By Neil Bennett | on May 04, 2006
Pros: Great looks. Wireless connection. Light laser mouse for precision, with 2D scroll and eight buttons. Comfortable keyboard with wristrest.
Cons: Not for lefties. No rechageable dock. Gets dirty easily.
The Cordless Desktop S530 is the first keyboard-&-mouse combo we’ve seen that’s aimed squarely at Mac-based designers, video editors, and animators. The bundle features a sleek keyboard with a stylish laser mouse, which both connect wirelessly.
This laser offers a higher level of precision than a standard optical mouse (including Apple’s own Mighty Mouse), which makes retouching, mask/path creation, slip/slide editing, and other fine adjustments easier.
The mouse has two batteries inside it. However, it’s a lot lighter than most sculpted wireless mice, so current users of Apple mice will find it easier to get used to. There are seven buttons and a scrollwheel that can be tilted for sideways scrolling and clicked as an eighth button.
By default, the buttons are set to media controls, but this can easily be changed to creative ones (for example copy, paste, or zoom) using the included software.
The design of the mouse is very comfortable – unless you’re left-handed. Unlike higher-end models, there’s no rechargeable battery dock. At under £60 for the set though, you can’t complain too much.
The keyboard features standard Mac labelling, despite having a Windows layout – with a large Ctrl key and a small Apple/Cmd key. Around the keyboard are media keys such as iPhoto and iTunes launchers – though these are easily changed to QuarkXPress or Photoshop if you wish. It’s responsive, comfortable, and supports your wrists (reducing the risk of RSI problems).
The combination of white, silver, and sleek lines looks great next to any Mac. However, white areas get dirty easily, so you’ll have to be houseproud to keep it looking smart.
The Cordless Desktop S530 proves that you can gain functions to work quicker without giving up the aesthetics of the standard Mac keyboard-&-mouse.