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    1. Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    $284.99 $269.88 list($349.99)
    2. Wacom Intuos3 6X8 USB Tablet -
    $379.99 $369.99 list($469.99)
    3. Wacom Intuos3 9X12 USB Tablet
    $21.84 $15.55 list($39.99)
    4. Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for
    $66.49 list($79.99)
    5. Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless
    $189.99 $139.95 list($199.00)
    6. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    $112.09 list($149.95)
    7. Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3100
    $86.44 list($149.99)
    8. Think Outside Stowaway Bluetooth
    $274.99 $119.95 list($299.99)
    9. Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    $28.00 list($59.99)
    10. iConcepts Universal Wireless PDA
    $199.49 list($219.99)
    11. Wacom Intuos3 4X5 USB Tablet -
    $40.84 list($39.99)
    12. Logitech MX518 Gaming Optical
    $161.49 list($199.00)
    13. Logitech io2 Digital Writing System
    $75.99 $64.40 list($99.95)
    14. Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 700
    $161.49 list($199.95)
    15. Wacom Graphire3 6x8 USB Tablet
    $47.40
    16. Saitek PZ30AU Eclipse Keyboard
    $80.74 list($99.95)
    17. Wacom Graphire3 4X5 USB Tablet
    $121.58 $75.00 list($154.95)
    18. Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite
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    19. Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse
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    20. Logitech DiNovo Cordless Media

    1. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade with Service Pack 2
    by Microsoft Software
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $188.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00022PTT8
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 19
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Upgrade to Windows XP Professional, complete with Service Pack 2, and enjoy powerful new abilities and features. The simplified design allows you to easily perform everyday tasks. Access documents, printers and network connections with a mere click. Enjoy the confidence of knowing your system is secure and encrypt data on the "wire" to ensure privacy and safe-keeping. Experience real-time communications with Windows Messenger and stay in touch with vendors, clients, partners and whomever else yo ... Read more

    Features

    • Encrypting File System provides an additional level of file protection from hackers and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key
    • Clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly
    • Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with the latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall
    • Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road
    • Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home with the all new Network Setup Wizard

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Running flawlessly since installation
    I put XP and SP2 on my Dell dual-processor workstation as soon as the OS an the service packs came out.The system has literally never crashed.

    XP is the more advanced Windows NT operating system with applications compatability modifications to run all the crazy stuff that Windows 98/ME would run.The difficulty of implementing that is often underestimated by journalists and pundits.

    There's a lot of Microsoft bashing out there, which unfortunately means that any product from them will have two or three stars.Take those rants with a grain of salt.

    For olders slower computers, XP might be too much.I recommend Windows 98 2nd Edition over Windows ME if you have to run an older system.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disaster
    I really hate this product because they way it is advertised is misleading. If you read Microsoft reviews of this product, you would think that this product is the best option out there. Heck, you might even come to believe that 100+ $ for this is product is actually a pretty good deal. Tell you what? They should pay each and every one of us 100 buck for using this unsecure and full of glitches software or O/S as they like to call it. Windows Security has become a major issue for consumers, and Sp2 does little to ease our security worries. For example, there is a adware called cnml.exe that is absolutely undeletable. This shows the flaws of windows registry and its task manager. You go and delete all the related keys such as Winnet.exe from registry, but somehow this program still gets to load itself into memory and send you ads. Now, you even unload it using Microsoft task manager, but that doesn't help you either. So the last chance would be logging in to a linux live cd and deleting all the files such as cnml.dll and so on. So Security issues are still there. The search also sucks. This version of Windows is even more memory demanding which is really unacceptable. Why would windows need all this memory. 512 Mg is not enough anymore and Microsoft personally recommand 768 Mb of ram. The only reason that I am still using this product is the need to develop .net applications using Visual studio.net. So, besides that linux is better in every possible way. You don't like linux? Buy a Mini Mac and go with macintosh. You don't like Macintosh, then go with solaris, but whatever you do, please save your time and skip this product or you'll have security issues like every other user. 3 stars for IIS and .Net platform. 0 for security. 0 for performance. Avge = 6/4 or2 & 1/2*

    1-0 out of 5 stars i386 files corrupted
    Returned software twice. Laptop unable to read either disks due to corrupted files in the 1386 directory. Microsoft, are you idiots reading this? Then get a friggin clue. Why do you think you are loosing market share to the Linix/Java and Mac world? I have been a Microsoft developer for twenty years, and I'm ready to jump ship. This is what happens when you let a bunch of tools from Bangalore take over project development because you're impressed with their fake degrees. (Did you idiots know that some of their masters programs take about here months to complete?) You get what you pay for, and I'm getting sick of paying for your incompetence. This doesn't cost me only the price of the software, it also costs me my time which I value if you don't. Get it freaking right darn it!!! Windows XP software upgrade has been problematic since you first introduced it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buy a Mac
    Just switched to a Mac. OS X upgrade is half the price, with 200 times the functionality...do the math, buy a Mac.

    1-0 out of 5 stars XP Bad, SP2 Horrible.
    XP is only "good" if compared to previous, even worse versions of Windows. That is not really a fair comparison, and really shows how little of the computer world most people are actually aware of.

    SP2 is just the latest piece of junk M$ put out to quiet (for a time) their critics. What did they do? Mostly, they turned on a useless firewall (useless because you can get much better for free, not to mention the fact that it breaks a number of applications).

    When I was pushed SP2 a while back, it took me 1:30 hours to revert my laptop to a useable state. So, Caveat Emptor. ... Read more


    2. Wacom Intuos3 6X8 USB Tablet - Metallic Gray (PTZ630)
    by Wacom
    list price: $349.99
    our price: $284.99
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    Asin: B00030097G
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Wacom
    Sales Rank: 463
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Intuos.3 6x8 Digitizer Tablet ... Read more

    Features

    • Thick, durable overlay
    • Limited Lifetime warranty
    • Pen tablet with USB connection
    • 1024 levels of pressure-sensitivity
    • Customizable menu shortcut buttons

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, Awesome Tool
    Okay, this is obviously a big review but I want to help those who are being skeptical about this product. Why? Because i was one of those people too and I was almost going to not buy a great product not knowing what it would do with the executions of my designs and illustrations. Proceed if you're willing to learn more.

    Where can I Start. The reviewers on the bottom pretty much explained many of the thing this tablet can offer. The driver can be updated by going to Wacom.com, so whatever issues people had can be easily fixed, unless no internet connection are available. But anyway, why am I reviewing this product? I am a student under Graphic Design major. I purchased this tablet a week ago and let me tell you: my work has improved significantly thanks to this tablet. Sure, the people who have already reviewed this tablet has given perhaps more than enough details on its features to be convincing, but allow me to share my experience. Painting an illustration, say using Corel's Painter IX, has never been easier and much more accurate as it is with the mouse. Creating layouts in Photoshop and Illustrator became easier, not to mention more comfortable since your hand wouldnt strain as it would with the mouse. Thus, my work has been significantly improved. Although it takes a little getting used to, once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to work faster, more comfortable, and more accurate. At first, i was being VERY skeptical about buying this pricey product and whether it was worth it or not. At the end I realized something very important. Sure the product can be over $300 bucks, but the work you'll be producing with the product is priceless. Think of it that way and I'm sure you'll feel the same afterwards. Okay, so it's a great tablet, now why did i choose the 6 x 8 size besides the cheaper 4 x 8 or the priciest 9 x 12? Well this is my opinion. 4 x 8 is a good choice, however, because of its small size, sometimes I would go off by mistake thinking I can still extand my arm a bit to draw and that is pretty annoying. I didn't see myself in that position. I know because I tried different sizes from different people's property. Now, 9x12 is the biggest. Sometimes the bigger the better, but for my case, this time it wasn't. I felt the tablet was so big I used to get lost everytime I stroked. 9x12 was too big for me, and i found the 6x8 to be the perfect balance between too small and too big. Keep in mind, 6x8 isnt the device's size. Only the part where you use your pen is. Saying that, the size of the equipment is about 14 x 10. Would you want anything on your lap bigger or smaller than that? Up to you.

    Final thought: if you care about your work and the execution of your designs and illustrations, consider this product, It may be pricey, but like i said before, the work you'll be producing will be priceless and thus makes your work even better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Intuos3, great product, flawed software
    Overall a great product.I thought I should mention something to anyone who may encounter the same problems I did.Firstly, do not use the driver version that ships with the tablet, go to Wacom.com and get the latest version.The version that shipped with mine left huge 'dead areas' in my tablet where it could not detect the pen (EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING) and caused occasional system hangs.

    Even with the latest software, cccasionally when using Photoshop the tablet seems to lose its ability to detect pressure variation, this is resolved by restarting Photoshop, but it seems a problem that would be easily fixed in the software.

    A simple pen test function would be nice to have in the configuration program (where you could paint in a little box and test pressure and sensitivity).The Graphire series had this feature and I wish it was built in to the Intuos software.

    Quality of the product makes up for the few software flaws/inconveniences.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and an invaluable tool
    I spend about 10 hours a day working in Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and other design related programs including 3D Studio Max. I've been using a Wacom tablet for about six years now, and I love it. It would be impossible for me to create the designs and illustrations that I do without my Wacom. As an artist and designer, I used traditional mediums for years, and then spent another couple of years trying to figure out how to use a mouse in a way that would permit me to create quality images and designs on the computer quickly and in a way that resembled traditional methods. The Wacom tablet has been my solution and the solution of dozens of my colleagues. I use the old Intuos at home, and I use the Intuos 3 at work. The new Intuos features a USB connection that permits hot-swappable, on-the-go design. Also, the new Intuos pens are much more comfortable to hold that the old plastic pens because of the rubber coated grip. The tip on the pen seem much more "springy" and responsive. The pressure sensitivity is amazing and allows me the complete control over the virtual medium that I am handling (airbrush, pencil, ink, paint, etc). Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash are all designed to work with the pressure sensitive pens, and the level of control is amazing. Photoshop's new custom brush palette, combined with the Wacom tablet, permit me to create custom brushes to simulate the appearance of color pencil, pastels, and chalk in such a realistic manner that it's difficult to discern what is real and what is digital. Both of the tablets I own have the 6x8 drawing surface, which I find to be an adequate size for me to accomplish all of my design-work and illustrations. It also is a convenient size to fit into my laptop bag (outer dimensions are about 10"x13"). I absolutely love my Wacom, and I'm ashamed that I didn't place a review for this superior product before now. Several of my coworkers and friends have purchased less expensive versions from competitors, but have regretted the purchase and have switched to Wacom. I was helping a coworker select a Wacom tablet for her desk this morning (as a replacement for another brand) when I decided to write this review for the Wacom tablet. Bottom line for the Wacom 6x8: convenient size, excellent pressure sensitivity, durable construction, excellent value for the price. I would consider this a must-have for any serious digital illustrator or designer.

    4-0 out of 5 stars WOW!Cant wait to get it!
    I already own the Intuos24x5 tablet and have had it for over 2 years, but need something bigger.I can say that without a doubt, Wacom tablets are the best out there.The one I own has NEVER failed me.It fits great in my laptop bag too.

    If you are thinking about another brand, don't bother, you'll be greatly disappointed.I'm buying my Intos36x8right now... so should you! ... Read more


    3. Wacom Intuos3 9X12 USB Tablet - Metallic Gray (PTZ930)
    by Wacom
    list price: $469.99
    our price: $379.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0003009AI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Wacom
    Sales Rank: 1157
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    For the serious photographer, designer, and artist...Intuos3 gives you the power to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and over 100 other leading software applications.Intuos3 tablets now put ExpressKeys and Touch Strips right at your fingertips for convenient keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, brush size control, and more.Wacom's Penabled technology gives you the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free tablet technology. You'll find that using an Intuos pen, mouse, and tablet gives you more control, comfort, and productivity.Alternating between the comfortable Grip Pen and the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse reduces repetitive motion. It's an easy and natural way to work.Using a pen tablet is easy: It's easy to use a pen tablet because every point on the tablet has a matching point on the screen. When you move your pen over the tablet the cursor moves in precisely the same way on the screen. Where you touch your pen tip to the tablet is where you click.Pressure sensitivity: The Intuos3 Grip Pen gives you the power of pressure-sensitive control. Pressure sensitivity lets you control your software tools by changing how hard you press the pen tip to the tablet surface. Using pressure sensitivity you can dynamically control things like brush size, opacity, and more. ... Read more

    Features

    • Thick, durable overlay
    • Limited Lifetime warranty
    • Pen tablet with USB connection
    • 1024 levels of pressure-sensitivity
    • Customizable menu shortcut buttons

    Reviews (3)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy if you want to trace hand drawings
    I called Wacom and was told to buy this product and I could put the picture under a clear sheet and trace my drawing. There is no clear sheet. I have emailed Wacom several times and they said; "In regards to tracing a picture, what we recommend is scanning the picture and open it in Photoshop, create a layer then you can trace the picture from there and you should be able to get the results you want. This method is much easier, more user-friendly and much more accurate." It is NOT much easier.I tried that and it is very hard to do. I need something on the pad to have a line to follow and why I called Wacom before buying. It is very hard to draw with one hand and follow the line by eye. It is looking at one thing and moving your hand by what you see. Very Very hard to do. Forget about doing vectored art. I feel the product is a total waste of money. AND!! There is a flap you can raise to put picture under but it is to dark to see anything no matter how I light it. Makes me wonder if the messed up and make the flip to dark and not are trying to cover their mistake. I could be wrong but why else would a flap be there? I was lied by sales and now have a product I can't use for what I need. Plus I don't use Photoshop, I use Corel Draw. I guess they expect me to buy all new software.If all you want to is paint or touch up photos then this would be a great product for you. For me it is a waste of money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars BUT...
    What's with that shiny surface? It doesn't show on ANY of the product photography that I have seen. I am a retoucher carefully designing my home studio with a minimum of distracting colors and shiny surfaces. I have used the Intuos2 at my work studio, both the platinum and the dark grey versions, for many years and they've both been perfect.

    I JUST opened my new Intuos3 and I initially thought it looked cool. Then I put it down in front of my monitor and all I could see was a bright reflection shining up from the almost mirror-like, shiny plastic of the rim. That's a no no in a retouching studio. I didn't even plug it in.

    I'm going to sleep on it, but I'll probably send it back and try to get an Intuos2 on eBay. Or maybe I can use sandpaper to matte down the distracting shine. Would that void the warranty. Probably. Would it destroy the resale value? Definitely. Am I overreacting? Maybe. Maybe I could get used to it, but I have to think about clients too. Nahh, I'm sending it back.

    Also, from the photos I thought the buttons would be great, but now that I see them, they look like spill magnets. I would rather have solid-state buttons like on the intuos2, but in the position of the intuos3.

    If you are considering a graphics tablet, get a Wacom, don't even bother with another brand. If you are considering an Intuos 3 AND you have a color-critical workflow, wait till Wacom comes out with a matte version of the Intuos3 or get a used Intuos2.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Useful
    I recieved this Wacom Tablet as an early Christmas Present, not really knowing what to expect. Its a wonderful tool for any industrious person that wishes to create high-quality pieces of Art. The programs are excellent, and the Tablet itself is durable and build to last with a generous amount of working space. Also -- The pen that comes with this Wacom Tablet is easy-to-use and has a very nice feature allowing you to adjust the pressure sensitivity to control just how you want things to turn out. This item is truely worth your money. ... Read more


    4. Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod
    by Griffin
    list price: $39.99
    our price: $21.84
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AAAPF
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Griffin
    Sales Rank: 20
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Share your iPod MP3 collection with the world using the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter that lets you play your dockable iPod through any FM radio. The transmitter tunes to any FM frequency for the best possible performance and the battery-free design receives power directly from your iPod. It's great for listening to your iPod in the car. Includes CD-ROM and Quick Start Guide. ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with any iPod with dock connector, including iPod mini
    • FM transmitter designed to play iPod music through FM radios
    • Tunes to any FM frequency for the best possible performance
    • Battery-free design receives power from iPod itself
    • Sleek, attractive housing fits seamlessly on top of iPod

    Reviews (161)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works for me
    I have to agree with most of the reviewers who have said that the sound quality is not great but honestly, for this price, did we really expect cutting-edge cd sound quality? Yes, there are other ways to ensure a better quality but most are bigger and cumbersome. I've found this little gizmo to be a great, inexpensive, discreet way to take my music anywhere (it's small and wireless...enough said)
    True, the sound can get a little bit scratchy sometimes but it's nothing that can't be fixed with the smallest turn of the clickwheel. So maybe it doesn't work when you're trekking in the mountains or crossing a desert but under (more) normal circumstances, it gets the job done.
    I guess I'm really not adding anything new to this forum except to put in a good word for this gadget which hasn't let me down in the months that I've had it. Still works as the first day I bought it and has given exactly what I expected of it. My only complaint? I use it too much and then have to recharge the ipod often... not too bad, really.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
    I bought is so that I could take my ipod anywhere and have music just in case.
    I was the in highlands, the ipod with the itrip were right next to the stereo antena and the reception was scratchy.
    I recommend getting additional sets of stereo cables to connect to an auxiliary source, far better sound quality wihout any fuzz.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best for the money
    I just bought an iTrip and I love it.I used to have a Belkin Tunecast II, but it just didn't cut it.This thing is sleek and convenient.the tuning controls are controled by the iPod forming one seamless interface.It is powered by the iPod's battery.It doesn't have very good range, but it is the best bet for the $20-$40 price range.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worked good, but not for long.
    I bought this for my 60 gig ipod.It worked for about a month, then stopped working for some reason.Also my friend got one for her mini ipod, and it did the same thing.It works really good, then all of a sudden it doesn't work.I would buy this if it always worked, but it doesn't.Beware, don't buy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars iTrip does a pretty good job
    I received an iTrip for my birthday and have had very few problems with it.

    Pros
    The iTrip has no batteries and can work out of the box with no installation, provided your area doesn't have a station transmitting on the 87.7FM frequency, or that you are transmitting to a radio without a powerful antenna (for example, a boombox will have no problems unless you are very close to the station transmitting on that frequency). If there is a station on the 87.7 frequency, the iTrip has the ability to swith frequencies. It does not drain my iPod's battery much quicker than when I use headphones, but you can turn the LED off (once you install the option on the iPod) if you want to conserve the battery a little more.

    I have found this great at work. I work in a museum and it's a pain to bring a lot of CDs into work because they take up so much room and because they get ruined quickly with all the dust in the lab. Our lab has a boombox, so with the iTrip, I just bring in my iPod and the whole lab can listen to my 500 CDs with minimal effort. I have no problems transmitting across the lab (about 25 feet), or into the next room where there is another boombox. This is nice because I can leave my iPod in a dust-free part of the lab and still enjoy its music. The labs at work all have large windows, so we can get radio reception there, but the collections are at the center of the building and are surrounded by concrete, so the radio isn't an option there. The iTrip means I can work in collections and have a large music library at my disposal. It's nice to be able to walk around and transmit to a boombox, because I can hear the phone or someone knocking at the door.

    The iTrip also looks pretty cool, complementing the design of the iPod. I have not noticed the signal drifting or cutting out, but I haven't had it too long, either. Others have complained about distortion, but I think this is because they have the volume turned too high (it must be set to between 50% and 70%). Most people save music to their iPod in mp4 (128kb/s) format to save room. 128 will never have as good quality of sound as Apple Lossless or .wav, especially at louder volumes.

    Cons
    There is some static interference if you are driving and your iTrip is close to your cell phone, or if you drive in areas where there are a lot of power lines. If your car has a very powerful antenna, it is more likely to pick up the weak signals like those that are more likely to be found on the low end of the dial. If you're not driving past the radio station or living next to it, this can usually be solved easier by switching your car's antenna to local than by switching the iTrip's frequency. It's not hard to switch iTrip frequencies, but it does take about 20 seconds and is hard to do on the fly, especially if you are driving. In my truck, it's one button on the radio to switch to local, and this solves the problem quicker and safer than fumbling with my iTrip. It would be nicer to be able to scroll through frequencies, but it would compromise the design of the iTrip, I think.

    Another problem is that the iTrip covers the hold button. This is a problem for some, but not as much for me. I like the hold button when I am biking or exercising, but when I'm at work I like to be able to skip songs now and then, or adjust the volume if someone comes into the lab, so this is not a big problem for me.

    The most annoying thing I have found is that the extra frequencies are stored on your iPod as "songs", meaning they show up in your playlist and will eventually cycle through if you use shuffle mode (which I use 95% of the time), and they are dead silence until you fast forward. I have reduced this problem by deleting a number of the frequencies, but it still happens occasionally. It's not too big a deal to delete frequencies (the ones in the middle of the dial are more likely to have a station transmitting from them), but you never know when some back-of-the-woods college or Bible station will be broadcasting on the lower end of the dial.

    The last problem I've had with the iTrip is that no iPod case works really well with it. I have a leather one that velcro's over the top of the iPod, which means that those straps are undone when the iTrip is in place. If the iPod is clipped to my belt or pocket, it will quickly spin around and fall out of the case if the iTrip is attached, because nothing is holding it in place. Plus, more dust gets in because the case is open. However, if I want to use the iTrip, I can usually set the iPod next to the radio and walk away - if I really need it to stay in the case (like on my bike), I'm probably using headphones anyway. ... Read more


    5. Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse
    by Logitech
    list price: $79.99
    our price: $66.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002UM0JW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 318
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    If you thought smooth tracking optical sensors were an advancement over mechanical ball-based mice, let us introduce you to the mouse that takes precision and performance to a whole new level: the Logitech® MX™1000 Laser Cordless Mouse, the world's first laser mouse.

    Now optical is obsolete. And your computing experience will never be the same.

    Featuring the Logitech MX™ Laser Engine, the MX1000 delivers a new pinnacle of performance no optical mouse can match. With an incredible 20x more sensitivity to surface detailor tracking powerthan optical, laser can track reliably even on tricky polished or wood-grain surfaces. And the MX1000 offers even more advanced features that will make you more productive and more comfortable:

    Rechargeable

    Rapid-charging base station makes sure the mouse is always ready, and the lithium-ion battery never needs replacing.

    Fast RF™ cordless

    Cordless performance that equals USB corded connection

    Superior grasp

    Deep-sculpted thumb support for incredible comfort, and outside finger grips for enhanced control

    Illuminated 4-level battery indicator

    Precisely monitor battery strength

    Powerful scrolling system

    Wheel tilts for side-to-side scrolling, Cruise Control™ rocker for speed-scrolling up and down, and zoom with a click of the wheel

    New thumb-button controls

    Universal page forward and back, plus an application switch that quickly moves between open windows

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Cruise Control rocker for speed-scrolling up and down, and zoom with a click of the wheel
    • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP, and Macintosh OS X and higher
    • Rapid-charging base station makes sure the mouse is always ready, and the lithium-ion battery never needs replacing
    • Universal page forward and back, plus an application switch that quickly moves between open windows
    • Wheel tilts for side-to-side scrolling

    Reviews (110)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome mouse...the few low ratings confound me...
    I've had this mouse for nearly four months now and I love everything about it. A HUGE improvement over the MX700 which I'd been using previously for nearly two years. The primary noticeable improvements are 1. how much better it fits the hand over the MX700, like it was custom-made for my hand...2. the battery-level indicator, not to mention the much-improved battery-life w/o charge--about 4hrs for the MX1000 compared to about 2hrs for the MX700...3. the also much-improved charging cradle...and 4. the on/off switch on the bottom of the mouse itself. Personally, I don't use that switch since the battery has such a decent lifetime per charge as it is.

    The only minor drawback that's barely worth a mention is the weight of the mouse.It has some weight to it, but that's something you'll get used to very quickly. On a smooth surface it slides like skates on ice, thus rendering the weight of the mouse essentially irrelevant.

    This one's worth every penny!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Decent product, but highly overrated -- Suffers Lag
    I am not sure what's up with everyone's love affair of this mouse.I bought it expecting miracles, but it's just like any other optical mouse.If you use a mousepad, then you probably won't detect a noticeable increase in sensitivity. (I didn't)The charger is very nice and the mouse seats well in it.However, the mouse is heavy (from batteries I presume) and so it makes it cumbersome to use.Additionally, and worst of all -- the mouse suffers lag.This is only detectable to some people I guess, but it drives me nuts.It's not that the "speed" is slow, it's that the reaction time is slow.When I move the mouse, I want it to react instantly -- maybe that's asking too much from a wireless device.After all, radio waves only travel at the speed of light and they do have to traverse nearly 20 inches...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use...What a wonderful laser mouse!
    I have had this mouse for about a month now. I bought it so that I can use it at work. It's a pleasure to use since I hated the cheap mouse I had have at work. It's very comfortable to use, especially for people with long fingers. I love the fast scroller button. I bought this from Amazon because the computer stores cost about $30 more. It was definitely worth the money. I'm almost tempted to buy one for my home laptop but I wouldn't want to travel with a large mouse. I have to try and find a laser logitech for my notebook now. :-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful with a few minor caveats
    I received my MX1000 this morning and after playing with it for 6 solid hours, I decided I had to write a review.

    Installation was fairly simple, but I ran into one little snag. I suggest you download the newest software from Logitech before installing the mouse. 1) Turn of the computer. 2) Remove the old mouse. 3) Plug the MX1000 base station into the computer. 4) Plug the AC adapter into the base station, then into a power socket (preferably a UPS). 5) Turn on the mouse (there's a tiny switch on the bottom of the mouse) and drop it into the base station to check the battery level. Mine came just barely fully charged! 6) Turn on the computer. The new mouse will be detected and you will be asked for drivers (I installed on windows XP SP2). Instead of letting windows use the installation disc (which came at version 2.14b), I cancelled the driver search and used the newest drivers (version 2.31.546 dated 5/5/2005) from Logitech. A reboot was required after installation. Also, the mouse was unusable after first staring the computer, during installation of the drivers and after the reboot. I hit the silver reset button on the base station, a help balloon popped up from the system tray telling me to hit the reset button on the bottom of the mouse. Bingo! The mouse works! I have a sneaking suspicion that if I'd just reset the mouse after first starting the computer, I could have used it during installation. Oh well.

    Customizing the buttons is simple, however, there are somewhat less options available than I am used to with MouseWare, such as minimize all. If there were a way to assign windows key commands to buttons, it'd be perfect.

    The grip of the mouse is incredibly comfortable! The arch of the mouse and thumb groove is literally the perfect size for my medium sized hands.

    Unlike many have complained, the back and forward buttons DO work in Firefox! The issue was likely addressed in the newest version of the drivers. Also, I reassigned the left/right scroll buttons on the wheel to Control+Shift+Tab for the left and Control+Tab for the right. Easy tab switching in firefox!

    The scroll wheel is a bit loose, with less pronounced clicks. I don't know if that's good or bad yet, but it seems fine. When clicking down on the scroll wheel, you have to take a bit of care not to hit the left/right scroll actions, though I quickly became used to it. The forward/back/application thumb buttons feel slightly lose, but the clicks are good and solid. The cruise up button is just a little bit of a long reach for the index finger, though it is much more prominent and easy to hit than the little button on the MX500/700/900. The cruise down button is very easy to reach. The left mouse button has a stronger spring and bit longer travel to click than the MX500/700/900. The same goes to a lesser extent for the right button, but that's a good thing as I was accidentally right clicking on my old MX500 quite often.

    Some have reported the MX1000 to un-level and wobbly on a hard surface, and that may be true for some, but the unit I received is rock solid.

    As far as skipping/stuttering/jumping behavior is concerned, I haven't seen any. Which is amazing considering I placed the base station directly in front of my wireless router which is on top of my steel tower case which is about 6 inches from my monitor! I figured there'd be SOME kind of interference, but I've noticed none whatsoever!

    The mouse tracks beautifully on my bare desk surface (highly polished imitation wood grain). The weight of the mouse takes a bit of getting used to if you are used to a light corded mouse, such as I am. My previous mouse was a Logitech MX500. After playing a few hours of CS2, I found my accuracy has noticeably improved because the weight of the MX1000 is damping the natural twitchiness of my "gaming hand". However, I expect that effect to lessen somewhat after I'm completely trained to the mouse.

    Overall, I'd give the MX1000 4.5 stars if I could, but since I cannot, I believe it is more deserving of 5 stars than it is of 4.

    Happy mousing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A hug for your hand.
    I was strolling along in the electronics section of BJ's Wholesale Club when I stopped dead in my tracks. I had a locked gaze on a shiny new MX1000 they had for $60! I wasted no time snatching one and hiding the others so I could feel like I had the last one. I bought it and went immediately home to my computer.I plugged this baby swished it around on the mousepad like a lightsaber. I was in complete shock about how smooth it was. It read my every intentional movement as if it was reading my mind. The deep-sculpted grip was like a hug for my hand. After getting cozy, I really didn't want to let go. The MX1000 really was THAT comfortable. I even considering surgically bonding it to my hand. What I really thought was sweet was the freakin' laser man! No crappy LED optical. Logitech claims that the 800dpi laser is 20x more precise than optical and I cannot argue with that. At first, I was skeptical about wireless mainly because of the battery. However, the lithium ion battery last4EVA!!! figuratively of course. I use my computer for hours at a time and have only seen 1 out of 3 lights go out. The battery life is unbelievable. I was partially concerned about the responsiveness of a wireless mouse, but as you can assume from the first part of this review, I absolutely no lag or unresponsiveness for all the hours upon hours I used it. I would have to say every single penny was worth it for this masterpiece! ... Read more


    6. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
    by Microsoft Software
    list price: $199.00
    our price: $189.99
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    Asin: B00022PTRU
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 134
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) with Advanced Security Technologies provides users with an enhanced security infrastructure to help defend against viruses, worms, and hackers. In addition, it helps provide increased manageability and control along with an improved, more consistent user experience. Windows® XP Home Edition gives you the freedom to experience more than you ever thought possible with your computer and the Internet. This is the operating system home users have been waiting for—because it offers serious stability, so you can have serious fun. If you’ve always imagined you could do more with your computer, your vision is about to become reality. With Windows® XP Home Edition, you’ll be able to experience the full potential of your PC. Experience the possibilities here. The latest Service Pack for Windows XP—Service Pack 2 (SP2)—is all about security, and it’s one of the most important service packs ever released. It provides better protection against viruses, hackers, and worms, and includes Windows Firewall, Pop-up Blocker for Internet Explorer, and the new Windows Security Center. ... Read more

    Reviews (9)

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's compatible with most software out there, but...
    ...people gotta get bored with Windows. Sure, a so-called "world of software" work on it, that's a good thing, but most spyware, adware, trojan horses, etc. are made for Windows, which makes it pretty vunerable to bugs & viruses. For example, with 3 pop-up blockers on my Internet Explorer, I still get rapid pop-ups. I check my computer rapidly for viruses, but it's still there. If you are like a businessperson, I recommend Mac or Linux, because they make Microsoft Office for Mac, and make very similar software for Linux. But for gamers, downloaders, etc., I recommend XP or Media Center.

    - The OS Man

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very stable, beefed up security
    Like many other PC geeks, I looked at Windows XP and its eye-candy UI with suspicion when it first came out, but I've come to love it.It's rock solid -- I've never had a single system crash in the last two years, even though as a gadget freak I install and try out new hardware a lot -- it's fast, and its plug-n-play feature is so much better than any other operating system.Service Pack 2 makes XP even better, esp. in the security arena.It now comes with a better firewall and turns off some default settings that used to be on which could invite security problems.(The flip side of this increased security meausre is you constantly get warnings.)

    XP Home is great for home use.If you want file system-level encryption, true file permission settings and more networking options, opt for the Professional edition.

    I highly recommend teh book "Windows XP Inside Out, 2nd edition" if you are interested in optimzing your XP system and/or learning advanced techniques.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    I really do not like how Microsoft has designed this operating system. I liked Windows 95 through the Windows 2000 Professional Edition but this one there is nothing I like. I have a few Microsoft computers left but I have mostly converted to Apple. The Windows XP Home Edition (not Professional Edition) especially was horrible. The only difference I dramatically see is that blue taskbar at the bottom. Also the icons look a bit more 3-D than other versions. The security on Windows totally isn't too safe as the Mac OS. My computer catches viruses all the time and when I take it to a repair shop I have never seen a Apple computer there. If you are a Microsoft fan just get the Professional Edition of XP or 2000 Professional (best OS ever!)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Clarification
    To clarify S. McCrea "s_mccrea"s post, a pentium 4 with hyperthreading is not "two chips on one chip". It's a single chip that simulates dual processors.

    Microsoft XP Home Edition does NOT support multiple processors. Microsoft XP Professional Edition does. So if you need multo proc support, go with Pro.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP is stable, won't crash is great for plug & play
    If you're reading this. You're thinking of buying Windows XP home edition here are a few things to keep in mind.

    First thing is, you might be able to get away with buying just the upgrade edition.The upgrade edition allows you to do a full install.It just asks you for the CD of a previous version of Windows.Also remember you can download service pack two from the Windows update web site.So no need to buy it integrated with XP.

    These are what I consider the minimum system requirements:

    256 MB of RAM. I have found is adequate more equals better.
    500 MHz or higher will do.
    7200 rpm hard drive will help a lot.

    If you're running Windows millennium edition, or 98 upgrade now the stability is vastly improved. Gone are the blue screens of death.

    Frequently asked question: is Windows XP Pro better than home edition?

    Windows XP Pro has a more high-end networking features that most home users will never miss or would even know were missing. So for most users Windows home edition is fine. They both are based on the same code and are almost identical.

    If you're thinking of upgrading from Windows 2000, I did, because I like the GUI interface better. But Windows XP is as stable as Windows 2000. So it's your call.

    The plug-and-play ability of Windows XP is totally great! Windows XP will by default find most drivers for video card sound cards, network cards, etc. that is such a bonus gone in the days of having to search for CDs with drivers.

    I recommend upgrading to Windows XP be it professional or home edition.It is a great operating system

    Have some fun and get it done ... Read more


    7. Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3100
    by Logitech
    list price: $149.95
    our price: $112.09
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    Asin: B0007NIJBM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 729
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    MX 3100 Cordless Desktop Keyboard & Mouse Combo ... Read more

    Features

    • • The sleek, low profile and Zero-Degree Tilt™ design of the keyboard deliver a high level of ergonomic comfort, without changing the way you work
    • • The deeply-sculpted design of the laser mouse is incredibly comfortable to grasp and use.
    • • Maximize your performance with the precision of the MX™ laser engine and the most advanced navigation features available in a Logitech keyboard-mouse combination
    • • With unique keyboard controls including scroll, pan, and zoom, navigation becomes quicker, easier, and more efficient, increasing comfort

    Reviews (1)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Works as advertised but the value may be a bit stretched
    First, some extra kudos to Amazon.I ordered the Logitech 3100 in the afternoon yesterday and am typing on it roughly 24 hours later.And that was using the free shipping option!

    As for my three star rating, it is not really due to any product issues, per se, but it is a valuation issue.Read to the bottom about a value question that I wonder about.

    General comments:
    *Everything hooked up and was operational within 20 minutes, including the installation and some basic customization of the Set Point Software. I have always found Logitech products to be easily installed and the MX3100 was no different.
    *Some of the functions only work with certain software, although it is generally the most commonly used stuff like Excel, Word, etc.But the Zoom function (keyboard or mouse) only works with software that has built in Zoom capability.It does not work as a 'magnifying' function like my IBM laptop has built into it.Similarly, the horizontal scrolling function (again, keyboard or mouse) works on some software but not all. These are minor issues for me, but just don't assume that non-Microsoft software will work with these functions.
    *Beware of Spyware.I am still not sure whether the software installed is benign or not, but after installing Set Point and running my Spyware software afterwards, Spybot came up with a list of ~50 new 'threats' that were not there before and were directly linked to the Logitech installation. I need more time to see if this is important for operations, benign or is truly spyware.

    The Mouse:
    *I bought this vs. the LX700, in part, due to the Lithium Ion battery technology and the battery meter on the top of the mouse.This was frankly of more interest than the laser vs. optical design as I have not had any significant issues with my optical Logitech on my desktop.While I cannot talk about longevity before recharging, the L-Ion battery should be virtually lifetime vs. the NiMH batteries used in the LX700.
    *The sculptured mouse fits my hand perfectly and the buttons fall into place quite naturally.And the side thumb buttons are not easily pressed accidentially, a problem that my old Logitech has that had me disable them in the software.Very nice fit and function.(One caveat:I am 6' tall - if you really have smaller hands you might find this mouse a bit large.Try it out first.)
    *The laser vs. optical design is interesting! On the one hand, I could use my optical on a clear glass table and it worked fine, with only some minor tracking issues.Not so the laser!No tracking whatsoever on clear glass (unless you lift the front edge off the glass a bit!).But my keyboard tray is made of perforated metal, with holes about a 16th of an inch in diameter evenly spaced.The optical cannot handle this at all, but the laser tracks remarkably well on this surface, even with the holes!Wierd!
    *Side note:I am not a gamer so I cannot comment on this as a gaming mouse, but I would expect it to be as good as most any out there from what I have read.

    The Keyboard:
    *Very comfortable to use and although the touch is a little less 'positive' than I prefer, it does not hinder my typing at all.I am sure that I will adapt to it easily.
    *I have not tried all of the functions but I have reprogrammed some F-keys to launch specific applications and websites that I use daily and it was easy and worked perfectly the first time. Some find the F-Keys small and while I cannot figure out why Logitech made them so thin, I have not found them to be a problem to use.

    Okay, as for the three star rating, as noted I do feel that the value might be a bit stretched.Consider the following:
    a)The keyboard for the LX700 and MX3100 are apparently identical except for some cosmetics.Even the Set Point software references the keyboard as the 'LX700 / MX3000 keyboard.'
    b)The MX1000 laser mouse that you can buy separately is the same mouse supplied with the MX3100 package.
    c)Hmmm . . . you can buy both the LX700 and MX1000 combined for about the same price as the MX3100 package AND HAVE AN EXTRA CORDLESS RECHARGEABLE MOUSE!

    So what is different that makes the MX3100 more expensive than the LX700 / MX1000 two mouse option?The only thing that I can see is the mouse charging base.It appears that the MX1000 mouse base does not have the indicators built in that show things like CapsLock, NumLock, etc. that the one with the MX3100 package comes with.Maybe the MX1000 mouse base is somehow disabled such that it will not recognize or send along Logitech keyboard signals, although this seems illogical.And maybe the MX1000 base does not have the necessary connections if you need to use PS2 inputs to your PC instead of USB.But if the only real difference winds up being the lighted indicators in the MX3100 mouse base, does it make any sense that this slightly enhanced charging base equates to the same cost as a second complete rechargable mouse with its own base?Seems a bit of a stretch to justify!(Heck, IF the charging base winds up being the same between the MX1000 mouse and MX3100, buy the LX700 and MX1000 combination for roughly the same total price and have a nice back up mouse to use or give away!)

    So that is my reason for the three star rating vs. four or five stars.While I so far find the MX3100 to be an excellent combination, I must question the value.As the MX3100 is quite new, perhaps the pricing will decline in the coming months to make it a more logical step from the LX700.If so, five stars may be in order! ... Read more


    8. Think Outside Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard for Pocket PC
    by Think Outside
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $86.44
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    Asin: B0002OKCXE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Think Outside
    Sales Rank: 702
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Stowaway Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard for Select Pocket PCs, SmartPhones, Tablet PCs, Notebooks and Computers ... Read more

    Features

    • Write email and notes easily
    • "Includes carrying case & detachable PDA/phone stand
    • "100% full size keyboard for touch-typing
    • Hassle free - Bluetooth technology removes needs for wires
    • User programmable shortcut and command keys for fast access to other applications

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great keyboard from the makers of stow-a-way
    This is my third keyboard that I've purchased for my PDA (Axim X50v) and I'm thrilled with the quality and performance of this keyboard.I highly recommend this product to anyone considering a keyboard.

    I first bought a Belkin IR keyboard from Office Dept and it sucked.It felt cheap.The keys were poorly spaced and I couldn't get it to work with my Axim X50v.But in reality the biggest problem was the cheapness of the keyboard.I paid $60 for the keyboard and felt that I should have paid $20.Piece of crap.Decided to return it within 5 minutes of opening the box.

    The second keyboard I bought was the "Dell Axim X50V Portable / Foldable / Full Size Bluetooth Keyboard" from Suntekstore / Amazon.This keyboard sucked for several reasons.First off, while it may have number keys (unlike this keyboard) the keys are all undersized so I couldn't type with them.Not a good start.Second problem is that the keyboard was made for cell phones, NOT PDA's!I couldn't put my Axim on the stand without it falling over or leaning at an unacceptable level toward the ceiling.Total crap.And the third problem was that I couldn't get it to connect to my PDA.I'm sure i could've figured out the third problem but the keyboard sucked so bad I made the decision to return it after an hour of opening the box.

    Then I ordered the Think Outside keyboard...

    This keyboard is head over heals better than the other keyboards that I just mentioned.The keys feel nice and they are well spaced.Opening the unit was a little stiff at first, but now slides open and closed easily with a satisfying "click" at either end of the process.The Axim fits PERFECTLY into the cradle that is built into the unit (I use the Axim in landscape position).I was also able to get this keyboard to work in about 30 minutes.Not plug and play, but reasonable.The keyboard sacrificed the number keys to make room for the larger key spacing, but I haven't found that it's a problem to type numbers by holding down the function keys.The best thing about this keyboard however is the quality.I paid $90 for it and I'd do it again in a second.

    BTW, for those of you who are trying to figure out if the extra money for bluetooth is worth it, it is!I keep my PDA in its cradle by my computer charging when I'm at my desk.At any time I can flip open my keyboard and start typing notes without ever removing the PDA from its cradle.It's very convenient!

    I've owned the keyboard for about a week and I'm very thrilled with the quality and performance it.It's a joy to use and easily doubles the usefulnexx of my PDA

    don

    1-0 out of 5 stars A change of heart
    It seems that this keyboard acts a little like those gold fish you bring home in a plastic bag from the pet shop.You have to put the whole bag in the tank until it acclimates to it's new surroundings.I went from wanting to love the thing for the sheer coolness factor....to boxing it up to send back when it wouldn't sync to my Axim x50v....to giving it another chance and after it was good and ready to work flawlessly, I now love it again.The keyboard is smaller than standard but very useable.It's great for writing a longer e-mail, inputting contacts, or writing a letter in word, when you don't want to peck at the screen with your stylus endlessly.The construction feels solid and opening and closing is a snap.Pun intended. The only major flaw is with the cradle that holds your PDA.It is removable which is the desired use to space the PDA a little further away from you.But the feet that clip it to the keyboard just don't want to let go.The plastic it's made out of doesn't seem especially robust and I feel certain it will snap off eventually.Also the curved lower part of the cradle that holds your Axim, et al, is a little under developed and if bumped will readily jettison what it's holding.Other than that it works very well and never ceases to make me grin when everyone passing your table at Starbucks has to stop and ask you about it. I previously gave it one star, but now that it's acclimated and working I give it 4 only because of the cradle shortcoming or else it would have been a full 5.I know it shows one star, but Amazon wholdn't allow me to edit the scale.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Could not get it to work on Dell Axim X30BT
    Oh how I wanted this to work.

    I ended up sending it back after spending seven hours, over two days, trying to get it to activate. Followed the instructions to a "T." Again and again.

    Downloaded the new software. The instructions for both the old and new software ARE quite confusing.

    Spent time on the web trying to find a support phone number for Think Outside. No such thing. Found an email support address. Emailed for help. Found a support forum. Posted my questions. Didn't hear back for two days and so mailed the unit back to Amazon. Then heard back.

    Think I MAY have figured out--from the response they sent--something I could have done to get it going. But, too late. Too frustrating.

    Obviously (from reading the reviews) it loads more easily on some other pocket devices. Allow lots of time for experimenting and contacting support by email and awaiting responses if you're loading it onto a Dell Axim. AND read the recent comments from other Dell Axim users here who had difficulties but figured out how to get it working. (Wish I had realized there were new comments from Dell Axim owners.)

    I've used a Stowaway keyboard for my Palm for years. Works wonderfully. Never needed any help. Expected this one to be just as easy to install and delightful to use. Or even more so, being bluetooth. Wish that HAD been my experience. Had no idea there is not a support number for Think Outside. Had never had reason for one before.

    I ordered the keyboard early in March and at the same time ordered the Bluetooth Travel Mouse. Had planned to install them together. But the Travel Mouse didn't come with the keyboard. I kept waiting. (Turns out the travel mouse is on major -- couple month -- back order.) When I realized that almost 30 days had passed since the keyboard had arrived and the mouse was not here yet, I decided I had better load the keyboard software and try it out. Wish I'd played with it the day it arrived. Would have given me plenty of time to do the slow back-and-forth email thing with Stowaway and, hopefully, get it going.

    If you have a Dell Pocket PC, this is probably not going to be plug and play for you. (But if you do get it going, I'll bet you'll love it.)

    Best,
    kwc

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Hardware. Poor Software.
    When I installed the driver on my Dell Axim X30 the device became unusable. The "Built-in Storage" section of memory had disappeared.A hard reset and restore from backup brought things back to normal and the second install attempt succeeded. Not too much fiddling to get the devices paired and talking.

    The feel of the keyboard is really good. I've used laptops that were less intuitive for my fingers. I'm still getting used to the route to the numbers and symbols. PDA keyboards I have owned in the past were not rigid enough to be used in a lap. I wanted this one because it was reputed to have improved on this, and I am not disappointed. I can easily use it in bed to IM my sister or whatever.

    Another unexpected bit of happiness came when I tried to use the keyboard while I had a Bluetooth ActiveSync connection. I didn't expect it to work, but it does. Cool!

    Overall I would recommend this product. The instructions say to back up the device before you install the driver and that turned out to be very good advice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool
    I've been dreaming of getting this, or another, keyboard for my Dell Axim x30 since the first time I wrote a detailed email on it. No matter what, writing 1000 plus characters with the stylus and on-screen keyboard just doesn't work out.

    So, the package arrives with my new keyboard, first thing I notice is the batteries ARE included (yippie - my wife had used the last of our 'spare' AAA's in one of the kids games). Next, I was pleasantly surprised by how sturdy the keyboard feels.Despite other reviews that I've read, I noted no loose keys. Finally (just in reference to the look and feel) I am blown away by the nice tactile feel of the keystrokes!

    Now it is time to set it up. I activated my PDA, connected (via BlueTooth) to my desktop using ActiveSync. Installing the driver over the connection went fine, though it seems not to function if you install it to the storage card. Downloading and installing an updated driver is a little confusing too. NOTE: Turn bluetooth OFF before activating the software, if your bluetooth is on when you go to activate the software (after resetting your device) the software won't find the bluetooth system.

    Once up and running, this keyboard is even better than what I have been expecting, it has nicely laid out hotkeys for openning PDA functions and programs, making the stylus almost obsolete.

    Overall, other than a few SMALL snags with setup, the quality and operation of this keyboard are excellent! ... Read more


    9. Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
    by Microsoft Software
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $274.99
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    Asin: B00022PTI4
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 56
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Windows XP Professional with SP2 ... Read more

    Features

    • Encrypting File System provides an additional level of file protection from hackers and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key.
    • Clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly.
    • Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with the latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall.
    • Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road.
    • Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home with the all new Network Setup Wizard.

    Reviews (5)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional: a (mostly) fair and balanced review
    Windows XP Professional is perhaps the best version of Windows that Microsoft has released. It's rock-solid, well-supported, and easy to use. It's also ridiculously expensive, bloated, and the anti-piracy measures are nearly draconian (and woefully ineffective to boot).

    What follows is a pretty lengthy breakdown. If you just want the executive summary, read no further than the following bullet-point list:

    - If you don't have any special needs consider XP Home instead. If you truly need XP Professional, you'll know.
    - If you don't really need Windows (in other words, if you're not a gamer or need to run an application for work that's strictly Windows-only), consider switching to a Mac. Or even Linux if you're a power user.
    - Windows XP is a decent OS under the hood. But lingering security issues, price, and Microsoft's questionable behavior over the years should give you pause.

    Now for the extended, in-depth review...

    Pros:

    - Built on the Windows 2000 codebase. It's not so prone to BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) and other random crashes as 95, 98, and Me. I still get crashes, but they're usually the fault of a particular app, and a single crash rarely brings down the entire system.

    - Excellent hardware support. It's plug-and-pray no longer; it recognizes and automatically configures a wide range of hardware.

    - Well-supported. Like it or not, Windows is the dominant OS. You won't find a greater selection of commercial software for any other operating system.

    - More secure than previous Windows versions. With the introduction of Service Pack 2, Microsoft is finally doing something about the rise of adware with improvements to Internet Explorer 6, a better built-in firewall, and a one-stop Security Center.

    - Easier networking. Service Pack 2's wireless networking tools are often better than the ones bundled with wireless networking hardware. It's also easier to share files over a LAN, especially in comparison to Windows 2000. But if you need Windows 2000's more fine-grained control, that's available to you as well.

    Cons:

    - Expensive. Microsoft's monopoly position basically lets them charge whatever they want. Sometimes (and if you're a good bargain hunter) it's cheaper to buy a used computer with Windows XP preinstalled than to buy a boxed retail version. It's out of control. More on this later.

    - Bloated. And not just bloated, but hard to cut down. Applications like Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Media Player, Windows Messenger, and Movie Maker are bundled and do not have uninstallers. You'll need some technical expertise and quite a bit of free time to get rid of these apps.

    - Still very insecure. Check Secunia or a similar security site, and you'll see that Windows XP and Internet Explorer are riddled with security holes. And many of the critical ones remain unpatched! Save yourself a lot of grief and use an alternative browser like Mozilla Firefox or Opera (but not ones that embed the IE engine like Maxthon).

    - The new visual themes are an acquired taste. Some people like big and colorful. I'm not one of those people. Luckily, "Windows Classic" is still available. You'll get your traditional desktop and Start menu back, as well as a hefty performance increase.

    - Activation. It's not as bad as you might have been led to believe, but it's still annoying. The process takes seconds over the internet, and you don't have to provide any personal information. But if you're in the habit of upgrading and swapping out hardware often, you might find yourself on the phone with Microsoft trying to prove that you're not doing anything illegal. Meanwhile, Windows piracy still runs rampant, especially in third-world countries where a genuine copy of Windows costs a month's wages or more. Hell, it cost me a week's wages here in the U.S. of A. for my copies. (The job market's not exactly laden with golden opportunities for recent college grads. But I digress.) Seriously Microsoft, drop the price. What you lose in the margins up front will be more than made up for by the decreased loss due to piracy.

    Other considerations:

    - Unless you have ancient hardware (by that I mean computers built before 1997), get away from Windows 9x or Me as soon as you can. Leave that crash-prone monstrosity of an OS behind.

    - I'd say get away from Windows entirely if possible. This isn't a viable option for everyone. For gamers, there's no real good substitute for Windows short of a console. Sometimes you'll get Mac and Linux releases, but they're often released long after the Windows version and are not as well supported. Then there are those who need a Windows PC for work. Solutions like Virtual PC and VMware provide a Windows environment for Mac and Linux respectively, but they can be clunky, and you wind up having to get Windows anyway. And of course there are those that can't deal with the Mac way of doing things or can't be bothered with the endless tinkering that a Linux setup entails. But if you just need a computer that gets on the internet without fuss, and you're not beholden to Windows in any way, consider something like the newly-released Mac mini. Easy to use, easy on the eyes, easy on the wallet.

    - Power users may want to consider giving Linux a spin. It's still got a way to go before it's a solid desktop OS, but it's getting better every day.

    - If you're not a power user and/or don't need the advanced networking features, Remote Desktop, etc. (and really, really must have Windows), go with XP Home instead. All of the stability, most of the power, less of the fat. Cheaper too.

    - If you're already using Windows 2000, XP Professional probably isn't a very compelling upgrade. You've already got a very mature, stable, not-too-bloated, well-supported desktop OS on your hands. Maybe the new network features (the better wireless tools in particular) are worth the upgrade and migration cost. I leave it to you to weigh the risks and benefits in your particular situation.

    Thanks for reading!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better
    This really goes out to those who read the first review of Windows XP Pro.

    1. Service Pack 2 can be downloaded, but it does take a while, even with high-speed internet.With a P3, 800MHz system, it took over 2 hours to download and install with 4MB down stream.Plus, my system had to be rebooted a few times to make sure everything was installed properly.Having SP2 on the WinXP disc saves a lot of time!

    2. Nothing is perfect in computers.While Mac systems have fewer virus problems and fewer OS problems, they still have problems.XP Professional is far superior than previous Windows editions, as well as more security features (i.e. firewall, virus and pop-up protection).I would never switch over to Mac if you play any type of PC games, do basic computing, or want a massive selection of compatible software without having to buy an extra program to run Windows-based applications (by this, I mean that Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac is needed to run Windows apps - about an extra $250 or so).

    3.You need the FULL version if you have Windows 95 or earlier or a PC without Windows.Telling customers that they may not need the Full version if they have Windows already is somewhat misleading.If they have Win95 or earlier, they must have a FULL version!An upgrade will be a waste of money.

    4. Windows XP Professional is for you if you are a student, business professional, or just a home user that wants more features and better security protection out of your Windows experience.

    ---All in all, WinXP Pro stands above all other Windows' versions.It will not only improve performance in a Windows enviroment over earlier editions, but it is more secure.To put it in my terms, I have only had three pop-ups in 7 months.That is the best luck I have had of any other pop-up blocker ever...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP rocks, you might not need professional!
    If you're reading this. You're thinking of buying Windows XP Professional Edition here are a few things to keep in mind.

    First thing is, you might be able to get away with buying just the upgrade edition.The upgrade edition allows you to do a full install.It just asks you for the CD of a previous version of Windows.Also remember you can download service pack two from the Windows update web site.So no need to buy it integrated with XP.

    These are what I consider the minimum system requirements:

    256 MB of RAM. I have found is adequate more equals better.
    500 MHz or higher will do.
    7200 rpm hard drive will help a lot.

    If you're running Windows millennium edition, or 98 upgrade now the stability is vastly improved. Gone are the blue screens of death.

    Frequently asked question: is Windows XP Pro better than home edition?

    Windows XP Pro has a more high-end networking features that most home users will never miss or would even know were missing. So for most users Windows home edition is fine. They both are based on the same code and are almost identical.

    And the price differences are drastic and deftly not worth it in my opinion unless you need these networking features.

    If you're thinking of upgrading from Windows 2000, I did, because I like the GUI interface better. But Windows XP is as stable as Windows 2000. So it's your call.

    The plug-and-play ability of Windows XP is totally great! Windows XP will by default find most drivers for video card sound cards, network cards, etc. that is such a bonus gone in the days of having to search for CDs with drivers.

    I recommend upgrading to Windows XP be it professional or home edition.It is a great operating system

    Have some fun and get it done

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not quite there yet
    A year ago I bought two machines at the same time.One was an Apple Powerbook running Mac OS X Panther.The other was a premium, designed-for-XP machine with a 3 GHz Pentium 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 200GB drive - no expense was spared. The Mac laptop was running beautifully within an hour and has given me excellent service since, under rigourous conditions.It took me eight maddening days, assisted by a stack of books, the collected wisdom of the Internet, Microsoft support, and several trips to my dealer, to finally get XP running.An no, it wasn't a hardware problem.

    Lest you think I'm clueless about computers:I have an B.Sc honours degree in computer science, graduate degrees in mathematics, and I've been using, administering, and programming into Microsoft operating systems for 20 years.

    I'm reminded of the proverbial "Bone-button soup" story - a beggar claims he can make a beautiful soup from a magic button that he owns.Everyone wants to see this impossible feat, so they watch as the beggar begins to simmer his button."Not bad", he eventually says, tasting the boiling water, "but a pinch of salt would bring out the flavor". In the same way he persuades the crowd to contribute some onions, a few potatoes, carrots, beets, a marrow bone... So it is with XP.By the time you've bought and installed your virus scanner, system utilties, backup software, a working web browser, a mail client, etc., you might as well have bought a real operating system.

    If I didn't absolutely need XP for the occasional client, there's no way I'd bother.If you're a small business, my advice is this: steer clear of XP. It's going to take a big chunk off of your bottom line.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Service Pack 2 is Terrible
    I just recently upgraded my computer from xp pro service pack one to service pack 2, and i totally regret it. Service pack 2 hardly ever inializes the proper drivers for anything including games. It also keep asking me to activate my copy long after i installed it. I had to install a patch to get around that problem. I still have to do a system restore every month just so i can keep using my pc. I would not recommend service pack 2 to anyone. ... Read more


    10. iConcepts Universal Wireless PDA Keyboard
    by iConcepts
    list price: $59.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00026P9US
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: iConcepts
    Sales Rank: 4196
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The latest keyboard that you will ever have to buy for your handheld! iConcepts is revolutionizing the way you input data into your handheld with the Universal Wireless Keyboard. Utilizes the infrared port to connect with your handheld, eliminating all those messy cords and connectors.

    • Sleek design
    • Folds to pocket-size, weighing less than seven ounces
    • Easy set up
    • Quick navigation keys allow you to access your most used applications
    • Type with ease
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    Features

    • Infared port, sleek, easy to setup, easy naviagation
    • Compatible with most handelds
    • Plug & play compatible
    • Fits in your pocket when folded
    • Less than an inch thick

    Reviews (1)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Warning/FYI- Supposed to take out the battery after each use
    Two problems so far:
    Space bar isn't that sensitive
    Battery (3v button-cell) powered, and no on/off switch; thus, the user manual says this:
    "Storing the keyboard after use
    1. After use, remove battery from the battery compartment.
    2. Slide [the keyboard back together]
    3. Refold... [blah blah blah]"
    Remove the battery after each use???? And put it where? How horribly inconvenient!.... ... Read more


    11. Wacom Intuos3 4X5 USB Tablet - Metallic Gray (PTZ430)
    by Wacom
    list price: $219.99
    our price: $199.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0003009BC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Wacom
    Sales Rank: 1651
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Intuos3 4x5 Digitizer Tablet, USB ... Read more

    Features

    • Limited Lifetime warranty
    • Pen tablet with USB connection
    • 1024 levels of pressure-sensitivity
    • Customizable menu shortcut buttons
    • Thick, durable overlay

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for graphic arts
    I'll start by saying that I am a programmer/web designer/graphic artist/student. I have been designing graphics and web applications for years... with a MOUSE. Frustrated with the innacuracy of a mouse (even optical ones have a tendancy to jump around), I finally decided to give the tablet a try when someone reccomended the Wacom products to me.

    I will NEVER go back! Let me explain why:

    1) Being a USB device I can install the drivers on any machine I use and just plug it in and use it when I need it (which allows me to use it on the machines at school). Also, being a USB device it does not interfere with use of a PS2 mouse, so I can go between the tablet pen and mouse and my usual mouse without issue.

    2) Much more accurate when drawing, pointing, ... anything! I had thought about getting a larger tablet, or a less expensive one, but I feel that this is the perfect match. With over 5000 lpi, it's extremely accurate despite the size.

    3) Tons of programmable buttons and settings. There are two different "mapping modes": mouse and pen. Pen makes every area on the tablet correspond to an area on the screen so that you use the whole tablet. Mouse is as we are used to using for standard mice. You can set the pen and mouse to different settings, and even different settings for different applications. There's also a whole bunch of other options to program the buttons, sensitivity, etc. I can't think of anything else they could've added. They also made the menus very intuitive and easy to understand. I was able to figure them out and set everything I needed without even resorting to the tutorials they included on the CD.

    4) Decent software bundle. While I admit I haven't used it much (I have Photoshop CS and other software I prefer.), for the price of the tablet I think that the bundle is a VERY nice deal.

    5) Perfect size! While a larger surface area obviously offers more lines resulting in greater accuracy, I don't feel it's necessary for graphics applications. I could see the use of a larger one for CAD applications, though this could still work if you set the settings properly.
    This size makes the tablet very portable. It's total size (including inactive areas) is barely larger than the size of a standard mouse pad, so it'll fit into your workspace perfectly. If you still aren't sure how large of tablet you want, cosider how much space you are using right now.

    While a standard mouse pad is certainly larger than 4"x5", odds are you aren't using the entire thing. Of course how much you use is mostly determined by your current mouse sensitivity and you can easily figure it out.
    Put your cursor at the very top right corner of you screen. Now take note of where the mouse is located (mark it if you wish), and move the cursor to the very bottom left corner of your screen and notice the area displaced by the mouse. Take note of how large (or small, rather) of an area you really need!
    Now take a standard 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of paper that's near your desk (you know you have a few...), and fold it into fourths. The active area of this tablet is roughly that size. Compare it to the area you are actually using with your current mouse.
    Notice something?!

    Unless you're using CAD programs or have any other legitimate reason that requires a larger pad, I'd certainly reccomend at least trying the 4"x5" size. Odds are you'll find it's just right and be glad you saved your money.

    With the outstanding resolution of over 5000lpi you get with this tablet there's no longer any real reason to get anything bigger.

    5-0 out of 5 stars may ultimately save my career
    i'm not a graphic designer, but a programmer.i cannot attest to the intuos3's use as a drawing implement, but i spend enough time typing and mousing to take ergonomics and input devices very seriously.

    in short, i think this intuos tablet is the perfect device for my needs.for a long time i used standard mice and trackballs.my wrists would hurt with standard mice, and after using a logitech thumb-controlled trackball for a few years, well, my right thumb would give me terrible pain.

    i've been using the intuos3 for about a week and i'm confident after a few months of use, my thumb will start to feel a lot of relief.as for the size of the tablet, i'm very glad i didn't upgrade to the larger versions; it could very well help artists to have a larger space, but i find this size to be just about right for standard mousing.

    yes, it's expensive, but again, if you spend 8 hrs+ on a computer every freaking day, it's almost impossible to avoid some type of strain on the hands, wrists, and fingers.if you're really strapped for money, one alternative i found useful is to switch input devices: use a mouse for a couple months, switch to a trackball, or switch hands with the mouse.i could never discipline myself enough, however.another possible alternative is this 3M joystick mouse i saw on amazon for only $60 or so.i've never tried it, but it looks like a novel device.

    also consider other ergonomic devices.i use the microsoft natural keyboard which is very good.kenesis also makes a MS-styles natural keyboard on crack.and having a good chair helps also (e.g., aeron).good luck.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    I owned the Intous2 Platinum 6x8 tablet first and didn't use it much because I have a small work area but it is great. Now I own this Intous3 4x5 tablet and it actually got better. The touch strip and keys are much better and the different pen nibs are great. I thought it may be too small but its not. I draw and paint with it & it works out well. If I had the space, I'd get the bigger ones but since I really don't have any complaints. Bigger would be nice but its definitely not needed. ... Read more


    12. Logitech MX518 Gaming Optical Mouse - Metal
    by Logitech
    list price: $39.99
    our price: $40.84
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007Z1M50
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 171
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    If youre going to play at the highest level, you need a mouse that gives you an edge. The Logitech® MX™ 518 Gaming-Grade™ Optical Mouse does exactly that with its ultra-high resolution, 1600-dpi MX™ Optical Engine that delivers lightning-fast response and mirror-smooth tracking.

    The MX™ 518s advantages dont stop there. You get instant, in-game sensitivity adjustment that lets you switch effortlessly from pixel-precise targeting to fast-twitch acceleration, without any software. And the contoured grip ensures peak performance and comfort, even during the most intense gaming sessions.

    Play to win dominate the game with the MX™ 518!

    Features
    • Award-winning Logitech® MX™ Optical Engine
    • In-game sensitivity switching to 1,600, 800, and 400-dpi resolution
    • 5.8 megapixel/second image processing
    • Up to 15 g of acceleration
    • Expanded 16-bit data format supports blazing fast moves with pure precision System Requirements
    • Advanced gaming software, exclusive to Gaming-Grade™ mice, for up to five custom sensitivity settings
    • Super-slick gaming feet for effortless, precise tracking
    • Contoured grip ensures peak performance and comforteven in the most intense gaming sessions
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Sensitivity Adjustment - Dedicated controls to switch “on-the-fly” from pixel-precise targeting to fast-twitch evasive moves.
    • Advanced software - Battle-tune your MX™ 518 with up to five custom sensitivity settings.
    • Superior grasp - Sculpted thumb support and contoured grip for incredible comfort during even the longest gaming sessions.
    • 1,600-dpi resolution - Ultra-high resolution, 1600dpi MX™ Optical Engine delivers pixel precise tracking.

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Mouse WORKS with Macs
    Please ignore any comments stated that this mouse will not work with Macs.I'm currently running 10.4.1 (Tiger... the latest OS for the Mac) and it is working fine.I have all 6 buttons (I know it says it's an 8 button mouse but 2 of them are for the dpi control) working with expose and dashboard.I ABSOLUTELY love the dpi on the fly.It's nice for sniping in FPS games and just having more control over the sensitivity on the fly.I highly recommend this mice for any Mac gamer.The ONLY thing that doesn't work with the Mac that comes in the box is the software.Other than that it's smooth sailing.Enjoy and have fun!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gaming mouse goodness
    This mouse from Logitech is the best mouse for gaming I have ever used. The ability to change dpi on the fly is a great advantage for many games. Especially first person shooters. Very comfortable, easy setup. Highly recommend this product. Price I received from Amazon was less expensive than several sellers I found. Tim

    5-0 out of 5 stars MX 518 Rules!
    I have tested a lot of gaming mice over the years. I play FPS games and have been doing so for many years. Over the years have used Razer, Microsoft and Logitech. I have to say that this is the best mouse Logitech has ever produced for gaming. I love the feel of the button clicks, like the fact that you can change the sensitivity levels without any drivers. This seems to be a winner!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superior Gaming mouse and excellent mouse overall
    I like this mouse a lot. With the right mouse pad (a Microthin Wow!Pad from Office Depot), this mouse glides beautifully, never seen one better. The main buttons are easy to push (only Microsoft does this right also). The forward and back side buttons are a little small but work fine. The scroll wheel is not as nice as the MS Intellimouse 4 as it still clicks and isharder to roll. Never used the tilt wheel on the MS mouse. It is gaming where this mouse shines. The mouse tracks no matter how fast I move the mouse. The mouse never sleeps so it always responds perfectly. Frankly, I have not yet found any use that I needed to change the mouse resolution (i.e. speed) but in trials that is easy to do.
    Feel is good, middleto small sized so fits most of my family. Cord is thin and a little stiff so it does not always lay completely flat (I have not found on that did). Very lightweight. Contoured nicely to fit the cupped hand.
    Worked with Win XP as soon as I plugged it in, drivers and program loaded with no hassle.
    Nice job, Logitech!

    1-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: MX518 is not Mac compatible!!!
    As a proud owner of the MX510 (which I love), I wanted to have the latest and greatest edition! I assumed that the MX518 would be Macintosh compatible, but alas it is not and I was sorely disappointed when I bought one! This is the first time I have heard of a Logitech mouse not working with the Mac. Message to Logitech: PLEASE FIX THIS so that Mac users like me can use the MX518! At the very least, PLEASE MARK THE BOX VERY CLEARLY THAT THIS IS NOT MACINTOSH COMPATIBLE. ... Read more


    13. Logitech io2 Digital Writing System
    by Logitech
    list price: $199.00
    our price: $161.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00064FXH0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 1778
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Go directly from ink to the software you use most often. Eliminate re-keying and slash your paperwork time. Back up and quickly retrieve handwritten documents on your PC. It's all possible with the Logitech io2 Digital Writing System.

    The new, smaller-sized Logitech io2 pen fits your hand like a premium pen, so you can write comfortably. Take notes or draw sketches in ink on the smart paper and a tiny camera captures your work, storing up to 40 pages at a time. Intelligent power management maximizes every battery charge.

    The smart digital paper consists of a printed dot pattern which locates words and images on the page, and ensures they appear in the same place in digitized files. When you dock your digital pen, your text and sketches are automatically transferred to your PC where you can easily find them, use them, and share them.

    Take direct action

    New WriteSync™ technology integrates handwritten or typed text directly into Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Lotus Notes. The text opens in the applicationimmediately take action, save it, or send it. Custom applications are also available.

    Convert handwriting to digital text

    Includes FREE software that learns your handwriting to turn notesincluding tables, shapes and chartsinto digital text that you can edit and use in any application, just like text entered with the keyboard.

    Search and organize files

    Logitech io2 software helps you find what youve written. Enter any word into the io software search function and get a list of every handwritten file that contains that word. Never lose notes again!

    Export graphics into the most popular formats

    Easily use drawings and graphics in almost any application. You can export images up to 300 dpi in the most widely-used graphical formats, including BMP, JPEG, PNG, JIF, TIFF, and EMF.

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    Reviews (11)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Great idea...next year when the bugs are worked out!

    I ordered this thinking it would speed up my record keeping from meetings. Great idea in theory.Not in practice.

    I broke one of my cardinal rulers, tempted by technology....never be first in technology, or new cars. Wait for the second year of production.

    Weeellll...it arrived, and I did everything by the book, and finally after it was charged, began the writing sample to "teach" the pen my writing style.I use block printed letters and numbers, no cursive.I could not, after multiple sampling sessions get the pen to OK my writing. So, I emailed Logitech, they had me do a couple of things:uninstall, then a clean install, you name it.We did this for three days!Turns out pen number 1 was defective, sent it back and Amazon replaced it.Pen 2 did the same thing, this time Logitech said my software was corrupted, so we did more of the same: uninstall, and do a clean install from their web site.MULTIPLE TIMES!!! Guess what. Nothing.This pen is on its way back to Amazon.Here's what they said in their email:

    "Further, I am sorry that your replacement shipment was also problematic. As it seems that the problem with this item is more widespread than we originally thought, we are not able to send another replacement. We will investigate and remedy the situation with the item; however, I cannot guarantee when the error may be fixed."

    Well, apparently Logitech rushed this one out to quickly.In theory, it will be great when they fix the problems.

    I have never had luck with any Logitech product (mice, etc...), maybe it's just me...if you have a burning desire to try the technology, buy the Nokia instead.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Solid
    When the Amazon box showed up at home, my wife was wondering what I was thinking.I have a Dell Latitude D800 and a PalmOne Treo 600 with a portable keyboard.My lifestyle screams mobility.She asked me - what do I want with a digital pen?

    For one, it's a pain to take the Latitude to meetings.In my small town, bringing a notebook computer into a room has instantly branded you a complete geek (which may or may not be true).Two, I have tried taking meeting notes and reminders on the Treo.While I love my Treo, as I loved my Palm IIIc and my Axim X3, trying to thumb type notes and keep up with the meeting provided to be a bit much for me.So, I looked to an input device that could be unobtrusive but could still fit into my digital lifestyle.The io2 seemed to fit the bill.

    For the most part, I made the right call.Sitting in meetings, nobody says much of anything about the oversized pen.I take my notes, dock my pen (and the download is not that slow), and usually import them into OneNote, which I am increasingly getting used to.Instead of notes all over the place, they are centralized and on my hard drive, ready for review.

    Not everything is peachy with the io.I have struggled with the OCR software.My handwriting is pretty good, but it has a hard time picking up my rounded text.The digital paper is a pain in the fact you might not have it near you when you need it.And the whole system is not cheap, even though its a bargain over getting a Tablet PC.I anticipate that this will the same durability as my other Logitech products, which has been pretty good.

    1-0 out of 5 stars So worthless I re-sold it
    First off, it could not recognize my handwriting at all.I went to the "training" module and despite 5 tries (each try involved writing several pages of sentences, it would not even recognize enough pages to "learn".Even with very careful block printing, it would only recognize maybe 3-4words in 10.I re-sold it at a loss, but at least I recouped some of my money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not What You Expect, More Than You Imagine
    The purpose of this pen seems to be converting handwriting to text. My opinion on that is it is breaking technology and the only consumer software I can find to do it is the software included with the pen. It requires

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life saver for one who uses too many notebooks!
    Yes, the pen is a bit "fat" - takes some getting used to, just like switching from an ink pen to a mechanical pencil, pressure and finger placement adjustments.Yes, you need "special paper", but I found the paper to be slightly more expensive than quality notebooks - the difference here is that I don't waste paper as I do with "generic notebook paper" - I don't doodle as much, I don't make the same notation several times, etc.However, the "fat pen" and the "expensive paper" are a far cry from detractors for me.As one who grabs one notebook after another dashing to this or that meeting only to return and toss it upon my desk, grab another notebook an hour later and so on, only to return to find I have to hunt through each notebook looking for the notes from a particular meeting.Instead, I now have about 3 digital notebooks handy - they all look the same, no way to confuse them with "generic paper" - and I know that when I return and dock the pen, my notes, no matter how hastily scribbled, will be uploaded and filed or e-mail or ready for editing within just a few minutes.

    The time saved thus far has been hours, and I do mean hours, per day. What a treat to have notes already "transcribed" onto my computer program or folder - the "old fashioned note taking" usually meant the notes stayed in the notebook, until needed...if I could find them, if I could still make sense of them.

    I bought a spare docking cradle so I can have one at work and one at my home office - thus I always have the option of charging the pen and/or uploading documents ( think the spare cradle is much more sound/solid - it's not the "portable" model, but seems more likely to survive many, many dockings).I've not encountered difficulties with any of the recognition software - the training was straightforward and both my printing and cursive were easily matched by the program.

    I hope to see the surface of my desk by the end of the month - with only a few digital note pads here and there - well, I'd settle for seeing a corner of the desk!

    No regrets, reasonable price - note: take a moment to order the ink refills...thus far, a bit tricky to find readily available. ... Read more


    14. Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 700
    by Logitech
    list price: $99.95
    our price: $75.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002MRO2S
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 550
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Enjoy state-of-the-art, function-rich wireless computing that comes dressed in stylish and ergonomic comfort. The Logitech Cordless Desktop System gives you complete control of your digital experience with flexible navigation, premium media controls and a rechargeable optical mouse. The sleek, ultra-flat design and Zero-Degree Tilt keyboard provides ergonomic comfort without changing the way you work and play. The keys and key layout are refined for improved feel and performance. Includes MediaLife software providing quick access to all your digital media (music, pictures, and videos) through a single, intuitive interface. Launch your favorite music or video applications or burn a CD using advanced media controls. Compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000 or XP. Imported. 1-1/2Hx8-3/4Wx19L". ... Read more

    Features

    • Secure, high-performance cordless
    • Ultra-flat profile with Zero-Degree Tilt
    • Unique keyboard controls
    • The cordless optical mouse features Tilt Wheel Plus Zoom
    • Rechargeable convenience

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best cordless desktop
    I've wasted time with other, cheaper cordless desktops and I wish I would have sprung for the LX700 first. The mouse feels awesome and the keyboard offers great looks and outstanding functionality. Best of all, the wireless connections work flawlessly, including with advanced mouse functions. Errors on cheaper branded desktops proved maddening; I'm happy to report no such trouble with Logitech. Logitech's done it right.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Some flaws butdefinitely well worth it!
    Out of all the wireless keyboard mice combo in the market, I chose this one because it has the dual directional mouse wheel, and volume scroll on the keyboard.Two of the most important media/productivity components in my opinion.All those other buttons, I really don't use all that much.Some of the buttons lack programmability, which is a major complaint, but there are function buttons that feature secondary programmability that you can use to open programs.Still havn't figured out what the audio present buttons do, and I don't even bother trying to use them.My software equalizer has already been optimized by me for the set of speakers.

    I found the volume wheel to be a bit too small.The older logitech MX Duo version had a substantially larger wheel that's easier to handle.Also, there is a lack of options for programming the mouse buttons, i.e.one button can be programmed to do zoom function, but not other buttons.It's weird.

    There are things that I love about this keyboard.The keys are springy and give a good mechanical feedback when you're typing.They're very quiet, yet firm, unlike microsoft keyboards.The mouse precision is wonderful.But you probably won't notice it when you first start using it.I had a standard optical wheel mouse from Logitech before using this one.I had to switch back when I didn't charge my mouse for several days (maybe longer than a week).But I really noticed the drop in mouse precision when i switched back.The 800 dpi resolution in the LX700 is something that you can really get use to.

    The mouse is rather heavy, but that's a common feature of wireless mice in general.The battery adds to the weight.It didn't take too long for me to get used to it.Now other mice feel too light.However, I must say, moving it never became effortless, even if its not a strain.But I guess you learn to appreciate the resistance the weight gives.

    I found the dual directional mouse wheel on the mouse and on the keyboard very useful for excel spread sheets and certain webpages.The placement of the Home set of keys is wonderfully intuitive, I used to hit the insert key a lot when i'm reaching for the delete key on standard keyboards, I really like that oversized delete key on this keyboard.Home goes left and end goes right, when i'm trying to move to the front and back of a line in a document.This really works great!Definitely a step up in keyboard design in my opinion.

    Conclusion: There are flaws in programmability and certain design elements (volume wheel).It's not getting five stars because it's not perfect, least in my opinion.But its still the best keyboard out there for the price.I say for the price because there are exuberantly higher priced keyboards out there that I would love to get my hands on, such as the even-more-premium version of this combo featuring a laser mouse, or the Di Novo series.But at 40-70 dollars (depending on when/where you purchase), the LX700 is the best keyboard/mouse combo u can get your hands on.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good combo
    I bought the LX700 primarily to listen to music and change between tracks while I am on my bed or desk. Its media function is compatible with a lot of players - including windows media and winamp.

    The mouse is also sleek and the base unit does not take a long time to charge (when I installed the unit for the first time, I had a full charge in less than 20 minutes).

    Before buying this combo, I searched a lot on the Internet to find a list of buttons that are available on the keyboard/mouse; but did not find, so I am going to list it on this review, hoping it helps someone:

    Keyboard Buttons:
    - Close Window, Switch between active windows, Enter
    - Scroll up & down on page, and a track mouse
    - Zoom out and zoom-in
    - My Documents, My Music, My Pictures
    - Burn CD/DVD (works with Media Player 10 only)
    - Record sound (works with Media Player 10 only)
    - Media (opens your chosen player - winamp, realone, etc)
    - Next track, Previous Track, Play/pause, stop
    - Mute, Volume control, Eject CD/DVD player, play remote (works with very few players - yet to find out).
    - Presets (configurable buttons - 3 buttons)
    - Email (works with most clients)
    - Messenger (Works with most common messengers - yahoo, msn, aol tried)
    - Status change (changes status on messenger - away, offline, etc)
    - Webcam (works with logitech webcams ONLY)
    - Calculator, Sleep
    - FMode - allows you to open word, excel etc easy to use

    Mouse Buttons-
    - Zoom/Scroll with tilt
    - left and right-click
    - back and forward buttons
    - change active window
    - charge indicator

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for what it's worth...
    I needed to invest on a new keyboard/mouse to replace my Microsoft brands (basic beige multimedia keyboard and optical mouse). My mouse, since I first bought it, always jumped/scrolled spontaneously when my finger wasn't even touching the scroller, and just recently became all out of wack... Scrolling all over the place when browsing web pages. Keyboard was getting clanky, noisy, and worn out. SO! This gave me the opportunity to check out the cordless craze.

    With alot of research, I decided to buy this particular product couple days ago and have little to complain about it. The keyboard is solid and the most comfortable I've ever owned. Very quiet, soft, and feels right. Function keys are pretty unique and smaller than standard, but will take some time to get used. The media buttons and controls are very useful and convenient. Those who have complained that the keyboard has too much "useless" buttons probably shouldn't have bought it in the first place. The downfalls of this keyboard are probably the zoom button and F-keys and media buttons could be a little lighter in color (perhaps silver??) to be more visible in dim lighting. Also, the delete/home/end/page up/page down arrangement is different than what I'm used to. I find my fingers goof up as they try to find the home/end keys. However, I'm relieved that there's no "insert" key which I tend to accidently hit.

    The mouse is a bit too chunky for my small hands. It's heavier than any mice I've owned or used BUT the weight of it actually helps it from slipping out my hands and serves somewhat like an anchor. However, it still is a good mouse. It's very accurate and no experience in lagging (as of yet). No need to point it directly to the receiver. Scroller is pretty smooth. I can do without the thumb buttons and the middle button... I'm too used to shortkeys for these functions, but I'm sure I'll put them to good use someday. :)

    Overall, the LX 700 is a great combo... Sleek, strong reception, convenient multimedia keys, and comfortable. No more tugging at the mouse when the wires are in a tangled mess and I can place it as far from my PC tower as I'd like. I would've settled for the LX 300/500, but I favored the rechargeable mouse. This combo is a good investment if you're looking for something under $100.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great keyboard, average mouse
    I have owned this combo for about 2 weeks. The keyboard is one of the best that I have used in the last 13 years. I wasn't a big fan of logitech keyboard/mouse although I had navigator/MX-duo and some other reward-winning models. I used to feel that if a key is hit in an angle that's not vertical to the keyboard, the hit isn't as smooth as the feeling on some other keyboards, like ones from IBM and some models from microsoft. This keyboard is different, it's a pleasure to type on.

    The mouse is a little too big and high for me, I am 6" and the size my hands is definitely above average, but after using the mouse for about 15 minutes, I can feel the strain. Maybe I get used to those little flat ones, but this mouse isn't as comfortable as the mouse coming with the MS desktop 3.0.

    The receiver is kind of ugly, not as sexy as the one for MX duo, but it's not bad which doubles as a charger.

    Overall, it's an excellent product from a manufacturer that you can trust, and the keyboard is just great (I don't really care about those function keys as I almost never use them except the calcuator key). If you are looking for something good for typing at a decent price, look no further. ... Read more


    15. Wacom Graphire3 6x8 USB Tablet - Graphite (CTE630GR)
    by Wacom
    list price: $199.95
    our price: $161.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000C4DWQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Wacom
    Sales Rank: 1802
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Graphire3 6x8 Graphite Gray Digitizer Tablet, USB ... Read more

    Features

    • Integrated pen compartment and a separate pen stand for two great ways to keep your pen handy
    • Quickly and easily edit your digital photos
    • Create great looking artwork with the natural feel of your Graphire pen
    • USB connection for quick installation
    • Transparent photo frame for easy personalization with photos and artwork (fun samples and template included)

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long to buy this?
    I have been using my tablet for six months and I could not be happier with it.I had no issues installing it on Windows XP/SP1 and the pen has not worn out with daily use.I do not use the cordless mouse.I purchased the tablet because my wrist hurt when I used a mouse for more that two minutes at a time-- now I can use my computer for hours without any pain!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    I'm a 16 year old female high school student and i just loved this tablet.After just an hour of expermenting with the pen i found it very easy to navigate and draw..heck my 7 year old sister has no problem using it.It comes with a pen and a wireless mouse plus three excellent programs - adobe phtoshop elements 2 - corel painter essentials 2 - nik color elex pro.The feel is nice...and just pressing lightly gives you a small light line while pressing down as far as you go gives a nice dark, thick, line.It's just great overall, you won't be wasting your money ^^

    5-0 out of 5 stars SOOOOO PERFECT!!!!!
    I'm a college student majoring in art and draw all day long. I didn't have a lot of money to spend but after hearing all the hype about wacom this sounded like a good one to start with, and was I right! I've only had my graphire 3 for a few days but am already using it like a pro! It's so smooth and sensitive, it's way more responsive than a pencil or brush.I can actually draw better with this! I would HIGHLY recommend this tool to anyone. It's fun and oh so easy!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hobbyist tablet. Pen does not last
    My experience is that this range (Graphire) is for hobbyists. As a professional illustrator and designer, I am currently looking around for better quality.

    My old Calcomp Drawingslate had driver problems when I upgraded to a new PC with Win XP so I bought a Wacom Graphire 6X8 USB.I have used it for 3 months. The pen has given up the ghost already - after about 300 hours of use (I don't use the pen with all applications). Replacement pens are around $30 - which adds up to around $120 a year for pens. The problem is not that the nib wore out - the mechanism behind the nib gets jammed. I can see that I need a better quality device.

    The pen life problem aside, I have experienced no problems with installation and use on Win XP without SP2. But I have read a few accounts of problems with this combination, so do your homework if you have XP and you installed the service pack.

    The pen's handling feels good - very natural, although the reported 512 levels of pressure sensitivity yields no more variation than the 200 something levels of other tablets in this price range. In apps with great brush variations like Photoshop, Painter and Alias Sketchbook Pro you may be disappointed. It will be fine for vector drawing in CorelDraw and Freehand and with simple photo fixers like Photoshop Elements.

    Hobbyists - by all means buy this product. Serious designers/artists will have to spend more money.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Currently does not work well with Windows XP SP2
    The hardware is good, the drivers are awful. There is a serious bug which renders the tablet useless for a second user in XP SP2. Unless the first user logs out totally, the whole tablet is dead for the second user.

    This is not the first major driver bug Wacom has allowed to hit its users. (Also worth noting is that when I complained about this to Wacom, they told me to "calm down.") So if you like to be told that your inconvenience is no big deal, go ahead and spend your money. ... Read more


    16. Saitek PZ30AU Eclipse Keyboard
    by Saitek

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007TJ7TE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Saitek
    Sales Rank: 976
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    MODEL- PZ30AU VENDOR- SAITEKFEATURES- Eclipse Keyboard- BlackThe Eclipse PC keyboard features patented TrueVu illuminationthrough the keys for use in any light, from day to total darkness.Our award-winning keyboard design just got better! The Eclipse PCkeyboard features patented TrueVu key illumination for use in anylight, from day to total darkness.True-Vu key illumination through the keys! The Eclipse 104-keykeyboard features patented Blue LED key illumination andbacklighting, Zero-Slope design and adjustable wrist rest forergonomic comfort. It is aPlug n Play design with USB connector.Compatible with Windows 98, SE, ME, 2000 and XP. * Three lighting levels: High/Low/Off* Volume control/Mute* Adjustable keyboard angle* Adjustable wrist rest* Black finish and silver keys with laser-cut lettering. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theSaitek PZ30AU - Eclipse Keyboard and all other Saitek Keyboards ... Read more

    Features

    • Plug and Play USB Design.Windows 98, SE, ME, 2000 and XP compatible.
    • Black finish and silver keys with laser cut lettering for true illumination through the keys!
    • Zero-slope design and adjustable wrist rest for ergonomic comfort.
    • Three lighting levels, volume control and mute buttons.
    • 104 key keyboard

    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Coolest Keyboard Ever
    This *IS* the coolest keyboard ever.Just for those instances in which someone sees it, it's impressive.In the dark, it's very very cool.It does have two light settings and off.It's also a very quiet keybaord, which is cool.

    Cons:
    1. It doesn't raise up very high, as in the back
    2. No Hotkeys
    3. Price

    But I bought it, and am VERY happy with it. But, if I spend 6X what I normally pay for a keyboard, It would be nice to at least has a few programmable hotkeys. So I give it 4 stars, with a good recommendation. It's just the only keyboard of it's kind. It's pretty much your only option as of Spring 2005. I'm sure there will be more to come.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great product
    My main preference for purchasing an illuminated keyboard was the ability to see the keys in dim lighting. I'm not a 'real' gamer... I just play Myst games.

    I researched many illuminated keyboards to find there are many different layouts. I was looking for a layout similar to Dell's keyboard. Voila!!! Saitek's Eclipse keyboard is exactly what I was looking for! It's the same size as Dell's and it does exactly what I want it to do.

    I like the backlit feature...you can see the keys in the dark.You also have the option to shut off the light. The keys are silver with black letters...easy to read during the day. I've had the product for a few days now and I am very happy with it.

    Note it's also a quality keyboard...no problems typing...it actually feels the same as Dell's keyboard.

    To anyone interested in purchasing this product, they won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best I've had
    I just got this key board today.Way too cool. Got it for 39 bucks before it went up.... great deal.Ive been typing reports for 4 hours. It's a little different from my board of the last 3 years but I love it.Typing in the dark is even possible.Cool factor10+++Gott'a love it

    4-0 out of 5 stars Finally they get it!
    I purchased and returned the previous Saitek "illuminated keyboard".The main problem was that the illumination was behind the keys and the letters themselves were not transparent.Not only could you not see the letters in the dark, in the fading afternoon light you actually had better visibility with my old cruddy black with white letter keyboard.Very cool looking but not terribly useful.An addition appears to be the volume control which is just a gee whiz not an essential and gone is the standalone number pad.Another cool idea for recording macros and extra command strings for games but just not the easiest thing for me too use.The key board is already very wide and to ask for more room on my already crowded keyboard tray was not happening.Most of the performance mouse surfaces already take up a ton of space (remember this was supposed to be a gaming keyboard so performance mousing is a consideration) and placing this somewhere other than the tray made it WAY too slow for first person shooter type games.If you have to look at the keys, you're already dead.One problem here is the price in the store.The Amazon price is not outrageous so that's my suggestion.In summary this keyboard drops the non useful items and picks up the most important (see through keys!).Check your desk space though as it is very wide and not as tall as a normal board.Shallow trays = yes.Narrow trays = no good.This makes it look even "cooler" but it kept me from a 5 star rating along with the keys that like to pick up and show finger grease. ... Read more


    17. Wacom Graphire3 4X5 USB Tablet -Graphite Gray (CTE430GR)
    by Wacom
    list price: $99.95
    our price: $80.74
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000C4DVX
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Wacom
    Sales Rank: 1963
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Graphire3 4x5 USB Tablet - Graphite Gray ... Read more

    Features

    • Get the control, comfort and productivity of a Wacom Tablet
    • USB connection for quick installation
    • Transparetn photo frame for easy personalization with photos and artwork
    • Integrated pen compartment and a separate pen stand for two great ways to keep your pen handy

    Reviews (12)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful and well priced
    I have three friends who already own Wacom Tablets, so I'd gotten a chance previously to try out the item.Personally, I found it a little bizarre, but I figured it was because I hadn't actually had enough practice to get used to the format and disconnect between pen and where your actual drawing ends up.

    But I bought this with a specific purpose in mind.A had high resolution scans that I was trying to clean up.My mouse was fine, but I wanted something that could be a little more specific to quicken the process. Also, I planned on using the tablet for coloring in the future.Well, in regards to my original intentions, it was very helpful!The pen does give you a lot more accuracy and control as to where your brush/eraser marks end up and gives a far steadier line than I could ever make with a mouse.So it was very helpful in that regard.

    I've been told that this particular tablet isn't aimed toward the "professional artist" but honestly, I wasn't looking for a lot of "extras" that might have been included with the others.I really wasn't even all that impressed with the whole pressure sensitivity since that wasn't important to my current project.Also, I have no clue what other perks are included in the pro artist-aimed tablets.

    I have to admit the tablet is a little small, although this wouldn't even be that big of a deal if that tablet wasn't mapped directly to your computer screen (for example, the top right corner of your tablet is the top right corner of your computer screen).While you can adjust the size of this mapping, you really can't take it off... And that can be a little irritating since I generally find it awkward to work along the edges of the tablet as my hand rests in uncomfortable positions.With a mouse, you can just lift your hand, replace it, and continue on where you left off your work/line/whatever.With the tablet, your cursor will instantly reappear to whatever position is correlated to your tablet position onscreen.I have to say this is my biggest gripe because instead of adjusting my hand, I had to readjust where the window is if I end up getting toward an edge on my tablet.I really wish they didn't lock it in place, and if there's some way to take this off, I haven't found it.

    But still, it's fun to use and it actually didn't take me too long to get over my mental disconnect of drawing and hand and pen as I thought.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cool
    Okay i don't know what was going on with some of the other people's computers... but i have tested one of these slick devices on several computers. After installing the simple drivers from the wacom website, i opened photoshop 7 and immediately it worked! I've tested it on mac os 10.1.5, fedora core 3 linux, and windows xp home. Each time, the same thing...
    Install drivers, plug in, draw!

    I'm not very good with pencil and paper for drawing, but i used to to colorize some artwrk for a school yearbook, and i've watched as a high school art teacher without much computer expeprience, be able to create masterpeices within minutes. You can set it to feel like any art tool immagineable. The pressure sensetivity works like a charm, producing barely visible lines that become heavy ink blots without picking up the pen. Which gets me to my next point.

    The pen and mouse both amaze me, you can "hover them" within about an inch above the tablet to move the curser around. Pushing the pen on the pad works like clicking your mouse, and the buttons can be programmed to e whatever you want, such as an undo button. The nice thing about the pen and mouse is that there are NO batteries and they are extremely light. The pen is about the thickness of a semi-thick pen, like those large pencils kindergardeners use, and the erase on the end actually works (it is also pressure sensitive).

    Tracing things by placing them under the pad works okay but not very well due to the small drawing area and thick plastic.But what i like to do is print out a screenshot of my desktop to know where my icons and start menu are, and for personalication. If you want to trace something, you'd be better off putting it on top of the tablet and drawing directly on it.

    Okay now onto another subject: learning to use the tablet. After a few hours of practice you will get used to looking at the screen and not the tablet, much like you'd memorize your keyboard's layout. If your computer is not near your tablet, you might consider purchasing a usb extension cable, because of its relatively short cord (about 3 feet).

    Pros:
    Extremely good for the price
    Easy Learning
    Pressure sensetivity
    Good compatability
    Bundled Software
    Durable
    Many uses

    Cons:
    Most cons are a result of being a low-end model
    Smaller active drawing area
    Pen and pad need more buttons, which can be found on Intuos models
    short cable

    Bottom Line:
    This is a great entry-level drawing tablet, from the company that makes the most-used tablets in the world. It's small, and lower end than some fo the other models, but don't let that fool you, it is extremely powerful. You probably won't notice the pressure-senitively difference in higher priced models. It works great for drawing, editing photos with pressure-sensitive precision, some gaming such as mmorpgs and strategy games, and almost any other application you can immagine.
    So for easy, cool, and fun ways to do things for under $100, just go get one now and try it out!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ergonomic mouse replacement
    Unfortunately Amazon has positioned the Graphire as a drawing tool, and as such it's disappointing some folks who should be getting one of Wacom's higher end tablets.

    What the Graphire is fabulous for is reducing pain caused by traditional mice.I had recurring tendonitis and cysts with both mice and trackballs, but no problems since switching to my first Graphire about 5 years ago. The Wacom requires no shoulder motion, and very little hand or wrist. Clicking is done with an ultra-light stylus, and the thumb is used for a right/double click rocker switch on the side of the stylus. I use it with a 1280x1024 screen at home, and travel with another in my laptop case. Win2K and XP. Works for gaming too.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Currently does not work well with Windows XP SP2
    The hardware is good, the drivers are awful. There is a serious bug which renders the tablet useless for a second user in XP SP2. Unless the first user logs out totally, the whole tablet is dead for the second user.

    This is not the first major driver bug Wacom has allowed to hit its users. (Also worth noting is that when I complained about this to Wacom, they told me to "calm down.") So if you like to be told that your inconvenience is no big deal, go ahead and spend your money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Also Great for Wannabee...
    Well I bought this item last month and was hoping to become a good graphic designer and this product didn't disappoint me. I dont know how to draw even a good drawing house but with this tablet i can't believe that i actually doing a good electronic graphic design. Thanks for this product and also Amazon for there good service and prodduct price and availability.

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    18. Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth
    by Microsoft Input
    list price: $154.95
    our price: $121.58
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002IG356
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Microsoft Input
    Sales Rank: 1093
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This stylish set offers top performance, advanced technology, and ergonomic comfort. Bluetooth wireless technology provides you with superior power and reliability, and the Wireless Optical Mouse with Tilt Wheel gives you worry-free accuracy.

    Features

    Bluetooth™ Technology

    Easily connect your computer to a host of Bluetooth devices. Take advantage of greater data security and wireless range, plus reduced interference.

    Tilt Wheel Technology

    The entire wheel tilts to deliver smooth, accurate performance as you scroll horizontally and vertically through documents and Web pages.

    Three times the battery life

    Work longer without interruption. New optical technology helps extend battery life to as much as three times that of competing products.

    Wireless freedom

    Experience the ease and convenience that wireless keyboards and mouse products offer, and say good-bye to tangled cords and clutter.

    Optical technology

    An optical sensor tracks mouse movement, giving you greater durability, increased speed, improved accuracy, and more consistent performance.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Multimedia center
    • Bluetooth wireless connectivity with other Bluetooth devices
    • Wirelessly synchronize your calendar, contacts, and more
    • Side-to-side scrolling on mouse and keyboard
    • Optical mouse with longer battery Life

    Reviews (16)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Note your model number!
    Its funny that reviews are by nature open to mistakes.The review that the Aussie left certainly shows the way this works.Microsoft sold the M54-00001 bluetooth desktop set for quite a while, and there was quite a stir about problems, such as you read here.All those were called back from the stores and replaced with the updated (and now current) M54-00013 version which is soooo much better!The new one has been out only a few months, and the Aussie had his for 1.5 years! The bluetooth adapter is better, the timing is better, etc.The M54-00001's and other of their early kin are still available on pricewatch.They are much cheaper.STAY AWAY FRIM THAT MODEL!!!Instead, go for the updated M54-00013 instead.You'll be glad you did, because it has the feel of a professional keyboard with lots of bells and whistles.For more info, check Microsoft's web page (and read the fine print).Its too bad the name didn't change.My bet is that they were afraid of returns and exchanges.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it
    The good:
    I liked the keyboard and mouse so much, I ordered a 2nd set for another computer!The range is GREAT and the realibility is good too.The keyboard and mouse feel to be of very good quality.I like all the special programmable buttons and the side scrolling.

    The bad:
    Some things I had problems with: by default, the keyboard has it's function key toggeled.This causes all the F1->F12 keys to do wierd things.Toggling the function key fixed this.The layout of the keyboard is SLIGHTLY different than normal keyboards.Because I spent abunch of time at the keyboard (programmer) and don't look at the keyboard as I type, it causea quite a few mistypes the fist 1/2 hour as I got used to it.

    Also, the keyboard has a very noticable delay when coming out of idle mode.The mouse has a very very slight delay under normal use.I'm not sure how this would translate to gaming, but many have had no problems w/ it.

    The ugly:
    Regarding the problems some people have, some are expected and some need a little more work from the consumer.

    The keyboard and mouse are bluetooth.They REQUIRE a driver to be installed for the bluetooth receiver because no bioses I know of support bluetooth yet.That is why you can not install them w/o another keyboard and mouse.It is unfortunate, yet expected.

    Regarding the person whose mouse dissappeared.I had it lose a connection and after 5 mins of following the directions, I easily got them to communicate again.

    Regarding the problem w/ the spacebar.I had the same problem on my 2nd set, I called microsoft support and they shipped me out a free replacement that day (all I had to do is fax a copy of the bottom of the keyboard and mouse).They were very helpfull.

    I would strongly recommend this keyboard for a HTPC or where range, interferance, and line of site (to the receiver) are issues.

    1-0 out of 5 stars FIVE GREAT REASONS YOUNEED 2 THINK 2 X BEFORE BUYING THIS!
    I had this keyboard and mouse for one and a half year. During the first week , I already encountered various problems,

    First reason:
    1. the bluetooth mouse stopped working after 5-12 days from the time you installed. (Not because of the batteries as I hardly used the keyboard and mouse). The bluetooth microsoft keyboard is more reliable but I had some cases too where I had to
    reinstall the software driver because the keyboard stopped working, maybe 4 times in the past one and a half year.

    To solve these you can not just deinstall and reinstall the software but you actually had to wipe out the entire operating system and installed these software drivers again. I probably have installed 20 times during my one and a half year. And when you first installed these devices, you had to leave your wired keboard and mouse until the installation was completed.

    Second reason:
    Both mouse and keyboard could not be detected during the boot start up so if you decided to install the second operating system such as: microsoft windows server 2000 or 2003, you needed your wired keyboard and mouse handy, otherwise, when the computer brought up the menu to say "press return" to boot using the disk in the DVD or CD drive, you would never be able to do this using the wireless microsoft mouse and keyboard.

    Third Reason: FALSE CLAIM !

    As usual, Microsoft claimed that that this product is bluetooth specification and endorsed this product as Bluetooth certified. The reality is "Microsoft Propoganda". They did not support any other bluetooth products. So do not expect your other bluetooth devices will connect perfectly with the Microsot bluetooth dongle that came with the devices. For instance: your PDA or notebook bluetooth could not transfer to this desktop connected by the microsoft bluetooth dongle.

    Fourth reason: IT did not last very long.
    For one and a half year, I probably used these devices for full 5 months in total.Now the microsoft keyboard stopped working. I did not drop these devices at all.

    Lastly, You will never got any reply from microsoft when you
    asked for money back or questions such as: why this device did not work. I left two bloody messages to microsoft australia ( product manager) and he never returned my call.

    I just hoped that I could sell microsoft bluetooth mouse to ebay for at least $25 but I doubt it...

    LOOK I AM NOT BIAS, and you can feel free send me an email for more information but do not debate with me because this is my personal experience.

    WHAT IS YOUR NEXT MOVE?
    Avoid buying THIS CRAPPY PRODUCT. Just waste your money.

    A week ago, I bought diNovo Media Desktop mouse and keyboard. I loved it every single minute... Eventhough I had not used them very long, there are four reasons why I love them..

    First, the logitech diNovo products are truly 100% bluetooth compatible with other bluetooth products.
    At least I can transfer from my Desktop connected with the logitech dongle that comes with the product to my IBM thinkpad R50 that comes with a built-in bluetooth interface.

    Why? because the logitech provides with similar software and fucntionalities as the one that comes with my IBM thinkpad. I can imagine that my desktop can use the logitech dongle to listen to my bluetooth headset. But I can not verify at this point as I have not got any time to use it.

    Secondly, this product comes with the battery recharger for the mouse and so you do not need to buy extra battery. This is helpful becuase in my experience, you end up replacing battery more in the mouse rather than the keyboard.

    The style and the design is fantastic and more user friendly.

    Thirdly, You do not need your wired mouse and keyboard to install these devices as the device was immediately detected once you connected the device with the USB and before you install the software. Then there were few seconds elapsed after you install the software that both mouse and keyboard did not work. This was due to the fact that your desktop is trying to detect the devices one more time using the right drivers that come from the software. The installation is very smooth

    Finally, the diNovo Media Desktop mouse and keyboard are detected during the bootup processes and make it easy for
    you to install the second operating system without needing the
    wired keyboard and mouse.

    I wished to give this product 1/2 star

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent wireless solution
    I have been using microsoft's line of mice for some time now. Overall, I am pleased.

    Although I love my set, I cannot give it a perfect score for a couple of reasons.

    1.) The response time on the mouse\keyboard is slow. If you leave the set idle, and press a key...you will not see anything on your screen for atleast 3 seconds. You can sometimes type in a couple of words (depending on how fast you type ;)) on the screen before it is displayed. This can be really annoying.

    2.) As you probably read on several other reviews, you need to find work arounds to intergrate your set with other bluetooth devices....such as the one built in your laptop.

    So whats so beautiful about this thing priced at over 1bill?

    1.) Once you get passed the work arounds, it solves your dozens of cable problems. I dont need an external keyboard or mouse on my laptop anymore. I can literary sit several feet away from my tv and control my media center with it.

    2.) Mouse grips perfectly inside your hand. Keyboard is so comfortable. Tbere is an extra cushioning attached to support your wrists. Previos keyboards had a hard piece of plastic there.

    3.) Intergrates nicely with windows, assuming you install the software with it.

    ehh...it looks like a hundred dollar keyboard?

    If you find a good bargain on amazon, try it. May not be worth the suggested $150 BestBuy charges though.

    5-0 out of 5 stars it's very blue
    No problems during installation on a Compaq Presario with integrated bluetooth transceiver. I'm not using the USB transceiver that came with the package.

    No problems during use over the last two weeks of medium to heavy use as a web programmer/developer. I would prefer a natural keyboard, but this is comfortable enough, and the mouse is very comfortable, feels good in the hand. The extra function keys, favorites, media control work well and are convenient.

    Only downside: no lights for NumLock and CapsLock. Got used to that after a day or two.

    It looks cool, and works as well as it looks.

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    After using for 3 months, on the whole it is still ok. The space bar on the keyboard is tempermental, sometimes not inserting a space and sometimes inserting two. It works 30' or so from the computer, much further than you can see. And it's lean on batteries. After almost daily use over the 3 months, working several hours a day, I have replaced the mouse batteries once and have not had to replace the keyboard batteries.

    Would still like to see the bluetooth in Microsoft's Natural keyboard.
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    19. Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse
    by Logitech
    list price: $49.95
    our price: $41.79
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002SAF3C
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 2024
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse is like nothing you've ever seen before. First, it has all the features you need to use it as your everyday mouse: smooth optical tracking, clutter-free cordless freedom, extra navigation buttons, and a powerful scroll/tilt wheel that lets you scroll up and down, left and right, and in and out.

    And when you're ready to relax, the MediaPlay mouse relaxes with you. Back-lit extra buttons like play/pause, forward/back, and volume up/down let you control your media player with almost no effort. You can also hold it like a remote control and use it away from your desk thanks to the expanded cordless range. Its wireless mini receiver elininates clutter and installs instantly.And 6 months of battery life mean more music and video with fewer interruptions!

    Works Like a Mouse
    • Wheel tilts for side to side scrolling, clicks to zoom
    • Universal page forward/back buttons
    • Comfortable rubber grip for optimum control
    Plays Like a Remote
    • Backlit media control buttons, plus one-touch media player access
    • Controls MediaLife™ software, and most other media players
    • Contour shape can be held and used like a remote with an extended cordless range of up to 10 feet (3 meters)2
    2When receiver is used in desktop stand on a nonmetallic surface, with no obstructions

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    Features

    • Controls MediaLife software, and most other media players
    • Wheel tilts for side to side scrolling, clicks to zoom
    • Universal page forward/back buttons
    • Comfortable rubber grip for optimum control
    • Backlit media control buttons, plus one-touch media player access

    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Mouse!
    This mouse is great! Not only is it cordless, it has all windows media controls, including volume and forward/backward buttons for internet browsing.

    There is a small device that plugs into your usb port and an on/off and reset switch on the bottom of the mouse. And thats all there is to it!

    It has decent range and is so easy to use.
    It should be your top choice when purchasing a wireless mouse!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Man mouse is soo good
    Good thing:
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    1. People say you have to press hard for Right and left key. Please check Mouse properties (Double Click Speed) under Program/Mouse in Windows.

    2. Keys are not hard but perfect (big hand) some mouse has very loose keys which are good either.

    3. Shape of the mouse is not bad. Please hold it from back because of bigger in length.

    4. Media buttons are too good. I am not great fan of music but they are handy.

    5. Battery life is good for 6 months (rather change battery then carry charger with my laptop). Also it has two type of receiver one for your travel and other for your home desktop to get better range.

    6. Install latest software from Logitech side and you are good to go.

    7. Boy it is best in performance than Laser MX1000 mouse (return due to poor performance as mouse). It works great on mouse pad or no pad (even work on bad and carpet)..What else you want..

    Bad things
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    1. Some people still prefer larger mouse and soft keys but it is your taste. Nothing else I can say badly about this mouse.

    I got it for $29.99 after mail in rebate..not bad for price at all. Enjoy..

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great design, but lacks ergonomics
    I mainly bought the mouse for the media play buttons, and the right to left tilt functionality is brilliant.Has lots of buttons to customize them the way you like to work.

    The features for this mouse are great, but as others have mentioned, it's a heavy mouse.
    The right and left click mouse buttons are unusually hard to click.Would not recommend it for working with long hours.Don't overlook the ergonomics in such products as keyboard and mice is what you use the most often.Over time, bad posture will lead to unnecessary problems that can be avoided.

    Other than that, I would recommend this mouse for media purposes where you may be using it for short times.The software that comes with it is pretty neat in that the icons and writing is large so you can see it from a distance and use the mouse to traverse the menu.Don't install all the other stuff that comes in the cd besides the drivers and the media software. (In fact don't install the drivers from the cd, it kept crashing the media software whenever I tried to configure the media button). I just downloaded the latest drivers from the website and everything was fine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome mouse that WORKS FOR MAC
    After I bought this mouse, my heart sank when I read that it is not Mac compatible. However, it looked so cool that I decided to keep it anyways. I figured at least the main buttons (left, right, scroll) work, and it's a good price for a cordless anyways.

    I love the response on this mouse, and the fact that I can use it smoothly even on my lap. Everything about this mouse was perfect, from the shape to its cool look.

    However, after a week, I longed for the extra media buttons that would not work in Mac OS X. After a long search, I came across a program called USB Overdrive (don't bother with LCC for Mac, it didn't detect this mouse). This allowed detection of USB Mice and allowed programming of all the buttons. Now I get all the button functions that PC users get, even though Logitech did not specifically say Mac compatible.

    Pros:
    - everything nice that everyone else said

    Cons:
    - maybe I have weak wrists, but it feels a little heavy.

    Overall, awesome mouse that works for both platforms.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Over all, not that great
    I have always used Logitech mouses but this one is driving me insane.After reviewing all the other reviews I am the 3rd person to have the same problem.Erratic mouse behavior and the volume increases spontaneously!Logitech site suggested that I don't connect through usb but even using the traditional mouse plug it still does the same thing. ... Read more


    20. Logitech DiNovo Cordless Media Bluetooth Desktop
    by Logitech
    list price: $249.95
    our price: $208.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000UV0JA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 1706
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    diNovo Media Desktop, Keyboard & Mouse Combo ... Read more

    Features

    • Synchronize data between your Bluetooth PDA, cell phones, and other devices, and PCs.
    • Makes your PC a Bluetooth control center
    • Wireless freedom and a powerful way to orchestrate your PC’s digital media capabilities
    • Bluetooth wireless hub is built into the mouse's recharging station
    • Use it to remotely view, select, and launch your favorite jukebox tunes, video clips, or digital photos.

    Reviews (25)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and great feeling!
    I recently built a new PC for my boss, and decided to go with this keyboard being as he is all about new and cool stuff, so wireless and small was good. I hooked it up, had it running in about 5 minutes, and it felt great, I didnt want to move so the boss could use his computer. It is great. So far we have only had it for 3 days, and if anything goes wrong like said above many times. I will let you guys know. For now, Buy the damn thing!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Two stars just for the style
    I bought this product several months ago, and, like a lot of new products, it has some unanticipated issues.Several of them were severe enough I got a difffernt product.

    On the plus side, obviously, is the styling.The design is fresh, clean, and interesting.Although non-beige is common for keyboards, the shape is refreshing while still functional.The keyboard can tilt at different angles, which was important because I had some difficulty typing with it flat. The mouse is basically the standard higher-end logitech unit although with different coloration and translucent plastic.The bluetooth receiver in the charger was functional, and I appreciated having a bluetooth hub for my cellphone.The mouse and the keyboard have both proved durable and reliable despite a number of mishaps.In all, the hardware aspects of the package are high quality as is normally the case with logitech heyboards and mice.

    In regards to the software, there are some real issues.I found it to be intrusive, to large, and difficult to integrate with Windows.It is inclined to open windows which demand immediate attention and which cannot be minimized without using task manager.Also despite the upgrades from Logitech, when the mouse powers down to save battery life there is a second or two of lag time before it reconnects with the receiver.Personally, I found this really annoying to deal with every time I stepped away from my desk for ten or fifteen minutes.The security aspects of the software are frustrating, and I was unable to figure out how to turn it off, if that's possible. Last, durring system startup when the bluetooth software has yet to initalize, both the keyboard and the mouse are useless.This made it impossible to do anykind of work requiring input pre-windows-startup--No F8 for windows, F2 for my RAID driver setup, F1 for bios, or any other similar situation.I suspect this is a result of how bluetooth interacts with the OS and bios, but whatever the cause, it was, for me, a deal-breaker.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Phlat, Phun and Phantastic
    I read all the negative reviews on here and I have to wonder what is wrong with some people. Maybe they're just rough on things or what.

    I love this keyboard. The mouse is excellent, the Bluetooth is kind of a waste in my case, a simple Wireless version would have been more than adequate. The Media selling features are a waste of print, who uses MP3 anymore and the video features stink.

    But it's like laptop keyboard for a PC that is (a) flat, (b) fast to type on due to reduced key travel, and (c) QUIET.

    I'm a gamer and I use this all the time. Easy on the hands in any position. I have an 8" heel-to-tip hand span (thank you, thank you very much). I do find that typing in the dark is problematic due to the very flat desing, but I got over it, turned on a dim light and reduced my eye strain at night.

    I've had zero problems with XP SP2 using the Logitech software. I also use it with my Dell 9200 w/built-in Bluetooth and no issues.

    It's expensive, yeah, but what isn't these days. I would seriously try it before you buy it though to see if you like the feel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No backlight
    I'm a tech geek so this sleekly designed keyboard was a must-have for me. I noticed that the mouse that came with mine was very generic and the price is about $100 less than what I'm seeing advertised. I bought a laser mouse instead.

    This is my first wireless keyboard. My reason for buying it other than the design was that I feel retrained by wires when using my keyboard and mouse.

    The only drawback to me is that there are no indicator lights for the Caps Lock or any other keys to indicate whether or not they are active. And honestly at this price, I'd like the entire keyboard to have a backlight option.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK, but not good enough
    I am returning this package after about a week of use. My first disappointment with it was discovering that in order to set it up, I had to come up with 6 AA batteries. The mouse is shipped with batteries, but the keyboard (4) and the media pad (2) are not. This keyboard is uncomfortable. With my hands on the home keys, my palms extend over the front edge of the keyboard. Also, I often have to reconnect the keyboard and/or mouse when I log on to my computer first thing in the AM. This is just a short procedure of pushing a couple of buttons and typing in a security number, but it's still annoying. I like the separate numeric keypad, and its media functions are handy, but all in all it just isn't working out for me. ... Read more


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