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Only a little while ago, Logitech walked away with yet another Recommended Award for its excellent Cordless Desktop Wave Pro mouse and keyboard set. But the sad reality is that not everyone can afford to spend £72 on peripherals. Naturally, Logitech also caters for the budget end of the peripheral market, and one of its latest entries is the S520 Cordless Desktop.
The S520 combines the keyboard of the same name with an LX5 laser mouse. On opening the package, the first concession to price that is immediately apparent is in the receiver: instead of the slim USB dongle we've come to expect, here you'll find a large wired base station hearkening back to the days of the company's MX3200 keyboard and mouse. At least it's a very attractive curved glossy black unit, with a small rubber 'connect' button and green LED indicators for Caps Lock and signal.
The mouse also shows up the set's budget nature. It's an incredibly simple and basic model sporting a combination of black and dark gray-silver. No sign of curvy thumb-rests or rubberized sections here, though at least the LX5's symmetrical shape does mean it's equally suited to both right and left-handed users. Despite this, it's actually quite comfortable, with indents in the buttons and at the sides.
Speaking of buttons, this is another area where Logitech has cut back, with only the two standard ones being present plus of course a clickable scroll wheel. The rubberized wheel is also four-directional, though as you might have guessed there's no sign of Logitech's excellent Micro-Gear scrolling technology. As always with the company's mice, button feedback is good, and the wheel offers notched feedback so could be used for light FPS gaming in a pinch.
The LX5 glides along smoothly on almost any surface thanks to four broad Teflon feet. On the bottom are 'connect' and 'on/off' buttons, along with a catch that releases part of the mouse's top so that you can insert AA batteries. It is unfortunate that this mouse doesn't use a rechargeable system, but not only can you insert your own, Logitech claims an impressive eight-month battery life.