If you work a lot at the pc, a good keyboard is essential. Many prefer the wireless to free the desktop from the wires, the other backlit want to also write in the dark. Find a keyboard that has both characteristics is not so simple. We tested the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, a backlit keyboard with wireless connectivity.
Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
The Logitech K800 keyboard is one of the few wireless keyboards with back lighting on the market. It combines the convenience of the wireless connection, the presence of the backlit keys, to type comfortably even in the dark.
Housing and essential packaging, inside…
- Logitech K800 keyboard
- Logitech Unifying receiver
- Cable micro USB for charging
- For the receiver extension
- Various documentation
The keyboard is quite solid with a clean and elegant design, very nice to see. The dimensions are not quite compact, but nevertheless in line with the other competitors keyboards; the measures are 45 cm wide, 19 cm deep and about 2.6 cm high. In the back of the classic legs allow to tilt the keyboard, in this case of about 8 degrees.
The keys are low and short stroke profile (type Perfect Stroke), very soft and pleasant to the touch, similar to notebook keyboards. The keys offer good feedback and writing is rather fluid in addition to silent, the latter feature that well reflects the vocation to write at night. We also appreciate the fact that the keys are engraved and not printed, which guarantees that the characters does not fade away with the use.
Only note, the keys are quite close together, so for those who have very large hands, it may be a bit uncomfortable.
As for the backlight, the keyboard automatically adjusts to the ambient light conditions. If necessary, you can manually change the brightness in four different levels by pressing a special button. Moreover, thanks to proximity sensor, the backlight is activated by simply approaching your hands to the keyboard, and then turn it off when you move away; very useful to save battery.
Communication with the PC is via wireless technology, which uses the classical frequency band at 2.4 GHz. The Logitech Unifying receiver is connected to a port USBfree PC and allows you to connect up to 6 devices with a single receiver. To do this, the devices must be compatible with the Logitech Unifying technology. Included in the scope even an extension cord USB to attach the receiver and approach it if it is too far away.
The keyboard setup is a snap, just plug the receiver USB and start taking pictures without the need for drivers.
Another positive side, the Logitech K800 is equipped with rechargeable battery, so you will not have to replace the batteries every time. Recharging takes place by connecting the keyboard to the PC via a cable USB – microUSB (supplied). A full charge takes between 3 to 6 hours depending on whether the keyboard is off or in use. We can say that autonomy is quite good, with an average use, about 2-3 weeks but of course varies depending on use and settings, in particular the backlight.
Note: If necessary, you can replace the rechargeable batteries with common AA 1.5V size AA. In the latter case, never connect the cable micro USB.
The Logitech K800 is undoubtedly an excellent keyboard. Among the features that we liked more, the buttons that allow smooth and quiet writing and the proximity sensor, which turns on the backlight approaching hands to the keyboard. The writing is fairly smooth and illuminated buttons allow you to type comfortably even in the dark. The price is quite challenging for a keyboard, but it is partly justified by virtually unique features of this keyboard.
Recommended undoubtedly to use at home, but also in the office thanks to the design and advanced features that make it suitable for any environment. Not very suitable for gaming instead, where they are preferable to wire keyboards for maximum responsiveness.
For the rest, if you want a wireless backlit keyboard, the Logitech K800 is an obvious solution.