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Wires? I don't need no stinkin' wires... Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 10:43 PM EST on 2/5/2003
File Under: Misc Tech -> Computers

Who is that mysterious man behind that mouse? AND WHY THE HELL DOESN'T THAT MOUSE HAVE A CORD!?!??! OH MY GOD, THE WORLD MUST BE COMING TO AN END!

*clears throat*

Actually, I just got my free wireless keyboard and mouse from Logitech today. For those that missed out, about a week before Christmas, Logitech was having a contest where they were giving away up to 20,000 of the sets. All you had to do was go to their contest page and keep refreshing it until it told you that you had won. Easy enough. So, I loaded up a little script to keep refreshing over and over, and after about 40 minutes with it running in the background and me not really paying much attention, I was a winner!

So yeah, the official name for what I won is the Wireless Navigator Duo, and it usually sells for about $70. Like hell I'd pay that, but hey, whatever. I'm sure a few of you out there might actually be in the market for such a device, though, and can say that this is a quality product.

I've never had a keyboard with the extra buttons for controlling media players (next track/previous track, play, stop, etc.) and now I don't know how I lived without one. I never expected Sonique to be supported so well, since most people use Winamp or (shudder) Windows Media Player, but once I downloaded the keyboard's software update, it worked flawlessly. (Anyone who gets this/has it already should get that update. Without it, using the Media button always crashed stuff.) The keys could be a little more responsive, but they're incredibly quiet, so it's an okay trade-off. The mouse itself is kinda hefty with the batteries and all, but it feels nice, and since it doesn't have that ergonomic curve that Microsoft mice have, it will work equally well for both lefties and righties. Oh, and as a final bonus, everything can be hooked up both via standard PS/2 or USB, meaning it should double well for my PlayStation 2. Cool.

Anyway, if you're the kinda person that would actually be willing to pay lots of money just to get rid of a few cords on their desk, give this setup a look. If it was $30 or $40, I'd probably be all over it, but as it stands, I'm glad I didn't have to pay - but that's just me.

BTW, that mysterious man is none other than me!
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