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Logitech K800 920-002359 Wireless Keyboard Reviews

Logitech K800 920-002359 Wireless Keyboard

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Jan 28, 2013 (Updated Jan 30, 2013)
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Pros:Sleek, low profile.
Keyboard tactile response.
Customizable settings.

Cons:None

The Bottom Line:

A new high-end feeling and functioning keyboard that can be used in any lighting situation allowing an easier and much more pleasant typing experience.


I have two computers, one in my office and the other in the bedroom.  When working in the office at night, I can turn on the bright lights and easily see the keyboard and position my hands correctly and begin typing, but in the bedroom, the lighting is dim and I have difficulty easily finding the home keys for my fingers correct position to begin typing.  I got a new stainless steel and espresso desk with a glass desktop and glass keyboard tray a few months ago, and I knew that an illuminated keyboard would be easier to use as well as look really cool through the glass desktop.

This review is for the beautifully functional Logitech K800 keyboard.

I have been familiar with the Logitech brand for over a decade, yet I had not observed their evolution from a producer of uninspired mid-priced computer peripherals into the current offering of the gorgeous, sleek, and well thought-out products that I am seeing from them today.  Their new product lines really caused me to take a second look...and I'm glad I did!  
 
After doing some research, I decided on the K800.  I was in the store and impulsively went with the Logitech K810 bluetooth keyboard which is a gorgeous low profile keyboard but does not have a numeric keypad.  It was a mistake only because it did not use the very convenient Logitech Unifying receiver USB attachment which transmits the signal into any USB port on your computer or other compatible device.  Most desktop computers do not incorporate bluetooth, and therefore K810 would be better paired with a smartphone or tablet type device.  I went back to Bestbuy and exchanged it for my original planned purchase of the K800 which has the Logitech Unifying receiver connectivity and a numeric keyboard. 

I also purchased the Logitech Wireless Touchpad T650 which operated off the same Unifying receiver, thereby being efficient and extremely user friendly.  This is also a high quality accessory, about which I may write a separate review.  I'm loving both of my new accessories!

Getting home and setting up was a breeze.  Less than 5 minutes total set up time including unpacking the product from the box.  The materials used all blended well and the sleek low profile adds to the streamlined profile.  The matte black faceplate and back plate surrounded by the gray shell are accented by a clear plastic border moulding along the rim of the keyboard creating a modern classic appearance which would fit in with any office/workspace decor.

The build quality seems durable and solid, with the keyboard power switch at the upper right corner on the faceplate.  So many other brands either don't have a power switch, or it is located on the back of the keyboard which is less convenient and therefore less likely to be used regularly to save battery life.   The K800 is a wireless rechargeable keyboard, and so far the battery seems to last about a week to ten days with a full charge and about three hours daily use.    Recharging from empty to full takes under three hours using a USB/micro-USB charging cable (included).

I did opt, as suggested by Logitech, to download their Setpoint software, which does add a few more user friendly features/shortcuts as well as a way to monitor settings and battery level for the keyboard onscreen via a well formatted control panel.  From this panel, you can customize "hot" settings, "F" key settings as well as illumination options/settings.  Through this on screen window/control panel, you can also check for any Setpoint software updates.  There are also several keys that you can disable in case they are frequently accidently touched or rarely used, i.e. caps lock, scroll lock, numbers lock and a few others.  The software also allows momentary on- screen heads-up displays for volume controls, caps lock and numbers lock when selected. 

Now down to the user interface of the keyboard:

An important factor while typing is the sound of the keys hitting the base of the keyboard.  While not completely silent, the audible sound of key strikes is significantly less with the K800 than any other keyboard I've ever used, except for those on Apple products, especially appreciated if typing in a room with another person trying to fall asleep.  The "feel" of typing on this keyboard is exceptional.  A smooth keystroke with a soft landing and ample spring back allows a faster and more assured typing experience.  The key size and spacing is near perfect and required very little adjustment before becoming natural feeling.

The function key operates many "hot" key functions which are all labeled and located on the "F" keys at the top of the keyboard.  I use the FN+F8 key daily to put the computer into sleep mode instantly, a great and very usable shortcut for anyone wanting to conserve power.

I get a kick out of seeing the keyboard illuminate through my glass top desk as soon as my hands approach the keyboard!  I have set it to illuminate by sensor through the Setpoint settings, but you can also set it to stay illuminated for a designated amount of time if you prefer. I have come to realize - from using my new Logitech K800 several times daily for a few months - that an illuminated keyboard is a necessity and not a luxury option for any computer user.   Prices have come down dramatically and I believe that just as a car dashboard allows easier access to information and controls while driving, an illuminated keyboard is more often needed than not, and can save time while adding to user enjoyment.       
 
The illumination is a soft light blue glow that is visible through each letter and number/symbol on the keyboard as well as slightly between the keys, which is very pleasant to look at.  I have not made the mistake of misplacing my fingers once since getting this beautiful keyboard!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 85.00

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