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Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
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Summary

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8

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We often extol the virtues of buying yourself a decent keyboard (and mouse, and headphones, and monitor, etc.) regardless of how slow your PC is or how little you use it. This is because we feel the most important thing you can do to make using a computer more enjoyable is to make interacting with it as comfortable and effortless as possible. On occasion, though, it's also nice to make an upgrade just for the sheer hell of it or, as is the case here, because something looks pretty.

The Logitech Illuminated keyboard, then, is an elegant slim-profile keyboard that, as the name suggests, employs backlit keys to both add a touch of flare to your desktop and make it easier to type in low light conditions. The latter factor being of particular interest if, like us, you spend many an evening working long into the night.

As soon as you take it out of the box, this keyboard has a quality look and feel to it. Although it's an entirely plastic affair the main chassis is strong and sturdy and the finish is exemplary. In particular, the soft-touch plastic wrist rest feels nicer than the harsh plastic of some cheaper keyboards. That said, in terms of comfort, it's not a patch on models that feature a proper cushioned wrist rest, like the Logitech Wave.

A clear plastic strip runs round the top and sides and a complementary strip of glossy black plastic bisects the keyboard between the keys and wrist rest. Together they add a touch of class that few other keyboards can match at this price. Embedded in the glossy plastic are the Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock notification lights, which are invisible when not illuminated, further adding to the keyboard's stylish minimalist appeal.

Looking at the keyboard side on, you can see just how slim it is. At its thickest it's just 9.3mm and the front is tapered so as to be almost flush with the surface it's sitting on, which some people find gives a more comfortable typing position. I can't say it works for me, now that I use a Microsoft Natural Keyboard with its split full-size keys, raised cushioned wrist rest, and sloping middle. However, this keyboard certainly feels no more uncomfortable than any other low-profile, straight keyboard I've used.

That said, it does have one oddity that could prove an annoyance for some. The bottom row of the main section of keys is slightly raised. I can dream up all sorts of semi-logical reasons why this might be useful - to distinguish the row to make it easier to touch type; to compensate in some way for the angle of the keyboard; to prevent accidental key presses - but none of them seem to hold up. Overall, it just feels slightly odd. If you're not sure what I mean, the video review demonstrates this nicely.

A further complaint we have with regards the typing position and feel is the little feet that raise the back of the keyboard up, which simply aren't long enough. Consequently I found the angle of the keys to be too shallow. Again, it's not a deal breaker but it does limit the appeal.

BinnsY768

December 6, 2008, 5:48 am

I was reading this review and thinking hmm, this looks nice, would be good to see a budget illuminated keyboard. Then i skipped to the video review. Again, it was looking all nice. But then I heard the cost.... I almost fell out of my chair!





㿞!? For a basic budget keyboard with some backlights?





I could pick up the Sidewinder x6 (which i own and seems incredibly similar with shallow typing angle, shallow keys, but a hell of a lot more features) for 㿖. Or pre-order the Saitek Eclipse III for 㿔, the logitech G11 for 㿓, Even the Saitek Eclipse II (Which I used to own before the sidewinder) for 㿊.








This seems immensely overpriced.....

Robovski

December 6, 2008, 7:09 am

I ahve the Saitek II and it was well worth the 㿊.00. 㿞.00 seems a bit much for this keyboard.

majwalrus

December 6, 2008, 7:39 am

Ok, this might sound odd.





I've had an illuminated keyboard for a year now courtesy of saitek. Prey why should I buy a new one when the current one functions (to sum it up) absolutely beautifully?

Greg17b

December 6, 2008, 2:40 pm

I've had one of those illuminated Saiteks (version 1, not 2) since they came out - must be at least 4 years now. Aside from getting a little grubby, it cost about 㿊 back then and whilst not being low profile, looks better than this Logitech.





At 㿞, I'll pass.

Melchett

December 6, 2008, 3:46 pm

I've had this keyboard over week now, bought from ebuyer for about 㿔 I think. Read the review to see what TR guys thought of it, and theyre right for the most part. However, the issues they have with the raised keys, altough they might seem odd at first, after a day or two i stopped noticing them. Which i guess means theyre doing their job.





Had a few KB's over the years, aluminium coolermaster thing, logitech ultra x (another flat laptop style board), and a saitek eclipse mark 1, and more than a few laptops (from samsung, acer, asus and HP) and this is easily the best to type on out of the lot. The feet not raising the board is certainly not an issue for me, since i have it flat on the desk. It's incredibly thin, and the keys are excellent. You can also see the back lighting from an angle, unlike my old eclipse, which adds to the look from a few feet away.





Having always preferred laptop style keys, but also liking the idea of an illuminated keyboard, i can say that this marries the 2 perfectly.





Minor caveats are: the silly menu key placement, i like using shortcut keys and find that context menu key extremely useful. However, after a day or two i'd gotten used to it, you can one hand to hit both keys easily enough. It's not unlike the layout of certain laptops...





To answer majwalrus, if you like your current keyboard, then yeah, why in gods name would you get another one. But, if i guess if you want laptop style keys, and a nice backlight, then i'm not sure what other options you have.





I'm certainly very happy with mine..

BinnsY768

December 6, 2008, 6:57 pm

@ Melchett





That would be the Sidewinder X6, the keys are probably a taddy bit higher than your average laptop keyboard but there no where near full size keyboard keys. It has a whole host of extra features over this as well.

Darfuria

December 6, 2008, 8:13 pm

@majwalrus: Perhaps this product might be marketed at those of us who don't already have illuminated keyboards. Perhaps.

Impulsi0n

December 7, 2008, 5:39 am

I will be purchasing this with the banchetto 101 before christmas. The keyboard looks well nice. One of the bets looking keyboards on the market, me thinks.

Williamn

December 8, 2008, 5:24 pm

I used to have a Saitek Eclipse. When honestly compared to a normal keyboard, the backlight on the eclipse didn't help me to see the keys at night, at all.

rbchurst

September 8, 2011, 10:38 pm

That looks great! I have been considering the Logitech wireless solar keyboard or the illuminated one. Both seem like really good options, I am just don't know which one I should get. Anyone have a suggestion? My friend recommended I go to http://www.bargainbuddy.info to get them, so I guess I can just get whichever one is cheaper.

Riot50000

August 28, 2015, 12:03 am

IT is RIDICULOUS that I cannot find a decent Keyboard backlit and with caps lock and numeric locks lights.
These are supposed to be BASIC FEATURES on keyboards, and were in the days of simplicity.
Do we get more senile and less effective as we develop products?

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