Logitech MX5000

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Logitech MX5000
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  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.50 / 5 (of 1 Review)

Pros

  • Wireless connectivity, media functions present on keypad

Cons

  • Some small problems with connectivity, media keys not sensitive enough

Bottom Line

A worthwhile alternative for those wanting to go wireless, and particularly good when bought in a combo with the MX1000 mouse. It does however have a few connectivity and response issues that stop it from being brilliant.

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Wireless peripherals are all the rage these days. The last few generations of mice have been released in both wired and wireless versions, helping to foster the growing wireless consumer base for the time the shift to complete wireless technology is eventually completed. Logitech have been at the forefront of this change, and their MX5000 Bluetooth keyboard is the latest in their wireless keyboard range.

The MX5000 is marketed as a media keyboard. It has a touch sensitive media pad on the left hand side of the main keys, which gives control over basic media player functions such as play, pause, track skip and volume. There are also buttons for various programs, such as messenger software, accessing your media library and firing up a webcam. Unfortunately, none of these work out of the box but require you to install proprietary software first. There are a few other nifty functions, like an onboard calculator that operates on the keyboard's LCD screen, but this felt like more of a gimmick than anything else.

The media pad was a different story. We enjoyed being able to change tracks and pause songs whilst gaming, or using other applications, but we found the pad unnecessarily difficult to use. The touch sensors aren't sensitive enough and often require multiple stabs of the finger. The volume strip is the biggest culprit. It operates in a similar manner to the iPod function wheel; you slide you finger up or down and it adjusts the volume accordingly. Unfortunately to go from loud to soft took a good 5-10 seconds of sliding, which felt like wasted time when it could be done from the media player window in a second or two.

We also had problems with the wireless technology itself. The connection operates from a small USB Bluetooth dongle, but the reception seemed a little questionable. With less than a foot between the keyboard and the dongle, it occasionally took a long period to connect, or simply failed to connect at all.

In general the keyboard functioned well - in fact we are typing this review on it right now. However, we did experience periods of interference which lead to small bursts of lag, where nothing appears on the screen for a good second or two. The only time this will be a big danger is when gaming, as it may cost you a crucial kill.

We feel that these small and momentary glitches are more than made up for by the freedom a wireless setup offers. We typed from a bed, reclining in a chair even on the floor; utilising this in combination with a wireless mouse such as the Logitech MX1000, (which can be bought together with this keyboard in a package), you can operate your PC from anywhere within eyesight - and with our 24" LCD monitor, that's a long way away.

There are a few minor redesigns of keys, such as a stretched delete key, and a slightly out of place set of arrows, but the design is fundamentally a standard QWERTY layout. Keystrokes make an average amount of noise and while this keyboard won't be lauded for its quietness, it definitely isn't too noticeable.

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AlexD

4.5

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Pros
Media pad, system chosrtcuts using the F keys
Cons
No Keylock key
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The keyboard is pretty good. No problems whilst gaming, not even with lag - though it does sometimes fail to send commands through as described in the review, that is pretty infrequent in my experience.

My favourite feature is the mediapad. Being able to watch the TV from my PC in the other room while commanding from my couch is a real bonus. I used a 10 metre USB extension to bring the dongle into the other room and it has really increased my usability.

The only downside for me has been the odd design "fault" (especially if one is a gamer) in the odd arrangement of the keys caused by the stretched delete button and moving the arrow keys. The R-CTRL is pushed slightly to the left, the scroll button has gone (though I am not sure if anyone ever used it!), insert is where print screen used to be and p-screen replaces the scroll lock position.

The dual purpose F keys are a bonus, especially if one does a lot of editing. The extra buttons are also very useful, though I am sure the fact that they can be programmed to do just about anything one wants greatly adds to the keyboards flexibility. The LCD screen is a little limiting in low light, as it is not backlit, and the available menus are a little limiting.

One serious drawback is the software. It seems that there is some refresh that causes problems while the keyboard software is running. This causes other programs to suffer where the mouse pointer moves off-focus and prevents typing. One has to click back into the typing area to resume, something that has not been fixed during any of the updates.

On the whole I think it was money well spent and until I get a G15 or similar it does all jobs extremely well - far more than any of my previous "fancy" keyboards.

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