The keyboard is packed with function keys and media controls. A four-way scrollwheel and cruise up and down buttons, which let you move up and down in a window faster than scrolling, sit on the left side of the keyboard. Above that is a zoom in/out rocker button accompanied by a "%" button, which returns the screen to 100 percent size. Below are three unrelated buttons: one to close a window, an Enter button, and a programmable button that defaults to a task button, which shows all open applications. The raised top-center section is devoted to media: a large volume-control wheel, standard playback control buttons, and buttons for burning and recording. Unfortunately, the burn button works with only MusicMatch Jukebox 8.2 and Windows Media Player 9.0. To the left, you'll find programmable buttons that default to open video, music, picture and document folders. The keys in the upper-right part of the keyboard are also programmable but default to open e-mail and instant-messaging clients, set your status on instant messenger, and start a Webcam. Although very useful, most of the function keys are very small.
And, if that's not enough programmable functionality, the F-keys are also programmable. F1 through F8 default to the tasks of opening help, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Power Point, undo, redo, print, and save. Keys F9 through F12 are unassigned. All of the F-keys are about half the size of regular key--we'd like them a bit larger.
In addition to its plethora of buttons, this sleek, black-and-dark-blue set is attractive and comfortable. The typing keys on the keyboard are all at the same level, thanks to Logitech's Zero-Tilt technology, which improves the ergonomics and comfort. The wrist rest adds to the keyboard's overall comfort, too. The sculpted mouse, with a deep thumb area and a high arch, perfectly fits a right hand.