Never underestimate the humble keyboard when it comes to productivity. You type all day, so you need a keyboard that will go the distance and feel good to work on.

There are a few options, from stripped back bare and basic to a full mechanical keyboard with customisable lighting. So, what should you consider?

  1. Like many devices, some keyboards are designed for PC and some solely for Mac. You can get hybrid keyboards, but always check compatibility before you buy.
  2. Using a keyboard every day can result in shoulder, arm, hand or wrist injuries. Opt for an ergonomic model if you’re prone to experiencing injuries through keyboard use. These are designed to maximise comfort through use.
  3. Are there PC gamers in the house? Buying a gaming keyboard is a cost-effective solution for gamers and folk working from home.
  4. Wired or wireless keyboards each have pros and cons. Trailing cords can be obstructive, while batteries or the need to recharge can be a hassle. It’s a personal preference.
  5. If it’s possible, try out the keystrokes before you buy. Mechanical switches feel different from traditional switches, so you want the keyboard to feel right.

Logitech MX Keys
The MX Keys is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS and Android. A wireless keyboard with a ten-day charge, the keys are backlit, and up to three devices can be paired and switched between with a single button.

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Logitech K860 Ergonomic Split Keyboard
Compatible across multiple platforms, the customisable K860’s unique wave design has been developed to promote better typing posture and better wrist support.

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The humble mouse has come forward in leaps and bounds, offering comfort and functionality in your hand. But what should you be looking for?

  1. The old conundrum of wired versus wireless exists with mice too. Wired mice tend to be more responsive, but wireless offer total freedom. Again, like keyboards, it’s a personal choice.
  2. Comfort is another important factor in choosing a mouse. Is it too big? Too small? Do the buttons feel intuitive? A mouse will be in your hand for most of the day, so it must be comfortable.
  3. Like keyboards, some mice are specifically designed for gaming, so it’s possible to fill two needs with one deed.
  4. Optical and laser are two of the most common technologies used in mice. Optical only work on flat, non-glossy surfaces like mouse pads, while laser mice can be used on a wider range of surfaces, including glass.
  5. Some mice come with software that allows the user to tweak settings and customise lights. These settings can often be saved – handy if you’re swapping between multiple devices.

Logitech M720 Triathlon Mouse
Boasting a 24-month battery life on a single AA battery, the larger-sized wireless M720, once connected, will seamlessly swap between three different devices.

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Dell Optical Mouse
If you’re looking for a no-fuss wired optical mouse from a trusted brand at a bargain price, you’ve found it.

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