Logitech S520 Cordless Desktop Keyboard and Laser Mouse (Black/Grey)
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- Compact, contemporary styling that complements today¿s monitors
- High-performance cordless laser mouse for smoother tracking on virtually any surface
- Extended battery life and low battery indicators to minimize battery hassles
- Easy, one-touch access to your music, the Internet, and more
- Programmable keys that let you personalize your keyboard
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Sporting compact, contemporary styling, the Cordless Desktop S520 features one-touch controls (and several programmable keys) that make it easy to access your favorite tasks and applications. The high-performance cordless laser mouse delivers exceptional precision and smoother tracking. And extended battery life for both mouse and keyboard minimizes the hassle of changing batteries.
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Sporting a stylish design that's compact and contemporary, the Cordless Desktop S520 is the perfect companion for your flat-screen monitor. The sleek, low-profile keyboard features comfortable full-size keys and one-touch controls that make it easy to access your favorite tasks and applications, and several programmable keys let you personalize how you use your keyboard. The high-performance cordless laser mouse delivers exceptional precision and smoother tracking. And with extended battery life up to 8 months for the mouse and up to 15 months for the keyboard, it minimizes the hassle of changing batteries.
Compact, Contemporary Styling that Complements Today's Monitors
High-Performance Cordless Laser Mouse for Smoother Tracking on Virtually Any Surface
Extended Battery Life and Low Battery Indicators to Minimize Battery Hassles
Easy, One-Touch Access to Your Music, the Internet, and More
Programmable Keys that Let You Personalize Your Keyboard
Integrated Palm Rest for Extra Support and Comfort
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Top Customer Reviews
I'll be replacing this keyboard as soon as I can afford to. This is the first time I've had a bad exeperience with Logitech, so I may give them another try. Granted, it won't be this model.
I was in need of a new keyboard because my old cordless one was about 3 or so year old and starting to give up the ghost. After looking over all the options, I chose this set and I couldn't be happier.
The keys are low-set and exceptionally quiet. The only light on the keyboard itself is one that lights up when your batteries need changed (a feature I really like). One of my biggest complaints about my old keyboard was that it had no lights to let you know whether or not the Num or Caps lock keys were on. While there isn't any on this one either, the USB receiver does. There are bright LED lights for both Caps and Num, so you always know whether one or the other is on.
The Fn key is very handy as well, as it prevents the keyboard from looking cluttered with extra buttons. You simply press it and one of the F-keys to open up your word processor, spreadsheet, email, etc. The only extra keys are 9 media keys at the bottom, but they don't make it look cluttered at all. From left to right, there's three zoom buttons (100%, Zoom out, Zoom in), three volume buttons (mute, down, up) and three media keys (previous track, play/pause, next track). Once I installed the software, they worked immediately without having to mess with settings for which media player I use. I know they work for both WinAmp and Windows Media Player, but not for VLC.
The keyboard itself is very sturdy. I don't have a desk, so my keyboard either sits on my bed or in my lap. Even in my lap, it feels solid and I don't feel like it's going to keep falling out of it.
The included mouse is great as well. Full scrolling wheel (with available side-scrolling). And even an on/off button on the bottom of it to help conserve batteries. Like the keyboard, it also has an LED light on it that will alert you when the batteries are low.
I haven't owned this keyboard long enough to judge its boast on battery life, but considering I had to change the batteries out of my old mouse every two weeks or so, I'm hoping this one is better. At least this mouse will alert me when I do need to change them, unlike my old one which would spontaneously die.
All in all, a very good keyboard for the money. Very highly recommended.
Edit 2/16/09 - I just had to change the batteries in the mouse for the first time. It was no eight months, but considering that I use my computer heavily, I am still very pleased. I received both a warning icon in my system tray (which I noticed first) and then when I took my hand off the mouse there's a very bright red LED that slowly flashes to let you know it's low.
I used to turn the mouse off every time I shut the computer down, but I've forgotten to for the past month or so. If I had remembered, it might have added further battery time. But 4 months compared to only a few weeks tops with my old mouse is still a fantastic improvement.
Edit #2 3/24/09 - Not two days after receiving the notice about my mouse batteries being critical, my keyboard did the same. This time, I decided to wait and see exactly how long it took the keyboard to die completely before having to change the batteries. For a full day and a half my computer kept telling me the batteries were critical, but then something strange happened. The keyboard froze up for about three seconds and then the warning went away. I checked it and it said the batteries were suddenly good again.
It stayed that way until around two days ago (3/22/09) before it started to do the same thing, but at a more rapid pace. It would say the batteries were critical and then switch back to good status multiple times a day, finally to the point I got annoyed with it and changed them today.
So it appears the battery indicator is about a month off for the keyboard. I may have thrown out good batteries from the mouse because of this exceptionally early warning.
Still a nice keyboard, but the battery life warning needs worked on.
LOGITECH S520 - I saw this one on sale for $49.99. Got it home, SUPER easy to hook-up (5 minutes). Its keys are very quiet, thin profiled and it came with 4 Duracell batteries not some off brand battery like you usually get with an electronics purchase.
The best thing about this combo, is the "low battery" lights on the keyboard and mouse so you are not surprised with dead batteries while you are in the middle of something. Also, I like the fact that you can turn the mouse off when not using it to save on batteries.
Very happy with this purchase
PROS: Logitech product so you know it's going to be good. Quiet keystrokes, very low profile. Useful and programmable hot keys in meaningful positions. Keyboard isn't cluttered. Stylish USB Wireless connector; it looks good on your desk. Also the connection is quite strong.
CONS: Volume controls are buttons and not a wheel (more of a preference). The delete, home, page up, page down, end keys are formatted differently than most keyboards. The delete key is huge. It just takes some getting used to. Also on the letter keys, like a s f c x v z b n y u i o p there are stupid functions printed on the edge. Like copy, paste, save, etc. The short cuts for ctr+letter. I think it is just very unappealing. You can get over it though.
The palm rest is sort of huge and made of plastic, so often times my palms will get sweaty and slide around. It doesn't really feel good. The palm rest is irremovable.
The wireless receiver has a wire; personally I think it would have been nice if it was just a usb receiver eliminating the wire clutter completely.
I don't know if it was just me, but after about a week, or after a long period of playing WoW, the keys in the WSAD region would start to be unresponsive to light keystrokes that would occur in normal typing. This happened twice, so I don't know if Amazon just had a bad stock or something. I returned all of them to Amazon because of this. I bought the same keyboard from Bestbuy to see if the problem persists. So far it has been fine. However customer service is great, I just wish I didn't have to use them.
OVERALL: If the keyboard would just work, I would be happy with it. But it gave me so much grief returning it and returning it.
In comparison to the S510; the major difference is the keys. For the S510, the keys are rather tall, but the travel distance is about the same or less than the S520. S520 keys are comparable to laptop keys in height and travel. The S510 keys have a more tactile sound to it, whereas the S520 has practically no sound. The hotkeys on the S510 are on the sides of the keyboard, on the S520 they are on the bottom. S510 is more shiny; S520 has a duller finish. Also the hand rest on the S510 is more flat with respect to the keyboard. The S520 palm rest rises above the keys.