Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The HP Wireless Elite Keyboard and Mouse is another quality wireless keyboard and mouse set produced by Hewitt-Packard. This particular combo stands out from the pack with its streamlined design and ambidextrous functionality. You must install software before using it, but once it's installed you can access several helpful features.
From up to 32 feet away, the HP Elite Wireless Keyboard and Mouse can easily access your computer as easily as if you were sitting right next to the receiver. And while this isn’t a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the connection between the computer, mouse and keyboard is just as easy to set up as a Bluetooth connection would be. Customizable hot keys are located along the top of the keyboard, although F9-F11 only work with HP TouchSmart PCs. The only additional features on the keyboard are sound controls on the upper right corner.
Unlike other wireless keyboard and mouse combos on the market, the HP Wireless Elite Keyboard and Mouse combo doesn’t have battery level indicators directly on the products; instead, these indicators are in your Windows System Tray (usually located in the bottom right corner of your computer screen, near the date and time). While it is always good to keep an eye on the battery levels, HP has made sure that with their sleep mode feature and convenient on/off switch that time between battery replacements is extended. The average life of the keyboard is 12 months and the mouse averages around four months. When either product needs replacing, their icon in the Windows System Tray will turn red.
The HP Wireless Elite Keyboard and Mouse have by far the sleekest, most appealing design of any other wireless keyboard and mouse on the market. At an angle, you’ll notice how very thin the keyboard is at 0.6 inches and how the keys look almost flush with the base. This design not only makes for spill resistant keys but also keys that are almost silent to the touch. Users boast that their typing efficiency skyrockets upon implementing this keyboard into their daily regimen.
The mouse matches the keyboard but isn’t anything special. It has two primary buttons (like a normal mouse) and a clickable scroll wheel. You can turn it off on the back side where the receiver can also be handily stowed away. Although small and lightweight, the mouse doesn’t have any specific ergonomic design features and neither does the keyboard. But the mouse’s biggest plus is its ambidextrous design. We like this flexibility as sometimes the left-handed population is forgotten about
HP backs up all of their products with a one-year limited warranty, but on top of that, for the first year you have access to 24/7 HP technical phone support. This means whether you’re having trouble installing the drivers the first day after purchase or need help on the 364th day after purchase, day or night HP technical support will be there. When that time is up, their website is still brimming with support information, downloadable drivers and manuals, and troubleshooting steps.
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For all of you Mac lovers out there, unfortunately this wireless keyboard and mouse combo is not supported for Mac operating systems. And although some features only work with the HP TouchSmart PCs, it is compatible with all Windows operating systems, Windows XP and up.
If our wireless keyboard and mouse reviews were based solely on esthetics, the HP Wireless Elite Keyboard and Mouse would have ranked number one. We love the thin keyboard and how silent the low profile keys are to the touch. In comparison to the top-ranked products, however, it was lacking. We missed seeing a rechargeable function and an ergonomic design.