Review of Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 keyboard and mouse combo

Summary: Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 is a keyboard/mice combo with some nice features like a laser mouse, long battery life and good ergonomics, but I also found some issues with it.


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INTRODUCTION

Normally when we review mice or keyboards we go for high end stuff directed towards gamers. This time we are instead looking at an office/multimedia type mouse and keyboard combo, the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710.



Here are the specifications:

Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710

Keyboard MK700

Multimedia keys

22

Language

Spanish

Connectivity

Wireless of 2.4GHz with Unifying technology and encryption 128bits AES

Batteries

Alkaline batteries of 1.5V, 2 units (included)

Duration of batteries

Up to 3 years

LCD

Yes, monochrome

Other characteristics

Incurve keys, ample route of the keys

Mouse Marathon Mouse M705

Buttons

7 altogether, 3 configurable ones

Sensor

Laser

Resolution

1000DPI, not configurable

Connectivity

Wireless of 2.4GHz with Unifying technology and encryption 128bits AES

Batteries

Alkaline batteries of 1.5V, 2 units (including)

Other characteristics

Hyper-fast scrolling, design skirted for maximum comfort, lateral Scroll



The Wireless Desktop MK710 kit consists of the mouse Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 and the MK700 keyboard. It is possible to acquire the mouse separately, but the MK700 keyboard is only available in this kit.



The kit has some nice new features like the Logitech “Unifying” technology which I will explain further down in this review.



LOGITECH WIRELESS DESKTOP MK710: THE KEYBOARD

OK so let’s start by having a look at the MK700 keyboard and its features, which I must say are quite numerable especially considering that this is not a gaming keyboard. The first detail that catches the eye is the LCD screen; it alone makes this keyboard look advanced.



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Another detail is the FN-key which allows us to assign multiple functions to a key. This immediately gives us double the amount of possible keyboard functions. The same idea is commonly used with notebooks. Yet another detail is the “Incurve Keys”, which means that the keys have a central concavity and softened edges.



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There are two sets of multimedia buttons on the board. The first set is located to the left and right side of the LCD panel. Those are start/pause/stop/next/previous and the volume control buttons.


The rest of the multimedia functions are called by simultaneously pressing the FN button, a total of 16 pre programmed macro-keys which for instance start you mail client, starts your browser etc.



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The monochrome LCD panel is centered in the top of the keyboard. The panel shows battery and audio sound level as well as if Num Lock or Caps Lock is active. The keyboard also features a soft and flexible surface to rest you palms on while typing.



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Another nice detail is the on/off switch in the top right corner which is of course there to save battery. Logitech actually claims that the batteries for this combo will last for three years, and that goes for the mouse to.



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The back side of the keyboard has two set of “feet” of different lengths. The back side also holds the battery compartment for two AA of 1.5V (included).




LOGITECH WIRELESS DESKTOP MK710: THE MOUSE

The included mouse is the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705, a wireless laser mouse of a smaller size than average laser mice. This mouse can be purchased alone from Logitech unlike the keyboard.



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The Marathon Mouse M705’s body is made of plastic but the sides are made of rubber which gives it a nice feel in the hand.



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The mouse has 3 buttons and the wheel which allows us to do scrolling both vertically and horizontally. This mouse incorporates one of Logitech’s newer technologies which enables “Hyper-fast scrolling” which can be practical many times. The small button just above the mice wheel controls how the scrolling is done, smoothly or by smaller “jumps”.



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The laser sensor has a wavelength of 848nm and a resolution of 1000dpi. The laser sensor is placed a bit to the right which might annoy gamers which usually prefer to have the laser sensor placed centrally. But then again, this is not a gaming kit.



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The pivot points are made of Teflon to maximize their durability and the displacement speed. The mouse feels balanced so they have succeeded in the placement of the pivot points.





LOGITECH WIRELESS DESKTOP MK710: ACCESSORIES


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The manual is very good and explains in detail how to use the kit. For example the pages above explain the indications in the LCD panel and the Hyper-fast system scrolling of the mouse.



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Above is a picture of the very small “Unifying” connector, which controls both devices and it is also possible to connect other Logitech peripherals which support the Unifying technology. Logitech has also included an extension cable for the connector which may come in handy if you are using a desktop computer placed under the table or somewhere else where the connector does not have clear view to the keyboard and mouse.



I would also just like to briefly mention that Logitech has included high quality batteries from Duracell in this package.



USER EXPERIENCE

I have used the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 during a month approximately. The general experience is very good, mainly with office tasks where the keyboard offers a very high comfort level even in longer sessions. What I have been most impressed by is the soft palm rest which really makes a difference.


The “Incurve technology keys” didn’t really make too much difference from normal keys but they feel a little softer for the fingers.



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The weak point of the keyboard is the LCD panel which is just not powerful enough. It was hard to read what it said in a dark room or from a slightly skew angle.


In my view, the weak link in this package is the mouse. I am a gamer with big hands so I am used to big mice. This mouse is just too small for me. I know that many of you are used to smaller sized mice since you use mice indented to be used with laptops on the road, but I just cannot appreciate smaller sized mice.  Otherwise the mouse is exact and responsive.



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The best thing about this rather advanced kit is really the simple fact of the extended battery life. Of course I cannot confirm that the batteries will last for three years but I can confirm that the battery indicator didn’t move from “full” during my testing period.



CONCLUSIONS

Logitech usually do solid products and they have succeeded here as well. However there are some minor faults which I recommend them to fix for newer revisions of this product.


One of the things that annoyed me a bit was the low luminosity of the LCD screen. In some conditions I just couldn’t read it properly. The second thing is the fact that the mouse just feels a little too small for a desktop set mouse. I would have liked to see a little better mouse at this price level, perhaps the Performance Mouse MX? Again, what you think about the size of the mouse is of course something that differs from person to person, but for me it was too small.


Overall this is a good kit though, especially if you can deal with a mouse of smaller dimensions. The long battery times; the Incurve keys; the padded palm rest are all things which are very convenient for a desktop kit. Also, we shouldn’t forget about the Unifying technology and the FN button.



The price level at around 100€ is a little steep for a desktop kit, at least in my opinion. If the keyboard had been of the ergonomic “natural” type it would have made more sense to me. Still, I do recommend this kit mainly for office workers who are sitting long hours in front of the computer and who need a wireless kit.


Pros:

  • Construction quality and materials
  • Ergonomics
  • Extra features
  • Comfort of use
  • Drivers with excellent functionality



Cons:

  • High price
  • Poor LCD screen
  • Too small mouse


Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710

Packaging and accessories

1.5/1.5

Quality and finish

1.5/1.5

Special features

2/2

Mouse comfort

1.0/2

Keyboard comfort

1.5/2

Price

0.6/1

Total

8.1/10

 

 

 

The final score is 81 out of 100 owls, and we give the “Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710″ our Recommended Award.


 

 

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Author: Manuel González Fernández

Translator: Vince Emiloz Sanderson

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