Logitech K810 Illuminated Keyboard from above

Logitech K810 Keyboard Review: 6 Years Later

When it comes to standalone keyboards, what makes the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K810 such a worthy choice?

Is it the Bluetooth connection, a long-lasting battery, minimalistic simplicity, or something else?

The truth is that it is all of that and more.

Many desktop computers are already shipped with a keyboard, and most mid to high-end laptops come with excellent keyboards, so why would you ever need to buy a new one?

It is almost guaranteed that a desktop computer will not be shipped with a premium keyboard. That would increase the price considerably, and, for casual users, a basic keyboard might be enough. For those reasons, stock keyboards are not built to last.

If you are working on a laptop, a standalone keyboard brings many benefits. For starters, an external keyboard lets you position your laptop, so that you can use a stand for better ergonomics, or connect it to a larger monitor and close the laptop completely. Also, if you use software that puts a lot of stress on the hardware (video editing, 3D rendering, photo editing, etc.), your laptop will heat up considerably, and the emitted heat won’t feel comfortable on your hands.

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External wireless keyboard also has the flexibility to connect to phones, tablets, and TVs.

Whether you need a physical keyboard or want to replace one, a wireless keyboard is very handy, and I have all the evidence to make a solid case for the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K810.

Logitech K810 used with a laptop
Logitech K810 keyboard next to a Dell XPS 13 9370 laptop.

Investing In Quality

At Durability Matters, we are focused on investments in quality. That is our foundation and our mission. Now, while investing in quality usually means paying a little extra, it does not mean unnecessary spending.

For instance, if you shop around a little, you can find the Logitech K810 Keyboard for $99 on the Logitech website (update: the K810 is not available anymore). That is the same amount which I paid 6 years ago. Think about that. The keyboard cost me less than $20 a year. And, the longer I use it, the cheaper that yearly cost becomes.

When it comes to electronics, it is hard to measure the life of a product in years. What does that mean?

If you buy a keyboard and keep it in the box for 10 years, has it lasted you 10 years?

No, is the answer.

I have used my Logitech K810 keyboard daily for the last 6 years. It is on 24/7 and used at various times of the day from 9 AM to 9 PM. It does a lot of heavy-duty work – I wrote my master’s thesis on this keyboard, I use it for coding, I write articles, I use it for occasional gaming, and, of course, I used it to write up this article too. Even with all that use, I only need to charge it via USB about once a month. And the best part? It shows absolutely no signs of wear. I already hear you say: “Pics, or it didn’t happen!”

Logitech K810 - center keys
Logitech K810 - right keys

It’s fair to say that my keyboard is under the max stress test that the engineers at Logitech designed it for. And as you can see, the K810 is holding up remarkably well.

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The Best Features of the Logitech K810 Illuminated Keyboard

There are a lot of things that I like about this keyboard, but there are some features which stand out above the others.

Illumination

As the name may suggest, this keyboard has illumination. The lights inside of the keys will lighten and darken depending on the amount of light currently in your room. I often forget to think about my light source when I am writing, so that feature was definitely a big help to me.

Logitech K810 - Illumination on 2
Logitech K810 - Illumination on 1

I remember typing through the night when I was finishing my thesis (yes, I was a stereotypical student), and lifting my head to find that it was dark outside (or light outside, depending on when I had started). The auto-adjusting keyboard kept the keys at the perfect illumination-level for me, and probably served to distract me from the time.

Durability

Every product we showcase here has to be durable. This keyboard has lasted for 6 years (at it will most likely last for many more). The keyboard looks almost new. So, what do I put this down to?

For a start, the casing is crafted from brushed aluminum. Not only does this give the keyboard an elegant and stylish finish, but it also makes it tough.

Logitech K810 - from side
Logitech K810 - back

The Logitech K810 keyboard is also small and light. When I was transporting it, it was easy to slip the keyboard into my bag without forcing it. I never worried about the keyboard being crushed or bent.

Functionality

A durable keyboard cannot be only durable, it needs to be functional too, and the Logitech K810 certainly is. One of the best things about this keyboard is the Bluetooth connection.

Not only is the Bluetooth connection fast and reliable, it is also highly compatible.

Now, when you connect a Bluetooth keyboard with a device, it usually takes a sequence of commands to connect it and, when you want to connect to another device, you have to go through the same sequence again.

Not with this Logitech keyboard.

With the Logitech K810, you can connect to multiple devices, and switch between them with the touch of a button. This means that I can now type up and email on my tablet, before responding to a Skype message on my smartphone, and then play a game on my Samsung TV. All with one simple button press.

Wrapping Up

In this modern age, keyboards have never been more important. While we used to learn to write cursive in school, our kids are now learning to type. With such an emphasis on typing; you need to have a great keyboard.

There are many great keyboards out there, but the Logitech Illuminated K810 Keyboard is definitely one of the best.



Comments

    1. Hi Alberto, thank you for your feedback. I’ve just checked the Logitech website and it’s still listed, but marked as “out of stock” so yeah, it looks like it’s nearing to EOL. However, it’s still listed and available on Amazon ($99), but for whatever reason, there’s also one official listing for $239.99 (sold by Logitech). Maybe it’s becoming an collector’s item? 🙂

  1. I was looking for a replacement for my current K810 after 6 years of using it and I love the minimalist look and great quality. I cannot find any current keyboards that is as good as K810.
    It’s really a true classic.

  2. Hey Simon, I agree, K810 is probably one of the best keyboards ever made. I actually type this on my K810. 🙂

    Did you check out the K380 model? It retails for $20-$30, but it probably isn’t the same quality as the K810.

  3. Excellent review. I’m currently typing this comment on my trusty K810 (that I’ve owned/used for around 6 years too). Unfortunately, it looks like the K810 has been discontinued here in the UK. Really kicking myself now as I haven’t been able to find any other keyboard like the K810. I would love to get my hands on a couple of spares now.

  4. Hi, Andy. Thank you for your kind comment, I’m happy to hear that you liked the review! 🙂

    I haven’t really looked for any alternatives yet and I hope that I won’t need to for many more years. It’s the best feeling when things last way longer than they should.

    If you’ll find anything that would be a worthy successor to K810, please let me know.

    Cheers.

    1. Hi Henrik,
      I’m also using K810 for 4 years now and I am considering the upgrade to MX Keys. What I dislike with K810 is that the space bar is pretty loud.

        1. Yes, I’m thinking too, especially that I can sell my K810 for 90$! Well, the only problem is size. I rarely use the numeric pad and I really appreciate the small size of K810. That’s the only reason for my concern 🙂

          1. Yeah, the compactness of K810 was initially the biggest reason why I bought it. Having a numeric pad is nice, but I never used it a lot, plus it makes the keyboard much wider. With a compact keyboard, my mouse is closer, and the whole setup is more ergonomic.

            I now actually hope that Logitech will make a version of the MX Keys without the numeric pad.

  5. …This is hands down,one of the saddest discontinue’s in Tech!.Battery is still Flawless 5yrs in,I forget it needs to be charged still!…Mine has other issues though & if i could replace,I would In A Heartbeat! (But NOT for almost $400!!!)…MX Texture looks GREAT,But the Angled design & Keypad are a ‘downgrade’ for me…

  6. Hi Rory,

    yeah, the battery power continues to amaze. 🙂 I don’t use the illumination function lately and now the battery actually holds for months (the keyboard will soon be 7 years old). This is a fine example of quality and over-engineering.

    Best,
    Henrik

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