Logitech is not at his fingertip in keyboard with integrated touchpad, since he had signed the good TK820 and the less good K400. With this experience, the Swiss manufacturer returns to the market with the K830 Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard which takes ideas to its two predecessors by adding – finally! – A backlight (as on the K800). A model that is intended to be used with a HTPC or even directly on a TV, from the sofa and does he show himself as good as his elders? The answer in the test and I personally believe that Logitech K830 is from one the best quiet keyboards. You may also check this buyers guide to learn more about best quiet keyboards like Logitech 830, etc.
In terms of design, this new K830 stands out more for its sobriety than for its originality. It is completely covered with matte black plastic, very soft to the touch, but it is very slippery and messy. The only colored keys come from the upper and lower edges which are gray metallic.
Unlike the TK 820, there are no batteries, but a rechargeable battery via a micro-USB port. The weight is immediately felt, because where his predecessor displayed 780 g on the scale, the newcomer only displays 480. A plus for an object that will often have to keep his profile to use
The backlight is not dimmable or even dimmable; the keyboard automatically turns off when you stop using it. There are a lot of very useful shortcuts, including those dedicated to a Home Cinema and living room with and even a shortcut that turns off the PC. The “normal” use (office, Internet surfing) remains accessible, with in particular four small skates that fix the keyboard on the desktop.
The touchpad of the K830 clearly reflects that of the K400, with its reduced gliding space (80 x 50 mm) and its two physical buttons. We would have liked a larger surface, even nibble on the dimensions of the buttons, or even to make them disappear. This touchpad does not handle Windows 8 shortcuts and its small size requires the user to use it twice to cross the screen to the cursor.
Logitech had the good idea to place a small left-click button on the top edge of the keyboard; so you can easily select a zone while holding the keyboard firmly with both hands, something not easy with a conventional home theater keyboard.
The typing comfort is very good for a keyboard of this type. The keys are a good size, although they may seem a little too close to each other. The rebound is firm and the race is long enough to be enjoyable. The K830 is distinguished by its great versatility, because it is easy to envisage using it also in office.
In use, the TK830 is very quiet keyboard; only the space bar can be heard in an extremely quiet environment or if you hit it frantically, the Logitech K830 communicates with TVs. Unfortunately, we had only one TV in test at the time of our test, but the experience was conclusive. Simply plug the USB receiver into one of the TV’s ports. A menu appears automatically and proposes to choose the language of use. You can then navigate freely in the menus with the keyboard (the touchpad is also recognized). Only a part of the TV applications are keyboard compatible.
- Well built
- Quality of the typing.
- Works on TVs.
- Touchpad too small and does not handle Windows 8 shortcuts.
This Logitech K830 Illuminated Living – Room Keyboard pleased us. Well finished, backlit and light, it offers a nice typing and is used comfortably from a sofa with its touchpad. The latter is unfortunately too small to access the fifth star.