As wireless devices take over the office, some users – particularly those who review IT peripherals for a living – may find their USB ports filling up with wireless transceiver dongles. One way to free up a port is to run your mouse and keyboard off the same dongle in the style of the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710.
This keyboard and mouse bundle from Logitech comes with a single USB receiver unit – one of the firm's 'Unifying' models, designed to link up with any and all compatible peripherals within range.
We've tried these before, and find them highly effective, with one caveat: occasionally, in our crowded office, we've found that Unifying dongles seem to interfere slightly with other wireless peripherals (including non-Logitech, non-Unifying products) in the vicinity. Such a tech-heavy workspace is hardly a typical working environment for the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710, however, and even for us it was a rare problem.
The wireless signal is pleasingly strong; the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 keyboard was happy to work at a range of 15m and more, so you're unlikely to have problems in normal use.
Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710: Keyboard
The Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 keyboard is a great-looking, well-built piece of hardware. It has a smart, comfortable and pleasantly dimpled wrist rest, while the keys are surrounded by gleaming black plastic.
But the keys themselves are less of a triumph. For one thing they look a bit too rounded, like the sort you'd find on a Fisher-Price My First Desktop PC. And the typing action is peculiar – very soft and muted, almost muffled. A non-technical colleague compared typing on the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 keyboard to "stroking a pillow"; it's not as bad as all that, but we can see his point.
The keys are nicely spaced, however, and you do get used to the action after a while. You should be able to maintain a decent typing speed, although we did experience a slightly higher incidence of errors than usual.
Another slight potential issue is the size of the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 keyboard. Logitech is apparently pushing the bundle for laptop use but (as the name implies) this should probably be a desktop-replacement laptop rather than a portable model - the keyboard is too large for convenient road use.
There's a tiny mono LCD screen between the two banks of media player buttons. This is hardly an essential component - it simply shows the battery level and Caps Lock status – but adds to the sharp, space-age look.
Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710: Mouse
The Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 mouse is rather like the superb Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX, only slightly bigger - once again, the size somewhat exceeds what you'd expect in an explicitly laptop-focused peripheral.
Like the Anywhere, the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 mouse has excellent laser-tracking technology that enables it to work happily on glass (and pretty much any surface we tested it on). This, together with the marvellously smooth movement made possible by the well-designed chassis, makes this unit a pleasure to use. The MK710 mouse also shares the Anywhere Mouse's attractive dimpled side panels and overall good looks – it's just shinier.
We were also impressed by the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 mouse's scrollwheel. There's a small button to switch between normal slow scrolling for precise selection and freewheeling, 'inertial' scrolling (give it a good flick and the momentum will keep it flying through your iTunes library for a couple of seconds). And this component looks good, too: shiny metal either side of ridged black plastic.
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