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Logitech Cordless Keyboard (Wii)

Nintendo Wii owners will be intimately familiar with that system's on-screen keyboard, which lets you hunt and peck with the Wiimote controller. It's perfectly good for entering quick-text snippets, like player names or Wi-Fi passwords, but it can become tedious for longer text-entry duties. It's for the latter scenario that Logitech has released the Cordless Keyboard for Wii. It is "Licensed for Wii" by Nintendo, so it's certified as fully compatible with the gaming console.

Not surprisingly, the Cordless Keyboard is similar to the mostly excellent models that Logitech's been making for PCs for years, but it's been streamlined for living-room use. It's a mere 30.5cm wide, 16.5cm deep, and about 1.9cm inch thick, and weighs just under a 500g. The standard QWERTY layout is accentuated by a handful of Wii-specific keys at the edges: Zoom In/Out, Forward/Back, Quit, and OK. There's no dedicated number pad, but you can toggle the right-centre alphabet keys to that mode with the function button, as you would on a laptop. And it's finished in a glossy white, perfectly matching the Wii's aesthetics.

The keyboard takes two AA batteries (included), and interfaces with a tiny USB dongle that you plug into the back of the Wii. (No, we don't know why it just couldn't connect to the Wii's internal Bluetooth wireless, either.) Logitech claims a range of about 10 metres, but you're unlikely to test that distance while you're plopped on the sofa in front of the TV, and we had no connectivity problems whatsoever. Set-up was plug-and-play for us, but if you have any trouble, you can sync the keyboard with the dongle by simultaneously depressing a tiny button on each component (just as you'd re-sync a wayward Wiimote with the console base).

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