Although some people say they're gadgets or unnecessary luxuries, cordless peripherals are great. Not only do they keep your desk free from unsightly wires, they allow you the freedom to work more easily.
Logitech's Cordless Desktop iTouch uses digital radio technology rather than infrared. This means that devices do not have to be in a direct line of sight with the receiver to work properly.
The device connects to the PS/2 or AT-style connectors on your PC. Logitech claims a working radius of six feet from your PC, but on fresh batteries we found that both the keyboard and mouse still functioned at a distance of more than 12 feet.
One useful application for this extra distance would be as a remote control for DVD software. Watching DVD movies on your PC is like going back to when televisions didn't have remote controllers. It's frustrating having to get up from your seat to skip forward or backwards in the film. But with the cordless mouse or keyboard you can do it from where you're sitting.
iTouch refers to the quick access buttons on the keyboard. These allow you to play audio files, change volume and control DVDs directly without going through menus in the software. Once you've used these you'll wonder how you ever managed without them because they let you do simple tasks much quicker.
The Internet quick keys mean you can fire up your browser, email application or search page with one touch of a key, and you can also customise the buttons to launch other applications. A wrist rest is provided for extra comfort and the keyboard is easy to use.
The cordless mouse has an iTouch Webwheel and is the same shape as Logitech's corded wheel mouse. Mouseware software is included on the CD which allows you to customise the mouse's functions and each buttons' action. The extra weight from the two AA batteries and radio transmitter gave the mouse a more solid feel and it glided more smoothly on a mat, giving more precise control on screen.
If you're not a fan of the standard keyboard layout, Logitech offers a natural cordless keyboard and mouse.