Product Type: Logitech keyboards
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A Trusty Piece Of 'Logical Technology'
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
Member Name: cazkins
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
Advantages: Quick to set up, practical to use, good size keyboard & touchpad, reliable, responsive
Disadvantages: None for me
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)
Summary: An effective piece of wireless 'logical technology' by Logitech
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