Wednesday, August 18th 2010

Logitech Unveils New K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard

Logitech today introduced the rechargeable Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, delivering bright, precise illumination — day or night. The newest Logitech keyboard features ambient light and motion sensors, ensuring that you have the right amount of backlight when you need it, while conserving battery life when you don’t.

“The Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 is perfect for someone who values both form and function,” said Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. “The Wireless Illuminated K800 keyboard includes features that make it a standout — smart backlighting, Logitech Unifying technology, our PerfectStroke key system and Logitech Incurve keys — and presents it all in a very stylish and sleek package that’s sure to please.”

The Wireless Illuminated K800 backlighting automatically adjusts based on the amount of light in the room using ambient light sensors. Motion sensors detect your hands as they approach to turn the backlighting on and to turn it back off when your hands move away. As a result, you’ll enjoy bright, precise illumination and more battery life — up to 10 days of battery life without recharging. (Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.)

The Wireless Illuminated K800 is always ready when you need it thanks to the micro-USB cable that lets you recharge while you type. Due to the fast, flexible recharging, you’ll never need to replace the batteries. Instead, you can simply plug in the universal micro-USB cable to recharge the onboard batteries.

Because a good keyboard needs to deliver a good typing experience, the Logitech Wireless Illuminated keyboard includes the PerfectStroke key system and Logitech Incurve keys. The PerfectStroke key system helps make every stroke comfortable, fluid and whisper-quiet. And the concave design and softly rounded edges of the durable Logitech Incurve keys position your fingers properly and invite your fingertips to glide from key to key, hour after hour. Additionally, the letters and characters on the keys are very durable and won’t wear off.

The Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 is also the latest in a line of Logitech Unifying-compatible mice and keyboards that feature the tiny, leave-in receiver - so small you can leave it in your laptop. Unifying-compatible keyboards feature Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, virtually eliminating delays and dropouts.

Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 is expected to be available in September for a suggested retail price of €99.99.
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15 Comments on Logitech Unveils New K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard

#1
Kitkat
if its anything like my Illuminated one from them with sure type then its A+

I hate loudass keyboards.
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#2
Jizzler
Nice. Though do you still need the wireless plug if you have it always plugged in via USB?
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robertc
by: Jizzler
Nice. Though do you still need the wireless plug if you have it always plugged in via USB?
According to Slashgear, yes, it can:

"The keyboard is rechargeable and can be used while it is changing up with a small micro USB cable"
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#4
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
Personally I find the whole idea of having a illuminated wireless keyboard stupid. not a bad idea for a HTPC in the living room though. for many years i have used wireless keyboards & mouses. new batteries on my last wireless keyboard will last me a good month or 2 averaging upto 6-8hours a day. one of the main reasons why i came back to wired K&M's was not because of the minor 'lag' that many wireless peripherals suffer from but because I got sick of swapping out batteries in the middle of gaming the wireless keyboard was alright i suppose but back then my G7 battery had to be changed every 3-5hrs and that just drove me nuts in the end, so i picked up the the Logitech Wired illuminated keyboard & a G9. id burn up that '10 days battery life) in less then 2 days

I hate having cables on the mouse but at the same time i know it wont die in the middle of an intense online gun fight & if it does then i know its time to RMA it.
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#5
Jizzler
by: robertc
According to Slashgear, yes, it can:

"The keyboard is rechargeable and can be used while it is changing up with a small micro USB cable"
I did see that, but it wasn't clear to me if they had implemented it fully or if they only use the connection for charging.
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#6
T3kl0rd
My Logitech G110 is illuminated and it looks cool in the dark. Macro keys are a nice touch too along with several other features on it.
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#7
Kitkat
by: FreedomEclipse
Personally I find the whole idea of having a illuminated wireless keyboard stupid. not a bad idea for a HTPC in the living room though. for many years i have used wireless keyboards & mouses. new batteries on my last wireless keyboard will last me a good month or 2 averaging upto 6-8hours a day. one of the main reasons why i came back to wired K&M's was not because of the minor 'lag' that many wireless peripherals suffer from but because I got sick of swapping out batteries in the middle of gaming the wireless keyboard was alright i suppose but back then my G7 battery had to be changed every 3-5hrs and that just drove me nuts in the end, so i picked up the the Logitech Wired illuminated keyboard & a G9. id burn up that '10 days battery life) in less then 2 days

I hate having cables on the mouse but at the same time i know it wont die in the middle of an intense online gun fight & if it does then i know its time to RMA it.
Yeah that is the one thing its wireless so i duno how thats gonna play they did put a sensor in this one that regs how much it happens so u cant make the mistake of keeping it on. I would have been fine with a wired version of there MINI keyboard illuminated. Atleast they do it right unlike some othes each key is illuminated with little to no bleed between them wich is SWEEEET
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#8
overclocker
by: FreedomEclipse
Personally I find the whole idea of having a illuminated wireless keyboard stupid. not a bad idea for a HTPC in the living room though. for many years i have used wireless keyboards & mouses. new batteries on my last wireless keyboard will last me a good month or 2 averaging upto 6-8hours a day. one of the main reasons why i came back to wired K&M's was not because of the minor 'lag' that many wireless peripherals suffer from but because I got sick of swapping out batteries in the middle of gaming the wireless keyboard was alright i suppose but back then my G7 battery had to be changed every 3-5hrs and that just drove me nuts in the end, so i picked up the the Logitech Wired illuminated keyboard & a G9. id burn up that '10 days battery life) in less then 2 days

I hate having cables on the mouse but at the same time i know it wont die in the middle of an intense online gun fight & if it does then i know its time to RMA it.
My mouse takes 2 AA batterys and have lasted 8 mounths so far and are still working great, same with the keyboard and they are both logitech.
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#9
Benetanegia
by: FreedomEclipse
I got sick of swapping out batteries in the middle of gaming the wireless keyboard was alright i suppose but back then my G7 battery had to be changed every 3-5hrs and that just drove me nuts in the end, so i picked up the the Logitech Wired illuminated keyboard & a G9. id burn up that '10 days battery life) in less then 2 days
I had a G7 and I can tell you right away that your batteries or the charger (more likely) were broken. My brother and I used to play well in excess of 8 hours/day between the two of us on holidays and we only had to change the battery twice a week, max.

It's true that after 2 years or so the batteries started to last a lot less (still far from 3-5 hrs of gaming though) and it was the fault of the charger because 2 months latter it died (the charger). Bought a G5.

Also changing the batteries was easy and took like 3 secs, but I can undersand the annoyance that can suppose changing the batter every 3 h. You shouldn't have to tho, that's the point I'm trying to make. Don't stop believing in wireless just because one device failed on you. Like I said, the charger was probably broken and that's why it didn't charge well, which made you change batteries before they were totally charged, which made the battery last a lot less than it should, which made you change batteries before they were totally charged and so on. :ohwell:

That being said, I moved to all wired after that and I have to say that input lag is noticeably lower. When I used wireless I didn't believe there was a difference at all, much less noticeable, but there is.

This product might be interesting if it works like a wired KB when it's connected, best of both worlds, but is that trully the case?
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
FYI, logitech exaggerate their battery life quite a bit.

my dinovo edge is rated as several months battery life at a time - and this is true, when i use it basically as a HTPC media remote. when i typed on it regularly and gamed on it, it was more like 2-3 weeks battery life.

so when this says up to 10 days of battery life, be a bit sceptical - a gamer or heavy web addict who types a lot, may only get 2-3 days (and less than that, once the batteries start to go crap)


(then again, you can always plug in the USB cable and make it a corded keyboard, which definitely sounds appealing :P)
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#11
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
by: Benetanegia
I had a G7 and I can tell you right away that your batteries or the charger (more likely) were broken. My brother and I used to play well in excess of 8 hours/day between the two of us on holidays and we only had to change the battery twice a week, max.
Negative - nothing was broken. the batteries just no longer held their charge but that doesnt mean they are broken, My dad still uses my G7 for his laptop - though he doesnt game with it. I think I had my G7 for more then 2 years averaging around 4-8hrs usage per day. now Im no expert on electronics but i know enough that I cant expect the battery to last with that amount of abuse. - its only natural that the battery no longer holds its charge after so many recharges. prior to that when it was brand new the batteries would last at least a day before charging, but they I started playing more n more because I lost my job lmao
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: FreedomEclipse
Negative - nothing was broken. the batteries just no longer held their charge but that doesnt mean they are broken, My dad still uses my G7 for his laptop - though he doesnt game with it. I think I had my G7 for more then 2 years averaging around 4-8hrs usage per day. now Im no expert on electronics but i know enough that I cant expect the battery to last with that amount of abuse. - its only natural that the battery no longer holds its charge after so many recharges. prior to that when it was brand new the batteries would last at least a day before charging, but they I started playing more n more because I lost my job lmao
My G7 suffers the same problem. one of the battery packs (the main one i used) only lasts about 4 hours of gaming now.
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#13
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
by: Mussels
My G7 suffers the same problem. one of the battery packs (the main one i used) only lasts about 4 hours of gaming now.
so you still use yours for gaming?? If i had to go wireless again, Id probably go for a razer mamba or maybe a Rokkat one (I quite like the look of their mice - heard many complaints about reliablity though) if they have one. unfortunately the mamba is still over priced & I dont get paid enough to warrant forking out about £100 just for a freaking mouse
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
by: FreedomEclipse
so you still use yours for gaming?? If i had to go wireless again, Id probably go for a razer mamba or maybe a Rokkat one (I quite like the look of their mice - heard many complaints about reliablity though) if they have one. unfortunately the mamba is still over priced & I dont get paid enough to warrant forking out about £100 just for a freaking mouse
nah its the spare mouse for the HTPC, on the rare occasions gaming is done on it.
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#15
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
it would be great if they could come up with another wireless gaming mouse that incorporates similar features to the Razer mamba but I suppose thats just asking for trouble. I still love the G7 very much, its a really comfortable mouse
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