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Desktop keyboard and mouse sets

A wireless keyboard and mouse combination set can save you money compared to buying the products separately. However, in most of the desktop set reviews we found, either the keyboard or the mouse is better than the other.

The Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 (*Est. $70) scores high marks for its curved keys, adjustable legs and padded wrist rest. But instead of touting it as an ergonomic option, reviewers consider it an excellent desktop unit that happens to be comfortable. At PCMag.com, where the MK710 receives an Editors' Choice award, Natalie Shoemaker says that while it doesn't have Microsoft's "comfort curve," the MK710 "offers a great feature set and comfortable typing experience." Vincent Alzieu of DigitalVersus.com regards it as "pleasant to use thanks to its slightly convex keys and spongy padded wrist rest."

The MK710 Desktop pairs the Logitech Wireless Desktop Keyboard MK700 with the Marathon Mouse M705, which sports three customizable buttons and 1,000 dpi resolution. The keyboard itself features a monochrome LCD panel that gauges battery levels and displays your caps and num lock indicators. It also has a 2.4 GHz USB Unifying receiver that hooks the MK710 up to six compatible Logitech peripherals. Other notable features include a three-year battery life and customizable function keys that open Word documents, email or web browsers. Two sets of multimedia buttons control volume, stop, pause, play and rewind, features that make it a great home theater addition, according to a few users at Amazon.com.

The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 (*Est. $85) includes the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000. ExtremeTech.com has issues with the high price and with the bulky shape of the mouse, but concludes "that the ergonomic benefits easily outweigh them."

Two wireless keyboard and mouse sets receive positive reviews at bargain price tags: the Logitech Desktop MK120 Mouse and Keyboard (*Est. $20) and Genius Slimstar 8000 Wireless Keyboard Combo (*Est. $20) cost the same for a mouse and keyboard set. The MK120 set is wired, the Slimstar 8000 wireless. The Slimstar gets a positive review at TweakNews.com, but the similar Slimstar 801 set (*Est. $23) gets decidedly mixed reviews from Amazon.com customers. In contrast, the Logitech MK120 Mouse and Keyboard Combo gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 60 Amazon.com customers, making it a bargain if you don't need wireless capabilities.

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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000
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New: $149.99   
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Logitech MK710 Wireless Desktop Mouse and Keyboard Combo
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New: $99.99   
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Logitech Desktop MK120 Mouse and keyboard Combo
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New: $19.99   
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Genius SlimStar 8000 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboard Combo
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New: $29.99   
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Genius SlimStar 801 USB 2.4GHz Multimedia Slim Wireless Desktop Combo
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New: $25.99   
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