Genius TwinTouch LuxeMate review
The LuxeMate is a shameless copy of Logitech’s top-end diNovo set, so it’s good to see you can now have the same style for just £23. It doesn’t boast a Bluetooth connection, of course, or a rechargeable mouse.
The keyboard is essentially a notebook-style affair, leading to an ultra-thin unit. Its metallic-blue finish and sleek lines are attractive, and build quality is respectable, if not superlative. The flimsy rear feet were the main cause of concern, feeling as if they could break with either heavy pressure on the keys or regular adjustment. The palmrest has a nice satin finish, though, and even the tiny USB receiver shares the chrome-style highlighting and metallic-blue finish.
Genius hasn’t put form above function either; the hot-keys on the keyboard work even without the drivers installed and, once they are, a press of the mouse wheel brings up a circular shortcut menu from which you can start programs and control Media Player. Fortunately, you don’t sacrifice a number pad with the TwinTouch LuxeMate – one has been shoehorned in – and the layout is reasonably good. You lose the traditional keys between the keyboard and number pad, though. The keys themselves were decent – the travel was a little shallow for our liking, but rattle was kept to a minimum.
There’s also a slight but distinct lack of quality about the mouse. It’s comfortable to use, but buttons weren’t as positive as the better units here, and it lacked the weighty, quality feel of the Logitech and Microsoft offerings. Despite this, the TwinTouch LuxeMate is well worth the money if you’re looking for style on a budget.
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