Logitech K810 Review
It’s hard to imagine a single widespread use model for the new Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard. This is how Logitech describes it: “A stylish, backlit keyboard with one-touch that easily switches between your PC, tablet, and smartphone.”
I do not suspect that many people wish they had a practical keyboard to exchange between the three devices, but Logitech still uses something with the K810.
I can imagine using this keyboard, especially with tablets. I can see swapping between tablets and desktops, or maybe between several tablets. It will even make a right living room keyboard thanks to its neat and inconspicuous design.
Regardless of intended use, anyone who buys the K810 will pay a lot for the privilege, considering the $ 99.99 price tag. Those who make that choice will at least be able to enjoy new and well-made hardware. They can even take advantage of the capabilities of the device exchange.
Logitech seems to be almost directly targeting Apple’s $ 69 Wireless Keyboard with the K810, an update for the K800 from 2010. The new Logitech keyboard has a metal and plastic body; Apple only uses aluminum. The K810 is also a broader touch and weighs an ounce or two more. But in terms of design, from the key layout to the 19-millimeter key tone. Also, the size of the individual keys both is the same.
The K810’s buttons feel a touch of spring rather than Apple. The Apple keyboard also uses two AA batteries, while Logitech relies on charging via the included Micro-USB cable. Logitech says one charging will last for ten days, which you can extend if you use the on / off switch.
The Logitech keyboard also has a unique Windows 8 key, in the same place where you will find the Option key on the Apple keyboard. However, regardless of OS-specific features, both keyboards will work with contemporary devices equipped with Bluetooth receivers. I managed to connect it to a computer running OS X, Windows 8, and Windows 7, as well as several iOS devices, Android-supported smartphones, and PlayStation 3.
The fact that the K810 is backlit is significant. The Apple keyboard isn’t, and neither does the new Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard. The backlight gives the K810 an advantage, and it’s made better with a responsive and comfortable sensor system.
The motion sensor automatically changes the lighting power when you move your hand to the keyboard. Other sensors measure the level of ambient light and adjust the brightness of the backlight. You can also change the light output up or down manually via a series of function keys. When you stop typing for a split second, the backlight turns off.
You will want to make sure you have an attitude to hold your tablet or smartphone upright, for one thing. Unlike Microsoft’s Wedge keyboard, the K810 does not include one.
The device also presents a dilemma where the keyboard works well for typing in an application, but you can’t navigate without touching the screen. That may be confusing, which is obvious, but in the zone that is commonly typed on the keyboard. You might feel frustrated by the fact that you also don’t have direct cursor control.
The “home button” function key on the K810 can at least bring you back to the home screen on any tablet. And on Android, when you start typing on the K810, it automatically displays a search screen. It’s useful but in general, a smartphone tablet or keyboard specifically for typing in the old form, making it a pretty situational accessory for that device.
These problems are not unique to the K810. And of course, you don’t want to use it with a tablet or smartphone all the time. The fact that you can connect it with several devices makes it easy to pick up a keyboard from a desktop that you might use more regularly.
For many people, the $ 99 K810 price tag will mark it as more luxurious than a regular purchase. The backlight and design will have an instant appeal, but the installation of Bluetooth multidevice will not click with everyone at first. Those who realize the potential of the multi pairing function, and who need it are likely to find the K810 very useful. If you can live without a backlight, you can get multi pairing at a lower price with Logitech’s $ 80 solar-powered K760. Apple and Microsoft Bluetooth keyboards are still cheaper. Although they will only be paired with one Bluetooth device, they are no less useful at providing the basics of wireless typing.
The Good boasts sharp looks, a smart backlighting feature, and multidevice Bluetooth pairing that makes it easy to move the keyboard between devices.
The Bad The K810 costs $40 more than competing Bluetooth keyboards.
The Bottom Line The Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 is a luxury item that lives up to its price with a raft of well-executed features.
Logitech K810 Specification
|Indicator Lights (LED)||Bluetooth connect|
|Special Keys||Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, FN|
|Connect / Power||On/Off switch, Connect/Reset button|
|Battery Details||Size: Proprietary
Type: Li-Pol, Rechargeable, Non-accessible
|Battery Life||Recharge time: 3 hours (estimated)
Discharge time: Up to 10 days (with backlight ON), Up to 12 Months (with backlight OFF)
|Keyboard||287 mm (11.30 inch)||127 mm (5.0 inch)||5 – 10 mm (0.20 – 0.39 inch)||337 g (11.89 ounce)|
Logitech K810 Manuals
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