Trust 310KD Wireless Optical Deskset

Trust 310KD Wireless Optical Deskset


Introduction

The Trust Wireless Optical Deskset is one of the few keyboard/mouse bundles to include all of the high-end features, but weigh in at a very reasonable price. The keyboard features customisable hotkeys and radio communication; whilst the mouse features optical technology, scroll wheel and radio communication. This mix of features allows the user the freedom to leave the confines of a desk, providing more mobility within the room. The wireless keyboard is identical to any standard 105-key keyboard, but with the added row of customisable "Hot Keys" along the top row of the keyboard - these can be mapped to a whole host of functions via the included software.

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Complete Deskset

The keyboard is matte black all over, with the exception of the white lettering on the keys - an obvious choice for a good contrast. Similarly, the mouse comes in the same black colour with silver colour side panels (and a purple scroll wheel!). The keyboard and mouse are not the most fancy looking products on the market, but they certainly don't look generic and boring!

Specifications
  • Uses wireless radio technology (27Mhz)
  • Working distance: 3m
  • Gross weight: 1,4 Kg
  • 2 wireless channels available
  • 12 extra direct access keys for multimedia and office / user defined mode
  • Special direct access keys overlay for office / user defined mode
  • OSD function for direct access keys, also for keyboard num/caps/scroll lock indications
  • Optical and rechargeable mouse
  • Programmable 3 button scroll mouse
  • Microsoft and Mouse Systems compatible
  • PS/2 connector for mouse and keyboard
  • Indication LEDs for numlock, caps lock, scroll lock and receiver status
  • ID connect button
  • 2 channel switches
  • Keyboard Product size (HxWxD in mm): 480 x 200 x 55
  • Mouse Product size (HxWxD in mm): 38 x 65 x 117
  • Receiver Product size (HxWxD in mm): 125 x 75 x 25
What is surprising about a product with so many features, is it uses PS/2 connections instead of giving connection USB option. PS/2 is still going to be available for a long time to come, but some motherboard manufacturers are already removing all legacy connections - leaving PS/2 users with a problem.

Included Items
  • Optical mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Receiver
  • Direct access keys overlay for office
  • Direct access keys overlay for user defined
  • 2 x AA batteries (keyboard)
  • 2 x AAA rechargeable batteries (mouse)
  • USB recharge cable for mouse
  • Desk clip for USB charge cable
  • Multi language user's manual
  • CD Rom with drivers and software

Features

The main feature of the Wireless Optical Deskset is undoubtedly the "wireless" part, which both the keyboard and mouse use to transmit data. A small receiver plugs into the 2 x PS/2 ports, and sits on your desk to pick up the data:​


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Receiver

This unit also has the Num Lock, Scroll Lock and Caps Lock indication LED's on it - so it is best to keep this in full view. There is also a small status LED that is illuminated when it receives any activity from the keyboard or mouse. These LED's are not placed on the keyboard, as they would reduce the battery lifespan to about 20% of what it is currently!​

According to the specification the keyboard will work reliably within 3 meters of the receiver, when testing, I was able to move up to 6 meters away and still get responsive typing. When using the mouse however, 3 meters was the maximum to get a completely fluid cursor movement.​


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Optical Mouse


The mouse is battery powered, and comes with 2 x AAA rechargeable batteries that can be recharged via a USB cable that plugs directly into the mouse. The scroll wheel also doubles up as a 3rd mouse button when pressed (as is now common). Movement is detected from the optical mechanism located on the underside of the mouse, using a red LED to reflect light off a surface back to the optical sensor - the LED is very bright indeed, but cannot be seen when the mouse is flat on a surface. After a few minutes of idle mouse activity the mouse goes into standby mode, requiring a click from a mouse button to reactivate it. When the mouse is charging, a red LED on the side of the mouse will flash, once the charging is complete, the LED will stay on.​


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Keyboard


The Keyboard is exactly the same as a standard 105-key keyboard, with the addition of the customisable Hot Keys, which can be mapped to perform a variety of functions (such as launching any application, key strokes, office shortcuts, etc...). This is all done through the Hot Keys menu in keyboard properties:​


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Software


Trust also include two overlays that can be places over the bevelled bar around the Hot Keys, one labelled with "Office" shortcuts, and the other blank for customisation. In the upper right hand corner there is a small hole in the keyboard, acting as a pen holder - while this is a novel idea, it did tilt the pen back over the keyboard and made using the numeric pad awkward.​

Performance

After using this keyboard/mouse combination for a month now, I feel qualified to give a good representation of the ergonomics and comfort of the keyboard. This is by no means a specially designed ergonomic keyboard (designed to minimise RSI), but it is reasonably comfortable when compared to the majority of keyboards available. The keyboard is well-built, and can take some bumps whilst still remaining intact. The same applies to the mouse, which also feels solid and slightly weighted - which are two very important factors in a good mouse when accuracy is important.

One of the drawbacks of initial wireless mice was gaming issues - a major put off for gamers. I can safely say that I actually prefer the wireless/optical mouse in gaming! The lack of a cord, and the accuracy of optical technology means that I noticed a large difference in high-speed games, and this mouse is now my "weapon of choice". The mouse clocks in at a fluid 90Hz for those that are interested in the resolution of the device (according to "MouseRate"), which gives high accuracy compared to the standard 33Hz of generic mice.

The batteries supplied with the keyboard (2 x AAs) lasted about a month under heavy usage, expect this figure to be about double this for better quality batteries under heavy usage (7 hours a day of work). The rechargeable batteries included in the mouse last for about 2 days constant usage, then need to be recharged via the USB cable.

Conclusion

As one of the budget wireless optical solutions, this "Wireless Deskset" certainly is packed full of features. The keyboard and mouse are both comfortable to the touch, and are responsive enough for even the demanding gamer - something some wireless sets fail to live up to.

Overall, the balance of this compact and stylish keyboard makes it a good choice for anyone needing extra mobility around the home/office with a keyboard and mouse. If you don't need the added mobility from wireless technology, a wired solution would be a wise choice - as it does save money for a feature you may not need. For a home user, this is an ideal solution - that is if the looks of the keyboard are your taste!

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Ian Cunningham
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