This author’s previous experience with wireless input devices (e.g., keyboards, touch pads, and mice) is based on Apple’s offerings, which left a lot to be desired. For example, the first wireless mouse from Apple literally drained its batteries on a weekly basis and Apple’s Magic Trackpad ($69) required being on a sturdy surface prior to registering a “click.”
Even among Logitech’s diverse line of computer mice and keyboards, the TK820 model ($99.99) stands out from the rest by integrating a full-sized wireless keyboard and touch pad. The exterior of the keyboard is composed of a top and bottom of matte black plastic enclosure with a light, navy blue that wraps around three-quarters of the keyboard’s edge. The remaining edge, lacking the aforementioned trim, of the TK820 is more bulbous and houses the required 4 AA batteries (included with purchase). Moreover, the rounded end provided a secure handhold to transport the keyboard and also slightly angled the device when placed on a desk, thereby, allowing for a more comfortable typing experience.
While the TK820 lacked any visible screws, this device felt extremely solid and well built. Also, the added touch pad (approximately 6 inches diagonally) did not add excessive weight (i.e., when compared to a comparable full-sized keyboard). The keys possess a rubberized texture that contrasts against the perfect smoothness of the enclosure and surface of the touch pad. Additionally, each key was slightly concave and depressed smoothly without an excessive amount of noise. Notably, the touch pad would register a “click” not only when placed on a solid surface but also when the all-in-one keyboard was freely held in the air.
This combined keyboard and touch pad truly shone when controlling Windows 8, since the aforementioned was designed for touchscreen devices. Thus, a traditional mouse limits one’s interactions, while the TK820 permits 14 gestures for Windows 8 and 11 gestures for Windows 7. Moreover, the function keys along the top row of the keyboard are dedicated to fast access for switching applications, searching, sharing, accessing devices, and reaching settings. The TK820 is not designed for use with an Apple computer; yet, the device did function well as a keyboard and was able to perform basic navigation via the touch pad on a computer running OS X (10.8.6).
Impressively, the TK820 connected wirelessly to one’s computer with a minuscule USB adapter. Yet, this USB adapter is more than meets the eye, as it can connect up to 6 Logitech wireless devices simultaneously. Furthermore, this author has been using the TK820 for approximately two weeks and has not had any difficulty with the batteries or their charge. According to Logitech, this all-in-one keyboard can be powered for up to 6 months per set of batteries depending on one’s usage.
Logitech has not only solved many of the problems that this author had previously experienced with wireless input devices, but more importantly has implemented novel ideas that actually work!
Rating: 5 out of 5
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