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Logitech Illuminated K810

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      28.04.2013 18:24
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      In simple terms a keyboard is an input device for a computer. I'm actually using one right now to type this review.

      This "Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard" does have a few interesting features on offer the obvious being bluetooth connectivity (which has a few advantages over USB). However the bright illumination (which only activates when in use) actually works well as it automatically adjusts the brightness of the keys to any light. Build quality is very good and it has a brushed aluminum finish which is highly polish and looks very smart.

      From the start one of the major problems I have with this keyboard was its price. The cheapest being Amazon at £79.99 with some retailers asking closer to three figures. Considering that you can buy a "basic" keyboard for less than a tenner this Logitech would have to offer something special to justify such a asking price and sadly I don't feel it really offers much more than any other cheaper keyboard.

      Set up and installation was straightforward with the blue-tooth connection meaning it can be easily configured with your iPhone, iPad or Mac. You can also use this keyboard for more than one device at a time and easily switch back and forward between them. The battery also holds a charge pretty well considering its illuminated (mine lasted just over a month before requiring a top-up and even then it wasn't fully discharged). The keyboard simply charges through a mini USB cable which takes a few hours however the battery is also removable should you want to charge it seperate.

      This Logitech has been designed as a "minimalist" keyboard and herein lies a rather large problem. The keyboard is smaller than you would expect (which will save on desk space) also the keys are smaller and closer together than what you would expect normally. It's more like using a keyboard on a netbook and because of this it's not that easy to use. There is no right hand side Numb Pad, the shift keys are small and the "up" and "down" arrow keys tends to go down at the same time. While the keys are almost silent when you press them (they are near flush with the keyboard itself), this advantage is outweighed by the fact that you will make a lot more typos and spend more time glancing down at the board.

      For myself I did not find this keyboard very comfortable to use. You wrists are forced to be closer together and you have to angle them more in order to type, both of which could lead to health problems.

      Another disadvantage is that it's not the easiest keyboard to find for sale. At time of writing this review on Amazon the dispatch time for the keyboard is between one and two months, and on Play the item simply shows as out of stock. It is possible to find it from international sellers on eBay however they tend to be more expensive and demand somewhat high postage charges (sometimes £25.00 or more!).

      While it looks very smart it doesn't make the job of typing any easier or interesting. For a fraction of the price you can get a decent wireless keyboard which is more comfortable and easier to use. As a result I can't really recommend this Logitech to you (unless you absolutely must have blue-tooth connection or like to use a keyboard on more than one device at once.)

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