In 2011 I was typing notes while on a conference call, and one of my coworkers instant messaged me to tell me my typing was too noisy. I had the standard Lenovo keyboard and I have to admit that critter was pretty clicky-clacky. I decided then and there to look for a new keyboard.
After some research I settled on four important criteria my selection needed to meet. After reviewing the available options I landed on the Logitech Wireless Illuminated K800 Keyboard. It's the best keyboard I've ever owned.
What Were My Four Criteria?
1. A USB Keyboard
Sometimes my back gets achey and I like to scoot away from the desk a bit. I was tired of my range being limited by the cord leading to the board. I also wanted to sometimes be able to do my writing in the living room and still have decent keys to type on. To do this I'd need the freedom of plugging a USB receiver into the laptop and heading into the living room, or hanging out on the floor with the dogs, or writing in pretty much any position without fiddling with a PS2 cord. I definitely wanted a wireless USB keyboard.
2. Not Require Battery Changes
I hate messing with batteries. About twice a month I plug a USB cord into the port on my K800 , connect it directly to the laptop, and leave it connected overnight with the laptop on. In the morning it is fully charged and good to go for several more weeks. No battery changing, no muss, no fuss. Now if only I could find a rechargeable mouse too.....
I do most of my online writing in the evenings. I like being able to keep the lights low and still see the keys while I type. The Logitech K800 “senses” when my hands get near and automatically turns on the backlight. When it's sitting idle the backlighting is off – great for making the battery charge last longer.
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4. Ahhhhh, quiet
Remember, I started my keyboard search because a coworker complained about the noise of my keyboard during conference calls. I am on a lot of business calls when working from home. If I want to take notes on my computer (which I do, via Evernote) I need a quiet keyboard.
The Amazon reviews sold me – time after time reviewers commented on how quiet this keyboard is. It's a soft-action keyboard, which is perfect for what I need. Since switching to the Logitech K800 no one has complained about keyboard noise.
So, What Surprised Me?
Some features I didn't expect (but appreciate) include the comfortable keystroke, adjustable backlight brightness and Logitech's “Unifying” receiver that lets a USB mouse share the same receiver.
But What if I Needed an Ergonomic Keyboard?
Why might you want something else? One of the biggest potential "gotcha's" of this keyboard is that that it doesn't have the curved shape found in ergonomic keyboards. That isn't an issue for me, but if it was I would have chosen differently.
If having an ergonomic keyboard is important to you, you might want to consider the wireless Logitech K350 below. It has the ergonomic shape and a cushioned palm rest. shape or a cushioned palm rest, this is not the keyboard for you. In that case you'll want to consider something like the Wireless K350 shown below. It's wireless and backlit, and gets great reviews.
My Home Office Keyboard
As you've seen, the Logitech Illuminated K800 keyboard is part of my home office survival kit. It lets me type quietly at any time of day, and is comfortable enough for long writing sessions. I have owned this keyboard for almost two years now and highly recommend it.