For the best deal, get a keyboard and mouse combination. With the combination sets, both devices work off of the same receiver. Logitech offers combination packages ranging in price from $59.95 for the Cordless Access Duo to $99.95 for the Cordless Comfort Duo, which features the ergonomically designed split and contoured keypad, and the Cordless Elite Duo (my personal favorite), which has the best and biggest feature set and my favorite mouse of the collection. I have tried all of the combinations. They all are plug-and-play and work as advertised. I have been using them for the last several months, and the only required maintenance was changing the battery in one of my mice. I use the cordless combinations with desktop and often with laptop computers. I like not having the extra cord dangling below my keyboard drawer on my desktop, and I really like not having to hassle with mouse cords that always seem to get in the way or get tangled on something. As for my laptop, I really like having the laptop on a table, sitting back in my chair so that I can see the screen well and be comfortable while I use the cordless keyboard and mouse to do my work. Reviewed by Jeffrey Allen
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ContactEase saves time by making it easy to gain and maintain a complete understanding of the firm’s relationship with clients and prospects. The program tracks and synchronizes multiple touch points, including phone, fax, and e-mail communication; event participation; accounting; and documents associated with client matters. Many times sharing information across the entire law firm provides enormous benefits; however, there are times and circumstances under which it is necessary to keep certain information private. ContactEase provides different permission levels so that only authorized individuals may view or edit specified data. ContactEase integrates with a wide variety of popular word processors, e-mail and fax programs, and devices such as PDAs and business card scanners. ContactEase allows you to: (1) identify opportunities to increase your share of client expenditures; (2) enhance client service by demonstrating an understanding of all touch points between the client and the firm (you can use ContactEase from applications such as Microsoft Word and Outlook, Novell GroupWise, and WordPerfect); (3) look up client information or add data when away from the office using your PalmPilot or HandSpring Visor; and easily send letters, e-mails, and other communications to the exact category of clients and prospects you specify. Cole Valley Software ( www.colevalley.com). Reviewed by Alan Pearlman
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Jeffrey Allen ( firstname.lastname@example.org) has a general practice in Oakland, California. His firm, Graves & Allen, emphasizes real estate and business transactions and litigation. A frequent speaker and author on technology topics, he is the Special Issue Editor of the GPSolo Technology & Practice Guide and Editor-in-Chief of the Technology eReport.