by Rob Williams on September 5, 2005 in Peripherals
If you have a media PC, you know that things could be made easier, had you have the right equipment. Or, do you have a regular PC but want a cool way to be able to control music while not at your desk? The S 510 Media Keyboard is a set that’s complete with a remote control. Let’s jump right into the review to see how great this set is.
This entire set emits quality and class, and would make any HTPC setup look top rate. First, let’s take a look at the keyboard. It has a very sleek design, and is quite flat. It uses a standard keyboard layout, but has media related keys to the left and right of the normal keys. The board features all the extra keys you would expect, such as Play/Forward/Rewind and even Zoom keys for your pictures. If you are using your PC to play music, it even has a shuffle button.
At first look, I didn’t think that the keyboard looked very comfortable. My opinion quickly changed after a few days of use though. Instead of the board having a separate arm rest, the design implements it right in. To put it simple, this keyboard is extremely comfortable, and would be perfect to use on a day to day basis.
It’s a good keyboard for gaming with also, but I preferred my MX3000 more so. The only problem I have had with the board, is that the protective plastic that you have to tear off.. was not easy to tear off. It would come off in pieces, so it took a few minutes to get it all. Not a huge complaint, but I would have liked it to be easier.
The mouse included, is a rather simple design. Each side is contoured the same, which makes it feel great for both right-handed and left-handed users. It fits in the hand nice, and makes navigation through your PC a breeze. Once again, this is not designed for gamers in any way. Although it’s usable, you will definitely want to stick with your MX-Series or Razer mouse.
One neat feature that the mouse has though, is the way you insert the batteries. Flick a switch on the mouse belly, and it will pop off the front plastic. Once the batteries are in place, you simply put the plastic piece back on. Because of where the batteries are, it makes the back of the mouse much heavier than the front. This didn’t seem to bother me like I thought it would, and felt natural.
One downside of the mouse, is the lack of buttons. There are no side thumb buttons, although you can click the wheel for various functions. It’s a simple design, because it’s meant for a specific audience. If you plan to use this as an office set though, you will likely want an ever-so-slightly larger and more comfortable mouse.