As far as value goes, the Wireless BlueTrack Desktop 3000 makes quite a case for itself since it’s available for an eminently reasonable £33. Excellent value on its own merits, but with its price tag putting it right up against Logitech’s Cordless Desktop S520, currently demanding £35, let’s see how it fares.
Both sets offer a cordless experience with a compact, spillproof keyboard and ambidextrous mouse. As far as the dongle goes, Microsoft gets the first point with a far sleeker transceiver which can be stored in the mouse’s base.
When it comes to mice Logitech’s LX5 effort might be slightly more comfortable and thankfully lacking that glossy finish, but the 5000 has two more buttons and a superior battery insertion system. The LX5 offers notched feedback on its scroll-wheel, but Microsoft’s rodent uses superior BlueTrack technology, which allows it to be used on almost any surface, so depending on your needs we’d say the maker of Windows wins this one too.
Finally in the keyboard department, Logitech’s effort is slimmer and has a more supportive wrist-rest, which combines with the keys’ zero-degree tilt to offer superior comfort. Actual key feedback is far better on the 3000 V2.0 though, as the keys on the S520 feel comparatively light and lose. We’d call it a draw here, though if you can raise the front of Microsoft’s keyboard (using a gel wrist-rest, for example) it definitely receives the win. Overall then, we declare the Desktop 3000 the well-deserved champion.
Overall, decent build quality and ergonomics together with Microsoft’s exclusive BlueTrack sensor technology means you’re getting a lot for your money here. Quite simply, if you’re on a strict budget you’re unlikely to find a better cordless mouse and keyboard combo than the Wireless BlueTrack Desktop 3000 right now.
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