Logitech Cordless Desktops

Review

posted 12/13/2002 by John Yan
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A while ago I reviewed the Logitech Cordless Optical. It was a very cool looking setup with an optical mouse and a multimedia keyboard. Logitech has released this year’s model and while top of the line unit is almost identical to last year’s model, they also feature a set that’s less expensive and less features. Today we’ll look at both of them and see how they are and how good they are for games.

First up is the Logitech Cordless Navigator Duo combo which features a white multimedia keyboard and a white cordless optical mouse. The white standard keyboard features some multimedia controls at the top center. It’s a standard keyboard shape with an optional wrist rest. The slim profile keyboard lies pretty low but can be elevated by two keyboard leg risers. The set includes an optical mouse, which I will go more into later.

The Cordless Navigator Duo features the same buttons as the Cordless Elite Duo on the upper left and upper right. Instead of a dial, the Cordless Navigator Duo has two buttons to control the volume. I’m more biased towards the dial but the volume buttons do the job quite well. The other difference in terms of keyboard functions between this one and the Cordless Elite Duo is the lack of jog dial and Internet buttons on the left side of the keyboard. To power the set, the keyboard and mouse takes two AA batteries each.

On the receiver are various LED lights that let you know whether the function key is pressed, scroll lock or num lock is active, and caps lock. It also has a connect button in case you need to synch the keyboard or mouse back up. The length of the USB/PS2 connector from the receiver is pretty generous so you can place the receiver really far away from the computer or any other potential inferring part. There is a USB to PS2 converter in case you don’t have any USB ports. Also, you can just have the USB plug attached and the keyboard and mouse will work fine.
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