I bought a nice generic set at wally world for $24.95 on sale. They work great. They have no "brand". At that price, it doesn't matter how long they work before they die; I've already had them 4 months....
|Who makes the best stuff? What's the most reasonable pricing? |
Kinda mutually exclusive surely? ;)
Logitech's diNovo (sic) may be worth checking out. Logitech, Microsoft and Cherry are the big names in keyboards.
|At that price, it doesn't matter how long they work before they die |
That's what I used to think too, until I realized that the cheapo brands were lasting only about 6 months, sometimes less, and the name brands, like logitech/microsoft haven't broken, simple math, my ms keyboard is about 5 years old, it was a handmedown, it's fine. Given that cheapos cost about 1/3 the price of namebrands, they need to last 1/3 the lifetime to be worth it, which they don't from my experience as a rule.
Plus the annoyance of having your mouse die in the middle of a project, not worth it.
Better yet, avoid problems, avoid all things wireless.
I have the Logitech Mx700 wireless mouse.
Most comfortable mouse I've ever used!
I've never liked wireless mice. Never fast enough response and accuracy as I desire.
Keyboards are fine. I have used Logitec, and it seemed not to have any problems.
I am considering getting the apple bluetooth keyboard for my PowerBook.
I got a cheapo wireless mouse at wally world too. Pretty good little mouse. Stays charged for about a week of constant use and about two weeks if I only use it in the evenings. Trouble is... it's performance is lacking due to the fact that it's wireless and USB. During heavy processor use it lags behind and becomes choppy. But, that's infrequent, so not that big of a deal.
My Microsoft intellimouse explorer at work has been around for 4+ years now and still working great. Let's hope my cheapo at home works that long too! Then that'll be a great 20 bucks spent!
Wireless mice still aren't light enough for me to use for work. Think about the weight you are sliding around with your wrist now and then consider adding the weight of at least two AA batteries and additional electronics inside the mouse. Even lithium's make the weight difference considerable.
If you do have a wireless mouse, consider having a wired trackball to use intermittenly so that you can 'rest' your wrist when mouse precision is less important.
My $.02, I am not a medical doctor -- I just know folks who had to get carpal tunnel surgery so they could use a mouse again at all.
At home is a different story, my home theater mac uses the Apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse. :)
I have a logitec wireless keyboard, I am very impressed with it! I can type up to like 15 feet away, and I have yet to replace the batteries.
Too bad I can't see my monitor from that distance tho.
I bought a logitech wireless mouse/keyboard combo over 4 years ago. The original set is still working fine and I have abused them. Keyboard needs battery replacing about once a year and mouse about twice a year. About a year ago I upgraded the mouse to the logitech mx700 wireless. No battery replacing, much better tracking and confortable. Doing well still.
I bought my sister a logitech wireless combo about a year ago as well. She ended up pouring all types of terrible chemicals into the keyboard in that time period. A few days ago, I helped her clean it out. She was prepared to scrap it. The new keyboards are apparently extremely easy to clean. Open it up and the entire circuitry is 1 chip, and 3 plastic sheets. The sheets are what is under the keys and the only thing one needs to clean. I pulled them out, soaked them in lukewarm soapy water for a little while, dried them. Now the keyboard works fine. Easy clean up job. Just something else to consider.
Slightly OT, but if you are getting a new keyboard, make sure to spend the extra for a "natural" or "split" keyboard. I'll never willingly use anything else again.
|make sure to spend the extra for a "natural" or "split" keyboard |
same here, it takes a while to get used to, but long term it's one of the biggest favors you can do yourself, and your potential future carpal tunnel syndrome. Once you're used to it standard keyboards are completely annoying.
I'm using the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop.
I go through AA batteries about once every 6-8 weeks for the mouse.
Microsoft decided to reconfigure a few keys on the keyboard which threw me for a loop at first. The Key Caps indicator is on the Desktop Receiver. If it is not in plain view, you cannot tell if Key Caps is on or off. My Receiver happens to be behind my monitor so it is a small inconvenience. No biggie though.
Other than that, being without cables has been great. I have all my cables bundled together using color coded wire ties. I have a custom Rubbermaid computer office system so most of my cables are channeled through the system. No cables on the desk is a big plus.
Mouse and keyboard work at a distance which is something most won't need but a nice feature anyway.
I use a 73P2620 IBM USB keyboard with a Logitech Bluetooth mouse.
While under normal circumstances, a mouse is a mouse... the Logitech MX900 has 8 buttons which you can custom program that saves a lot of time by not having to move the mouse (or wrist) for back, forward, copy, paste, up, down, and close.
It takes a day or two getting used to it, but it has been the best time-saving hardware I've found since dual (and now triple) monitors.
I use the Logitech optical cordless mouse and keyboard set.. had it for over two years now... worth every penny. Battery life is very good.
Anyone aware of wireless (Bluetooth) trackballs?
I'd go bluetooth for both. We have a wireless keyboard, and whenever I lay my wireless enabled PDA down next to it, the keyboard goes berserk. Also, the keyboard doesn’t work well around our wireless phones.
We are going to replace it with a Bluetooth.
I've gone through a few logitech wireless keyboards and finally settled on one with a cord - I think the wireless keyboard technology still needs improvement. The logitech wireless mice are great. You may want to check out the new mx1000 logitech mouse.