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Top 5 Logitech Keyboards

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Over the past decade or so, Logitech has done quite a job on expanding their lineup of peripherals. Starting out with just keyboard and mouse, now they make everything from racing wheels to joysticks. Unfortunately, this has meant that their gaming keyboards have trailed behind compared to competitors.

That being said, their general day to day keyboards are still excellent and offer great value, especially if you’re looking for a wireless solution.

So, what are the best Logitech Keyboards in 2019? ⌨️🤔

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Best Choice: Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum

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Specifications:

  • Switches: Romer-G Mechanical Switches
  • Palm Rest: No
  • Backlit: Yes

Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum Review

The Orion Spectrum is what you’d call ‘Old School Cool’. Even though it’s old, it can easily compete with almost every other flagship keyboard out there. Best part? Because it’s old, it’s cheap!

Probably the most interesting thing here is that Logitech decided to go with the G-Roamer switches rather than the more common Cherry MX ones. Fortunately, they’re actually pretty sweet, with smoother motion than the Cherry MX reds, and great input time.

Speaking of keys, the Orion Spectrum also has N-key rollover, which helps avoid ghosting. It wasn’t a standard feature back then, so having it included means it still holds up today.

Aside from that the full RGB is pretty awesome, with individually customizable backlighting. You also get 9 macro keys, so if you’re into MMOs this will certainly help you out. The Orion Spectrum also has your standard multimedia buttons, although it suffers from the similar design issues as the Corsairs, where they are sitting above and below the numpad keys.

Oh, and one big issue? The palm rest isn’t detachable.

The most interesting feature though is the phone dock and the included phone app called Arx Control, which sort of acts like an add-on screen for your keyboard. There’s tons of info you can get as well, from your PC’s stats like RAM usage and fan speeds to in-game information as well.

All in all, the G910 Orion Spectrum is a sweet keyboard, even as dated as it is. But if you’re looking for a bit cheaper option, you better check out out list of the best budget gaming keyboards.

+Pros
  • Extra macro keys
  • Great switches
-Cons
  • Palm rest isn’t removable
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Premium Pick: Logitech G610 Orion Red

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Specifications:

  • Switches: Cherry MX RGB Red
  • Palm Rest: None
  • Backlit: Yes

Logitech G610 Orion Red Review

Truth is that Logitech isn’t necessarily the best when it comes to high-end or flagship products but it is unparalleled in the mid to high tier section, so it’s not surprising that their premium keyboard is one of the best out there.

With it’s sleek and minimalist design, you might not immediately guess that this would work as a gaming keyboard. Cherry MX Red switches are the go-to for top-end gaming switches, so you’re going to get perfect performance there.

Add to that the individual backlighting customization and you get a pretty good recipe for a gaming keyboard. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any Macro keys, but if you don’t MMO a lot, then it isn’t a great loss.

One big upshot of the G610 Orion Red is that it’s really compact for a gaming keyboard (a big part of that is a lack of macro keys), which is a big plus if space is a premium for you. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have full RGB, although the fact that it’s white backlighting instead of red or blue is a big plus.

While the G610 Orion isn’t flashy, it’s one of the best gaming keyboards and great bang for your bucks you’re going to find.

+Pros
  • Good Build quality for price
  • Minimalist design
-Cons
  • No palm rest
  • Not RGB
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Best Budget: Logitech K800 Wireless

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Specifications:

  • Switches: None, uses membrane
  • Palm Rest: No
  • Backlit: Yes

Logitech K800 Wireless Review

As smart TVs and consoles invade the living room, having wireless has become a near necessity. This is where the K800 comes in.

While it’s not fancy looking or has any macro keys, it’s a solid and cheap wireless solution. Even better, this is one actually has some backlighting, which is a big plus if you like to watch TV in the dark. Of course, the downside is that the K800 uses a membrane, rather than mechanical keys, but if you aren’t gaming then it’s not that big of an issue.

Of course, where it really shines is its compactness, and you might notice that it’s very similar to a laptop keyboard. Unfortunately, the downside here is that the build quality is kind of . . . well, not that great.

Being so fragile it’s somewhat prone to breaking, and trying to get the keycaps off for cleaning could lead to things breaking (first the keycap, then the TV when you throw the keyboard at it in frustration).

When it comes down to it though, the K800 is a quick and cheap solution to having a keyboard in the living room. Usage is on par with other keyboards in this price range, and the backlighting certainly puts the K800 higher on the list. But if you’re into video games, it might not be one of the best wireless gaming keyboards out there.

Of course, the next issue is having a wireless mouse, and if you don’t want to have a whole separate peripheral for that, the next item in this article might interest you.

+Pros
  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Backlight
-Cons
  • Fragile, build quality not great
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Logitech K400

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Specifications:

  • Switches: None, uses membrane
  • Palm Rest: No
  • Backlit: No

Logitech K400 Review

Having both a keyboard and mouse in your living room can be a big pain in the bum. You might spend several minutes (or half an hour) looking for one or the other, only to find it, start using it and realize the battery is dead. That’s one of the big upsides of mouse and keyboard combos, it saves you a ton of extra hassle.

Much like the K800, the K400 is a cheap, low-end solution to this keyboard and mouse issue. While it’s not a full keyboard (you do sacrifice the numpad), you do get the laptop-like trackpad offset to the side, along with the two keyed mouse buttons. You also miss out on the backlighting, so you better have some good eyesight.

Unfortunately, given how cheap it is, it’s also not terribly well built. It’s prone to twisting and turning, and you’re likely going to break it in half if you aren’t too careful.

The trackpad isn’t much better considering its small size, and it would be preferable if they had just made it cover the empty space as well (although I guess they were using as a rest . . . which the rest of the keyboard doesn’t have).

While the K400 isn’t great, it serves a specific function, which is to give you access to traditional input devices on the cheap. You won’t be able to game on this, but you will be able to browse the web, search stuff on Netflix or Hulu, and use your consoles for general use.

+Pros
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Keyboard and mouse combo
-Cons
  • Trackpad is small and a bit hard to use
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Logitech K780

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Specifications:

  • Switches: Membrane
  • Palm Rest: None
  • Backlit: No

Logitech K780 Review

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely hate typing on your phone or tablet. It doesn’t matter if you find the keypad too small, or you just fat finger everything, it can be a hassle. That’s where keyboards like the K780 come in, with their integrated smart device holder, you can actually type those long, scathing replies on Reddit or Facebook.

With it’s sleek and elegant design, you would expect that this is a lightweight and easy keyboard to use, and you’re absolutely right.

Connectivity is near universal, accepting anything from Android, iOS and even chrome. The K780 also allows you to connect to up to three devices, with quick-change buttons at the top, as well as a wireless dongle with a range of 10m, if you want to connect it to your computer.

The recessed keys are an absolute joy to write on, and given how quiet they are, you won’t be bothering anybody, even if you’re using it in a library. Unfortunately, the keys are not backlight, which is a shame, since it would have been the cherry on top, but oh well.

At the end of the day, the K780 is a nice little piece of tech that allows you to use your smart device like a desktop and offers productivity beyond what would be possible with the on-screen keyboard.

+Pros
  • Good size
  • Great keys and keycaps
-Cons
  • Could be lighter

Logitech Keyboards: Buying Guide

Much like any kind of peripheral like this, choosing a keyboard is very much reliant on what exactly you need it for. There’s no need to carry around a massive gaming keyboard if you just need a general mobile keyboard.

While I could write a whole article just on keyboard technology and what to look for, I don’t really have space (and you don’t have the time), so hopefully, these topics below will help.

Switches

Switches are what your keyboard uses to let it know that you’ve pressed the key down. It’s what dictates the speed, smoothness and even the clicky sound you hear every time you press a key.  Of course, that’s the case with mechanical keyboards, but a lot of the keyboards here don’t use that, and instead use a membrane stretched over a circuit board.

Comparing Cherry MX Red and Brown Gaming Keyswitches

The question at this point is always “Which one is better?” and the truth is, probably mechanical. Don’t let that discourage you from membrane keyboards though. They’re generally cheaper, lighter and honestly the difference between them and mechanical has become pretty minimal.

Backlighting

Backlighting is certainly useful if you like to type or use your keyboard at night, and it can certainly come in handy if you want to sync it with other RGB or lighted peripherals. That being said, aside from just having a pure white backlight, most backlights are just a nice thing to have and offer very little utility.

Personally, I’ve used backlight white, full RGB and no backlighting, and by far the one that I prefer has been the white backlight.

RGB LED lighting

Available Keys

Some gaming keyboards come with extra keys, called ‘Macro’ keys, that allow gamers to bind certain in-game actions to them. They’re mostly used for MMOs though, and if you don’t play those, then you aren’t missing out on anything.

After that comes utility keys, such as multimedia keys. Whether you need them or not depends a lot on your use cases, the keyboard itself (some make multimedia keys hard to get to) and your own preferences. While I have multimedia keys, I barely ever use them, as I prefer to control that kind of stuff with my mouse. No matter the keys, it’s important for you to know how to reset keyboard settings.

keyboard with 18 g keys


Frequently Asked Questions

Will Logitech Keyboards Work with Ps4?

In almost all cases they absolutely should! Logitech keyboards are USB HID compatible, which means that they should just plug and play with your Ps4.

Are Logitech Keyboards Compatible with Mac?

This depends a lot on how your keyboard connects, but in most cases, yes it should. If your keyboard has a wireless dongle, then just using that should be fine, but if you’re connecting from the keyboard directly to your mac, the Bluetooth might be a bit finicky.

The Logitech G710+

As for wired connections, any USB keyboard would work, so there’s no reason Logitech keyboards wouldn’t.

How to Connect a Logitech Keyboard to a Smart Device?

In most cases, there will be a Bluetooth connect button. Specific instruction usually come with the specific keyboard, but in most cases, pressing the Bluetooth button will activate it, then you search with your smart device and pair them. Once that’s done it should work automatically from then on.


Conclusion

While Logitech has somewhat lagged behind in terms of gaming keyboards, they’ve done a pretty good job of general-use ones. If you’re looking for gaming keyboards and are willing to consider something other than Logitech, you should check out our article on best Corsair keyboards.

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  2. Tim Fisher, What Is a Keyboard, Life Wire, March 29th, 2019
  3. Christoph Berger, Advantages and Disadvantages of Mechanical Keyboards, Mechincal-Keyboard.Org, December 6th, 2015
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