Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5000 Laser review: Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5000 Laser

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Installation and interface: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0

Average User Rating

1.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Attractive design; touch pad and LCD built into keyboard for displaying basic information; excellent mouse with programmable buttons.

The Bad Keyboard and computer interactions can experience some lag; mouse for right-handed use only; hot keys and media control buttons are too small; LCD lacks a backlight; not Mac compatible.

The Bottom Line The attractive Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5000 Laser features flashy new technology, but its few flaws keep it from being our favorite desktop set.

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Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5000 Laser

The $149 Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5000 Laser, a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse duo that combines touch-pad technology with a built-in LCD, will make a cutting-edge addition to your desktop. With media controls and hot keys, the set is well suited for both multimedia and business applications. All is not perfect, however: we experienced some performance lag and found the LCD difficult to read. For similar media controls and hot-key functionality, sans the LCD and the touch pad, look to the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3100 , which costs about $50 less and includes the wonderful MX1000 laser mouse .

Included with a keyboard that has a built-in 1-by-3-inch LCD are Logitech's tried-and-true MX1000 mouse and a Bluetooth 2.0 USB dongle. We plugged in the Bluetooth USB receiver to our PC's empty port and hit the Connect button, and we were ready to go. To make use of the set's programmable hot keys and keyboard and mouse settings, you must first install Logitech's SetPoint software, found on the included CD. Logitech also provides MediaLife software, a Media Center-like app that makes it easy to access photos and music; Desktop Manager, which alerts you to software updates; Musicmatch Jukebox, a media player; and Easy Synchronization, for syncing up with other Bluetooth devices. All in all, installing the software package took about 15 minutes on our Windows XP-based system; you can install the apps all at once or piecemeal.

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Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5000 Laser

Part Number: 967558-0403 Released: Oct 1, 2005
MSRP: $199.95 Low Price: $399.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Oct 1, 2005
  • Compatibility PC