Review: Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro

Our score: 4/5
Reviewed: March 20, 2009 11:00 PM
 
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Published: March 20, 2009 11:00 PM
By Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Logitech claims that this keyboard was inspired by ocean waves, with the aim of creating excellent comfort levels for typing.

Set up is quick and easy: all you need to do is insert the Bluetooth dongle that's supplied with the kit.  However, if you just want the keyboard (and not the bundled mouse), then the Wave Pro is only available in a wired version.


Most of today's desktop keyboards are slim and flat with laptop-style keys.  Not the Logitech Wave Pro, though: they keys are big and deep, and overall, the whole thing is rather bulky.

In choosing this new look, Logitech has really improved noise levels.  Pressing each key down involves a firm press, which deadens the sounds leaving a quiet thud (rather than a click) on all of the keys, apart from the ever-noisy space bar.

You can adjust the keyboard's height to one of two different levels, 1.5 or 3.5 cm.  We tried both, but our wrists suffered after a while.  We preferred leaving teh keyboard to lie flat, where there's a very gentle slope towards the wrist rest which is more comfortable.

Wave + Curve + Palm Rest = Comfort?


According to Logitech,the wave key design comfortably cradles your fingers without requiring that you relearn how to type, while the constant curve lets you type with confidence and comfort and the contoured palm rest helps position your hands comfortably on the keyboard.

We were a little surprised when we tried it for the first time, though, as it does take a little getting used to.  Its unusual shape is halfway between regular keyboards and traditional ergonomic keyboards.  Although it might suit some people, it's certainly not for everybody.  Here in the lab, it only convinced a few of team.  However we all liked the padded wrist rest, which makes typing easier both on the wrists and the palms.

Not-so-short cuts


There are 16 shortcuts on the upper-left hand side of the keyboard, but none of them are particularly well thought-out and are very clunky. For such a high-end product, we would have expected more from Logitech.
4/5 Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro DigitalVersus 2009-03-21 00:00:00

Pros

  • MX-1100 mouse
  • Padded wrist rest
  • Quiet typing

Cons

  • Loud space bar
  • Shape might not suit everybody
  • Bulky

Conclusion

The Cordless Desktop Wave Pro is a good set that boasts the excellent MX-1100 mouse. The curvy wave shape may not convince the whole family so be sure to check with everybody else who uses your computer before you buy.

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