Review: Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard K810
Logitech says that the K810 is “a stylish, backlit keyboard with one-touch easy switching between your PC, tablet and smartphone.” There are quite a few different Bluetooth keyboards out in the market, so we’ll see if the K810 can justify its RM329 price tag.
On first impressions, the physical aspect of this keyboard reminds me of Apple’s wireless keyboard. The K810 is an upgrade from its predecessor, the K800. The keyboard weighs approximately 454 grams and measures 290 x 128 x 14mm in size. It is made of real, brushed aluminium finish with the top of the keyboard having a gloss finish and laser-etched backlit keys, giving it a stylish look.
A micro-USB port is located at the top of the keyboard near where the F11 key is, for charging. A micro-USB to USB charging cable is included in the box; when plugged in, the charging light blinks a bright green. On paper, Logitech mentions a battery life of between 10 days to one year on a full charge, depending on usage and whether or not it is switched off completely after use (as opposed to leaving it in standby).
The keys on the keyboard are what Logitech calls Incurve keys. The keys are concave on the surface which complements the natural profile of your fingertips for an improved typing experience. Logitech’s PerfectStroke key system pairs up well with the Incurve keys making each and every key stroke smooth, comfortable and whisper-quiet. The edge of the keys are rounded so your fingertips glide smoothly from key to key.
The keyboard is pretty easy to set up. The power button is located at the right hand side of the kayboard and the Bluetooth switch is located at the bottom of the keyboard. You can pair up the keyboard to a maximum of three devices simultaneously. The Bluetooth assignment keys are located at F1, F2 and F3 respectively. Therefore, you can easily assign and switch the keyboard to connect to whichever device you want to use it with. The F5 and F6 keys are used to control the brightness of the keyboard while F7 to F10 are volume controls. F11 directs you to the home page and F12 is a customisable button. You can assign it to start any program using Logitech’s SetPoint software.
Upon opening up the above mentioned application, you’ll be shown an interface where you can re-customise the F4, F11 and F12 keys. A battery indicator is also present to show the battery level of your keyboard. If your batteries are low, a Red light will illuminate on your keyboard and SetPoint will display a message letting you know it’s time to recharge the keyboard. SetPoint also allows you to disable inactive keys such as the Caps Lock key, Windows key, and etc. You can also choose whether to display on-screen visual notifications when the F keys are depressed.
One more fancy bit about this keyboard is that it detects hand proximity. The device will be on standby mode if you do not power it off. It wakes up automatically when your hand goes near it. Plus the auto-adjusting illumination outputs just the right amount of light on the keyboard depending on ambient light in the room.
The Logitech K810 is basically designed to work with Windows 8, but it is also compatible with iOS 4.0 and Android 3.0 onwards. The keyboard also works well with Windows RT and comes with a 3 year limited warranty.
After using the Logitech K810 for around 2 weeks, I’ve to say that I love what Logitech has done here. If you have multiple mobile devices and PCs to juggle around, this keyboard might just be the solution to help you work through those hardwares more efficiently.