If, like us, you're a hater of split-keyboards, Logitech's new Cordless Desktop Wave offers a more palatable alternative if you want a little more comfort in your day-to-day typing. A cleverly designed key layout gently angles your wrists towards a less stressful typing position, without asking you to relearn how to type. The $80 price tag for the complete wireless keyboard and mouse set feels like a fair deal, especially compared to the traditional split keyboards that can run to $100 or $150. A few back steps in hot-key layout make us wish that Logitech had taken a more all-around approach in the Cordless Desktop Wave's, but for its stated purpose, we found it easy to adjust to and comfortable to use.
Logitech incorporates two design elements into its Cordless Desktop Wave keyboard that make it stand out. The first is the so-called "wave" design, which angles the edge keys, and the two rows in the middle up towards your fingers, and pushes the keys in the W, E, and R and I, O, and P rows lower. The idea is to accommodate the different lengths of your fingers. The varying height of the keys is supposed to match up with each digit in a more natural fit.
The other unique twist is the keyboard's curve. It's similar in shape to Microsoft's Digital Entertainment Desktop 7000 and 8000, although with one major difference. Unlike the Microsoft keyboards, the letter keys on the Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave are all the same size. That means there's no stretched out G or H key in the middle row to get caught on. Such a simple design step actually makes a huge difference in how quickly you become comfortable with Logitech's board. With the Microsoft design, it takes much longer--for touch typists, especially.