If you do a lot of your work on your desktop or laptop, you might know that two of the most important accessories are the keyboard and the mouse. And a wireless combination of the mouse and the keyboard lets take the experience a little further. The combination is super compact and also ensures that you can have substantially less table clutter due to the wireless functionality.
The best thing about a combination of a keyboard and a mouse is that they all run over a single dongle. That ensures the USB port remains free on your laptop / desktop.
In this article we’ve lined up some of the best mouse and wireless keyboard combos you can find this year. The best thing is most of these peripherals are inexpensive and cost little. Beforehand, however,
1. LOGITECH MX900 PERFORMANCE COMBO
If the budget is not a constraint for you, the Logitech MX900 Performance Combo is a good place to start. It’s a well-constructed low-profile keyboard with concave keys and backlighting. The former makes typing an easy job as the structure of the keys helps your fingers find a base. It’s paired with a first-generation MX Master mouse, which delivers snappy performance.
If you recollect, the MX Master is one of the most ergonomic mice out there. It has several buttons, and the thumb pad and the buttons on the side are a boon for multi-taskers. Plus, you can customize the programmable buttons further. It is powered by the Darkfield Laser sensor, which can track up to 2000 dots per inch (dpi).
However, if you are looking for more accurate tracking and customization, you should check out the third-generation MX Master 3. This neat mouse is also designed for office work and can track up to 4,000 dots per inch, thus making it highly versatile.
However, you may have to invest in a separate keyboard should you decide to buy the MX Master 3.
2. CORSAIR GAMING K55 + HARPOON RGB
If you are looking for an affordable gaming keyboard and mouse combo, Corsair’s K55 keyboard and the Harpoon RGB is a compelling options. The Harpoon RGB boasts of a DPI of 10,000 and a total of 6 buttons, which can all be programmed. On the other hand, we have the K55 membrane keyboard that affords a good response, especially for the price. True to the spirit of gaming peripherals, the keyboard and the mouse comes with RGB lighting.
Being a gaming keyboard, the K55 packs a few additional functions. You will find dedicated multimedia controls at the top, followed by a bunch of macro keys that can be programmed via the iCue software. And if that was not enough, you can cycle through three lighting settings. More importantly, it’s inclined a little towards the top and together with the palm rest at the bottom, it gives you a comfortable experience.
When it comes to the mouse, it has a DPI of 6,000, which can be considered decent for an entry-level gaming mouse. The best part of the mouse is that all the 6 buttons can be programmed as per your preference.
This keyboard and mouse combo has been received well by several users on Amazon. So far, it has amassed an average user rating of 4.7-stars out of 5. Fakespot estimates that 90% of the reviews can be trusted.
3. LOGITECH MK850 PERFORMANCE
For starters, the Logitech MK850 Performance combo is quite old. However, it’s versatility makes it one of the popular choices even today. The crux of this keyboard and mouse combo is that they can stay connected to 3 devices. All you need to do is press one button at the top of the keyboard (or click on the mouse button) to cycle between them. Neat right? They operate both via Bluetooth 4.0 or the 2.4GHz wireless dongle that does the task for both the peripherals.
The MK850 keyboard is again a membrane keyboard and renders soft and quiet keystrokes. Yep, no loud noise that is generally associated with mechanical keyboards, particularly the one with Cherry MX Blue switches. Simultaneously, the concave-shaped keys have the right amount of plunge needed for touch typing, a feature it shares with the Logitech MX900 keyboard.
Apart from that, this combo is lightweight and easily portable. Pack the three things, put it in a bag, and get going. More importantly, it is an ergonomically designed keyboard. You will find a textured palm rest at the base, and the keyboard can be inclined via the two small feet at the top. Same is the case with the mouse.
Though it has been designed well, it’s still a right-handed mouse and not ambidextrous. On the upside, the mouse buttons can be customized to an extent as per your preference.
4. MICROSOFT WIRELESS DESKTOP 900
Like its counterpart above, the Microsoft Wireless 900 Keyboard is also not the newest products out there. Thanks to its solid performance and clean and sleek look, it still manages to find its share of users today. This full-sized keyboard looks chic, thanks to its slender build and square chiclet keys. And well, it has a solid build as well. One of the cruces of this keyboard is that it encrypts keystrokes your keystrokes.
However, the mouse is rather simple and doesn’t have anything other than a scroll button and two left/right keys. On the upside, it is accurate and gets your work done.
The Wireless 900 is relatively quiet, and you can’t do most of your work down without major distractions. And hey, did we tell you that there’s a dedicated key to launch the Calculator app? Cool, right?
Besides the above, you can use the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center software to create your own set of keyboard shortcutss.
5. DELL KM636 WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE COMBO
If you are looking for a basic mouse and keyboard, the Dell KM636 keyboard and mouse combo will serve you well. It’s affordable, and the combo is priced below the $40. The affordable pricing means you won’t get many extra features, except for the dedicated switches for volume control. The keyboard has flat chicklet keys, which are arranged in a spacious formation. Plus, the low profile of the keys means lesser distance traveled.
In addition to the standard buttons, the mouse packs a duo of thumb switches on the sides. While these can’t be programmed, you can use them as the forward and backward button when you are scrolling on your browser.
Both the keyboard and the mouse use the same 2.4GHz receiver. Make sure you connect the dongle to a high-speed port and keep it in line.
6. MICROSOFT SCULPT ERGONOMIC DESKTOP
If you want to take your comfort to the next level, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard, and mouse combo are good places to start. The keyboard has a split design with the keys arranged on either side. And along with the elevated slope, the design puts less strain on your wrist and palms by letting you type in a natural position. At the same time, a separate number pad affords you the flexibility that is usually not associated with traditional keyboards.
On the other hand, the Sculpt Ergonomic mouse packs a unique look and shape. Apart from the usual buttons, it also packs two additional buttons. Unlike most mice, only one of the buttons acts as the Back button.
The other is a trigger for the Windows Start Menu. If you search for a lot of tools and apps on your system, this might be the mouse you are looking for.
If we talk numbers, it has a DPI of 10,000 and is pretty accurate.
When it comes to the keyboards, it’s not a mechanical keyboard. Rather, it’s a membrane keyboard with low-profile keys that makes typing a comfortable affair. However, do note that the position of the main keyboard can’t be customized. Like the Wireless 900 keyboard above, this one also encrypts your keystrokes.
TYPE. SCROLL. TYPE.
While the above are some of the best keyboard and mouse combos out there, you can check out keyboards with integrated touchpads such as the Logitech K600 TV and the Microsoft Wireless All-In-One Media Keyboard.
These prove to be super handy when you do not use the mouse much in your work. At the same time, these devices prove to be super useful when you have to enter your login credentials into apps and games on your smart TV or FireTV Stick. The easy connectivity means you have to hook the Bluetooth dongle to the USB port of the TV and make the connection
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