Mice and keyboard recommendations

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  1. Step666

    Step666 Professional chubby Chris Pratt impersonator

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    I am in need of a replacement mouse and keyboard for my desktop (I know, technically this is not the site for such a question but a peripheral's a peripheral, whether is connected to a laptop or a desktop...) as the existing kit is starting to show it's age.
    I currently have a Logitech MX5000 & MX1000 and have generally been quite pleased but there are a couple of niggles that I'd like to address/ensure I don't have again.


    I definitely want, arguably need, both the keyboard and mouse to be wireless - I have a tendency to move my keyboard off my desk at times meaning a wired one would be massively inconvenient and it's a similar point with the mouse, having a wired one would be very inconvenient.

    I'd also want both the mouse and the keyboard to be rechargeable, ideally with the option of some sort of cable that could be plugged in so I can charge whilst using the keyboard and/or mouse but, if not, I can live with just some sort of charging dock.
    Also, in the case of the mouse, I would like to avoid the same charging dock as my MX1000 uses as it's extremely poor (I hasten to add, it is NOT the dock seen in this photo, it's a crappier one that Logitech seem to provide when you buy keyboard and mouse kits - as witnessed by this photo of the MX5500 keyboard/mouse combo).

    I have no preference regarding bluetooth or generic wireless as, unlike with my laptop, either way I'm going to end up with a dongle sticking out the back of my PC.
    Ideally, I'd prefer just to have the one dongle but that's of secondary importance compared to the quality of the mouse and keyboard - if I'm better served by getting to separate devices with separate dongles then so be it.

    Same goes for the software - ideally I'd like to only have the one piece of software to manage both devices but, as with the dongles, that's secondary to finding the best mouse and keyboard for my needs.
    Whatever I get though, I'd like a similar level of control that is offered by SetPoint with überOptions, the ability to reassign any/every hotkey, function-key or mouse button etc.

    Lastly, I'd like dedicated media buttons as I use my computer to listen to music a lot.
    With my current MX5000 keyboard, those controls are touch-sensitive which is ok in itself but because they're not normal keys, I can't press them as a part of a key-combination - so I can't use (for example) Ctrl+Stop for 'Stop after Current' or Ctrl+Previous to jump back to the start of a playlist.



    Having done a bit of looking 'round prior to posting, I'm aware of the Logitech DiNovo Edge keyboard that allow has a rechargeable battery but I have some concerns about the touch-sensitive controls and the price is off-putting as well.
    I'm also aware of the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 8000 (I think that's it's name), that had the dock that both the keyboard and mouse would connect up to but the price again is extortionate and nowhere I've looked seems to still have it in stock.

    So, yeah, I've had a look but short of randomly searching Google, outside of Logitech, Microsoft and, to a lesser extent, Razer, I'm not really sure where to look for such products.



    I think that's about it really - well, it's more than enough to be starting with at least ;)
    Any and all information people can provide me with would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Glass desk?

    Logitech Performance MX + Logitech K340

    Both can use the same unifying receiver.
     
  4. Step666

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    Not a glass desk, no.


    Thanks for both your recommendations but neither are really what I'm after.
    The MK710 ticks most of the boxes but it just doesn't jump out at me, the Performance MX/K340 combination gives me a rechargeable mouse but a far more basic keyboard than I'd want.

    The Wave Pro desktop is a bit closer as the mouse it uses can be recharged by way of a cable and the keyboard is more multimedia-friendly, however it's still not rechargeable.


    Like I said before, whilst a single dongle/receiver would be preferable, it's a secondary concern, as is a single piece of software.
     
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    Performance MX + K350 (wave with unifying receiver)

    Logitech claims long battery life for the keyboard (3 years) so you won't need it to be rechargeable, or at least get some rechargeable batteries :)

    Plus you'll get 2 unifying receiver so if you have 2 machines, just leave them on each :D
     
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    Step666 Professional chubby Chris Pratt impersonator

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    I do appreciate the suggestions but I was hoping that someone would be able to help offer up a few more suggestions regarding rechargeable keyboards.
    As I say, in an ideal world I'd like one piece of software and one dongle/receiver but, seriously, it's not my biggest concern.

    Having looked at the suggestions, I'm a little confused as to what exactly the differences between the Performance MX and the MX 1100 are - not helped by the fact that the description of the MX1100 as a separate product seems to vary a bit from the description of the mouse that's included in the Wave Pro desktop kit, which is also supposedly the MX1100.
    The listing for the mouse on it's own states it's not rechargeable whereas the listing for the desktop kit says it comes with a USB charging cable... I'm confused :confused:

    Also, is there any particular reason why Logitech is the only manufacturer who have been mentioned so far?
    Are they just generally better in this area than, say, Microsoft et al?
     
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    there are plenty of rechargeable mice out there, but not the case with keyboards.
    I'd just invest on rechargeable batteries :)
     
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    DO NOT BUY CONSUMER GRADE KEYBOARD... ie anything made by logitech, microsoft etc. they are all rubber domed, they are literally sh!t, rubber dome are cheap, unresponsive and lack tactile feedback, you can increase you typing speed and comfort with mechanical keyboards.

    for keyboards technology you really only have three choices: cherry, topre or buckling spring.

    cherry switch, get filco keyboard.

    if money is not a concern, get Topre switch keyboard, there are only two brand on the market, REALFORCE and happy hacking. Both made in Japan.

    for buckling spring get ibm model m from the 1980s, or the newer unicom keyboards, unicom bought the BS patent from ibm.

    plus, wireless and multimedia buttons are just a marketing strategy, which most people fell for. Ask yourself, do you really need wireless and the extra buttons?

    go to geekhack.org
     
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    Where should i search for this, tried amazon and only found the Happpy Hacking ranging from $77-277, more wondering since you like this keyboards maybe you know where to get them.
     
  10. Step666

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    Yes, I do.
    I have explained my needs, they are clearly stated above.
     
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