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Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro - Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers


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Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro


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Getting onto the keyboard, little has changed from the original wired Wave, but that's no bad thing. The titular wave refers to the ergonomically curved alphabet keys, lending it a feel reminiscent of the split ergonomic 'natural' keyboards of old. And indeed, it is very comfortable to use, also thanks to the permanently attached and thickly-cushioned palm-rest which is covered with perforated anti-sweat material.

Key feedback is good, and barely audible apart from the noisy spacebar. It doesn't feel quite as positive as the Microsoft keyboard I was typing on till now (the Entertainment 7000), but after getting used to it, its soft feel is very pleasant. The flat angle is healthiest to type on, but for those who prefer their keyboard to be sloped there's a twin-leg system that can raise the Wave by four or eight degrees.

There's a range of large dedicated shortcut buttons, including a handy zoom control to the left of the Tab key. There is also a full set of media controls including an easy-to-use volume rocker with mute, play/pause, stop and track selection arranged around it. Meanwhile, a 'function' key beside right-Ctrl activates secondary functions for the F-buttons. Thanks to Logitech's ever-excellent SetPoint software, all of these can be assigned to functions or custom keystrokes different to their defaults.

Overall then, we have a set that's high on comfort and usability, with generally excellent build quality. An ergonomic keyboard combines with one of the best rechargeable mice on the market, which unlike previous Logitech models such as the otherwise amazing MX Revolution won't become permanently useless if the battery dies. Compared to Logitech's own MX5500 Revolution wireless mouse and keyboard set, the Cordless Wave Pro wins hands down, with the only trump card of the MX5500 being its occasionally handy LCD screen.

Best of all, at £72 the Wave Pro is available for £20 less than the MX5500. This price is in line with other high-end desktops, and cheaper than getting the MX1100 mouse and wired Wave keyboard separately. Good news for casual gamers is that the Cordless Desktop Wave Pro isn't as averse to fragging as most wireless sets either. Yes, it's expensive, but often you get what you pay for, and peripherals -- like monitors -- are one area where it's not worth skimping as they affect your health and comfort.


Logitech has gone to town with its Cordless Desktop Wave Pro, which combines good looks and comfortable ergonomics without breaking the bank. Essentially, if I had to get a cordless mouse and keyboard set right now, this is the one I'd go for.

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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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