Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
With most of what we see from Logitech, most of the gear is oriented to gamers. This has not been a bad path for Logitech, as they have a huge following and some of the best products on the market currently, all due to their diligence of listening to the customer and innovating new ideas along the way. However, you can walk into any box store on the planet, and find Logitech gear that is not oriented to gamers, but those who just surf the web, answer emails or need to get their social media fix. There is another group of users that we do not see much attention paid to, and those are the people who work on multiple systems, whether for production purposes or even those who work eight to ten hours a day in the office. Of course, just about any product will suffice to get many a user through the day to day grind, but rarely are they catered to.
This was the quest for Logitech; to try to make office use and even the daily grind of using a PC more intuitive, by adding features specific to these tasks. Logitech did not stop there though. In this setup, multiple devices can be connected to this mouse and keyboard, three in total. There is an additional feature which follows this as well. Not only can you link three devices to one keyboard and mouse, but they can also connect wirelessly through a USB dongle, or be paired via Bluetooth. Going a step further, Logitech also incorporated functionality for MAC users as well. Not only do you clear the desk of pesky wires, but by being able to connect to virtually any device, it lessens the amount of gear needed on the desk to manage the daily workload.
No matter which device we are looking at from Logitech, Quality has never been an issue. Whether looking back to our first Logitech Ergo keyboard, or even the first of their wireless mice, we had many years of pleasure from both products, and all of them after that we have kept in service. So when it comes to the MK850 Performance combo kit from Logitech, one should not write them off so quickly. These are products, the K850 keyboard, and the M720 mouse, which will not only feel great and be easy to use, they will simplify everything you know when it comes to working with multiple systems. Even with the trends driving for gaming products, and driven to mechanical keyboards or mice with outrageous DPI levels, the MK850 allows you to take a step back and realize, unless an avid gamer, maybe there are better options out there.
The Specifications taken from the Logitech site are quite extensive, covering anything you may want to know about the M720 and K850. The K850 is 25mm tall, it is 430mm wide, and is 210mm deep, and weighs in at only 733 grams, including the batteries. As for the M720, it is 45mm tall, it is 74mm wide, and 115mm long, but weighs only 135grams with the battery included in that. When signals are sent over wireless USB, the keyboard can use Windows 7 or newer OSes, Mac OS X 10.10 or newer, even Chrome OS. And the same is said for the mouse. When it comes to Bluetooth connectivity, the keyboard will pair with Windows 8 or newer, Mac OS x 10.10 or later, iOS5 or later, Chrome OS, and Android 5.0 or newer devices. The mouse will work on the typical operating systems, but will not pair to mobile devices.
The K850 uses Bluetooth Smart and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity with a range of ten meters. The K850 offers wireless encryption so nobody can tell what you are typing, it comes with a pair of AAA batteries, which are shown to have a three-year lifespan. The M720 uses the same Bluetooth and wireless connectivity, but without encryption. A single AA battery powers the mouse, and it is also rated two years of life. The M720 is built with an Advanced Optical Sensor with a resolution of 1000 DPI maximum. The scroll wheel has an option for segmented scrolling, or with the press of a button can be set to freewheel or Hyperfast mode. All told, the M720 offers users eight buttons, which via software can be reassigned to fit whatever your work-related needs might be. We can also see on the right side of the chart, that both products are covered by a one-year warranty if anything should happen to go wrong.
While reading up on the MK850 Performance combo, we found that Logitech has set the MSRP for $99.99, which may seem high for a rubber dome keyboard and low DPI mouse. Beyond that, we see that Newegg wants $102.23 for it, but Amazon is shaving the price a bit, as we find it listed there for $92.12. Yes, there certainly is a bit of sticker shock to all of these prices, but Logitech adds features that will not only help those who work with a PC all day but has also added a couple of tricks to the software suite that brings forth options we have never seen before. While gamers may scoff at such a product, those who are answering emails while trying to stay on top of social media accounts via mobile devices, and maybe even have a laptop present scanning PDF files, well it can all be controlled with a single pair of peripherals. Logitech proves they can think outside of the box, and once you gain the perspective of all the possibilities possible here, the pricing does not seem as formidable as it does now.
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