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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Product Review – Microsoft Wireless Desktop 6000 v2 and the Logitech Cordless Wave

I was going to Amazon to buy an extra keyboard this week for backup and found that my favorite keyboard of all time is on sale for an incredible price. Therefore, I am inclined to tell you of my love for said keyboard.

When I first set out to choose a keyboard I looked into all the different options. However, I was never comfortable on a split ergonomic model and generally played around with the regular, straight variety. Then I found this while shopping at Costco one day.

The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 v2 has a Comfort Curve keyboard that, according to the product description, "encourages natural hand and wrist positioning." In fact, I have noticed that my wrists started to feel significantly better when I switched from a straight version to the curved. However, I do have an issue with not wanting anything but this keyboard now because I am so used to the curved feature.

The keyboard is relatively quiet, and I like the touch of the keys. When I have my headphones on I can barely hear the keys if I don't have audio playing, and I don't notice the typing sound if I am working and have audio going.

Some of the other benefits of the desktop package are found in the laser mouse. The mouse has several functions and can be set up to control the speed at which it scrolls. I also find the form-fitting design to be extremely comfortable. The page selection feature is nice too. You just click one of the side buttons and you get tiny windows of all the open pages you have in your start bar. You can just click on the one you want to bring that one to the front. I find it useful when I'm working on earnings calls and have several different pages open at once.

I did have to exchange one of these because when I went to change the batteries (after about three months of solid use) the keyboard stopped responding. However, I had absolutely no problem getting a replacement, and it didn't cost me a dime. This is also why I keep a backup keyboard around just in case.

Logitech came out with a similar design in the Cordless Desktop® Wave. This keyboard features a curved design (Constant Curve) and also includes a wave on the keyboard surface that "cradles your hand naturally." The package features many of the same benefits of the Microsoft keyboard for about the same price. I find the Logitech to be even quieter than the Microsoft and possibly a little more reliable. I have only had the Logitech for three months, but I have been thrilled with its performance thus far.

The drawback of the Logitech is that I did not find the mouse to be nearly as comfortable or as nice as the one included in the Microsoft 6000. However, while writing this post I went to the Logitech website and saw they have a Cordless Desktop® Wave Pro™ now available with an updated mouse and keyboard design (and a higher price tag, of course). I may need to seek this one out to buy too when it becomes available.

Look for a post this coming week on different styles of keyboards and why you use what you use. Additionally, if you are interested in telling us why you use what you do, feel free to contact me to be published here by leaving a comment with your email information or through email at solmanson at yourvirtualdesk dot com.


Stephanie said...

I love my MS6000. I can't imagine going back to a flat board.
I did not care for the mouse that came with it, so I'm still using the wireless one that came with my Logitech MX3200.
Off to check out these sale prices :)

margi said...

I have the Desktop Wave you speak of, but only use that with my laptop (which is to say that I use it fairly irregularly because I like a ergo split board much better). I have a Logitech Comfort Duo wireless keyboard and mouse and I (heart) them very, very much.

Prior to that, I had a Belkin ergo board that I loved dearly - and I bought that because every other company in the world (Logitech and Microsoft included) splits the keyboard with the 6 key on the wrong side. I refused to use those boards because of it, at first, but then I just learned to use my left hand to key the 6.

Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks?