Packaging and Accessories
The box with Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 is painted Logitech’s traditional mix of black and green.
The design is neat and imposing. Besides a picture of the product, you can see the mention of Logitech’s Unifying technology which allows connecting several Logitech devices via one receiver. Running a little ahead, I must confess I did not find this technology as helpful as it seems. Inside the colorful wrapper there is a main box made from robust black cardboard.
Besides the keyboard, you can find the following accessories here:
- USB – Micro-USB cable
- USB extension cable for the receiver
- Logitech Unifying receiver
Oddly enough, my package did not contain a disc with drivers and Logitech’s exclusive SetPoint software but I didn’t have any problems downloading the latter from the manufacturer’s website. It was necessary because the previously installed SetPoint 4.80 refused to work with the K800. It is only by installing version 6.30 that I could access the advanced features of the new Logitech product.
The new K800 is slim like the previous Illuminated Keyboard but, unlike its cousin, gets thicker towards the back.
It is at the back that the batteries powering the K800’s electronics are situated. By the way, this shape of the case allows putting the keyboard down upright to free your desk when necessary. I found this to be a handy capability.
The K800 is somewhat larger than its wired counterpart, again because of the back part with batteries and electronics. There are also differences in style: the K800 is not as angular as the Illuminated Keyboard and has rounded-off corners. It has inherited the latter’s transparent plastic edging, though:
The wrist wrest with a Logitech logo in the center is made from plastic which is nice to the touch but does not have the soft touch coating. I don’t mind that. As I have found out using a Logitech Revolution MX mouse, rubberized plastic tends to wear off where you touch it the most with your fingers and palm. The resulting bald patches are far from attractive.
Interestingly, there is only one indicator, Caps Lock, available out of the three standard ones (the other two are Scroll Lock and Num Lock). When you press the Caps Lock button, a green LED turns on in its corner. It is unclear why Logitech didn’t equip the other two buttons with such state indicators, especially as this is an illuminated keyboard. The software indication by SetPoint is not so convenient.
Another questionable thing is that the surface of the K800 is glossy. Perhaps that’s an advantage in terms of design, but only as long as the keyboard is being displayed in a shop window. The glossy surface catches every fingerprint easily and is prone to quickly lose its shiny looks. The large spot between the arrow buttons and the editing block is especially susceptible to that.
Getting thicker in its back part, the keyboard has a naturally tilted surface. However, if the angle of the tilt is not enough, you can unfold the keyboard’s feet to increase it by 8 degrees.
At the back you can see the cover of the battery compartment bearing a Logitech logo.
An integrated battery may be a problem, but Logitech chose a different and better solution.
If you open the compartment by unfastening the screw, you can access two rechargeable NiMH AA batteries with a capacity of 2000 mAh. When they have served you their full service life, you can easily replace them with other, perhaps high-capacity, batteries like the Varta Power Accu.
The batteries can be recharged using the Micro-USB connector and an appropriate cable (one such cable is included into the box). The Micro-USB connector is currently replacing Mini-USB in compact digital devices like smartphones, players, etc.