Product Review: Logitech Wave Keyboard(K350) & Mouse(M510)

Product Review: Logitech Wave Keyboard(K350) & Mouse(M510)

If you are in the market for a new keyboard, the Logitech Wave should be on your list of contenders.  Although considered an ergonomic keyboard, its gentle curves still feel familiar leaving you only to learn minor adjustments to your typing habits for all day typing comfort.  Best of all, it works with Windows, Mac and Linux.

I use computers heavily every day, both at work and at home.  As such, I have come to find that I require a keyboard that will allow me to type endlessly without discomfort on a daily basis.   In my quest to find a durable keyboard that can withstand my heavy usage I came to settle on the wireless  Logitech Wave Keyboard(K350) and mouse(M510) set.

Ride The Wave

The K350 is called the Wave as the keyboard is gently curved to conform to your fingers natural curves.  Each key top is also curved to fit the end of your finger tips.  This creates a natural and comfortable typing experience that feels similar to the standard non-ergonomic keyboards that everyone is familiar with.

Curves are integrated everywhere on the keyboard for comfort. From the tops of the keys to the variable height of the keys. This compliments your natural finger length and shape by giving extra room when seated and typing using proper keyboarding techniques.
Curves are integrated everywhere on the keyboard for comfort. From the tops of the keys to the variable height of the keys. This compliments your natural finger length and shape by giving extra room when seated and typing using proper keyboarding techniques.

Included as part of the keyboard is a soft and smooth wrist rest that is form fitted into the wave shape.  This places your hands at a comfortable height from the keyboards resting surface which reduces strain on the wrists.  The surface never gets hot or sticky from continuous use either, making it great for long periods of work or play.

The curves of the keyboard extend into the padded wrist rest helping direct your hands into a natural typing stance.
The curves of the keyboard extend into the padded wrist rest helping direct your hands into a natural typing stance.

Additionally the keyboard comes with standard adjustable legs.  This allows two separate inclines if you do not prefer it laying flat.

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Keyboard feet extended for use. They can also be folded flat to have an even typing surface.
Keyboard feet extended for use. They can also be folded flat to have an even typing surface.

 Windows/Media Keys

Along with having standard keys, the Wave can be classified as being a multimedia keyboard as well.  It includes numerous keys that are designed to be integrated into your standard Windows OS experience.

Some of these keys include:

  • Zoom In/Out
  • Window Switching
  • Volume Up/Down
  • Mute
  • Play/Pause,
  • Stop
  • Fast Forward
  • Rewind
  • Media Center
  • Calculator
  • PC Power Key
  • Function Keys
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Outlook/Calendar
    • Internet Explorer/Internet
    • Messenger/Mail
    • LED Battery Life Indicator

The only thing that I notice missing from this keyboard are indicator lights for the number lock and caps lock keys.  Although not as big of a deal as one would initially imagine; it does take some time to get used to not being able to immediately tell if these are active before typing.

Update 2016/06/29 – I discovered Logitechs SetPoint utility (available on their support page here) now has pop up indicators as an option to show when the caps keys are toggled and what state they are changing to. This is a solid work around to not having the LED’s.

M510

If purchased separately or as part of the keyboard and mouse combo, the M510 is worth its additional cost.  It is curved just right for your hand.  This mouse is even big enough to fit comfortably in your palm if you have larger hands (count me as part of that group).

Rubberized grips are located on both sides of it’s ambidextrous design, allowing both left and right handed users the same ease of use.   However, with that being said the additional forward and back buttons are only on the left side of the mouse which may or may not be an issue for lefties.

The scroll wheel also tilts side to side and contains another button if depressed adding a variety of new ways to interact than a standard 3 button mouse.

M510 mouse with forward and back buttons. The wheel also tilts side to side and depresses allowing three forms of functionality in addition to scrolling.
M510 mouse with forward and back buttons. The wheel also tilts side to side and depresses allowing three forms of functionality in addition to scrolling.

Wireless/Battery Life

Both devices run on two AA batteries each.  With these, Logitech boasts that the keyboard has a battery life of up to three years and the mouse can be used for up to two years before needing replacements.  I can confirm that these are indeed valid.  Only after two years of daily programming and gaming did the mouse finally die and need a fresh set of AA’s.  As for the keyboard, it has just reached the three year mark and is still on the factory set of batteries.

In addition to being wireless, this set runs on Logitech’s unifying receiver.  This allows both devices to connect through a single USB connector.  The connector is rather small only sticking out about 1/4th of an inch from the face of the USB port.  This small form factor allows it to be neatly stowed inside the mouse for transport or storage.

Verdict

If you are considering getting a keyboard that is comfortable for all day use that forms to your hands and wrists, this is one to buy.  The mouse falls into the same category.  It’s larger than standard size and  wonderful ambidextrous ergonomic shape make it well worth its asking price.  I am sure you will not be disappointed with either of these products.

Prices are not listed in this article as they tend to fluctuate, however they should be able to be found at your favorite retailer.  Generally I have seen these items as a set anywhere between $55 and $80 USD.

Final Thoughts

Although I enjoy this keyboard the most out of any that I have used, I believe you should try one out before purchasing if possible.  Before settling on this keyboard I went to my local electronics stores and tested out the models on display.  I tried as many as I could before ultimately picking this.  If you are able to do this you can then be 100% certain that you are getting exactly what you need.   As personal computers are best when they are personalized to your needs and preferences, what works for me does not mean it is the best option for you.

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