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.
Finding a wireless keyboard and mouse can be a daunting task simply because there are so many products and so few differentiating features. It can be difficult to know which will be compatible with the way you work and play. Logitech’s Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution stands out from the crowd with its Bluetooth technology, hyper-fast scrolling wheel and ergonomic design. This keyboard is truly representative of the high-quality products at a reasonable price for which Logitech has gained its reputation. The MX 5500 offers the user plenty of features, an energy-saving, rechargeable battery and a user-friendly design.
The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500 measures up to all the standards we've set for a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. This set has it all – from Bluetooth capability to battery level indicators, to customizable hotkeys. One of only two Bluetooth-capable keyboard and mouse duos we reviewed, the MX 5500 uses 2.0 technology to connect the pair to the Bluetooth-enabled device of your choice, be it a computer, smartphone or tablet. For those devices that aren't Bluetooth ready, the set includes a receiver that you can plug into your device and set up with the accompanying software. Once you have connected the keyboard and mouse to your device, you'll be able to access your favorite files and applications from up to 30 feet away. Some users, however, report that the farther they are from the receiver, the greater the chance for signal delays and lag time. This combo has a built-in energy-saving feature that automatically puts the pair into sleep mode when out of range or not in use. The wireless keyboard can function for up to six months before its four AA alkaline batteries need to be changed. The mouse operates by way of a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that needs to be charged for about two hours after approximately 15 days of use.
A unique feature found on the MX 5500 keyboard is the integrated LCD screen, located at the top edge of the keyboard. This convenient screen displays the date and time, temperature, calculator functions, music selections and incoming message notifications. Imagine how advantageous this feature can be if your keyboard and mouse are currently set up some distance away from the monitor. Positioned below the LCD screen are enhanced F keys and hot keys that can be programmed to access various applications, the internet, music files and more. When properly programmed, you can use these shortcut keys to quickly open all of your most-visited places.
The mouse is equally as impressive as the keyboard. Not only is it rechargeable, but it actually comes with a rechargeable dock. You can keep this dock plugged in 24/7, allowing you to charge the mouse or simply keep it out of harm’s way between uses. A battery level indicator on the side of the mouse shows, with a series of green lights, the depletion of the battery. When the green lights disappear and a red light comes on, the mouse needs to be charged. Users can also take advantage of the power switch located on the bottom of the mouse. Simply turning the mouse off when you’re finished working will save a great deal of battery power.
The Logitech MX 5500’s mouse is equipped with Logitech’s MicroGear Precision Scroll and SmartShift technology. The SmartShift technology senses the application in which you are working and will switch from free-spin scrolling to click-to-click precision scrolling according to your needs. For example, if you’re in an Excel spreadsheet with thousands upon thousands of rows, SmartShift will switch to free-spin scrolling to help you navigate through pages, but will then switch to a click-to-click precision scroll when you slow down at your desired destination.
For users who work and play on a computer for the majority of their day, the design of a product, especially a wireless keyboard and mouse, is extremely important. Ergonomically, Logitech’s MX 5500 wireless keyboard and mouse are excellent. A slight wave in the keyboard puts your hands at a comfortable angle, and the palm rest supports the lower part of your hands and wrists. The keyboard can also adjust to different heights and angles depending on what is most comfortable for the user. It is very thin with a profile of 1.01 inches, and it weighs only 30.69 ounces, making it easy to pack around. The mouse has a high arch to match the natural curve of your hand. There are two side buttons, a convenient scroll wheel and thumb controls as well. The only design flaw we see in this wireless keyboard and mouse combo is the lack of spill-resistant keys. Competitor keyboards have integrated channels under their keypads that drain liquid away and avoid penetration into the circuitry. Just make sure you don't leave any liquid near this keyboard.
The support Logitech provides to owners of the Logitech MX 5500 wireless keyboard and mouse combo is unmatched. Online support is available, and with a few simple clicks on their website, you'll be directed to a FAQs page, a community support board and a downloadable user manual. However, the wireless keyboard and mouse’s user manual is more of a quick start guide, and we would have preferred to see an actual manual with more in-depth instructions. A help center CD is also included with the package. If you prefer to speak to someone directly, they have a technical support line you can call as well. To top it all off, Logitech backs up their products with a three-year warranty. If something in the hardware of the product breaks or becomes unusable within three years from the purchase date, Logitech will replace the parts.
To use the Logitech MX 5500 wireless keyboard and mouse combo, your computer needs to have an extra USB port, a CD-ROM drive and the ability to access Logitech’s website to download the appropriate drivers. The wireless keyboard and mouse are compatible with Windows XP and up. Unfortunately, Logitech doesn’t support the use of the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with any version of Mac OS. However, just because it isn’t supported, doesn’t mean the mouse will not work with a Mac. Several users reported that they were able to use the keyboard and mouse with their Mac computers. But Mac users be warned: Although the wireless keyboard and mouse may function, many of the features may be unusable.
If you make it your business to have the best accessories to complement your computer setup, we recommend adding Logitech’s Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution to your arsenal. This wireless keyboard and mouse are sure to clean up your cluttered desk and make your workspace portable. And with Bluetooth 2.0 technology, you can connect to other Bluetooth devices – becoming the ultimate on-the-go consumer. When you're working on intense products, Logitech’s built-in hyper- and click-to-click scrolling makes it convenient to navigate through both large documents and simple files. When you're playing, the LCD display and customizable hot keys make accessing your favorite documents and websites a cinch. We also love that you can be at a distance of up to 30 feet from the receiver and still have control over the wireless keyboard and mouse. We’ve done the research, and believe us, the MX 5500 is the best combo on the market.