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Swiss based peripheral maker Logitech has introduced its first illuminated, living room, keyboard for Windows PCs and tablets; and some smart TVs.

The K830 design reflects Logitech’s new direction – slimline, svelte and suitable for the coffee table.

Let’s be clear – this A$129.95 device is not an everyday typists keyboard but a portable, rechargeable, living room based keyboard/touchpad for use with a media centre device or some smart TVs. Its metal island style keys are very similar to the Microsoft Surface typists’ keyboard.

Its unique selling point is its backlit keyboard and this is a boon in darkened viewing conditions. It has a 10-metre range, lasts 20 hours on a micro USB charge (cable, and extender cable supplied but not a charger unit).

It is plug and play – plug the unifying receiver into a Windows device - optional unifying receiver and configuration software will add more functionality.

The touch pad supports point and scroll actions. Overall a good keyboard for media centre use and elegant enough for any lounge room.

Comment

I have an older Logitech K400r ($69.95) keyboard in my lounge room and in some ways I prefer this with its replaceable AA batteries and three year warranty but the K830’s illuminated keyboard really makes up for this.

Warranty is no big deal as there is little to go wrong with a lounge room keyboard that will not be overwhelmed by a huge workload.

Technical specifications

  • Windows 7 or later and an internet connection to enable driver and software download
  • 1 year warranty
  • 367 x 125.3 x 16.5mm and 495g
  • 80 x 52mm touch pad

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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