Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3000 Laser
|Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3000 Laser|
|Setpoint Software, Installation and Testing|
Cordless Keyboard & Mouse combos have greatly increased their value, usability and quality over the past few years. The first wireless keyboard and mouse I ever used was the A4Tech Wireless Desktop. This unit used 27MHz Wireless technology and was pretty good - back in the day. Compared to today's products though, the range was quite poor and the mouse was laggy. While most hardcore gamers still refuse to use wireless products, they have really come a long way. Today we are taking a look at the MX3000 Cordless Laser Desktop from Logitech. This is a combo that is priced to sell and with it's impressive feature list, this could very be the answer for your wireless desktop needs. Keep on reading to find out.
Package & Contents:
The MX3000 ships in a large box and has a cutout so you can see what the MX600 mouse looks like. The mouse is pretty shapely and looks to be for "righties" only. There is a good picture of the keyboard on the front of the box and it looks like it's a pretty loaded keyboard.
Upon opening the box, you find a CD, a quick start guide, the transmitter/receiver, some French key stickers (Canada only) and some batteries, but the keyboard remains out-of-sight underneath the cardboard divider. The CD contains SetPoint 2.4b software - the latest currently available at the time of this article is 2.60.
Here we take a look at both the mouse and the keyboard up close. The bundled mouse is the MX600 laser mouse, and I've searched in vain on Logitech's site to find the exact specs on this mouse. What I do know is that it uses the 800 dpi MX Laser engine that is in the MX1000 mouse. The look, feel and functionality of the MX600 is quite different from the MX1000 though. The MX600 has a shallower thumb groove on the left side, and has only a forward and back button on this side. On the top left of the mouse are three extra buttons - zoom in, zoom out, and zoom 100%. These buttons can be reconfigured as you see fit using the SetPoint software. The mouse wheel acts as a third button when clicked and also features tilt-wheel support so you can use it to scroll sideways.
This mouse is for right handed people only and is very ergonomic for us righties. It has enough buttons to keep people happy for sure. After installing SetPoint, I quickly remapped the useless zoom buttons on the mouse to volume up, down, and mute controls. When surfing and listening to your tunes, you don't even have to take a hand off your mouse to adjust volume. Slick.
This mouse has a laser sensor and it runs off of batteries. My first concern was battery life. The MX1000 features a high-capacity Lithium Ion battery and only lasts 20 days on a charge. The MX600 features basically the same sensor and must run off of 2 - AA batteries. My first thought was that you'd be changing batteries weekly, however Logitech claims the mouse should last 6 months on a set of AA's. That is pretty impressive to say the least.
To change the batteries is a simple process that involves sliding the battery door off and sticking in a set of your favorite AA's. I've always been impressed with Logitech in this regard as they always include a set of top-quality Duracell batteries. No cheap Yokomoto batteries - only high quality.
Moving on to other stuff that's in the box, we take a look at the receiver / transmitter. This can be powered off of a single USB port or by hooking it up to both PS/2 keyboard and mouse connections. I purchased this set for my wife as her PS/2 keyboard port is flaky, so I'll be using the single USB connector.
To wrap off the hardware side of things with the MX3000 Laser Desktop, we take a look at the MX3000 keyboard. This keyboard is one of the sweetest keyboards that I've used. It is virtually silent when typing and has a very soft feel to the key presses. It is fully functional as a multimedia keyboard with a ton of extra buttons, media controls, scroll wheel and more. I know that many of you wonder what good a scroll wheel is on a keyboard, but if you take the time to set it for your favorite game function, or even to use it when browsing the web, it will grow on you.
As you may notice in the pictures above, the keyboard comes with a wrist rest. This is detachable if you'd prefer not to use it. You can also see off the extra hotkeys on the keyboard as well as the iNav section and more. We'll take a look at some of these functions as we go through the SetPoint software on the next page.