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I received this product as a gift from my partner, I was a bit skeptical at first as every other wireless keyboard I'd used was a complete nightmare and tended to stop constantly midway through typing or lose connection to the computer I was using, with this keyboard though it was another story and I am actually writing this review on this very keyboard in the comfort of my lovely warm bed, ah the joys of good wireless technology.
Obviously with this keyboard being a wireless keyboard, you haven't got the typical things to worry about with your 'Average Joe' keyboard and just need to find a spare USB slot on your computer.
If you're like me the wires on the keyboard usually get all tangled or you've tried stretching the keyboard as far as it can go, just so that you can access your computer from a more comfortable position. This leads onto the next good point, not only is this just a keyboard it comes with a built in touchpad mouse too which means not only are you getting 2 in 1 in terms of hardware you're getting a way to easily browse and do the things you want to do on the internet and have a much neater looking desk area.
Another great thing about this keyboard is the functionality of the keyboard itself, whereas it is a bit of a pain when it comes to the F keys (F1, F2, etc) in the way that you must push Function (FN) whilst pushing one of the F keys in order for them to work it makes up for this in the way that there are a list of useful icons which make things a lot easier for you on the computer, my personal favourites are the ability to turn the volume up and down, access computer settings, lock and even turn off your computer all with the simple push of a button!
I will admit that with the power button being at the top and when it's been dark or I've knocked the keyboard by accident that I've turned my computer off here and there and it can get frustrating, but it hasn't been a very regular occurrence and that's coming from a very clumsy guy and when I say I'm clumsy I'm not kidding, I've dropped this keyboard on so many occasions that I've lost count and surprisingly the keyboard has managed to survive all of that without a scratch, so that certainly is another thing about this keyboard which I am thankful for.
The keyboard itself runs on batteries, but I personally purchase just the cheap batteries and the keyboard still has a long lifespan, the current 2 batteries in the keyboard are just some cheap Hyundai ones from the pound shop and the keyboard has worked flawlessly for the past 2 weeks.
I bought this product as I wanted to connect a laptop to a TV and did not want to keep getting up to use the keyboard. This proved to be the answer to my prayers. I plugged the tiny dongle into the usb port and it was ready to use without the need of installing any drivers. The keyboard is well put together, with little chance of any of the keys falling out. The shortcut buttons are handy too.
When I first got the product, I was shocked to find that it was smaller than I had expected, but its small build did not affect its performance. It is fantastic. The touch pad to the side is extremely responsive and is much better than having a separate mouse. In addition to it working well with my laptop, I was pleased to find that it also worked with a Playstation 3 when connected via usb.
I would highly recommend if anyone is looking for a keyboard and mouse.
This keyboard was given as a present for my birthday, and I constantly use it. This is a must have for people who like to connect their computer to their tv. You can lie down on your couch or bed with no wires or the need to buy a mouse and keyboard, which is what makes it great. I always use it when i connect my notebook to my tv and it just makes everything so much easier. This is one of the best keyboards that contain a track-pad and at $30 it just makes it all the more worth buying.
Now to get down to the actual product. It works from a pretty far range even with walls blocking so you don't really need to worry about distance as long as its within 10 meters. There's also no lag either since it works at 2.4 GHz which is pretty fast. Its also lightweight and extremely portable. If you're not using it you can lay it on its side and put it away without using much room, and if you want to put the USB receiver away it fits in right where the batteries are.
There are a few things I don't like about this product though. Its design feels like everything was wedged together to fit. So its pretty hard to type sometimes, and if you're used to the big keyboards you might make a few mistakes typing every once in a while like I do with the keyboard. It also stops working every once in a while and I have to turn it off and back on and sometimes move the USB receiver.
Well in my opinion this was the best keyboard I ever bought. So if you do buy it feel free to comment about what you think of it.
I bought my boyfriend this for Christmas so he can be a lazy bum when he's at home, hooked up to the TV and laptop to 'stuff'. After a lot of searching, and not being prepared to spend over £50 on a keyboard, I came across this one. Fortunately, it was the right choice as it's been great to use and very reliable (so far, touch wood).
Logitech is a relatively big brand when it comes to tech and I've got faith in their products being effective. However, you can never be too sure with things like a wireless keyboard and having looked at lots of brands, styles and prices, the reviews differed widely between them and for the same item. The idea of a wireless keyboard is basically that you don't need to faff around with wires, but this was bought so that a laptop could be connected via HDMI to the TV and still be controllable from a TV-viewing distance.
The K400 looks quite sleek and comes in black, weighing in just shy of 600g. It's lightweight and portable, small enough not to be any hassle to put on your lap and move about with. It's a little smaller in length than your average keyboard but it's also slimmer, narrower and is streamlined by low-profile keys. The first thing I wanted to check for was the keypad, thinking that a touch pad (rather than a tracker ball) would be easier to use. This has a large enough pad to the right hand side that's approx 9cm, and it has a minimalist white line pattern across it to make it look pretty and stand out a little. This offers 'multi-touch navigation' so that you can point / scroll easily, along with left and right click buttons just underneath it.
The wireless range on this is up to 10M (33 feet), so it does depend on how you intend to use it but I've found this to be more than adequate for use in a bedroom / living room, allowing you to sit a reasonable distance away from the screen of your laptop/tv and have it still work very well.
Setting up this is very straightforward, which is a huge bonus because it worked perfectly first time. In the box you get the keyboard itself, a manual, the USB dongle and batteries. Pop the batteries in (2 x AA) and plus the 'Unifying receiver' (the USB dongle) in to your computer/laptop USB port. It's a teeny tiny dongle, so small that when it's in the USB slot you can just about see it. I think this is a good thing, just be careful not to lose it. This is pretty much then just a plug and play piece of tech; turn the keyboard on towards the top and you're set to go! I loved the easy set up because there weren't any 'technical hitches', it was self-explanatory and best of all no extra software was needed.
This keyboard really does look the part, with a classic black finish that gives it a feel of being good quality and not too tacky, despite being plastic and light weight. The keys are low-profile but soft and easy to use, both for faster and slower typers. The markings on them are also clear to see with bright white UV lettering and numbering, and I liked their overall size. Some wireless keyboards seem to be very small, making even the easiest of tasks probably quite tricky. This keyboard seems to be just the right size; compact and sleek for portability, but perfect for typing, searching, clicking, scrolling etc. This to me also means better value for money because you can use it for longer and for more tasks, rather than feeling limited by a keyboard you can't type on very well and a mousepad that's tricky.
The responsiveness seems to be very good and so far so good, no problems to report. Everything about the keyboard seems to have been design with not just looks but also practicality and ease of use in mind. Considering what it is, it won't be the same as a regular keyboard with lots of function keys all over the place etc, but it definitely enables a lot to be done with it and easily. The pad, for instance, works well to the touch and allows multi-touch actions (such as two fingers to scroll), as well as the buttons that are ergonomically placed underneath and are of a decent size and not fiddly to click.
Overall, this is definitely one I'd recommend if you're considering a wireless keyboard. At around the £40, it's not the most expensive out there but it still took me some deliberating before forking out for it. I'm glad I did, rather than go for a cheaper alternative. It looks good, works effectively and is easy peasy to use.
Sells for around £40 (plus £5 p&p on Amazon at present)
- Logitech K400 -
The Logitech K400 keyboard is a very stylish black wireless USB keyboard with soft-touch keys and integrated mouse and hot-keys(shortcut buttons). In terms of a keyboard the price is quite steep as the average computer will generally always come with a keyboard and mouse as standard and if not replacements can be found for less than £5!
However on the other-hand it is a wireless unit which gives the user some extra reach away from the system/screen and does add slightly more value to the price although I would suggest that these are overly priced in terms of similar products on the market.
- Personal Review -
Having used this particular keyboard in the workplace I can not fault it, it responds 100% of the time and the hot-keys also respond perfectly, Its not common to get faults with keyboards as they are so simply produced but its always a good idea to consider purchasing from reputable company's to be assured of quality made products.
The mouse is a touch-pad so again its just like using a notebook mouse, it is quite sensitive so performs well to meet the users requirements. There really isn't much else to say with regards to this particular product however I must say I have used many Logitech products over the years including Webcams and Audio devices and to this day can not fault the company or the products as a whole.
- Summary -
Its an attractive Keyboard which is suited for the home or office user. The price-tag is questionable however from an aesthetic point of view it may be just the part for your new PC! ... Perhaps only if you are big spender though! ;)
In my recent review for my newly acquired wireless mouse I mentioned that it was included free of charge in an order I made for a wireless keyboard. The wireless K400 keyboard as shown in my picture was recently featured on Logitech's website at a reduced price and as a special, limited number promotion Logitech were including a free wireless mouse, the M305 and the subject of my last review. I've been after a wireless keyboard for a while having become thoroughly fed up with the mass of wires behind my desktop computer but assumed they would be difficult to install and not very responsive, however when I spotted the offer Logitech were promoting I decided to take a chance and place an order. Fearing the worst but hoping to be proven wrong my order was delivered promptly and I had a new toy to play with...
Connecting the Keyboard
Packaged in a small, cardboard box the K400 wireless keyboard comes supplied with 2 AA batteries, a USB receiver and illustrated instruction pamphlet. Promoted as a plug and play device the USB receiver needs slotting into a spare USB port that you might have on your laptop or desktop PC and similar to the experience I encountered with my wireless mouse, my PC recognised the new piece of hardware immediately and installed the drivers needed for me to start using it within a matter of seconds. The instruction pamphlet is clear to follow but I found that I didn't need to refer to it as it was pretty straightforward working out how to set up the keyboard and once I switched it on it was ready to use.
The Keyboard in Use
Although not clear from the supplied picture I was surprised to discover that the K400 is smaller than I was expecting it to be. It isn't a full sized keyboard and I must admit that my first impressions were not very positive, I've been using keyboards for a number of years now and have over time built up my typing speed to be quick, I don't need to look at the keys to type anymore and at first I thought I was going to struggle in adapting to a keyboard that was more compact than I was used to. Luckily my concerns were short-lived as I found that I quickly became accustomed to the smaller than usual layout and my typing speed was not adversely affected at all. If anything this keyboard allows me to type faster than I could on my old wired HP one as its keys are a lot softer to press and are virtually silent in comparison and I do think that this is by far the keyboard's strongest area. It really is a joy to type on and although I do still struggle with the backspace key as it's not where I instinctively reach for I can still touch type on it and I find it incredibly easy to use.
The keyboard features a large, 3.5 inch touchpad which is located where the right hand side numerical keypad usually is on other keyboards and although I tend to stick to using my mouse to control the on-screen cursor I do find that the touchpad is responsive to the touch. I think that this particular keyboard has been designed to be used with a number of different devices as its wireless range can stretch up to 10 metres (33 feet) so anyone with Internet TV should find that it's ideal for use with one of them and even I can sit on my sofa and use the keyboard to surf the internet if I want to get comfortable and don't want to be sat in front of my monitor.
They keyboard isn't very heavy and is truly portable; it is beautifully designed with nicely rounded edges and does feel very well made. Because it is battery powered there is an on/off switch located on the outer edge of the keyboard, I haven't had to replace the batteries in mine yet so I can't say how long they last for although this will be dependent on the user anyway and as I mentioned in my Mouse review everyone will get different life spans out of the batteries depending how often and for how long the keyboard is used.
A possible downside to the keyboard is that it isn't adjustable and does come in one fixed position; this isn't a problem for me but it does sit quite flush to surface it is sat on and anyone who likes a raised keyboard might find this to be a problem area. It is small when compared to other keyboards but the keys themselves still feel the right size to be pressed easily and overall I have very little criticisms with how it looks or performs. I've never experienced any lags with the keyboard even when it's a distance away from the USB receiver and best of all for me I no longer have any trailing wires. The USB receiver is small and unobtrusive and once it's in place in an USB port it has a slightly raised profile but nothing that should cause any problems and is smaller than a flash or pen drive.
The keyboard can be used with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 and comes with a 3 year limited hardware warranty from Logitech. I paid under £25.00 for mine directly from the manufacturer's website and this model is still available to buy from a number of different places online where prices tend to vary but start from around £20.00. This has been my first wireless keyboard and even though I was concerned about its size when I first saw it I was soon won over by its responsiveness and comfortable keys.
5 stars as a rating from me and definitely recommended. Thanks for reading my review.