As I said in the introduction of this review I have been using Logitech’s diNovo Edge for the past 5 years and have always stuck by it. There are a few reasons for that. The biggest is how comfortable it is, I write reviews and create content for a living so a comfortable keyboard is a must. The battery life is great on the diNovo Edge and recharging is very easy with the charging dock. The function keys are also very useful.
So does the K800 have what it takes to get me to move on from the diNovo Edge? Well yes and no. First it offers something that the diNovo Edge does not have, illumination. The backlit keys not only look great they make it perfect for typing late at night when it is dark. These illuminated keys turn off when not in use and have a light sensor that adjusts the illumination to the current light conditions. Of course you can set your own illumination level if you like and you can set how soon the illumination turns off in the SetPoint software.
Now to the most important thing comfort and typing experience. The keys on the K800 are very comfortable and if you are doing a lot of typing you will really enjoy these keys. Moving from the diNovo Edge to the K800 took me a little time to get used to, but it was a pretty easy transition since I do a lot of typing. A lot of people have complained about the smaller left shift key, but it was the same on the diNovo Edge so I was not really missing much. The K800 does have a full number pad so many users will like that. The wrist rest is a bit shorter than on most keyboards so that is something you are going to want to keep in mind. The function and multimedia keys are very useful and can be customized via the SetPoint software.
Recharging the K800 is made pretty simple by the included USB charging cable, although the cable is not that long and is proprietary. The battery lasted pretty long, I had to charge it about every 5 days, which is not that bad considering the level of typing that I do, but obviously I’ve seen better battery life on wireless keyboards. The keyboard is very easy to setup and you do not need to install any software to get it running.
I think that if you do a lot of typing and want an all around great keyboard the K800 is a good choice. Right now you can pick it up at my favorite online retailer for $79.99, which is about $100 cheaper than the diNovo Edge. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
- No software required
- Illuminated backlit keys
- Can change the level of illumination and when it is activated and turned off
- Comfortable keys for typing
- Easy charging via USB cable
- Short wrist rest
- Battery life could be better
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