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, which costs about $50 less and includes the wonderful .
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.