Earlier we looked at the Logitech M720 mouse on it's own, and there were lots of good notes about it's design.
So earlier when we looked at the M720 mouse, I covered a lot of topics I’ll not repeat those in this article but I’ll summarize, for details by all means check out the video above. My words at the time was that things have been simplified. And I mean that in a good way, simplification is not easily achieved. So after using the mouse for about a year what are my thoughts, well, I have customized the mouse in the following way, scroll wheel tilt left for copy and right for paste. The two thumb buttons for volume up and down and the bottom thumb button for alt tab. These are some of the most common actions I generally perform. The mouse itself with the matt rubber surface is moved around rather easily. The combination of the physical button arrangement and the physical shape of the mouse is so successful that I do not have to think about the mouse in a conscious way. I focus on the task, weather I want to copy and paste or do something on the screen, the mouse is almost forgotten, out of mind yet it's under my palm, the mouse exists if you ask me about it. The focus is on the screen in front of me, on the work.
So to sum it all up, as far as job description for the mouse goes, it really is a success story.
To make life just a little bit easier, Logitech ships the product with batteries included, they have been doing this for most of their products, which makes them ready to use out of the box. Also on that note, Logitech has nailed the game of long battery life. Even the K380 that we looked at 2017 still has the original batteries it came with and works perfectly. Logitech is claiming 3 years battery for keyboard and 2 years for the mouse, given the track record, it’ll probably last longer, even for a heavy user like myself. So zero concerns on the battery department.
So, in isolation, the mouse and the keyboard has a rather positive outlook. Now to explore if the two works together. Both the mouse and keyboard works over Bluetooth or with Logitech's unifying receiver. Both the mouse and the keyboard can switch between devices by the press of a button. And in that sense, they are well paired. The MK850 set that we have, in a day to day basis it is serving two computers side by side and seamlessly switches between the two. The two side by side also feels like they are satisfying the same design brief. That is no need to look flashy, just be comfortable to use on a day to day basis, have similar surfaces, serve multiple devices with ease of switching between them. And it does all this, no problems.
At this point in time the combo is selling in Amazon for about 71 dollars, or perhaps lower.
There are a lot of competition at this price point, however, as far as reputation and earned track record there are few that may match up to the name of Logitech. If the price is within your budget, the MK850 should certainly be taken seriously as it sets out to do a few simple things, and it does them well.
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