Battery life is the bane of the wireless peripheral fan. There is nothing worse than watching your last keystroke run away on your document while your backspace key is literally powerless to stop it. Logitech’s new Wireless Desktop MK710 is designed to make such a trauma a thing that only occurs every 36 months. Proprietary RF transmission enables the colossal battery life as well as significant distances (10 m+), which combined with the unified USB receiver makes it a very attractive offering. Sadly that is where the attraction stops.
The MK710 keyboard feels comfortable to start with, a sensation that rapidly evaporates with a little usage. The keys are low profile but not isolated and subsequently feel cheap. A lack of resistance in keystrokes has an effect on accuracy and notably degrades typing performance. For reasons unknown Logitech have also allocated Mzansi with UK layout on this model; South Africa uses the US layout and it is frustrating having to search for the @, \ or “ keys. As the bulk of Logitech’s local keyboard portfolio is US, this reeks of a dead product dump.
On the plus side, the mouse is small and uses a laser sensor to track movement. The wheel supports multidirectional scrolling as well as Logitech’s hyper-fast scrolling, which allows the wheel to spin free, allowing for high-speed scrolling. Overall it’s responsive, functional and feels as solid as wireless could.
The Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 has a great battery life and an excellent mouse but it is dragged down by a sense of cheap and nasty. If you want cheap and nasty that’s actually cheap, there are so many better ways to torture yourself.
Price R1 300
Keyboard 105 keys, UK layout
Mouse 6 button, hyper scrolling
Connectivity Unified USB receiver
Battery life 3 years