PROS / This wireless keyboard and mouse duo offers great comfort and efficiency plus exceptional battery life.
CONS / The keyboard isn't ergonomically designed, and the mouse is smaller than some users will desire.
VERDICT / This wireless set is an excellent choice for consumers who prefer a conventionally designed keyboard with the added convenience of wireless connectivity.
Logitech is famous for its broad range of computer peripherals, remote controls and many other high-end gadgets that make interacting with our most essential and entertaining electronics more enjoyable. The products consistently enhance productivity and comfort. The Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 wireless keyboard and mouse duo is no exception. Combing the company's MK700 keyboard and Marathon Mouse M705 results in a wireless desktop package that has earned our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
The Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 wireless keyboard and mouse set includes a proprietary USB dongle called the Logitech Unifying receiver. It's a tiny, 2.4-GHz radio frequency transceiver that allows the keyboard and mouse to communicate with your computer. Communication between devices is reliable, even in environments with lots of wireless interference. Furthermore, it's secured by 128-bit AES encryption.
The Unifying receiver resembles a common USB flash drive but is much smaller, so it can reasonably be left plugged in to a laptop when transporting it. If you plan to use this keyboard and mouse to expand the utility of a laptop, this can be quite an advantage because it can be paired with up to six compatible Logitech devices. If you frequently use the laptop in multiple locations with different peripherals, you don't have to repair them each time. For those who use the duo with a desktop computer, the feature doesn't have much relevance.
The keyboard and mouse are each powered by a pair of AA alkaline batteries. The incredible efficiency of these components results in a predicted battery life of three years. Both devices have power switches that help with battery conservation.
The top, center portion of the keyboard features a small LCD screen that displays battery life status as well as lock indicators for capital letters, numbers, function keys and scrolling. The screen is flanked by typical media controls including volume, play, fast forward, rewind and pause. Included SetPoint software allows you to customize the function keys to your needs.
The wireless mouse offers the option to toggle between standard click-to-click scrolling and ultrafast scrolling with the click of a button located just aft of the metal scroll wheel. In the ultrafast mode, the ratchet that typically slows scrolling is retracted, allowing you to zoom through the longest spreadsheets and webpages as quickly as you like.
At first glance, the Logitech MK 700 keyboard looks like it has an ergonomic design. In this case, looks are deceiving, in that the keys are inline like a conventional keyboard. Nonetheless, typing comfort is enhanced by slightly concave keys with rounded edges that the manufacturer refers to as Incurve keys. The design difference seems subtle but is conducive to typing efficiency and comfort.
A padded palm rest at the base of the keyboard further adds to typing ease. Any of three keyboard angles can be chosen by employing either of two pairs of feet.
The Marathon Mouse M705 has sculpted sides that aid in thumb and finger positioning. There are conveniently located thumb buttons for going forward and backward on websites. The mouse is generally responsive and comfortable, though some users have found it a bit on the small, light side.
Help & Support
Logitech is well known for providing exceptional support for its products. The company's website offers helpful FAQs, downloadable manuals and installation and driver software, as well as links to troubleshooting and community support pages. For further assistance, you can contact the company by form-driven email or telephone.
The Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 wireless keyboard and mouse combo is an excellent choice for users who aren't sold on ergonomic keyboard designs but still want a comfortable, efficient product. The ultrafast scrolling feature of the mouse is particularly welcome. The set offers the clean lines and versatility expected of wireless connectivity at an attractive price.