Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave
Looking for a comfortable keyboard, but don't want to go the way of the ergo? Logitech's latest Wave keyboard is catering to you. The keys are laid out in a "Wave" pattern to contour to your hands and a palm-rest is added for additional comfort. Have Logitech come up with a winner?
You can read the full review here and discuss it here.
Looks very nice. Would definitely consider it for an HTPC.
To be honest this keyboard looks like another release along the mx duo. What does spring to mind is, does it still have the one serious flaw the whole range has had since the early release. This flaw is the structure of the keyboard, the DUO series were renown for breaking from simply picking up the keyboard and moving it. The plastic frame, not designed well enough, would twist diagonally when picked up. This put stress on the frame and bang, your keyboard is broken only after short period of time. What I would like to know is, its weight compared to the DUO series and MX series. And more importantly does it "feel" like it could break/twist when picked up with one hand from either the bottom left or right. These two points seem to be the weakest in the old design.
Just to conclude, the fact that the keyboard is wireless proves that this device should be able to be moved easily without breaking. In my opinion a desktop keyboard that cannot be picked up and moved without unnecessary stress to its design, fails overall and shouldn’t be recommended. Still I am a undying fan of logitech’s equipment, its just a shame the early devices lacked a more sturdy design.
Structurally, it didn't blow me away, but I didn't find it to be that flimsy. I am not sure what DUO you mean, but I haven't found any current keyboards to feel that cheaply made. My main computer uses a $40 wired Logitech keyboard I picked up at some B&M and I find it's been pretty solid overall.
> "And more importantly does it "feel" like it could break/twist when picked up with one hand from either the bottom left or right. These two points seem to be the weakest in the old design."
From what I recall, no. I gave the keyboard back once the review was published, so I can't go back and give it that exact test, but I don't remember it being like that. I have a Logitech PS3 keyboard here that IS like that though.
That all said, from what you describe... no it's not a cheaply made keyboard. It's light, but I don't think it's flimsy to the degree that you describe.
Ergonomic or not?: That's the question ...
Certainly the new (Cordless) Desktop Wave from Logitech is a comfortable keyboard - because of the ergonomic forms and the "wave format".
But - is this keyboard really ergonomic?
Before answering I'd like to tell you what I'm expecting of use of a keyboard. And that is simply to get the most of output of it, means: having possibility typing very, very fast (I make about 315 typings per minute). A "normal" keyboard would shortly cause some physical problems - in form of some pain in hands and fingers.
For these reasons I need an ergonomic keyboard.
Wave keyboard of Logitech has a round, so ergonomic, format; in addition, a new idea is here being realized: the wave form; therefore, I bought it yesterday.
Unfortunatedly, designers of Logitech, in their will to create an ergonomic keyboard with Wave Keyboard, made a capital error positioning the "sticks" to raise keyboard in front of it instead in rear: NOBODY types normally with raisen fingers, but with fingers falling down ... In other words: natural position of hands/fingers means that hands as prolonged of arms have to go downside, not upside - if not, longer typing ends getting pain in arms, hands and fingers. Remember: ergonomic typing necessites, that hands/fingers COME DOWN to keyboard, so hands have to take a raised position compared to keyboard! Trying this out is very simply and quickly ...
Therefore, I think that Logitech Desktop Wave keyboard, being inconsequent in so far, did not reach ergonomic purpose to 100%. If I would create a comfortable, ergonomic keyboard, I have to respect ALL aspects of natural design of human body.
I still reported this problem to support of Logitech, which promised to me to inform design department of Logitech about my critics. Waiting thinking this ergonomic inconsequence, I would ask Logitech here again in one word: WHY [create a wave format, but in mean time force users to raise hands/fingers when typing - instead of giving user the possibility to lower hands/fingers] ??? ... ... ... ...
Klaus Will (Email: [email protected])
I wish I still had the keyboard here to see exactly what you mean, but I don't recall having much of a problem or thinking that there would be a problem. For sheer speed, I don't think I could ever use such a keyboard though. It would take me a while to get used to.
If you want, I can copy/paste your post here and send it to Logitech as well, to make sure it reaches the right people.
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