This keyboard came with a computer I purchased and so I didn't choose to buy it out of my own personal taste. I think the design of the keyboard is very compact as all the keys are closer together than usual and most of the free space seen on most keyboards has some feature or another on it. Although this does makes the keyboard smaller and easier to store or move about on your desk.
The keyboard also uses a little bit of back lighting which is helpful for finding keys such as; volume control, caps lock and all of the media related buttons. These media buttons are for pausing, playing, skipping tracks and all that sort of thing. The back lighting is a yellow/amber colour and is one of my favourite features of the keyboard. All of the other keys are more or less silent when typing so it does not make many loud noises whilst typing like some keyboards do.
One of the only negatives about the keyboard is that this version has a wire and I find my wire gets tangled every day which is quite tedious to keep having to un-do the cable. Nonetheless I do highly recommend this keyboard as it requires no installation looks stylish and is pretty function-able.
The Logitech K300 Keyboard impresses me. It won't win on the features front, but where it does score is on looks, feel and ease of use.
The keyboard is compact, measuring just 40cm long x 18cm deep x 2cm high (the highest point is at the rear of the keyboard - The lowest point is at the front which is 1cm).
This keyboard is a wired version, so for wireless fans, please see Logitech's wireless version - the MK300 Version.
If you're looking for a keyboard with no fuss, this keyboard is for you. The K300 runs straight out of the box. Just plug in the usb cable and you're away - it really is that simple! No batteries are needed, as the power source is from your usb port. There are instructions included in the box, should you need them!
Some sellers/sites will tell you the K300 is backlit. This is only partly true. The backlighting is for the media controls on the top edge of the keyboard. Backlighting is in a smart amber colour. To operate them, simply select the media control you want. You can increase the illumination of the backlit area by pressing the function (FN) button. The media controls available are as follows: Web home page, Email, Search, Calculator, Music, Previous Track, Pause, Fast forward, Sound on/off, Volume decrease, Volume increase and PC sleep mode. There is also a backlit LED notification, above the number pad, which displays Caps Lock/Scroll Lock and Num Lock.
Although the main part of the keyboard and number pad is not backlit, it does have an amber colour base, beneath the keys, which makes the keys easier to find.
The keyboard does not come with any software. Indeed, no software is needed to operate it, but, as an option, software is downloadable from Logitech's website (www.logitech.com/downloads) The Software is "SetPoint" which allows you to re-allocate the F keys to different functions to that pre-assigned.
The Key board has a remarkably soft key touch, which makes for very quiet typing, no clicking and clacking here!
Logitech have clearly packed a lot into such a compact keyboard and at £14.99 (Amazon Price Jan 2011), it really is good value for money.