With all the changes ushered in by Windows 7, and its Touch Technology, you might think that lowly keyboards and mice would get the short shrift. Not so it seems, as the majority of people using Windows 7 have no touchscreen monitor, and apparently have no plans to get one at any  time in the near future.

There is always a wish, at some level, to have a better way to input things, and assert more control over he machine with more ease – this was the genesis of keyboards with multimedia keys, programmable macro keys, etc. Logitech makes both of these, but with this new keyboard and mouse, it caters to hose who wish to be unencumbered by wires, which these days, seems to be almost everyone.

The announcement covered in TechConnect gives a bit more about this wireless input combo, using the very elegant looking keyboard, and possibly the best mouse design ever –

Logitech has today announced its latest keyboard-mouse combo which goes by the name of Wireless Desktop MK710, and claims it is the first solution with both peripherals having a battery life of up to three years. The keyboard included in the new kit features a low profile and a cushioned palm rest, Incurve keys with a concave design, and an LCD dashboard that provides status updates for Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Num Lock and battery life.

The laser mouse supplied by Logitech has a right-handed design, comes with both hyper-fast and click-to-click scrolling, and makes use of 2.4 GHz wireless technology to connect to the compact Unifying receiver bundled. Both the keyboard and mouse transmit 128-bit AES-encrypted data to the receiver.

“No one thinks about changing batteries until they have to, but when that time comes, it can stop you in your tracks,” said Rory Dooley, Logitech’s senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit. “With its industry-first three-year battery life for a combo, you might just forget the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 uses batteries at all.”
The Wireless Desktop MK710 will debut in Europe this month and reach the US in April with a price tag of $100.

Very slick looking, and I know the mouse is terrific, because I own one – now to try the keyboard!

I already know that the keyboard will not be an Alps buckling spring design, or the cost would be a hundred dollars more – oh, if only I could get a franken-board consisting of something like what is above with those wonderful, tactile, incredibly durable Alps switches, as found in the IBM Model M and Northgate Omnikey  Ultra keyboards of yesteryear.

That would be heaven!  Until then, it’s one or the other. Still, as long as the above unit doesn’t have Chiclets-style low movement keys, I will give it serious consideration.

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