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
Come Let's move on to an important, if not the most important, point about a keyboard: ergonomics. What do we mean by that? In today's times ergonomics is defined as a science that provides rules and knowledge for the design of things used by humans. A small example: An ergonomic workplace has enough fresh air, good lighting and all work materials are within easy reach. Based on a review of keyboards, it could be shown that, in order to have good ergonomics, they have a comfortable palm rest and the keys can be pressed easily. We will find out below whether these and some other points apply.
Logitech: Die Logitech keyboards offer good overall ergonomics. The keys are comfortable and easy to press, and the pressure point is easy to feel. The volume of the keystrokes also stays within a pleasant range and is therefore not annoying or disturbing in any other way. Only the hotkeys and the buttons on the multimedia controls can be operated with a little more pressure, althoughthe pressure point is a bit weak overall, but can still be felt. You are used to the integrated mouse wheel on the left side of both keyboards if you already use a mouse with a mouse wheel. It can still be turned comfortably, but it is difficult to feel the individual locking positions of the wheel, which is why you can turn too far. However, one property does not apply to the Cordless Desktop Keyboard: The keys for the volume control have been replaced by a turntable, as already mentioned. This can be turned comfortably, easily and steplessly without much resistance.
The palm rests of the two keyboards are completely identical except for the color, which is also proven by the fact that the keyboards can easily be swapped. The supports are brought to the front and pushed over the front part, whereby two retaining clips snap into place under the keyboards, which are quite stable, but can still be removed easily and without force.
The weight of the keyboards is rather incidental, but still interesting to know. With wireless ones it is more noticeable, because you may hold them in your hand or lie on your lap and operate your computer in this way. With the cable-free Logitech keyboard you can calmly give the all-clear, because at 1.1 kilograms it is still quite good and pleasantly easy to use, even if the weight is not as low as that of the competitor model from Microsoft.
Microsoft: At Microsoft things are a bit different. You shouldn't get this wrong now, on the whole there are only a few small quirks that only have a minor effect. The keys click quite loudly when pressed, which can be a bit noticeable in a quiet environment and frequent and especially fast typing. It is disturbingbut not necessarily from that. In return, you 'hear' the pressure points of the keys very well, which you can also feel. The hotkeys on the office keyboard are an all-round successful thing because they can be pressed comfortably and quietly. The wide mouse wheel on the left side of the keyboard is also very successful, it rolls easily and the locking positions are easy to feel, which is why you rarely turn too far.
When it comes to the palm rest, you have to go to the Microsoft models differentiate because these are not identical to the Logitech models. The support of the wireless desktop keyboard is a bit unstable. The wrist rests well and the fingers can now easily reach the keys, but the pad wobbles a bit and does not sit as tightly as on the Logitech keyboards. In addition, it is difficult to remove because the two retaining clips are really tight, but in return they offer a lot of leeway for up and down movement, which causes the wobbling described above. With the office keyboard, the whole thing is solved a bit more elegantly, because there the palm rest is already an integral part of the keyboard. How far this is now up to you. In any case, it is very convenient as it is not unstable. The hand is now completely on the keyboard and the fingers can easily reach the keys. However, as discussed under 'Design and Form', this results in a relatively large depth.
There is not much to say about the weight of the wireless Microsoft keyboard, at around 850 grams it is definitely lighter than the competition -Model by Logitech and therefore lies comfortably on the lap or in the hand.
On the next page: Documentation