Setup & Usage
The first thing you are going to want to do is get the K800 charged up. The K800 charges via a small USB cable. It is not your typical USB cable as the end the connects to the keyboard is proprietary. It best resembles the end of a Blackberry connector. Because it is proprietary make sure you don’t lose it. I also noticed that it is not that long at all, so don’t expect to be able to charge the keyboard having it sitting on your desk if your tower is on the ground. When you start the charge the keyboard the power level LED’s will light up. The K800 does not take that long to charge at all.
Once you have the K800 all charged up you just need to plug in the Unifying receiver and you are good to go. The unifying receiver is extremely small and is meant to stay inside your laptop or desktop computer. I really like this design and makes it very hard to lose the receiver. The unifying receiver also works with many of Logitech’s different products, check out a full list here. So you only need one receiver if you have say and keyboard and a mouse. This saves you a USB port, which can be very important when it comes to laptops and netbooks.
To give you an idea of how the K800 and to go over some features check out the video below.
When I first started using the K800 I did not like it at all. I don’t think anyone likes a new keyboard when they first start using it, there is an adjustment period. It took me about 2 days to really get used to the K800. After the adjustment period I was surprised how comfortable and easy to use the K800 was. My fingers slide easily from key to key and the actual key clicks are not that loud at all. After the adjustment period I was able to type just as fast as with the diNovo Edge. The addition of the full number pad was nice, it made it very easy to enter values into Excel. Besides the keyboard being very comfortable I really like the backlighting. It allows me to work late at night with the lights off, and if you work late at night like me you know how important it is to get into that “zone” and the illuminated keys really help with that.
Like most keyboards and mice from Logitech you can use the SetPoint software to change your hotkeys, F Keys, check your battery level, and change some other options. Also in the SetPoint software you are able to change how soon the illumination of the keyboard turns off and if you like you can disable it completely.