Why do you need a keyboard in your lounge room? Well, many still use Windows computers as media servers and as a bonus, it will also control many smart TVs, Android, and Chrome devices – all they need is a USB port or Bluetooth. Believe me, a touchpad works wonders on most TVs compared to an imprecise remote. It is even better for typing in passwords for Netflix et al.
I had been using an $69 Logitech K400r dedicated Home Theatre PC (HTPC) keyboard/trackpad, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that – in fact, it will now be used on a spare TV and media centre (read old PC) in the bedroom.
The $149.95 K830 design reflects Logitech’s new direction – slimline, svelte, and suitable for the coffee table.
It is not an everyday typist's keyboard but a portable, rechargeable, living room based keyboard/touchpad. Its island style keys are very similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 keyboard – a close set, compact design.
Its unique selling point is its backlit keyboard, and this is a boon in darkened viewing conditions. It adjusts light automatically to suit the room conditions. You can also manually override.
It has a 10-metre range and 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. Or you can use Bluetooth which is a boon for Android and Chrome devices.
You can download optional configuration software to add more functionality like defaulting to Function (Fn) keys or their alternate use.
The touchpad supports point and scroll actions. Overall it is a good keyboard for media centre use and elegant enough for any lounge room.
- Size/Weight: 125.3 (H) x 367 (W) x 16.5 (D) x 495g
- Touchpad: (included in dimensions above) 52 x 80mm
- Wireless Unifying receiver: 2.4GHz (will not interfere with Router) or Bluetooth Smart LE (V.4 or higher)
- Life: 5 million keystrokes
- Range: 10m
- Backlight: smart illumination
- Cables: 130cm USB-A to micro-USB charger and 150cm USB-A male to USB-A female extender
- Special keys: Mute, Volume up/down
- Colour: Black Matte
- Warranty: 1 year
- Manual: Click here
A nice addition to the smart lounge with a great trackpad, subtle backlighting and Logitech quality. If the price is too high for you, the K400/r sans Bluetooth and backlights is a bargain.
I was impressed with the device’s preciseness on an Android TV and a tablet – yes, using a trackpad beats a remote control.