This is a review of the Logitech MK270 wireless combination mouse and keyboard. This review is being typed using this hardware, and it is working quite well. I purchased this unit several months ago, and put it to use in my writing endeavors.
The mouse is a standard two button clickwheel mouse that has a good feel in the hand. For my larger hands, it is a little bit light but with the single AA battery installed, it tends to gain a little more heft. The response and tactile feel of this device is snappy and works well. The battery is rated at 12 months, but I would recommend quality batteries. The ON/OFF switch on the underside of the mouse will aid in the conservation of energy.
The keyboard is small but packs in a standard size keyboard with a number pad. It appears to be the standard 105 key version, with minor differences regarding the position of certain keys and the size of the Enter key. The keys on this keyboard have a good tactile feel and while it doesn’t have the ‘click’ of the old IBM keyboards that I learned to touchtype on, there is enough clitter-clatter from the working of the keys satisfy my need to hear what is going on.
There is a row of buttons placed at the top of the keyboard, out of the way of the function keys, but resting in wait. From left to right, those keys are divided into two unobtrusive sections. First half, the keys are used for Play/Pause, Volume Mute, Volume Down, and Volume Up. The second half contains an Internet key, Email, Power, and Calculator. This last key is more useful than one might think, and I have changed my initial doubting thoughts about it.
The light weight of this unit almost allows one to forget that it is resting on one’s lap while watching YouTube videos, when you need a short break from writing.
The nano-sized receiver allows for it to be plugged into a laptop and forgotten about, or for the same purpose on the back of a desktop machine. It also works perfectly well in a USB hub, whether powered or unpowered.
I spilled water on this keyboard by mistake. Didn’t faze it, just kept going.
Windows and Linux both recognize this keyboard. If you have a Linux distro that is acting up, make sure that modprobe can insert the HID modules and logitech-djreceiver modules. Or, compile them into your Linux kernel, if those are not already. I used this keyboard with Windows 8 and 8.1, without problems other than an occasional lag in syncing up. On Linux, I used Slackware, Debian, Puppy Slacko, and Sabayon with KDE, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, Cinnamon and MATE.
Highly recommended. I consider this to be my first-in-line tool for writing in an electronic mode. If it ever breaks, I’ll get another, and if this model is no longer produced by Logitech, I’ll stay with the brand.