If you're after a piece of low-budget wireless technology you can rely on everyday of the week, Technika will usually crop up as a company for the cash stretched society. They have been designing and producing electrical products, like the 'Wireless Keyboard & Wireless Optical Mouse' bundle you see here, for many years. But what is this particular collection of products like to use?
Well, when I bought my bundle a few years ago I was initially surprised by the well packaged, well instructed appliance I recieved. For just £18.99 I was blessed with a well presented card-board box with several key points annotated on the front, a combined manual for the use of the two objects, and the two objects themselves! It was when I opened the transparent plastic covers protecting the mouse and keyboard, eyeing up the components, that I realised the product was far too simple to be worrying about manuals.
Setting it all up was extremely intuitive and simple! - Plug in the USB connector to your PC/laptop/Mac, follow the onscreen instructions, making sure Windows (or what ever OS your using) knows the device is safe, and start using your bundle! Do remember that batteries most probably won't be included here, so have these preprepared to deter disappointment on launch date.
When everythings up and running you finally get to test out the quality of your purchase. For me, this was a time of utter releaf that what I had purchased was indeed the bargain it had promised to be.
The cheap plastic components of the keyboard didn't compromise its usability or overall feel. The press of the buttons are more than adequate, not too firm, but not too soft (so that your not always accidently pressing the wrong keys). Although the keyboard doesn't have an extended palm rest for your hands, its curved lip does aid in your comfort and the general low-down positioning of the device makes it much easier. Having the ability to change the volume of the desktop, and flick through songs at the top of the keyboard is helpful (an added bonus lots of more expensive alternatives don't have!).
The mouse works excellently on lots of different surfaces. I have this system linked up to my home PC, using a laminated mouse mat to sit the curser controller on. But smooth wood and plastic surfaces are just as kind to the mouse as specially designed mats. Ridges on the bottom help in its gliding, making sure the laser isn't affected by rugged surfaces as much as it could be. The two buttons of the device click in easily and could possibly be a little less sensitive, as sometimes you find yourself clicking accidentally.
The wireless technology of both devices is not hindered by the bundles low price. It is just as accurate and quick as more expensive ones I've also tried, and the moving of objects in the line of sight of the system doesn't damage or slow its performance one bit.
Overall, the two items work well together and are not made worse by their materials or components. This is a product bundle which seems to have lasted me quite a while, and which also seems to have the potential to last on into the future.
The Technika Wireless Keyboard & Wireless Optical Mouse is an older model which is available for around £15 - £20 online (Amazon are currently doing it for £15). I would say that for a wireless set this is more on the bargain basement side and certainly from the feel (but not as much the look) it doesn't have the sleek weighted feel of a more expensive set.
But in terms of it's use as a wireless keyboard I can't fault it - it works as well as a USB keyboard and mouse with the added advantage that there are no messy wires and you can move both around with ease. Ideal for use with media centre type PCs too. For the price it's certainly replaceable should it become damaged and for that reason I can see it being good for students / teenagers or as a second set for travelling.
Personally for everyday use with the amount of typing I do I would prefer to spend a little more as the keys aren't as comfortable as some of the more premium brands and therefore periods of sustained typing can result in wrist / finger ache. But for general use - web browsing etc, it is fine. It is easy to clean, looks neat and tidy, and is hard wearing enough if a bit cheap feeling.
I will give this 4/5 because I don't think you can argue for the price - it's a bargain for a wireless set.
I picked up a Technika Wireless Keyboard & Wireless Optical Mouse for the grandson's PC while the set was on offer in Tesco recently. Both items in the set cost me only £12.97 which I thought was extremely good value for money for this kind of thing. And with it being Tesco, if it turned out to be too good to be true I knew I could just take the items back. The full retail price is £14.97 which I still think is a real bargain. You can buy these from Tesco Direct as well as in store from some branches.
Inside the big lime green box I found hardly any packaging to fiddle around with. I just slipped off the outer plastic, undid two sets of batteries, and took the mouse out of it's seperate cardboard compartment. That was it basically, and I was ready to go. I had a thin instruction booklet in there as well, which I was able to skim through quickly to enable me to get these items set up in just a few minutes.
I followed the instructions to install the wireless sensor first, which just attaches to the PC via a USB port. Then I followed the instructions to connect first the keyboard then the mouse to the sensor. To do this I just pressed a little 'connect' button on the sensor and then on the keyboard and mouse and waited a few seconds for the sensor to establish a wireless connection.
Since setting these items up, we've only lost connection once - and we've had these for a good two months now. I know much more expensive brands which will let you down a lot more often than that.
Both items are really to use, and they've both been ergononimcally designed for comfort during use. The mouse is smooth and rounded in the palm of your hand, and the buttons and wheel move easily too. The keyboard includes a detachable plastic wrist rest which I thought was a very good idea. You don't want it on there for little kids trying to reach the keys, but you will want to use it if you touch type a lot.
This is a comfortable, affordable and reliable product that I think offers great value for money. I've not been impressed with a few Technika products I've tried in the past, but this one has to warrant five stars a big 'highly recommended' from me.