Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3200 Laser Review

I needed to replace the old keyboard and mouse on my backup Windows XP PC and I decided to give the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3200 Laser keyboard and mouse combo a try. Here’s my review of it.

Initial Impressions

So far as the keyboard goes, the keys have a good feel to them, nice tactile feedback. I’m a decent touch typist so I can really appreciate this. If you’re a hunt-and-peck typist they should work well for you too though. The mouse has good tracking and was equally good for web browsing, document and graphics software and casual game playing. The mouse can be powered down which is a good battery saver. My previous wireless mouse went through batteries like crazy.

The extra features are kind of hit or miss. I like the zoom buttons and extra back/forward buttons and the side scroll feature on the mouse. Other features, well, not so much.

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Some Things to Consider

The main problem, one I’ve had with other fancy keyboards, is that the advanced functions can be hard to access. Maybe some degree of comfort will come as I use the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3200. This is a rather advanced keyboard design and I could see a computer novice struggling with it to some degree or simply never getting the most out of it. Some of the features seem a little too much, perhaps even lame. It seems like a slight touch of feature-itis.

I’ve heard some people say that they had encountered problems with the driver for this keyboard and mouse using Windows Vista. I bought this for a XP system and I haven’t checked it out on my Vista system. Logitech is supposed to be working on a solution but you should check with them before purchasing one for a computer running Vista.

Have you used the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3200 Laser keyboard and mouse? Were your experiences good or bad? Let me know in a comment below.

 


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5 Comments »

Comment by Robert
2008-05-24 23:09:30

(too much space inside the article and before the comments, IMHO :) )

The thing I don’t like about the MX3200 is the mouse runs on batteries instead of a charger option, and 2 minor issues on the keyboard: no context menu key (I’m a keyboard ranger) and the zoom slider on the left side is prone to activation when for example, a piece of paper hits it or your rest your left hand near the edge. I don’t use any of the special features at all, so that’s neither a plus nor minus for me, though the Fn key is what replaced the context menu key, unfortunately.

Comment by jfc
2008-05-24 23:27:08

Hi Robert,

I’d guess a charger would cost extra to include in the package. You could probably use rechargeable batteries though.

I’ve never been a big fan of the context menu key so that’s not something I miss but I could see how someone might find it useful.

On the zoom slider, I haven’t ran into a problem with it like you mentioned, probably due to how I have my workspace setup.

The function keys, I’m not a big fan of them either. I’ve had them on a few other keyboards too. The only ones I ever used much were ones programmed to pop up calculator or notepad.

 
 
Comment by Komodo Dragon
2008-06-03 01:21:22

My only bad experiences with wireless keyboards and wireless mouse’s is for gaming. I feel like the wireless devices are worse for gaming. I think there is more of a delay in the wireless devices, compared to the wired one. But if you are using it for every day to day use, then by all means wireless is the way to go!

Comment by jfc
2008-06-03 06:37:51

Hi Komodo,

I’ve heard some people complain about this but they were the type that built hot rod computers specifically for gaming. For a casual gamer like me the wireless keyboards work fine. The only time I’ve seen a delay with them is when I have to PC bogged down with too many memory hog applications.

 
 
2008-08-10 02:13:10

I have never met a Logitech product I did not like. Thanks for this review.

 
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