Throughout the years many keyboard and mouse packages have been introduced that have been lacking all the new technologies and pure innovation. Logitech has broken the ice and released their Cordless Freedom Optical package. This combo includes the Logitech Cordless Desktop Navigator Keyboard and the Logitech Cordless MouseMan Optical. The pure style and innovation in design of the two is stunning, it uses a very appealing color scheme of black and gray, it has perfect comfort lines and contours, and finally not only does it pack the finest looks but it is the most useful and easy to use combo yet seen on the market with all of the shortcut buttons, controllers and control panels.
Since the introduction of the first MouseMan® Cordless in 1991, Logitech has been a pioneer in bringing cordless products to market. Cordless devices yield many benefits for users, such as freedom from tangled cables and increased comfort while using the computer. Over the past ten years, Logitech has produced over 13 million cordless products (mice, trackballs, keyboards), attaining the highest level of expertise in that field.
Logitech has started this package off with the Cordless Desktop Navigator Keyboard, it packs all of the style, quality, innovation and helpful control panels and shortcuts to be the best keyboard out and truly amaze any user. Now when you buy a wireless mouse, you will be taking it away from the immediate front of your desk assumingly, whenever you do anything with your mouse you are most likely going to need your keyboard as well. So you will not only need to have the mouse, but the keyboard as well. In site of this Logitech has compiled the perfect combo, a Cordless MouseMan Optical and a Cordless Desktop Navigator Keyboard. With the new age of software including email, web pages, movies, games, graphic production, web design, and others there is a need for a way to easily access all the functions of these things without having to manually do every step, or else having a shortcut. In this new combo rather than giving you a junky old white standard issue keyboard with the minimal keys, they gave you the Cordless Desktop Navigator Keyboard that has all the options you could ever dream of for any use of software.
The Logitech Cordless MouseMan Optical is a fairly new but very innovative, comfortable and useful mouse. It uses two of the most recent technologies used in mouse's rather than only one, which is a good combination Logitech has made this mouse with not only the latest and best technologies but with a very nice structure with amazing contours and support pads on the sides where your fingers are in order to not get any discomfort at all. This mouse also has 4 buttons, the normal left and right button, the scroll bar in the middle that is customizable and then a button for your thumb on the side, which is also customizable. Now before going more into the review lets look into how these technologies work.
First, lets look at what comes with all this and what you will need to run it.
From looking at the specs on this combo you will see it is a very nice package. Most would have thought you would be changing the batteries of the keyboard around every 2-3 weeks but double that number and change it to months and you have the correct answer.
Past are the days of boring and beige, standard and square keyboards. The latest generation of Logitech products breaks all barriers: an ultra-thin profile, zero degree tilt, sexy contours and cool colors transform this basic piece of office equipment into a fashion statement. For your comfort, style and freedom.
The Cordless Freedom Optical is designed to transform the look and feel of your desktop, the new Logitech keyboards come in an inspired, refreshing form. The curved, zero degree tilt™ key frame eases every keystroke. Their low, racy profile adds a stylish, sophisticated look to your home or office environment.
As we saw above with the bad and good keyboard, this keyboard packs some of the sweetest looks I have seen. The sleek black with the shiny silver compliments all of this keyboard's features and also is the same color scheme of the mouse so the two will blend in perfectly on your desk. Whether you are in a messy sloppy room or a very neat and organized business area this combo will suit you in the area of help and it will blend in with your current environment. The keyboard also has a wrist pad that is black, soft and blends in with the texture of the keyboard, this is a very good thing for all you geeks who are at your computer 24 / 7 and have your wrists getting sores because of the edge of your desk. Taking a look at all the extra buttons you will notice that they are not your normal boxy boring buttons, they are all silver and designed to flow with the rest of the keyboards design and they surely have succeeded.
Now that we have a good picture of what the keyboard looks like and all of the extra features it provides we can find out exactly what they can do. In the top left corner we have the Internet buttons - the buttons are as follows:
This panel is very helpful because rather than typing in all your web addresses you can simply click these buttons and get where you want right away, not only that but you don't have to mess around with your favorites folder as much with organizing your financing section, chatting sections and your personal favorites because it is all manageable on this control panel.
The iNav panel is in heavy competition for the most useful control panel on the keyboard, but it only gets 2nd most useful for me. You can make it load music lists, open the registry, you can make it do anything you want. The universal scroll is also helpful when in folders or browsing the web it is a quick way to find what you need quickly.
This panel has more of the internet quick keys so you don't have to jumble up your favorites with tons of links that you can just attach to buttons now. Also checking your email is much easier because you don't have to go through your start menu or do any work at all (assuming moving your hand 3 inches is work.) Now most of us geeks would probably link the Shopping button to PriceWatch, no more stressing your eyes out looking through an endless list of favorites to find it, and this means buying hardware is easier.
These selections are very handy as in most programs like Winamp, Media Player and most others they do not require any customization for the buttons actions to be applicable, it already will work upon installation. The ease at which you can play music and sort through tracks is very nice, rather than taking a break ever 3-4 minutes to select the next song while working which gets rather irritating very quickly you can just move your finger up and smack the next button to browse through your music selection.
Mouse Style & Details
Taking the mouse out of the box you want to take a look at all the contours of this mouse and how sleek the design is of the entire mouse combined with the comfort pads if you call them on either side of the mouse in order to have maximum comfort on all the fingers. On the top of the mouse is a gel pad with a labeling of Logitech, which is slightly good feeling but mainly to add looks. After that you have the shape of the mouse, it is shaped to fit not only perfectly, but very comfortable as well inside your palm and the contours around all the stress points of the fingers and knuckles it is one very comfortable mouse. Where your thumb and other fingers that are not in use while using the mouse go is perfectly placed with comfort pads as shown in the picture to the left. The style of this mouse is also very nice because it is attracting the eye with just a glimpse. The sleek bends and curves and the color scheme of gray and blue along with the gel pad imprinted with the Logitech logo are all attributes which make this mouse look very appealing. Other than that this mouse is like eye candy, compared to a normal white ball mouse the looks and comfort levels which are increased are tremendous.
Just looking at the mouse you might think it is light, though this is wrong. Without the batteries the mouse is extremely light yes, but once you put the batteries in the mouse becomes very heavy compared to a normal mouse
Just from looking at the graph of specs you will be surprised, the point of the weight becomes obvious now though the receiver is not heavy at all because the computer via a USB port powers it. Some people, mainly the gaming enthusiasts will dislike the weight factor because when they are playing a tournament for example they cant have to lug around a heavy mouse to target in on a guy. Or if you are working hard on web design or graphics you will not want to put up with having a more difficult time moving it. Though in reality the difference is almost non-existent and you may only notice a slight difference from your current mouse, possibly not any at all. When hooking the mouse up to your computer it is rather simple, plug in the receiver anywhere within 6 feet of your computer keeping in mind if it is behind tons of things it will not matter, then put the batteries in the mouse and your done. Next you install the software, pop in the CD when you boot up, click next a few times, restart and viola, your done. In terms of using the mouse while at your computer you will no longer have to worry about having a cord to get tangled on things in its path from the computer to your surface. You then have the ball inside of the mouse to get dirty along with the roller bars inside the mouse, and lastly you have the immobility of a normal mouse, you are secluded to the one area where it is. If you want to maximize the use of your ball and wire mouse or even be able to use it comfortably then you will have to buy many expensive accessories such as a Mouse Bungee, a very high quality mouse pad, cleaning kit for the ball and roller bars inside and a few other things. Though when you have this mouse your good with it how it comes, it will work on just about any surface other than glass or mirror. This means if you want to work on the couch and you have any surface or even the arm of the couch you could operate like that. Now that we have gone over the specs, use and installation of this mouse we will look into its customability.
Logitech delivers a new level of products that eliminate many issues typically associated with ball-based pointing devices. With optical technology there is no sticking, less maintenance, and more flexibility. So, leave your mouse pad behind! Use your optical pointing device to get smoother gliding on most surfaces and precision performance everywhere.
With this mouse and all of the extra features it has you would want to be able to make them do exactly what you want with your computer. The Logitech MouseMan software allows you to fully customize every button on the mouse to your likings. This is a very appreciated thing as it would be annoying to be forced to use a set of default button commands.
After taking a brief look at 2 screenshots of the MouseWare and iTouch you see there is tons of options covering everything on the mouse and keyboard. You can change what each button does to just about any command you want. For the web-scrolling bar (or whatever you choose the scroll bars command to be) you are able to change it to scroll 0,1, 3, 6 lines or the whole page. If you are someone who alternates mouse's like if you use the Cordless MouseMan Optical at a further spot than in front of the computer and then a normal mouse at the computer you can use the same software to change that mouse's buttons as well. All of these customization options are very handy when gaming of course, but while working on web designs, graphics, graphs, and in any situation were you are working on your computer it has proven to be the most operable mouse. Another thing you can look at with this software up is the battery level, this is quite handy so you can check up on it rather than find out in the middle of an important assignment when you can't move your mouse pointer anymore. The batteries in the mouse will not have to be changed very often at all, the specific reasons stated above that Logitech used make this mouse something that is much easier to use, because you would not want to have to change the batteries every couple weeks. Something that may irritate some people about this mouse is that if you do not have the MouseWare software open/running then any of the customizations you did will apply and they will all go back to normal. The button for your thumb will not even work unless you have the software open.
Co-Functionality & Durability
The mouse and the keyboard are said to work perfectly together, not causing any problems what so ever. This seems to be false as when installed sometimes the mouse will lag and not pick up my movement. This is something that can be very annoying to a gamer that is trying to aim a snipe on someone but ends up missing because his mouse was lagging. This is a main occurrence when the mouse is a bit far away or not in a straight path of the receiver, but again this should not alter the mouse's condition at all because the keyboard and mouse use radio frequency. This could be a sign of low batteries though they are almost new. Something not thought of very much is if the characters printed on the buttons are sold and will stay on.
The keys on this keyboard after continuous use seem to be losing some color of the characters on the keys, even though most people do not really look at the keyboard when typing that is not acceptable. Other than those two things this combo has everything it takes to be the best mouse and keyboard combo out. If you leave out the fact of the low quality print to the keys then this thing is great, made of tough, solid plastic that can be dropped and still remain intact. The keyboard takes batteries as well as the mouse though the life expectancy on the batteries for the keyboard is much more - every 6-12 months stated by Logitech. Also when companies list dates and life expectancies for things it is usually a bit under what they really can last just to be safe and to protect them from any problems.
Looking back at the details on this keyboard, it has the looks and style that can make anyone speechless, it has so many options and buttons to customize that no matter what you are doing on the computer you can make it easier with this keyboard, and finally the overall great quality and helpfulness brought to you from Logitech. All this makes this mouse able to look incredible and still perform outstanding under almost any situation, I have chosen 1 thing to leave you all with, I think the picture speaks for itself.
Cordlessness brings versatility, convenience and comfort. As there are no cables, your desk surface remains neat and clean. You'll be free to work the way you want and move your keyboard and mouse according to your current task. Logitech cordless products use digital radio technology, which guarantees reliable communication even if your desk is crowded with cups, books and piles of paper.
In sum this mouse has all the great looks with its sleek blue and gray color scheme and the nice logo embedded on top, the top 2 technologies (optical and cordless) in one mouse with a range of 6 feet combined with the technology that saves the lives of your batteries so you barely ever have to change them, the MouseWare's customization options and the ease of use while working or gaming, all of these make this mouse the leading one on the market and the most comfortable and useful mouse I have ever used. Now here is some final picture of the whole bundle the mouse comes with.
- Attractive & Stylish
- Semi High price to be affordable by
Because of the improved on the original product, the stylish and technology, I’ll award Logitech Cordless Freedom Optical FULL 5 stars award and our editor's choice award!.
Modification of Logitech
Wireless Optical Mouse
June 14, 2002
There’s no mistaking it… That big ugly optical led is clashing with your stylin’ blue-led-laden Lian Li! In this article, eliteHW will show you how to properly change that ugly led to a color of your choice! Warning, neither I nor eliteHW are accountable if you mess up your mouse! On we go!
What You Will Need
• Soldering iron/solder
I was not entirely impressed with the red glow of my Logitech Wireless Optical Mouse. So, in order to match my case I wanted a blue colored led. This proved to be a relatively simple mod! On we go!
The first thing I did was to take out the batteries and open the shell of the mouse.
This is when I noticed that there were three distinct levels of circuitry in the mouse. The bottom level was what I was interested in as it contained the led circuitry. Therefore, I had to unscrew and take out the other two. The red dot (the one on the left) in the picture shows where the led is located.
Replacing The LED
This is a close-up of the third level. This is where the fun begins! The first thing to do is pop off that white (beige if you prefer) led holder. It has a special locking mechanism so a small screwdriver is required to get it loose.
Now you can start unsoldering. The process itself is very easy; however, if you do not have steady hands it may be difficult. The unsoldering should be done as quickly as possible to minimize possible heat damage. Please note, if your particular mouse does not have markings for + and – on the circuit board, you may want to investigate the position of the led. As in the picture below, the shorter lead is negative. However, this may not be applicable because the leads will be cut even with the circuit board. To find out + or – look inside the led bulb and check the filament position. The side with the shorter filament side is positive.
Now, its time to solder in your new led! Please take note, that my particular optical mouse is only supplied with 3v of power. Therefore, a typical 5v blue led rated at 2600mcd would not be bright enough. However, for those of you using a wired optical mouse, 5v will probably work well! (USB provides 5v of power) My mouse was clearly marked (on the circuit board) with a positive and negative so I just soldered in a new one. Always remember, the short lead is negative! I chose this from BGmicro.com because it was blue and fit my needs for brightness and voltage. However, I have had trouble locating this led anywhere anymore. Please email me if you know of a reputable supplier selling 3v 2500mcd (or higher) blue led’s.
After you have soldered in your choice of led, cut the leads down to size and put it all back together. This is not hard and you just reverse the process by which you took it apart!
Now you’re done! Have fun mesmerizing your friends with a cool modded mouse!
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