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Installation and Setup

Included with the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 is a new-generation Advanced 2.4GHz receiver capable of working over a distance up to 10 meters and supporting multiple Logitech devices simultaneously. The devices must support the Unifying technology.

The receiver is tiny and doesn’t stick out of a USB connector much. This is especially handy for notebooks: you can plug it in and forget it’s there. Having connected the device to a USB port, you can see the following:

The keyboard began to work almost immediately, but my hopes of getting rid from the massive receiver of my Logitech MX Revolution mouse did not come true. The mouse did not support the Unifying technology. The keyboard worked normally at a distance of 5 or 6 meters from the computer through a concrete wall, so I guess Logitech’s 10-meter promise is quite true to life.

As I noted at the beginning of this review, I did not find a CD with software included with my K800. I had Logitech SetPoint 4.80 software installed in my system but, even though the keyboard began to work, that version of SetPoint refused to identify it. Downloading SetPoint 6.20 solved the issue:

The first program screen is not very informative but you can redefine the calculator launch button to do some other function. The popular uberOptions (http://uberoptions.net/) utility for Logitech users doesn’t yet support the K800.

The functional buttons offer somewhat broader redefinition opportunities but, as I mentioned earlier, this only refers to the block of F1 through F4 together with F8 and F9. The multimedia buttons easily supported such an exotic player as Foobar. The “Swap F key functions” option allows using the extra functions of the functional keys without pressing Fn.

The third screen shows the battery charge level but doesn’t do that too accurately. It may show you full charge while the hardware indicator on the keyboard is at its lowest. As opposed to the MX Revolution mouse, the predicted time for the battery to last is not reported.

You can use the fourth screen options to disable some infrequently used buttons, like the Win key which can be accidentally pressed in games.

The fifth SetPoint tab contains some Unifying technology settings. Pressing the button opens up additional windows.

It is exceedingly simple to link a new device to the receiver. You just turn it off and then on. The only problem is that the list of compatible Logitech devices is very short. Particularly, it doesn’t include my MX Revolution mouse which, despite its respectable age, still shows no sign of wear, so there is no reason for me to replace it with an expensive Performance Mouse MX.

The last program tab offers backlight-related settings. The option of visually confirming a change in the level of backlight brightness is rather useless because that level is perfectly visible on the keyboard itself.

I must acknowledge that SetPoint 6.20 looks kind of fresh and modern after the old versions up to 4.80 that I’ve seen. Its design has changed for the better. It performs its functions excellently but the certain sluggishness, typical of the older SetPoint software, has remained in version 6.20, too.

 
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