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If you'd like a user-friendly, low-maintenance wireless keyboard and mouse at an affordable price, you may have found what you're looking for in this combo. The Connectland 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse has everything you need to access your computer wirelessly without having to deal with too many extras. We appreciate Connectland's no-nonsense approach to computer accessories, and after considering how easy this set is to operate, we found it worthy to be in our top 10 lineup.
This wireless keyboard and optical mouse are equipped with 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity. Simply install the batteries in each component, plug the USB receiver into your computer and after a quick initial sync, you are free to wander up to 33 feet away. Most competing wireless keyboard and mouse combos only reach up to 30 feet away, so the extra three feet is pretty impressive. If your computer happens to have any trouble with the plug-and-play sync procedure, Connectland provides software that will get you connected in minutes.
Although neither the keyboard nor the mouse have a battery level indicator, the mouse has a power switch, which helps to conserve battery life when it's not in use. The keyboard doesn't have this feature but it does have a sleep mode, which starts automatically after an amount of time of sitting idle. The optical mouse has an adjustable CPI (count per inch), which gives you the power to choose between 800 CPI and 1600 CPI according to your tracking needs. This adjustment will control how far the scroll wheel will descend with each spin of the wheel. On the downside, this mouse doesn't have click-to-click scroll capability and, because the mouse is optical, it won’t work well on glass surfaces.
This wireless keyboard and mouse combo looks like a standard keyboard and mouse you would find at most office computers, just without the wires. There is no flash or glam here. But honestly, we find the normalcy a bit refreshing. How many bells and whistles can you add to a keyboard before it becomes too much to handle? Connectland provides the basic necessities: a keyboard with 114 keys and 11 multi-media keys that access your email, the internet, a favorite file and more. If the pre-installed shortcuts aren’t to your liking, you can customize those keys as well.
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To obtain technical support for your Connectland wireless keyboard and mouse, contact the manufacturer, SYBA, through their website or by email. Their policy is to contact you within 24 hours of inquiry. There also is a community forum where other users may have already answered your question, so we recommend checking there first. One thing we found in the forums was the unfortunate fact that this wireless keyboard and optical mouse aren't compatible with Windows 7, only Vista and lower with no mention of Mac compatibility.
While we like the simplicity of Connectland’s 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse combo, we wish it were designed more ergonomically and included mouse features like click-to-click scrolling. We also didn’t like how limited the compatible operating systems are. Hopefully in the future Connectland will have downloadable drivers available on their website for current users, but until then only purchase this wireless keyboard and mouse if you have Windows Vista or lower.