There are many wireless keyboards and mice to choose from for your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device, but it’s hard to choose the best one. I have recently bought a wireless keyboard and mouse for a very good price from Logitech that I’m very pleased with. Find below my short review
I have been looking for quite a while now to buy a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse for my Windows 8 computer. Having missed the sweet Black Friday period, I thought that I’ll have to pay a heavy price once the promotions have ended. Luckily for me, the biggest retailer in my country had a very hot sale for a day – 2 peripheral Logitech devices for the price of one. I took my chance and brought the Logitech Wireless keyboard K230 and the Logitech wireless mini-mouse 187. And it has been one of my best hardware investments yet.
Currently, the Logitech Wireless keyboard K230 retails for less than $30 on Amazon and the Logitech wireless mini-mouse 187 for less than $20. So, for $50 you get two peripheral wireless devices that will seriously improve your productivity and work on your Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or any other computer you might be using. Here are my impressions.
The Logitech Wireless keyboard
What you need to understand is that these wireless devices can’t compete with those from higher leagues, so you need not to forget what prices they have. So, judging at what price they come with, that’s why I said they are the best wireless keyboard and mouse combination for Windows 8 that I could’ve possibly found. I don’t claim they are the best, just that at this price range, they are definitely among the best choices to be used.
The Logitech Wireless keyboard K230 feels plasticky, there’s no doubt about it, and if you will have made the change from a laptop, it will feel too sturdy and robust and annoying at first. Actually, I had to look at they keypads for a few good times before getting the hang of it. I guess it took me less than one hour to start writing without having to look at the keyboard at all.
All in all, I have ended up liking the plastic feel more than I did the one on my old laptop. However, I tend to think that there was a good layer of grease on my laptop’s keyboard, so that’s why it felt a little bit slippery. That’s now the case with my new Windows 8 wireless keyboard. Another big bonus that you get from switching to this wireless keyboard is its small size and ergonomic design. Albeit they keypads have been “crammed” to fit on a smaller size, it doesn’t bother you while typing. Logitech actually says that it is smaller by 36% than most standard keyboards.
The version that I have bought had three swappable corner battery covers – there was white, blue and a grena. It’s nothing too fancy, but it’s still better than complete dark, so this is something that I enjoyed. Actually, my wife found it to be much nicer than I did. The wireless keyboard is very lightweight so you can carry it with you anywhere you go, if you want to.
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As for its wireless capacities, it comes with the Logitech Advanced 2.4 Ghz connection that ensures your keyboard will work up to 10 meters (33 feet). Another awesome feature that Logitech claims is the fact that its battery life will last for up to 2 years, but it does mention that “battery life may vary based on use”. Since I am a heavy user, I will let you know how much it will take until complete depletion.
The Logitech Wireless mini-mouse
The Logitech Wireless mouse is my first mini-mouse to use and it was a small shock for me, but I got used to it in a few hours. It feels small and doesn’t fill up your palm, as I was used to with all my previous mice. But I found it perfect for my Windows 8 laptop. Also, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a trendy model, with blue and orange color cues, which is in perfect concordance with the above mention keyboard. And, as you can see from pictures, they do look good together.
Some of you might not like its colors, as black seems like the best option, but I find it to be playful and everytime I put my hand on it, I feel like I am using a toy. Despite being so small, it’s not as lightweight as you’d expect it to be, which is a good thing, in my opinion. It makes it feel robust and let you know that you hold something in your hand. If you are used to bigger mice, then I suggest you to carefully analyze whether you want to switch to a smaller one.
If you are looking for portability, then this Windows 8 wireless mouse is perfect. What I also liked about it is that it is quite silent. I am not sure how well does it fare against mice that are considered to be really silent, but this one is much quieter than the one I had before. The single annoying thing is the fact that that pressing the middle button will make a rather annoying sound. A sound that is far too loud than the sound the left and the right click does.
Also, scrolling on it seems to be very fluid, if I can say so. For a mice of its price range, I can definitely recommend it to anybody interested to get a cheap, but reliable Windows 8 wireless mouse. I don’t use a mouse pad per se, but this doesn’t meant you shouldn’t use one, either. I found it to have a good accuracy and to be quite smooth at use when used on my wooden desk.