back of my desktop computer makes a great deal of difference I find and as my old wireless keyboard from Logitech wasn't too much of a battery eater I was confident that its replacement would be just as good. The added bonus with this set is the inclusion of a wireless mouse which runs off the same USB receiver as the keyboard and although basic in appearance I have to say that overall these have been a really good buy and certainly up to the standard I've come to expect from Logitech.
The keyboard is regular sized, takes 2 AAA batteries to power (2 Duracel's are included in the box) and features a couple of feet at the back which allows the keyboard to stand at a slight angle from a desk. Unlike my previous model which featured a mousepad and was perhaps more suited to being hooked up to a gaming console or tablet the MK260 has all of the keys you might expect to find on any modern keyboard these days. There are a number of 'hotkeys' that line the top of the keyboard which include volume controls, a homepage one and a computer shut down key amongst others. The numerical keypad is at the right of the letters as you would expect and although the keyboard is predominately black and grey in colour I do think it looks quite stylish with the white contrasting details on the keys being easy to see. The keys have a nice bounce to them when pressed, it's not a silent keyboard but it's not excessively 'clicky' at all and I find that I can build up a nice, comfortable typing rythm quite easily and although this keyboard is bigger than my previous Logitech one it didn't take me long to get used to the spacing of the keys again and quickly got back up to speed.
Being a wireless keyboard it is connected to your computer via a USB receiver which slots easily into a spare USB port on your PC, installation takes a few minutes as the software is embedded into the receiver itself so it's just a case of plugging in, letting your computer find the hardware and letting it install. From start to finish I would say it took me 10 minutes to unbox the keyboard and mouse, insert the batteries and plug the USB receiver in so no time at all really and completely effortless.
The Mouse that comes part of the package is standard sized, features the usual left and right click buttons and a central click wheel which comes in handy when you're wanting to scroll down a page of text. It's Black and Grey in colour, not terribly exciting admittedly but does the job and being a laser mouse there's no trackball to worry about. It holds well in hand and anyone who has used a Mouse before shouldn't find it to be any different to what they've used before in all honesty and despite feeling a little on the plastc-y side I would say it's well made, has a good weight to it and certainly feels durable enough for every day use. It runs off the same USB receiver as the keyboard which is handy and the pair are both quick and responsive with virtually no lag between clicking or typing and the action appearing on screen. The mouse moves smoothly on my mousepad without sticking and needs a single AA battery to power (again, 1 Duracel battery was included in the box)
In use I find both the keyboard and mouse to be excellent, the fact that they are wireless really impresses me as there is no lag as already mentioned and I can sit comfortably at my desk with my keyboard and mouse in the position I want. The receiver has a good range to it so you don't have to be too close for it to work and although I do have my keyboard and mouse on my desk I have tested them both away from my desk and was surprised to see that they still worked. The official range that Logitech quotes is around 5-7 meters which is good I think and should certainly be plenty for the majority of users and in my opinion belies the relatively cheap price that these retail for.
Other than being quite basic in appearance I would say there's nothing to criticise with this package from Logitech, I don't need a fancy looking keyboard and mouse and am more than happy with the simple black and grey colouring of these. The range on both is excellent, they both run from the same USB port which is very handy and although they do need batteries I have yet to change mine, my other Logitech keyboard and mouse ran for weeks before needing replacement batteries and I have no reason to suspect that these 2 are going to be anything different. For the price I paid I think I got a bit of a bargain really though even at full price on amazon they can still be bought for £19.99 rather than their recommended £24.99 so there are savings still to be had.
Five stars as a rating from me along with my recommendation, if you're looking for a wireless keyboard and mouse but don't have a massive budget to spend and don't really care about their basic appearance then these should definitely be a pair to consider. Thanks for reading my review.