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The keyboard of the Logitech MK850 Performance feels good and does not have too long key movements.
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How we tested
Hi everyone, my name is Mike Epstein. I am a freelance technology reviewer living in New York. I write about computers and gaming hardware. Keyboards and mice are a specialty of mine: I’ve written a lot of reviews for them on places like PCMag and IGN. (Not just games, don’t worry.)
I’ve been writing professionally on the internet for most of the decade, so I know the importance of having a mouse and keyboard that are comfortable and reliable, and can pretty quickly tell if a particular part of the kit is in the right place Able or not do the job.
When you buy a mouse and keyboard together as if in a single package, you are looking for something convenient, affordable, and easy to use. To make sure these kits hit the basics, I tested each combination by using them as an everyday mouse and keyboard on both my desktop gaming PC and my Macbook Pro. Surf the Internet, write emails, and play popular video games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Teamfight Tactics.
I took special care to see how they work with commonly used apps like Chrome and the Microsoft Office suite. Finally, since these are wireless products, I tested how far these products can be from their receivers and how comfortable they can be used in non-traditional setups like sitting at a kitchen table or using the keyboard on the computer with the keyboard on the couch . We also checked things like ergonomic design, bluetooth connectivity, wireless connectivity, Windows compatibility, and more.
What you should know about keyboards and mouse combinations
We’re willing to bet that most people use a keyboard and mouse – or at least a trackpad – almost every day. It’s easy to take these tools for granted. However, if you spend 40 hours a week (or more) using a keyboard and mouse, you are probably aware that not all are created equal.
Whether you’re trying to invest in a convenient mouse / keyboard combo to pair with a tower PC setup at home, or want to enhance your laptop’s keyboard / trackpad experience, the goal is to create a Ensure ergonomic wireless combination with good performance Enough battery life and connectivity to keep up with your usage pattern.
Manufacturers can make any demands on the comfort or ease of use of their mouse / keyboard combinations, but firsthand testing like the one we’ve done here is the only way to really know for sure whether a combination is worth what it’s for pay it. However, there are a few basics that are worth paying attention to.
Wired vs. Wireless
Knowing the pros and cons of a wired versus wireless setup is an easy task, but worth thinking about. With combinations of mice and keyboard, wireless is achieved via a Bluetooth dongle with which the products are pre-coupled. Obviously, wired hardware must be connected directly to the laptop or PC, with a USB port for a wired mouse and keyboard.
With wired products, there is no risk of delayed or interrupted connectivity when writing or moving the mouse over websites. And while a good wireless mouse / keyboard combo doesn’t have any of these problems either, some do, and this is an area where testing is critically important.
Of course, a wireless combination gives you inherent freedom of use, at the expense of worrying about battery life and potential interference. In a vacuum of an identical mouse / keyboard set, where one is wired and one is wireless, the wireless variant is usually more expensive, but you are essentially paying for that freedom.
For this purpose, a wireless combo makes a lot of sense if you want to minimize clutter. However, it can also be a great choice if you need a keyboard / mouse set for multiple workstations: it’s easy enough to plug the dongle into a laptop or laptop PC that you are using.
While many headphones and tablet keyboards come in an operating system-locked variant (usually Android or Apple), the Bluetooth connection used by wireless mouse / keyboard combinations is universal. This means that the same mouse / keyboard combo should be compatible with Windows and other operating systems such as iOS.
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We use standardized and scientific testing methods to review each product and provide you with objectively accurate results. If you’ve found mixed results in your own research, email us and we’ll compare the notes. If it looks essential, we’ll happily retest a product to reproduce those results. After all, peer reviews are a critical part of any scientific process.