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Logitech K800 920-002359 Wireless Keyboard Reviews

Logitech K800 920-002359 Wireless Keyboard

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The Logitech K800 Lights Up My Life!

Feb 1, 2013 (Updated Feb 1, 2013)
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Pros:Backlit, wireless, rechargeable, reprogrammable keys

Cons:No on-keyboard numlock indicator.

The Bottom Line: Strongly recommended for anyone who likes a larger, more traditional keyboard with terrific features!


We’ve been operating with the same keyboard for a few years now—it came with the computer.  An HP keyboard, quite nice, really, with no real problems except the paint had worn off the keys and one of the legs had broken off, which made it rock violently when typing at speed.  Sure, you get used to that, but it was loud and obnoxious.  Plus, after a few years, it had lost its springy, eager feel, had become clackity and spineless.

Our first attempt at a new keyboard?  The Dynex  DX-WKBDSL.  Wow, what a hunk of junk THAT turned out to be!  We took that dog back asap—a turn-around of less than 24 hours.  

Once inside the store, it became obvious that the days of decent 25 dollar keyboards are over.  It was Dynex, or it was a whole price level higher.  The next step up, in the 40-50 dollar range? Wireless keyboards (something I wasn’t actually looking for—bad experiences in the past have kept me away from wireless) which claimed to work “up to three months” on regular batteries.  Okay, translated, “up to three months” means “might be a week, might be a month, might be three.”  One, at the 60 dollar range, was solar, with little solar panels on the top.  Claimed to hold a charge for—again—“up to three months.”  This one could be set on a counter to recharge, and seemed more attractive.  Sadly, it was nearly paper thin, had no bulk to it at all, and just felt flimsy—something I don’t like.  It also had no place to rest the wrist--something I do like. 

So, with great trepidation (and pain, I admit), we moved up to the 80 dollar keyboards.  Yes, there was that jabbering voice in my head screaming, “EIGHTY?  DOLLARS?  For a KEYBOARD?”  I ignored it.  I’m getting better at that.  With a solid death grip on the throat of my frugality, I decided on the Logitech K800.

The Logitech K800 wireless keyboard is, without doubt, the most amazing keyboard I have ever owned.  Is it the most amazing keyboard out there?  Heck, I don’t know, they have all those fancy “ergonomic” keyboards (which I considered, but couldn’t find a way to type that didn’t make my whole body cry), so there may be better.  But there’s never been better in MY house.

The Logitech K800 is a little on the large size, top to bottom.  That’s due to two things—the thumb/wrist rest (which isn’t padded) on the bottom, and the slight bit of extra room at the top to accommodate the on/off switch and the gauge lights to let you know how charged the keyboard is.

Keyboard layout is great—so much better than that Dynex mess.  The number pad is set up as it should be, so that the right arrow key is NOT jammed over under the “1” and taking up half the space usually occupied by the zero.  The insert/home/page-up and other keys are where they belong, as are the function keys, which actually have little illustrations on them to let you (and me, goodness knows) know what they’re for.  Above the number pad is a mute key, a volume down key, a volume up key, and a fun calculator key.  I like that. 

The coolest thing about this keyboard?  It lights up.  It does, it glows bright and pretty when your fingers get, oh, say a half inch away from the keys.  The keys fade to dark when you remove your fingers.  This is SO amazing for me, because I do have trouble with black keyboards in low light situations.  This solves that for me.  Obviously, the backlighting of keys is a drain on the battery, but the keyboard goes into standby (the lights down) when not in use, and the brightness of the light is adjustable (see below).

The real selling point here (no, it wasn’t the light up keyboard, believe it or not) is that this keyboard is rechargeable.  Rechargeable AND can be used while it’s recharging.  It comes with two AA NiMh batteries and a USB cable, and you just plug it in (from the back) and plug into the front of the computer.  The box promised “up to ten days per charge.”  Again, we all know what “up to” means.  Well, we got nine days straight out of the box.  Nine days, and we only sometimes remembered to turn it off when it wasn’t in use.  I have no idea how much “active” typing gets done here, but the computer is in use for a good six or more hours a day—writing, web browsing, emailing, etc.  Now, when that charge was done, it did die abruptly—there’s no gentle fade out.  But again, all you have to do is plug it in and you’re good to go. 

That goes for initial set-up, too—this is a “plug and play” device—just plug the tiny (included) receiver (which is smaller than a thumb drive) in the back (or front) and you’re set.

A note—while charging, the keyboard remains lit.  The on/off function comes back when you unplug it.

This keyboard uses a “unifying receiver.”  In a nutshell, that means that up to six compatible Logitech devices can be paired/unpaired (and multiple devices can be paired to the keyboard simultaneously).  The unifying software (part of the SetPoint software discussed below) is free, and can also be used to update software and firmware and create report logs. 

Now, there’s one more terrific thing about this keyboard—many of the hotkeys (and all of the function keys) are programmable.  In other words, you can choose what function you want a particular key to have, and then assign that, though the function keys do come preprogrammed with cute pictures to clue you in on what they do. 

Here are the presets, reached by holding down the Fn key (which is spang between your right alt and ctrl), then pressing a function key:

F1-- opens your homepage
F2—default email
F3—default search 
F4—view all open pages
F5/F6—dims and brightens the key backlighting
F7—shows the battery lights (three lights to reflect how charged your keyboard is)
F8—sleeps your computer (just found that out the hard way)
F9—default media player
F10—rewind
F-11—play/pause
F12—fast forward

The directions for programming/reprogramming keys are available on the site, and it looks pretty easy, though there is a (free) download required.  This same software (Logitech’s SetPoint) can be used to more finely alter illumination settings, disable keys, and check a more detailed battery status. 

The keys on the Logitech K800 are full-sized, not too loud (I think that comes with age and food, I’ll update in a few months on the sound), and are nicely springy without being stiff.   I always like the feel of a new keyboard, but this one really is a step up from what I’m accustomed to. 

Are there any drawbacks?  Just one that I’ve found—there’s no indicator light for the numlock key, so the only way to know if it’s engaged is to hit it or download the SetPoint software (which gives you an onscreen indicator).  Not a huge hassle, but I’d like for there to be an indicator light like the Caps Lock has.

And that’s about it.  Call me silly, but I can’t help feeling warmly welcomed by my new K800 as the keys light up so merrily at my approach.  I love the feel of it, the sound of it, the look of it.  I love its versatility, portability (up to 10 meters from receiver with a clear sight line to computer and mouse), and rechargeability.  I will definitely update after a year or so to let you know how this keyboard ages.  But at ten days?  I’m still in love!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 79.99


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