Logitech’s Newest Bluetooth Keyboard Makes Typing on Multiple Devices Easy: Hands-on Accessory Review

Back in October, we told you about Logitech’s new Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 and its ability to be paired with up to eight different devices for quick and easy typing transitions. Today, we have a hands-on review of the mobile keyboard for you. Find out if this convenient accessory is going on your Christmas list this year.

Right out of the box, the keyboard works. All you have to do is switch it on and hit the Bluetooth button in the back. Tap which channel you want to pair with which device and let the connecting begin. If you want your iMac to be linked to Bluetooth 1, touch the key while the blue lights are blinking. Then, turn on Bluetooth on your iMac to pair it. Once connected, do the same with your iPad and iPhone.

I had all three devices paired with the K810 and the transition was nearly seamless. It took less than two seconds to switch between devices. I typed a word document on my iMac and hit the Bluetooth 2 key and switched over to my iPad where I responded to an email and then quickly activated my iPhone by touching the Bluetooth 3 key to send a text message. Back to the iMac and I was writing an article again. All of this took place without me having to raise my hand from my keyboard at all.

Admittedly, I set up each device in advance to the application I wanted to use. There are a lot of function keys, but this keyboard is not going to open your mail app or even hit the send button for you. That is up to you.

The low-profile keys feel great. It is nearly identical to typing with Apple’s wireless keyboard. The clicks are smooth, but fast. The distance between keys is just right. The only thing I didn’t like about the placement of the keys is that Logitech mixed up the Control/Alt/Function and Command keys. I use the command key a lot and kept accidentally hitting the Alt key instead. So, when I thought I was copying a sentence with Command “C,” I was actually removing the sentence and replacing it with a instead. I eventually got used to it, but the different placement still gives me pause after a few days of using the K810.

K810

Apple’s Wireless Keyboard

The backlighting works fabulously. If you are typing during the day, turn off the backlighting by hitting the F6 key until it goes dark. In dimly lit environments, turn up the backlight as much as you need to and the keys will light up.

To save on battery life, the keys will automatically dim after about a minute of not being touched. It will also light back up when you move your hand in front of it. The keyboard features motion detection technology so that you don’t have to go searching around in the dark for your keys.

Speaking of battery life. I used the keyboard for almost three full working days without the battery needing to be recharged. I can’t tell you how long it lasts because it still hasn’t died. According to Logitech’s summary of the K810, the battery will last at least 20 hours before needing to be recharged. I’d estimate I’m on hour 18 right now.

The keyboard comes with a USB-compatible charger so you can recharge anywhere there is a USB port. If you have an adaptor, you can recharge it anywhere there is power.

As far as looks, the brush aluminum is a classy addition to the Logitech design. It looks like it was specially made for my iPhone 5. I’d love to see the option to have regular brushed aluminum too. It would match my iMac better.

What I liked: The individual keys are ergonomically designed with a concave curve so that touch-typing is comfortable and fast. The super fast transition between devices makes this keyboard stand out above others in its category.

What I didn’t like: The application switch function key (F4) didn’t work at all. Instead of an app switching key, I’d rather have a “send” function key for sending text messages.

The Verdict: This is a fantastic keyboard that offers an outstanding convenience factor. It is reasonably priced but offers way more than the average wireless keyboard. If you use your iPad and iPhone in conjunction with your Bluetooth compatible computer, you need this keyboard.

  • Name: Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810
  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Price: $99.99
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