Hands on: Looking for a new keyboard..this is the place to look

I have used the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard for almost two years now and have long felt it was the best keyboard I have ever used. This despite the fact it is a plug in unit that adds one more wire to the mess behind my desk. So it was with anticipation that I unboxed the new Logitech Wireless Keyboard K800

On first look..I could see a lot of similarities..similar shape..the K800 a little rounder looking and maybe a tad smaller..pretty much the same keyboard layout with a FN key to give a second use to the f-keys such as Home, email and audio player controls to name a few and there were the same little feet at the back to tilt the keyboard to a comfortable angle.

The keys looked a bit different..again more rounded looking and perhaps a bit smaller and more space between the keys. It felt different too..more travel and a less solid click than I was used too..I’m not sure I liked the feel..The Logitech PerfectStroke key design that allows for 3.2 millimeters of space between each key in addition to uniform tactile feedback across the entire flat key surface is what made the K800 feel different. It took a little getting used to but, now I find my typing is faster and more accurate and even better, long typing sessions seem less tiring for my hands.

Logitech uses two AA NiMH rechargeable batteries that it claims will give 6 hours of typing.. I have been using it pretty heavily for 10 days now and it still has a pretty good charge. I do use the on/off switch to turn it off at night and the backlight only comes on when you are typing. There is a sensor that turns the light on as your hands approach. Plus you can change the brightness with the f6 and f7 keys and I keep it pretty low..just enough to see the keys in the dark. Charging is via a micro-USB port at the top of the K800 and you can continue to use it during the charging process.

Connecting the K800 to my computer was a snap as I already have a Logitech mouse with the Unifying receiver so I didn’t have to plug in another receiver into my shrinking supply of USB ports. Since I already had Logitech’s Setpoint software installed it took only a few seconds to pair my new keyboard with the existing receiver.

Despite my early misgivings I can now say this is a great keyboard. Its clean lines and matte black finish look good on my desk and if you need to make some space the K800 stands nicely on its top edge.

I do find the $119.99 MSRP a little steep but, The K800 currently on sale at Best Buy for $99.99. So if you are looking for a comfortable, good looking  and quiet keyboard now is the time to buy.

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