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
Unfortunately A trend that is quite useful for the manufacturer, but quite annoying for the end customer, continues here as well: dispensing with comprehensive, printed instructions. Microsoft and Logitech unfortunately only include 'Quick Start' guides or quick start instructions with their keyboards, a comprehensive manual is unfortunately only available under Windows. The quick start guide can be read in many languages, including English, German, French, Dutch and Italian.
Logitech: The quick start guide for the Internet Navigator Keyboard is a little short, but describes all the steps necessary to connect the keyboard to the PS/2 and USB port and to make it work bring. Furthermore, the hotkeys are briefly described, the assignment of the Internet keys and a short, two-point error analysis is offered. Finally, there is a reference to the manual on the CD, which according to the quick start guide you should read. Certainly recommended for beginners, but the experienced professional will certainly not use the manualinstall once.
Overall, the manual is very extensive and well illustrated. It describes in great detail all the functions of the two keyboards. Yeah right, the two keyboards. Since the software is the same, the manual that is automatically included with the software is also identical. A short error analysis including suggested solutions is also included.
Microsoft: At Microsoft, set the trend towards quick start instructions is also evident, but a comprehensive manual is also included on the CD. However, this is not bad because, as with Logitech, no critical questions remain unanswered. The quick start guide for the Wireless Desktop Keyboard guides you in French and German from inserting the batteries and connecting to the computer to installing and setting up the software. Things look a little different with the Office Keyboard, only the connection to the Windows or Macintosh computer, the installation of the software, the LEDs and the function of the 'F Shift' key are described here. The languages available are German, English, French and Dutch. The online help is a bit cumbersome and difficult to access at first glance. You have to switch to the 'Key Settings' tab in the software and click the 'Help' button there.
When you arrive there, Help provides everything you need to know, from the functions of the special and standard keys to the meaning of the LEDs keyboard to keyboard shortcuts with the Windows, Control and Alt keys. A troubleshooting and a 'manual for the ergonomic use of the keyboard' round off the offerInformation from.
The documentation is also the same for the Microsoft keyboards, since the IntelliType Pro software that contains it is used uniformly.
Now we come back to a very simple topic: the hardware installation. Usually with USB you just plug in the cable - and it works. Incidentally, it is the same with PS/2 under XP. There are still a few subtleties to consider when it comes to keyboards. To be more precise, actually only with the wireless models, since an additional connection with the transmitting/receiving station has to be established.
Logitech: The connection of the Internet Navigator Keyboard is very easy : Plug in the USB plug and you're done. If the computer is still off, just switch it on and the keyboard will work. If you want, you can also use the supplied USB-PS/2 adapter. As a further step, the software is then installed under Windows, but this is dealt with separately in the next section. Things look a little different with the cordless desktop, here the keyboard cable from the transmitter/receiver station is plugged into the PS/2 port. But then you have to 'connect' the keyboard to the station. This is done by pressing the 'Connect' button on the station and keyboard (on the bottom) at the same time and the hardware installation is done. Problems should not actually arise with this
Microsoft: The situation is similar with the Microsoft keyboards. With the Office Keyboard you just plug in the USB connector and the keyboard works. With the wireless desktop keyboard, the situation is equivalent to the cordlesss desktop keyboard, here you plug the PS/2 connector into the for itprovided port, then press the 'Connect' buttons on the keyboard at the same time to establish a connection.
On the next page: Software and drivers