Back to basicsTyping is actually quite a surprising experience with the MK710. Longer key travel makes typing feel 'deeper' when you hit the keys, and the Space bar is certainly noisier than on other keyboards as it bounces back up with a sharp clunk. So if you don't like heavy, classic-style keys (think old-school IBM keyboards) or the lightweight keys typically found on laptops, then this keyboard could make an interesting happy medium. The MK710 is another addition to Logitech's range of 'large-key' keyboards, but the MK710 doesn't have the wave-shaped key frame that you either loved or hated in the Wave series. In fact, this keyboard goes very much back to basics with its keys arranged in straight lines and the longer key travel, although it does boast an improved keyboard finish and shortcut keys. Given that the MK710 is so different to the Wave, we would have preferred to see it available with the Wave mouse as an alternative for anyone who's not so keen on the whole 'wavy keys' thing. Unfortunately, the very good, if a little heavy, MX 1100 doesn't feature in this pack and you'll find the somewhat less impressive M705 instead (see right).
The thing is that we were actually already pretty satisfied with some of Logitech's existing products, and so it's difficult for the MK710 to outdo them. In particular, this new-feel keyboard simply can't beat the fantastic handling of the Illuminated, which is a top choice when it comes to comfort and quiet operation. Plus, as the name suggests, the Illuminated is backlit, which is unfortunately not the case for the MK710. And given the price, that really is a shame.
Good display & shortcuts
The LCD makes a welcome addition. You'll probably forget it's there most of the time, but all it takes is a quick glance now and again to check whether you've accidentally hit Caps Lock, for example, or to see how the battery's doing. Next to the screen you'll find a selection of multimedia shortcut buttons (track navigation to the left, volume to the right), and just below that, a set of pre-defined shortcut keys that can be reprogrammed using the driver.