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Mice and keyboards are one of the most important parts of a computer. Over the last few weeks I’ve used only PenClic input devices. A Wireless Mouse B3 and a Mini Keyboard K2 and occasionally an external number pad. This has been noticed by a couple of people and I was asked is there an advantage to using all of them together? Does it make sense to try to get the same manufacturer keyboard and mouse? Is the sum greater than the whole?

There is not unfortunately one simple answer to this but several points that can be considered.

Aesthetics – if you buy from the same manufacturer design styles are going to be similar and probably mesh together.

Drivers and extra software. Many mice and some keyboards come with a suite of software to let you control the extra buttons, create macros and make a few cosmetic changes. These suites usually cover most of a manufacturers devices and so if you get both from the same place then you only need to run one piece of software. That’s some learning time saved and a small amount of system resources.

Less chance of conflicts. It seems to be happening less and less these days but devices sometimes clash with each other. Get them from the same manufacturer and there is even less chance of this happening.

So what negatives are there? Apart from limiting yourself artificially to products which might not be the best possible ergonomic fit not necessarily many.

So should you do it? If you are starting from nothing with no keyboard or mouse my experience is that you could do worse than making a choice to get both from the same manufacturer. If you are only looking to replace one device though it’s far less worthwhile. If you really want to you can but the only really convincing answer is an aesthetic one – if you like the look of it do it, otherwise don’t worry about it.