Date: November 28th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Logitech
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The charging stand has a smoke-look acrylic backstop with the Logitech logo and holds the mouse securely despite its small footprint. The first full charge of the mouse batteries took around two hours, and has lasted for almost a week under heavy use.
Now, for the keyboard. While the black trim and light blue metallic trim (which matches the mouse) is very striking, the LCD display at top center is the most distinctive feature of the MX5000. With a resolution of 102 by 42 pixels, the screen isn't huge, but can be read easily enough. The screen is not backlit. The default screen displays user name, temperature, date and time. Other screens display the user programmable smart key settings, bar graph zoom and volume levels, media playback information with playlist and internet radio access, and a very polite request to change the keyboard batteries when the become discharged. There are, however, a great number of other interesting features engineered into this keyboard.
Along the left side of the keyboard are the touch-sensitive pads that allow the user to zoom in or out and adjust volume levels by sliding a finger along the indicated pads. Play, pause, previous and next touch buttons turn red momentarily when activated as do the per-cent zoom and mute buttons. At the top left of the keyboard are the digital media library buttons that, when pressed, take the user to the My Videos, My Music and My Pictures Windows folders. Just to the right of the library buttons is the larger SYNC button, providing one-touch communication with many other Bluetooth devices. Function keys 1 through 6 perform the following tasks by default:
F1 Opens help in the running application
F2 Opens word processor
F3 Opens spreadsheet
F4 Opens slide presentation
Moving to the right side of the keyboard, the F7 and F8 keys offer print and save functionality, respectively. F keys 9 through 12 allow the user to open virtually any application, website or folder and can be programmed via the keyboard. With the site or folder or application on the monitor, simply hold down the key you wish to use for a short time, much like a station pre-set on your car radio. The two square, blue buttons above the number pad activate the calculator and sleep functions. The calculator opens in the LCD window and you must use the number pad to enter digits and perform calculations. The sleep button puts the computer into stand-by mode. Just to the left of the calculator button is the function mode button. When using the bios or during a Windows install, for instance, this button will need to be pressed to get normal function key action. To the right of the LCD are buttons for opening e-mail, messenger, status and webcam applications.
At less than one inch high, the keyboard is very thin and flat and is easy to use. The keys have a nice, positive feel and are very quiet. The keyboard is powered by four AA batteries, and the batteries are included.