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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