A few months ago in the “Three Way Keyboard Shootout”  I described my experiences with my old favorite the Logitech diNovo Edge and my new experiences with the Logitech diNovo Edge Notebook and Logitech Illuminated Keyboard.

 

Introduction

 

A few months ago in the “Three Way Keyboard Shootout”  I described my experiences with my old favorite the Logitech diNovo Edge and my new experiences with the Logitech diNovo Edge Notebook and Logitech Illuminated Keyboard.  All three are great keyboards, but what I really wanted was features from all three of them in a single keyboard.  In my summary I mentioned I’d just learned Logitech announced their new K800 cordless illuminated keyboard which promised to incorporate all the desired features at a reasonable price of $99 usd’s.  I put one on pre-order and waited.

 

 

In my summary I mentioned I’d just learned Logitech announced their new K800 cordless illuminated keyboard which promised to incorporate all the desired features at a reasonable price of $99 usd’s.  I put one on pre-order and waited.

 

 

Three weeks ago it was finally delivered.  I’ve probably typed over 50,000 words on the new K800 since delivery and I’m impressed.  It truly does incorporate the desired features and it does it well.  The Logitech K800 is my new favorite keyboard and I suspect it will be for the next 2-3 years or more.

 

 

Features

 

Backlit Illuminated Keys

 

This is becoming a valuable feature for many.  Many manufacturers simply have lights behind the keys so light comes up from between the keys.  Logitech does this much better my laser etching the actual character in the key and having the light come up through the etching.  This works great.

 

This is becoming a valuable feature for many.  Many manufacturers simply have lights behind the keys so light comes up from between the keys.  Logitech does this much better my laser etching the actual character in the key and having the light come up through the etching.  This works great.

 

 

Adjustable Backlighting

 

There are four levels of illumination available by pressing the Function key and the F5 (down) and F6 (up) keys.  The four levels are more than adequate for comfortable backlighting in every situation I’m used the keyboard in.

 

 

There are four levels of illumination available by pressing the Function key and the F5 (down) and F6 (up) keys.  The four levels are more than adequate for comfortable backlighting in every situation I’m used the keyboard in.

 

 

Hand Proximity Detection

 

Because this runs off rechargeable batteries it only makes sense to have the major power usage functions shut down when not in use.  It makes even better sense to have them power up before you even touch the keyboard and that’s exactly what Hand Proximity Detection does for you.  As your hand gets close the keyboard ‘senses’ your hand and turns on the backlighting and wireless.

 

 

Because this runs off rechargeable batteries it only makes sense to have the major power usage functions shut down when not in use.  It makes even better sense to have them power up before you even touch the keyboard and that’s exactly what Hand Proximity Detection does for you.  As your hand gets close the keyboard ‘senses’ your hand and turns on the backlighting and wireless.

 

Fast Recharging

 

This is a great system with one minor flaw.  The keyboard uses two NIMH AA size cells which for my uses lasts between 2-3 weeks on a single charge.  I don’t use the on/off switch which would make the charge last longer.  The cells can be recharged by plugging in a USB cable connected to the computer and even when fully discharged, you can continue using the keyboard while it’s charging via the USB cable.  The cells fully charge in 2-3 hours depending on how depleted they are.  No bulky recharging stand, no inconvenient AC charging transformer, just a simple USB cable.  

 

The flaw?  I wish you could easily replace the AA NIMH cells like on my Logitech Performance MX Mouse. Instead, you need to take out a small screw and then maneuver the batteries out carefully.  This is acceptable for a permanent replacement, but not nearly convenient enough for a battery rotation like I use for the mouse.  This is when I recharge a handful of AA NIMH cells, put them in my desk drawer, and then replace them when needed, once a month recharging all the cells in a desktop charger.  This allows a quick change of cells in seconds.  Unfortunately the screw and cell retention system on the K800 prevents this.

 

 

This is a great system with one minor flaw.  The keyboard uses two NIMH AA size cells which for my uses lasts between 2-3 weeks on a single charge.  I don’t use the on/off switch which would make the charge last longer.  The cells can be recharged by plugging in a USB cable connected to the computer and even when fully discharged, you can continue using the keyboard while it’s charging via the USB cable.  The cells fully charge in 2-3 hours depending on how depleted they are.  No bulky recharging stand, no inconvenient AC charging transformer, just a simple USB cable.

 

 

Incurve Keys

 

This is different than the other Logitech keyboard I’ve used.  Those keys were mostly flat.  The K800’s keys are perfectly curves for your fingers and the surface of the keys is the perfect combination of feel and friction.  Very nice!

 

 

This is different than the other Logitech keyboard I’ve used.  Those keys were mostly flat.  The K800’s keys are perfectly curves for your fingers and the surface of the keys is the perfect combination of feel and friction.  Very nice!

 

 

Perfect Stroke Key System

 

I expected this to be the same as the other three keyboards, the only three keyboards Logitech makes with the Perfect Stroke system.  It’s not.  They’ve improved it as well.  In essence, the Perfect Stroke system evenly distributes the weight across the entire surface and provides just enough ‘over travel’ for a fluid stroke.  It’s also not silent, and it doesn’t click.  It seems like they’ve found the perfect combination between the two. 

 

 

I expected this to be the same as the other three keyboards, the only three keyboards Logitech makes with the Perfect Stroke system.  It’s not.  They’ve improved it as well.  In essence, the Perfect Stroke system evenly distributes the weight across the entire surface and provides just enough ‘over travel’ for a fluid stroke.  It’s also not silent, and it doesn’t click.  It seems like they’ve found the perfect combination between the two.

 

 

Unifying Wireless Transceiver

 

This is important.  We never have enough USB ports, so having a single unifying transceiver capable of supporting up to 5 compatible Logitech devices is great.   My Logitech Performance Mouse MX uses the same system so I didn’t even need to take the new unifying transceiver from the box.  You pair the device very much the same as you do a Bluetooth device, but without codes.  You get 30 feet of range.  To reduce power usage, it comes with an extension cable so you can put the unifying receiver in one end and put it on your desktop close to where you use the mouse and keyboard, and then plug the other end into a USB port.  The shorter distance results in roughly twice the time between battery charges.  A nice touch!

 

I should also mention that even though this is a wireless system, your computer sees it just like a corded keyboard.  When you boot up the system, you can enter the BIOS just like with a corded keyboard, without any drivers loaded.  In fact, you don’t need to install any drivers to use Logitech devices unless you want to take advantage of their programmable keys and extra features.  I do, so I installed Setpoint and it automatically manages both devices in the background.

 

 

This is important.  We never have enough USB ports, so having a single unifying transceiver capable of supporting up to 5 compatible Logitech devices is great.   My Logitech Performance Mouse MX uses the same system so I didn’t even need to take the new unifying transceiver from the box.  You pair the device very much the same as you do a Bluetooth device, but without codes.  You get 30 feet of range.  To reduce power usage, it comes with an extension cable so you can put the unifying receiver in one end and put it on your desktop close to where you use the mouse and keyboard, and then plug the other end into a USB port.  The shorter distance results in roughly twice the time between battery charges.  A nice touch!

 

 

Slim Stylish Design

 

This might not seem like a feature but it is.  The ergonomic design aids function and I wouldn’t want a more thick keyboard.

 

 

This might not seem like a feature but it is.  The ergonomic design aids function and I wouldn’t want a more thick keyboard.

 

 

Using The Logitech K800 Illuminated Cordless Keyboard

 

 

To make this simple, it’s easily the best keyboard overall I’ve ever used.  From the ergonomics, to the cordless design, the Perfect Stroke incurved backlit keys, to the programmable keys this is easily the best keyboard ever.

 

 

To make this simple, it’s easily the best keyboard overall I’ve ever used.  From the ergonomics, to the cordless design, the Perfect Stroke incurved backlit keys, to the programmable keys this is easily the best keyboard ever.

 

 

To make this simple, it’s easily the best keyboard overall I’ve ever used.  From the ergonomics, to the cordless design, the Perfect Stroke incurved backlit keys, to the programmable keys this is easily the best keyboard ever.

 

 

The key action is very fast, the fastest typist will be pleased.  The key layout is the best I’ve seen, perfectly spaced and all the keys are in the right places.  Setting up the wireless can be done in seconds without reading a manual as can programming the keys.  The recharging system works a charm, the wireless range is great, illumination perfect, and the keyboard just plain feels and functions great.

 

 

Summary

 

 

The best keyboard I’ve used ever.  It’s that good.  With no cords, backlit keys, ergonomic design, perfect keystroke system, easy recharging, user friendly software, and integrated approach with my Logitech Performance Mouse MX I can’t imagine a better functioning keyboard.

 

 

The best keyboard I’ve used ever.  It’s that good.  With no cords, backlit keys, ergonomic design, perfect keystroke system, easy recharging, user friendly software, and integrated approach with my Logitech Performance Mouse MX I can’t imagine a better functioning keyboard.

 

Still, there’s room for improvement.  I really don’t care for the clear plastic border.  It flexes and feels cheap.  I also don’t like the ‘edge’ being the light grey color.  Black would be much better.  Really, I liked the aluminum construction of the Logitech diNovo Edge much better, it felt more solid and more luxurious.  Still, at half the price of the diNovo Edge I suppose a bit of plastic is to be expected.  Yet, if they made an aluminum model at twice the price I’d buy it.  I think your input and output devices are that important.  Are you listening Logitech?

 

 

You won’t be disappointed with this keyboard.  You’ll love it.