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Logitech Desktop Can Keep Rolling for 3 Years

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 comments

Don't like the wires and also don't like changing batteries? This one is for you.

I don't know about you, but changing batteries for my wireless keyboard and mouse accessories was never that big of a deal. Sure, less often was better; but never was there a case where I'd wish that my input devices could go longer with a fresh set. That said, Logitech today announced the Wireless Desktop MK710, which suggests that there are people who are annoyed with having to swap batteries in and out of their mouse and keyboard.

On the surface, it's just another keyboard and mouse combo. In fact, there's nothing outstandingly fancy about it on first impressions; but digging a little deeper, we find that this thing will run up to three years on a fresh set of batteries.

"No one thinks about changing batteries until they have to, but when that time comes, it can stop you in your tracks," said Rory Dooley, Logitech's senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit. "With its industry-first three-year battery life for a combo, you might just forget the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 uses batteries at all."

Looking at the fine print, we find: (Battery life of Logitech keyboards is based on a calculation of an estimated two million keystrokes per year in an office environment; battery life for Logitech mice may vary based on user and computing conditions.)

I always keep a charged set of Eneloops around in case of dead batteries, but having long-life devices such as Wireless Desktop MK710 is both less inconvenient and less harmful to the environment.

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    Shadow703793 , February 10, 2010 7:28 PM
    Soo.... what's wrong with wired mice/KB which don't have battery issues at all?
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    grieve , February 10, 2010 7:20 PM
    yah but does it.... come with batteries?
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    JohnnyLucky , February 10, 2010 7:33 PM
    Shadow - Absolutely nothing wrong with hardwiring!

    We don't need no stinkin' batteries! :D 
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    shadow187 , February 10, 2010 7:12 PM
    Three years? Are they using specific batteries? If not, that kind of efficiency needs to be applied to other tools. Is so, than that kind of battery (internal efficiency) needs to be used and scaled upwards.
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    Ehsan w , February 10, 2010 7:18 PM
    i want it.
    I really HATE that, since i never seem to know when the batteries are dying...it always happens in game....
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    grieve , February 10, 2010 7:20 PM
    yah but does it.... come with batteries?
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    zerapio , February 10, 2010 7:21 PM
    @Marcus
    If you want high performance rechargeable batteries check these ones out: http://www.mahaenergy.com
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    Yuka , February 10, 2010 7:23 PM
    If it lasts at least 1 year with my gaming habits (FPS+RTS), I'm in for it.

    Sounds friggin' sweet. Good one, Logitech.

    Cheers!
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    Shadow703793 , February 10, 2010 7:28 PM
    Soo.... what's wrong with wired mice/KB which don't have battery issues at all?
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    JohnnyLucky , February 10, 2010 7:33 PM
    Shadow - Absolutely nothing wrong with hardwiring!

    We don't need no stinkin' batteries! :D 
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    Ehsan w , February 10, 2010 7:34 PM
    btw, I hope they counted alot of mouseclicks....cuz we like our shooters..... halo 1 style. (click for every bullet you shoot).
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    Ehsan w , February 10, 2010 7:36 PM
    Shadow703793Soo.... what's wrong with wired mice/KB which don't have battery issues at all?


    JohnnyLuckyShadow - Absolutely nothing wrong with hardwiring!We don't need no stinkin' batteries!


    don't you want everything to be like it is in the movies :p 
    everything wireless. We gotta start pushing it someday.
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    killerclick , February 10, 2010 7:37 PM
    Yuck, right handed mouse
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    g00ey , February 10, 2010 7:37 PM
    It's actually using nucular power cells where they let a radioactive material with a half-life of about three years radiate on a set of electrodes which gives rise to a photoelectric effect. The electricity from the photoelectric effect is used to power the keyboard. Frequent use of this keyboard will make the toilet glow every time you take a leak but otherwise it's pretty cool. The agency say that these side effects are harmless and nothing to worry about.
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    zorky9 , February 10, 2010 7:51 PM
    Quote:
    It's actually using nucular power cells where they let a radioactive material with a half-life of about three years radiate on a set of electrodes which gives rise to a photoelectric effect. The electricity from the photoelectric effect is used to power the keyboard. Frequent use of this keyboard will make the toilet glow every time you take a leak but otherwise it's pretty cool. The agency say that these side effects are harmless and nothing to worry about.


    It actually uses vespene gas.
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    mtyermom , February 10, 2010 8:12 PM
    I would definitely like to see more info on how they achieve 3 years estimated use between recharge. Surely they didn't create a new and proprietary battery technology. The article makes it sound like the battery tech is the same but the devices themselves are more efficient. I would most certainly be interested in this for the living room HTPC, but I would have to see some testing/results before I'd consider dropping the $$. This also begs the question: what kind of premium are they going to charge for this?
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    g00ey , February 10, 2010 8:28 PM
    zorky9It actually uses vespene gas.


    Is vespene gas nucular?
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    michaelahess , February 10, 2010 8:41 PM
    What the hell is nucular g00ey?

    Too bad it isn't their wave keyboard, I hate straight boards.
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    omnimodis78 , February 10, 2010 8:43 PM
    Shadow703793Soo.... what's wrong with wired mice/KB which don't have battery issues at all?

    Amen to that, my friend! Had two wireless mice and I just couldn't grow to liking them. Got the G9 (Logitech) and I couldn't be happier. It feels right, no batteries, solid and precise. Proud owners of the corded mouse, UNITE! Long life the corded mouse!
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    Caffeinecarl , February 10, 2010 8:45 PM
    @shadow, Johnny - My regular PS/2 keyboard and mouse of a battery life of roughly... FOREVER!
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    Anonymous , February 10, 2010 9:05 PM
    but there'll be some very small print warning you that when the batteries finally die, you have to wait 6 months for it to recharge!
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    jojesa , February 10, 2010 9:31 PM
    I have the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser and I used rechargeable batteries and they last around 3 months. If you use re-chargeables batteries I do not see this model as an upgrade.
    If I upgrade it will be to a back-lit keyboard model.
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    micky_lund , February 10, 2010 10:05 PM
    hmmm....too bad some wired kb/mice have driver issues...
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