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Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro review

Ardjuna Seghers



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Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro


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It's getting more and more difficult for peripheral makers to come up with ways to differentiate their non-gaming mice and keyboards, but two companies which still consistently succeed are Microsoft and Logitech. In fact, the Logitech Wave keyboard made it into third place for Best PC Accessory in our 2008 Awards. Cheap and very cheerful indeed, about the only things we could possibly have wished for is that it was wireless, and had an accompanying mouse. Never one to rest on its laurels, Logitech has complied on both points, and brought us the Cordless Desktop Wave Pro. This combines a wireless version of the Wave with the MX1100 cordless laser mouse, in theory making for a great set.

The Wave Pro is presented with Logitech's usual care. Though the quick-start guide seems to have fallen by the wayside, there is a clear and well-illustrated multi-lingual user's guide. Aside from the keyboard, mouse and dongle, there is also a glossy black USB charger with interchangeable European or UK power plugs, and a USB-A to Micro-USB cable for the rechargeable mouse.

This wireless set is the easiest I've come across to install. You don't even need to insert batteries or charge the mouse, since batteries are pre-inserted and the one in the mouse is pre-charged. Simply remove the battery-isolating tags, switch on both peripherals, plug in the USB dongle and you're ready to go.

One of the greatest annoyances with many wireless mice is that, if you forget to place them in their charging cradle, you can come to your desk and find a non-responsive rodent. Even worse is running out of battery power in the middle of that important presentation you're preparing, or that tense match of Counter Strike. As you might have guessed from the charger and cable, Logitech has come up with a solution to this problem (though it's hardly the first or only company to have done so). Simply plug the USB cable into the charger or any powered USB port on your computer, and you can use the MX1100 while charging it at the same time -- though you're unlikely to need to do this often, since Logitech claims a whole six weeks of use from a single seven-hour charge! If you hate the thought of ever using a wired mouse again, you can even get an entire day's worth from a quick 15-minute charge, or just replace its Ni-MH AA battery with an alkaline one.

This is all excellent stuff, with the only minute niggles being that the mouse has a Micro-USB port rather than the far more common Mini-USB, and that the wireless dongle still needs to be plugged into your PC for the mouse to actually work. Unfortunately, Logitech hasn't implemented the same cable system for the keyboard, which still runs off two AA alkalines. However, not only can you use rechargeable batteries with a separate charger, a simple pair of alkaline AAs give the Wave Pro keyboard a stunning claimed battery life of three years! Of course both peripherals have indicator lights to warn about low battery life.

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Francesco Mastellone

January 24, 2009, 5:09 pm

I currently own a first-gen wireless Wave, but I don't like it half as much as you did. One thing is particularly terrible: the feel of the keys. It' s not uncommon for them to stick when pressed in a direction that's even a few degrees off perpendicular to their surface. They come back up without a problem, but this completely disrupts both my touch typing and the original intent of ergonomics. They're not even silent either. I'm not sure after how much time these problems presented, or whether mine is a faulted exemplar, but they're something to keep an eye out for.


January 24, 2009, 11:05 pm

Yet again, lefties are left out..

Lon Bailey

January 24, 2009, 11:41 pm

The key layout is also a bit unusual: function keys are grouped in 3s instead of in usual 4s and the Home/End/ Page up/ Page down keys are also not like standard keyboards. these might be good for your hands, but wrecked some minor havoc with productivity! Agree with Francesco about the noisy keyboard.


January 25, 2009, 5:07 am

"Home/End/ Page up/ Page down keys are also not like standard keyboards" - i don't like that either.


January 26, 2009, 6:18 am

First the Reviewer forgot to mention the extra button under your thumb under the rubber surface below the forward/back buttons. If you didnt read the box you would not know it is there. The mouse definately has a nice feel.

Second I have 3 logitech wave keyboards and they are all great! The keys are smooth and quiet and don't stick at all unlike the previous microsoft wave keyboards I used to own, that were very loud and clunky. and keys on all old keyboards would stick when trying to push them down.

This logitech keyboard mouse combo is very nice. I would definately recomend to all.


January 26, 2009, 4:35 pm

Is that really an MX1100 mouse? According to their website the MX1100 has two batteries, is not rechargeable and does not have a USB cable connection.



January 29, 2009, 2:43 pm

@Seiuchi: Good point about that 'hidden' button; that's definitely something I should have mentioned. Apologies.

@filey: As an ex-lefty myself, I understand your frustration. As mentioned in the review though, the non-Pro Cordless Desktop Wave comes with an ambidextrous mouse.

@Francesco & Lon Bailey: Peripherals will always be a personal experience to some extent, but I must say that neither of the Wave keyboards in the office are noisy - aside from the spacebar.

@Spider: I agree, but one gets used to it after a while.

@simbloke: Good point. It appears to be a highly modified version of the MX1100.

Matthew Bunton

February 6, 2009, 11:11 pm

Received mine today pretty pleased with it overall however the mouse is lagging under normal windows Vista 64x conditions. From past experience with Logitech products and software I actually uninstalled the Setpoint software and suprise, suprise the problem vanished.

I had the same problem a few years ago with their Setpoint software and it seems it still hasn't been sorted. I don't know why TR regards it as a good piece of software as many others have had similar problems.


February 10, 2009, 7:57 pm

@Matthew Bunton: Having reviewed many Logitech wireless sets in addition to owning one personally (and another two Logitech wireless mice), I can honestly say that since version 4 of SetPoint the software has never had detrimental effects upon my mousing experience.

No-one in the TR office has had trouble with recent Setpoint iterations either. The problem with computers is that not only the hardware but software too (never mind individuals' usage and setup models) differ so greatly it can be almost impossible to recreate conditions under which users are having problems.

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