Date: July 15th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Logitech
<---SHOP FOR THE LOGITECH CORDLESS MX DUO ELITE HERE
First out of the product box will be the installation
and setup poster, the driver/software CD along with a Logitech product
insert complete with a 20% coupon for your future Logitech purchase
Next on the list is the mouse charging station which does
double duty as the cordless hub for both the keyboard and the mouse.
You have the option of using the USB or PS/2 connection for the keyboard,
but the mouse can only be installed via the PS/2.
*Editor's Addition: It has come to my attention through
a couple kind emails from our readership that you can actually run the
mouse and the keyboard from the USB connection alone. I have tested
this in our hardware labs and they are indeed completely correct. Thanks
for the feedback guys! =)*
The mouse is powered through a set of pre-installed rechargeable
batteries (shown later), whereas the package only comes with a set of
standard alkaline batteries for the keyboard. Power for the mouse charging
station/cordless hub is supplied through an external power supply which
attaches to the keyboard dongle. The power supply comes equipped with
a very long cord for addition flexibility and range.
The MX Duo comes complete with Logitech's MX700 which
is Logitech's second most expensive mouse which is only topped by the
Logitech Bluetooth MX900 (Review: HERE).
More on this mouse's features later on in the review.
The keyboard in this package is the Logitech Cordless
Elite Keyboard. This particular keyboard can only be obtained through
buying this package and I have yet to find anyone that sells it separate.
With more buttons, dials and keys than Homer Simpson's nuclear plant
control room, you can see that this keyboard is definitely not lacking
in the feature department.
More on that later......
Bringing up the rear is the ergonomic wrist support which
doesn't have to be attached if you don't feel comfortable using it or
if your keyboard tray does not have the space. I personally found it
was great for day to day office work but I had to remove it while gaming.
But, to each their own.