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Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400r Review

Most people probably still prefer a mouse, but for some, laptop users in particular, will probably opt for a touchpad – such as the Logitech T650 – instead as an add-on accessory to their usual array of gear. If you’re one of these folks, and in need of a wireless keyboard too, then the Logitech Wireless Keyboard Touch K400r might just be what you’re looking for.

As you can see, this baby offers up both a keyboard and touchpad in one spiffy and nifty portable package.

Box contents: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard, Logitech Unifying receiver, USB adapter, documentation Box contents: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard, Logitech Unifying receiver, USB adapter, documentation

But why choose a touchpad over a mouse, you ask?

One word – space! Let’s face it, not everyone has the luxury of space to lay and use their mouse on, especially when you’re on the road. This is where the touchpad comes in handy.

logitech-k400r-desktop-technoodling logitech-k400r-netbook-technoodling logitech-k400r-tv-technoodlingThe Logitech K400r is perfect for (1) those with a stuffed desktop, (2) a netbook user looking for a better keyboard, or (3) those who want to use their TV as a monitor

And to make theirs really stand out from the rest of the pack, Logitech equipped theirs with multi-touch/gesture support. You can quickly scroll pages with two fingers, just like on a Mac, and it also supports pinch-to-zoom.

Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K900r Clockwise (from top left): The K400r’s on/off switch at the top, the new Windows key, the plug-and-forget Unifying Receiver connected to the HP Mini 210, the rad touchpad of the K400r, shortcut keys galore including a nifty right-click mouse button shortcut

Plus, the K400r comes with a nifty left-click shortcut button for those who prefer some two-hand action going, and a neat compartment alongside its batteries where you can stow its pint-sized plug-and-forget Logitech Unifying receiver.

Left: The L900r battery compartment cover properly labeled to tell users you can stow away the Unifying Receiver in it, Right: The Unifying Receiver nesting in its sweet spot Left: The battery compartment cover properly labeled telling users you can stow away the Unifying Receiver in it, Right: The Unifying Receiver resting in its sweet nest

How’s installation? Will it work on non-Windows 8 PCs?

Installation is a breeze. Just plug in the Unifying receiver, wait for Windows to identify it and install the necessary drivers, and you’re good to go!

The Logitech K400r is compatible with Windows 7 – sorry XP guys, you’re left out in the cold with this one (though it might still work, minus some of the features) – but if you really want to enjoy and benefit from all the gestures its touchpad supports and its shortcut keys, you need to have Windows 8 installed on your system.

How about the keyboard?

Though it may look as crammed as the keyboard on netbooks, don’t be fooled. It rocks! It’s not as shallow as the ones on a netbook, and even though some keys – the right SHIFT key, in particular – are smaller than usual, the learning curve isn’t that great.

Logitech K400r side-by-side with the HP mini 210 netbook Logitech K400r side-by-side with the HP mini 210 netbook keyboard

But yeah, I’ll have to admit, Logitech could have spaced the keys on the K400r better.

Logitech K900r (middle) vs A4 wired keyboard (top) vs Apple wireless keyboard+Magic Trackpad (bottom) Logitech K400r (middle) vs A4Tech wired keyboard (top) vs Apple wireless keyboard+Magic Trackpad (bottom)

The same goes for the touchpad. It could be bigger, but that’s just me. It’s just my two cents on how it could be better. Come to think of it, backlit keys wouldn’t hurt either.

But hey, the Logitech K400r Wireless Touch Keyboard works great as it is, and at the end of the day, that’s what really counts.

Battery life?

Logitech proudly boasts this baby can run for a whole year before it sucks dry the two AA batteries bundled with it. I don’t have the luxury of time to test whether this is true or not, but I’ll take their word for it. I currently own a Logitech wireless keyboard, and I’m quite pleased with how it manages power. I don’t see them falling off the boat with the K400r, and to be honest, I certainly don’t mind if the battery life of the K400r falls just a few months short of a year.

Verdict

If it’s not obvious yet, I love love love the Logitech Wireless Keyboard Touch K400r. It’s compact enough to lug around with ease but doesn’t compromise on functionality, and at its price of just a little over Php2K, it’s really a good deal.

Too bad it’s not available for the Mac.

Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400r SRP Php2,107

 Likes

  • Great touchpad with gesture support
  • Compact and portable
  • Love the two-in-one design

Dislikes

  • Not ideal for left-handed touchpad users
  • Build quality could be better, but it’s really not that bad

 

 

Allan David

Allan David

Online, Allan’s got you covered as far as news (and some reviews every now and then) goes. Offline, you’ll see him either sweating it out in the badminton courts or dining out in one of the new restos around town. His favorite noodles: cold soba.

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