It is easy to assume that all keyboards are more or less the same. That assumption turns sour fast when you start typing for any length of time. Space, sensitivity, even the sound, factors that may not appear to mean much take on new significance when you type often.
Although the Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 is ostensible designed for living room use, it does have some serious appeal for those who interact with computers often.
One of the big selling points with this model is that it is somewhat smaller than your average keyboard. It is specifically designed to be used in living room entertainment situations where there is a lot of interaction between computers, entertainment sources and the Web. On that front, it does have a good deal going for it.
Visibly smaller than your average keyboard, and minus a numeric pad, there are a slew of function keys and a very responsive track pad. The combo of track pad and key functions are winners. But, the K830 has a few “tricks” up its proverbial sleeve.
This rechargeable manages to last a long time on one charge. There is an off and on button to conserve power, but that does not explain the insane use you do get from one charge. I charged it one time, and it has been running steady for days. In an interesting note, it has to be charged via a USB cable, which as you might have guess you do not want to lose.
Connectivity between devices is a fast and sleek. Just plug in the very diminutive USB receiver into your computer and you are set. Do note, it is extremely small. Lose it, and you are totally without a keyboard. The K830 does not do Bluetooth.
Although not required, the K830 comes with optional software that is free to download. It adds granular level of control, which you may or may not need. All basic functions are fine without it.
In an interesting move to unify your experience, Logitech has created mice that use the same receiver as this keyboard. The convenience of only having one USB port occupied is a big bonus. However, that feature only works with select mice. Naturally, non-Logitech peripherals are not going to work with this convenience feature.
The down side to any keyboard like this is illumination. This keyboard can automatically adjust itself to room lighting, and it does offer manual control of the settings, low, medium and high. There are no issues there. It is bright even in a pitch black room. Yes, I tested it in one.
For frequent writers and content creators, the feel is firm, but too hard. It is a comfortable piece of hardware to work with and has a nice premium feel to it. The track pad opens up features in Windows 8 that will save steps and exploit the power of the new Windows 8 apps.
Prices can online go from $59.99 to its standard price of $94.99. Granted, this is not a bargain basement keyboard, but if you type often and you want to give your fingers a break, there a substantial reason to look here.
In the important space where it counts, actually typing, I have to admit I was impressed with how easy this makes typing. For someone who does a lot of it, this is not a bad way to go if you can deal with the price points. For $59.99, this is a no-brainer, pick it up. If you can live without a numeric pad, this is a solid option.
- Windows® 7, Windows 8 or later
- Internet connection (for software download)
- 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
- Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard
- Unifying receiver
- USB Recharge Cable
- USB Range extender
- User documentation
Width: 367 mm (or 14.4 inches)
Height: 125.3 mm (or 4.9 inches)
Depth: 16.5 mm (or 0.65 inches)
Touchpad size: 80 x 52 mm (or 3.1 x 2.0 inches)
Weight: 495 g (or 17.5 oz)