Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo, Logitech Wireless Mouse USB (Black)
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Logitech Wireless Combo MK270. The reliable wireless combo with the tiny Logitech nano-receiver.
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909 of 944 people found the following review helpful.
Be aware - two different versions out there
By Blue Ribbon
I ordered it on 3/23 from Amazon and received a couple of days later. To my surprise, the box doesn't say "unifying receiver". Took the keyboard/mouse out - yes indeed the receiver only says "Nano Receiver", and it doesn't have the orange star unifying logo. I also installed Logitech Unifying software but this receiver is not recognized.
UPC/Product ID all match. Appears Logitech changed the product. Amazon needs to change the product description.
If you are looking for a unifying receiver to work with other logitech products, don't buy this.
Update - Amazon sent me a replacement, and this time it comes with Unifying receiver. UPC and product ID printed on the boxes are identical, packagings are slightly different. One has "Unifying receiver" clearly printed on the box and feature list and the other one doesn't.
Keyboards and mice are also different. One set both have orange star unifying on the label and the other set don't. Product IDs are different too.
722 of 757 people found the following review helpful.
Not perfect, but then none is. This combo is good enough and GREAT value
**IMPORTANT TIP**: Although the MK270 combo does indeed work perfectly right out of the box without installing any drivers, as stated on the box (and it also works outside Windows - in boot screens, BIOS, Linux, non-OS boot utilities, etc.), it works much better with the Logitech SetPoint drivers and software you can download (for free) from the manufacturer's Web site. You gain battery life indication (there are no LEDs on the product, other than a very dim Caps Lock indicator, to save battery life), screen notices when you press Caps Lock and Num Lock (also low battery warnings, though I haven't seen that yet), some key and mouse button customization, and receiver dongle management. The product box doesn't come with a CD and there is no mention to SetPoint at all anywhere, so here is my tip for you.
Now, I once had a wired Logitech keyboard that lasted 10 years, as well as several mice (which lasted less, but still above average). A year and a half ago, it was finally time to replace the veteran keyboard. I use a Windows 7 desktop PC, but I wanted a wireless model in order to reduce cable clutter. So, first I bought a Microsoft Desktop 3000 combo. Overall, I liked it at first, and wrote a largely positive review here. Unfortunately, that Microsoft product proved to have horrible durability. After a year and a half, the formerly fabulous Bluetrack mouse was wrecked: the wheel's rubber band rotted, disintegrated and fell off, rendering the wheel unusable, and the left button was failing. The keyboard had faded lettering and a failing low battery indicator. Battery life was getting shorter each time I replaced them, too.
So, it was time to give up and shop again for a mouse/keyboard combo, and I found the MK270. I'm aware that the Microsoft Desktop 3000 belongs to a higher feature and price range than the Logitech MK270, so a direct comparison would be, to some extent, comparing apples and oranges. But the point is, I'm not really missing the more sophisticated product. The Microsoft mouse (when it still worked) was better, with 5 buttons and a larger, more ergonomic shape, not to mention the Bluetrack feature, which is awesome. But while the MK270 mouse won't make you go "wow!" (it's actually the Logitech M185 Wireless Mouse, which can also be bought separately), it's good enough for everyday use, and other than the somewhat small size for my taste, I can't really complain. It's responsive and reliable, with Logitech's usual solid build and impeccable finishing.
The MK270's keyboard (also available separately as the Logitech K270 Wireless Keyboard) lacks the wrist rest area that my old keyboard had, but a spare foam rest is cheap and easy to find. My old keyboard had a plethora of customizable keys that the (M)K270 doesn't have, but honestly, I never used any of them. The (M)K270 does come with Play/Pause, sound mute, volume down and up keys, as well as Home, e-mail, PC shutdown and Calculator shortcut keys. I wish it had more media keys (Stop, Next Track and Previous Track), but I can live without them.
On the other hand, the MK270 also has some features that the supposedly better Microsoft combo did NOT have. The best of all is an on/off switch on both the keyboard and the mouse. This little detail is more important than it sounds: it makes A LOT of difference for battery life. With the Desktop 3000, I could not turn off the keyboard, and I could only turn off the mouse by taking the receiver dongle out of the USB port (remember I use a desktop, so this is a nuisance) and placing it on the mouse. My old Microsoft model didn't encrypt the signals either - the MK270 does.
Another good feature is the Unifying receiver dongle technology: if either component dies before the other, you can buy a compatible stand-alone Logitech product and the dongle will recognize it, with no need to buy an entire new combo. If the dongle itself fails, you can buy the cheapest Unifying-compatible item you can find and the problem will, likewise, be solved. That, of course, assuming that your warranty is expired - Logitech offers 3 years for this combo. And if for some reason you need more than one keyboard or mouse, you can add extra compatible ones, too.
The (M)K270's keys themselves are MUCH, MUCH better than in my old Microsoft model, with the right size, height, readability, and feedback - Microsoft's were a bit too short, crammed and soft, and the Esc and function keys were a joke: almost microscopic and labeled with icons instead of names (I had to count the function keys to find the one I needed to press!). To be honest, I'm enjoying working with this basic keyboard more than I did with the more sophisticated one by Microsoft. When it comes to keyboards, no esoteric feature compares to having the right feel of the keys, and the (M)K270 has it. I'm a translator and I type all day long in my work, so I should know.
Overall, great value for the price, I'm very happy with my purchase and recommend it enthusiastically.
UPDATE (May 2015) - It's been now two years since I bought this keyboard/mouse combo, and it's still working like new, and looking almost like new as well. The keyboard labels haven't faded, with few exceptions, which is remarkable, considering how intensively I use the keyboard all day every day. The Logitech logo on the mouse has almost disappeared, and the on/off switch on the mouse is a bit worn (the relief "handle" is, to be more precise), so sometimes it's a bit difficult to move it to the other position (once I do, it still works), but otherwise it's still perfect. The keyboard still works perfectly. No question that both components are VERY DURABLE.
Now I'm using Windows 8.1 and it's still compatible (SetPoint even allows you to configure some buttons to Windows 8.x functions like Charms, though I use Classic Shell and I'm never on the new "Modern"/"Metro" interface, which I dislike). I'm expecting no problems if and when I upgrade to Windows 10. I'm getting a much shorter battery life than Logitech promised, but it's still very reasonable: about 4 months for the mouse and 6 months for the keyboard (I used to get only 2-3 months for both with my old Microsoft combo). Keep in mind, however, that I'm a very intensive user and you may get much longer battery lives if you use the PC less often (remember to always turn the keyboard and mouse off when you won't use them for a while). Also take note that in my experience, it really pays to use better-quality batteries, even if they're more expensive. So, I'm still very happy with my purchase and still recommend it.
Some other reviewers have noted that some recent shipments of the MK270 have come without the Unifying technology. While I don't think that would have the least impact in your operation in the short term, it may make it more difficult to replace one of the components if it fails in the future (not that this is likely to happen, judging from my experience), so be sure to ask and confirm if it will come with Unifying.
63 of 66 people found the following review helpful.
The keyboard and mouse work well out of the box. Batteries are included so all you need to do is pull the battery tabs on the keyboard and mouse and plug in the Bluetooth dongle and you are good to go! I have had no connectivity issues or ever had the keyboard or mouse lag on me whatsoever. For $20 you really cannot beat this set. The shortcut keys for things like calculator, volume up and down as well as mute, internet homepage, mail, and power all work out of the box. The only thing I can see that one be a downside for some, not me, would be the lights telling you if number lock and scroll lock are on. The light for Caps lock is there, so that is the only one I really care about. I gave it 4 stars for this being missing though as it seems like a 5 star keyboard would have this. Mouse is flawless from what I can tell, works on my desk with or without a mouse.