Keyboards in the test: Four times Logitech and Microsoft in comparison
- 1 Introduction
- The test candidates
- 2 Packaging and scope of delivery
- 3 Design and shape
- 4 Ergonomics
- 5 Documentation
- Hardware installation
- 6 Software and drivers
- 7 Hotkeys
- 9 Practical use
- 10 Conclusion
Design and form
We are already starting from a point on which both manufacturers probably agree: The design of keyboards plays a more important role. However, ergonomics or special functions are not necessarily foregone here, on the contrary, all keyboards offer some advantages in this area as well.
Logitech: The Logitech keyboards hardly differ in design and shape. There are still some differences. The Cordless Desktop Keyboard is kept in a chic, slightly transparent black (the sending and receiving stations too, by the way). All keys, apart from the special keys, have a slightly lighter color, which creates a nice contrast between the keyboard and the keys themselves. The Internet Navigator Keyboard, on the other hand, is beige and blue, with the keys that are otherwise found on a normal keyboard and the rest of the keyboard in beige. The special keys and the area for multimedia control are in dark blue.
The shape is also very unusual. Both keyboards are at the highest edge at just 3 centimetersWhen the feet are folded in, the cordless keyboard is very thin, so the cordless keyboard is handy when you are not using it on your desk. In addition, it is pleasantly light. Thanks to the radio transmission of the data, you can sit comfortably in the chair and continue working/playing/surfing or whatever, you definitely don't always have to sit at your desk or pull an annoying cable when you just want to sit a little more comfortably/p>
You don't have to do without a scroll wheel, as you know it from a mouse: Both keyboards have a scroll wheel on their left side. Below there are two more buttons that are supposed to make surfing a little more pleasant. However, we will go into this in more detail below. The hotkeys of the two keyboards are overall very well located and can be reached quickly, with sufficient distance between one another there is little risk of hitting the wrong button. Another small difference between the boards: Adjusting the volume. With the cordless keyboard, this is done using a rotary knob that you can turn left for quieter or right for louder, with the navigator keyboard using two keys with a plus or minus sign and an arrow in the appropriate direction (up or down or louder or quieter). What you notice after using the Cordless Desktop Keyboard for a while is that there are no LEDs. On other keyboards, these show the status of the shift keys, e.g. Num when the number pad is activated. This is completely omitted with this model.
Microsoft: The Microsoft models are a bit more generous in their dimensions and there are also clear differences in weight between the models from Logitech and those from Microsoft. They also don't come in such elegant color combinations as is the case with the Logitech keyboards. But both keyboards are nice to look at, especially when it comes to the very bulky and striking shape of the office keyboard. We would also have a plus point for the Office Keyboard, because it already has an integrated, admittedly somewhat short, but useful palm rest, with various keys and an extra-large scroll wheel attached to its left extension. The hotkeys are mainly used for functions that are often used in Office or in Microsoft Explorer, as described on page 5 'Hotkeys and special functions'.
The dimensions. As mentioned at the beginning, the Office Keyboard is one of the widest I have ever come across in the desktop area. It measures around 51.8 centimeters from the outermost points. For comparison: My standard 105-key keyboard is only 45 centimeters wide. The depth of the office keyboard is also a case in itself, because at around 26 centimeters it is more than 10 centimeters deeper than the standard keyboard. So you should have enough space on your desk. The wireless desktop keyboard is in stark contrast to the office keyboard. It has the smallest dimensions among the test candidates and is almost only as big as a standard keyboard. Yetit makes a good visual impression with its round edges and transitions. If you are wondering whether the LEDs for the status display of the locking keys have been omitted in this wireless model, I can reassure you: The LEDs are located on the receiving and transmitting unit, which should then be in sight so that you can see the LEDs can.
What you should also notice about the Office Keyboard is that the key arrangement has been changed a lot. The F-keys are not arranged in 3x rows of 4, as usual, but in 4x rows of 3. I will talk about the somewhat disadvantageous effect that takes getting used to. In addition, the 6-key block above the cursor keys has been changed. As usual, six keys (Insert, Home, PageUp, Del, End and PageDown) are now only five keys, the Insert key is now above the number pad together with the Print, Scroll and Pause keys. To see on the right picture.
On the next page: Ergonomics