Logitech Cordless Desktop S 510
The $99.99 Logitech Cordless Desktop S 510 set combines a mouse, a keyboard, and a media remote for PC users who are as likely to play music or watch DVDs as they are to use Word. The low-profile keyboard, the well-shaped mouse, and the narrow remote have a stylish black-and-silver look, though the remote suffers from an awkward scrollwheel and poorly placed buttons. The keyboard and the mouse, however, feel good in the hand and provide enough programmability to please casual users. Still, real media enthusiasts will have better luck with the comparably priced; users more interested in straightforward functionality will be well served by the .
Setup is fairly simple. Just load the included batteries (the mouse takes two AA batteries, while the remote and keyboard take two AAA each), plug in the USB receiver, and press the connect buttons on the receiver and each device. It took several tries before we established the connection, but thereafter all three peripherals remained synced. The set works as a plug-and-play device, and the default settings for the shortcut and media keys are useful for media players and other common programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel. To customize the buttons and change settings on the keyboard or mouse, however, you'll need to install Logitech's included SetPoint software; also included are Musicmatch Jukebox 9.0, a media player, and Logitech's MediaLife software, the last of which helps you manage and view pictures, music, and video.