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Logitech unveils K830 home-theatre keyboard and trackpad

Logitech unveils K830 home-theatre keyboard and trackpad

The Logitech K830, designed specifically for home theatre use, boasts soft-touch keys for quiet typing and an integrated trackpad where the number pad would normally sit.

Peripherals giant Logitech has unveiled an illuminated keyboard designed specifically for home-theatre PC (HTPC) use, dropping the traditional number pad in favour of a touch-sensitive trackpad.

Dubbed the Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830, which we'll refer to as the Logitech K830 from now to save wear on our own keyboards, the new device boasts a rechargeable internal battery, illuminated back-lit keys and the aforementioned trackpad to serve as a single-unit solution for pointing and pressing.

'More and more consumers want an easy way to access movies, TV programs, music and photos with their PC connected to a TV,' claimed Logitech's Charlotte Johs at the unveiling. 'Our new Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 is designed with this setup in mind. Backlit keys and a premium aesthetic that blends into the living room make it a stand-out choice for people with connected TVs.'

The Logitech K830 shows a few design tweaks that suggest the company has certainly been considering the requirements of the HTPC and Smart TV enthusiast in its creation: silent-action soft-feel keys reduce typing noise, the integrated backlighting adjusts its brightness depending on ambient conditions and switches off five seconds after you've finished typing, and the keyboard's slim design should make storage a cinch. As with Logitech's previous wireless products, the K830 uses the company's Unifying receiver - meaning the K830 can be coupled with a more traditional mouse or trackball while still using only a single receiver.

Logitech has confirmed plans to release the K830 in the US and Europe later this month, with a recommended retail price of €99.99 (around £60, excluding taxes.)

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true_gamer 10th April 2014, 13:23 Quote
I think this is a great idea! - As I used to find using a mouse on the arm of your sofa a pain in the backside! :)
Jim 10th April 2014, 13:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by true_gamer
I think this is a great idea! - As I used to find using a mouse on the arm of your sofa a pain in the backside! :)

I'm not sure, but I think you might've been using it wrong.
faugusztin 10th April 2014, 13:34 Quote
I find http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/harmony-smart-keyboard?crid=60 more interesting. Illuminated keys is the only thing missing.
Umbra 10th April 2014, 13:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by true_gamer
I think this is a great idea! - As I used to find using a mouse on the arm of your sofa a pain in the backside! :)

So true, I've been using a w/less logitech S510 KB and mouse when streaming from PC to TV via HDMI and losing the mouse down the sofa is a pain but not half as annoying as dropping the damn thing in your pint
£60 isn't cheap though as you can buy the Logitech Cordless S520 KB and mouse for around £30.
devilxc 10th April 2014, 13:48 Quote
...only about 5+ years after other manufacturers?

http://www.keyboardspecialists.co.uk/shop-keysonickeyboards/
keir 10th April 2014, 13:48 Quote
I just use the remote app for XBMC.
true_gamer 10th April 2014, 14:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by devilxc
...only about 5+ years after other manufacturers?

http://www.keyboardspecialists.co.uk/shop-keysonickeyboards/

But the touch pad is located in a much better place on the Logitech keyboard. :)
adam_bagpuss 10th April 2014, 14:51 Quote
this isnt anything new - i already have a logitech keyboard with integrated trackpad ??? its called a K400

http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-images.staples-eu.com/App_Themes/ck-CK_iVAT/images/product/uk_412678_1_xnl.jpg

I must admit it isnt as sexy as the K800 but the article reads like this is something new
Gareth Halfacree 10th April 2014, 15:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by adam_bagpuss
this isnt anything new - i already have a logitech keyboard with integrated trackpad ??? its called a K400
I must admit it isnt as sexy as the K800 but the article reads like this is something new
Let's do a features-check, shall we?

Wireless with 33ft range? Check.
Trackpad in the numberpad location? Check.
Unifying receiver? Check.
Backlit keys with ambient light sensor? Ooh, no, the K400 ain't got that.
Integrated rechargeable battery? Nup, the K400 uses two AAs.

So no, if you're reading the article as "Logitech launches keyboard with touchpad," it ain't new. (Incidentally, I've got a wired "Qwerty"-brand keyboard with a touchpad 'ere - cost a tenner.) If, however, you read it as "Logitech launches a home-theatre keyboard with touchpad, backlit keys, ambient light sensor and integrated rechargeable battery," then it most certainly is new. Unless you know of another keyboard with the above feature set?
Corky42 10th April 2014, 15:25 Quote
adam_bagpuss 10th April 2014, 16:32 Quote
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Let's do a features-check, shall we?

Wireless with 33ft range? Check.
Trackpad in the numberpad location? Check.
Unifying receiver? Check.
Backlit keys with ambient light sensor? Ooh, no, the K400 ain't got that.
Integrated rechargeable battery? Nup, the K400 uses two AAs.

So no, if you're reading the article as "Logitech launches keyboard with touchpad," it ain't new. (Incidentally, I've got a wired "Qwerty"-brand keyboard with a touchpad 'ere - cost a tenner.) If, however, you read it as "Logitech launches a home-theatre keyboard with touchpad, backlit keys, ambient light sensor and integrated rechargeable battery," then it most certainly is new. Unless you know of another keyboard with the above feature set?

woooahhh there ! i was merely saying that the article reads like this is something new. It looks a nice piece of kit but i do apologise if i was if was being too general.
Gareth Halfacree 10th April 2014, 16:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by adam_bagpuss
woooahhh there ! i was merely saying that the article reads like this is something new.
And I was merely pointing out that the article reads like this is something new because it is something new.
Lance 10th April 2014, 16:53 Quote
Retracted. I stand corrected.

I too have the K400, and its really good.
Gareth Halfacree 10th April 2014, 17:02 Quote
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Does anyone else smell a paid for article?
Okay, I was having fun before - but now I'm offended.

I can categorically state that I have no relationship with Logitech beyond owning a couple of their trackballs - which I bought with my own cash, thank you very much, and don't even use any more. I have never in my career been asked to write a puff-piece for a sponsor, and our Glorious New Overlords would not ask me to start now; if they did, you'd know because I'd quit.

I chose to write the article because I thought the product was neat. End of story.
Lance 10th April 2014, 17:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Snip not happy with comment snip

I accept your statement, and apologize. I won't make the same assumption again. Happy to hear that your ethical standpoint is as strong as it should be. I must confess I didn't notice that you were replying to the earlier statements, I saw the statement but not the name of the writer.

I'm always happy to hear about things that you think are relevant, as I like your judgement.
kenco_uk 10th April 2014, 17:11 Quote
Pretty neat. Illuminated keys are handy in a darkened living room. I too have a K400 already :)
Gareth Halfacree 10th April 2014, 17:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lance
I accept your statement, and apologize.
Apology accepted, and I apologise if my response was a little harsh. The sanctity of editorial impartiality is something I hold dear, and is something I will defend to my last breath. If any one of my clients - not just Bit - tried to influence* my editorial because they'd taken a company's gold, that would be a client I would be glad to lose. My name is my bond; if you see my name next to something, you need to know that I believe in what I'm saying and haven't been bought off for thirty pieces of silver. Thankfully, it's not an issue that has ever come up; either it's a lot less prevalent than people believe, or I've just been lucky to work with editors who have the same level of integrity for which I strive.

* - The closest that I've ever come is in topic suggestions. "Hey, Gareth," an editor might say. "We've just taken a big advertising order from a car manufacturer; can you do us some news stories about cars for the next couple of weeks?" Which is, naturally, fine by me - whereas "Madeup Manufacturer just paid us a boatload of cash, can you gush about every little press release they put out for the next couple of weeks" would be a problem. "Madeup Manufacturer has paid us a shedload of moolah for advertising, so we're not going to run the story you wrote about their vehicles catching fire in people's driveways in case they get upset?" Your publication, your rules - but that'd be where the editor and I part ways.
Woodspoon 10th April 2014, 20:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
If i wanted a home-theatre keyboard i would opt for something smaller, like this.
http://shop.cyntech.co.uk/products/wireless-keyboard-ultra-mini-presenter

Yeah I have one of those for my Raspberry Pi xbmc setup, works pretty damn well, and about the same size a standard remote, so sits on the arm of your sofa nicely when not being used.
Tulatin 10th April 2014, 20:58 Quote
One of my friends uses a Logitech M570 to control their living room PC, and it works fantastically. You just put 'er down and away you go. It's distinctive, visually - so guests are more than capable of finding it, even in the dark.

Though I get the entire purpose of a device like this from Logitech, it is a touch less convenient than other solutions.
jrs77 10th April 2014, 21:41 Quote
Not getting the backlit keyboards. I'm not sitting in a dark room watching videos. I allways have some backlighting on, as it doesn't tire my eyes as much.
Also, I hate those integrated batteries and rather use AA oor AAA rechargebles, so I'd opt for the TK820, which has the bigger touchpad aswell.
blackworx 11th April 2014, 23:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
So no, if you're reading the article as "Logitech launches keyboard with touchpad," it ain't new... If, however, you read it as "Logitech launches a home-theatre keyboard with touchpad, backlit keys, ambient light sensor and integrated rechargeable battery," then it most certainly is new. Unless you know of another keyboard with the above feature set?

To be fair, the opening paragraph isn't clear and could easily be read like the placement of the trackpad - as opposed to the addition of a backlight and a slightly modified power source* - is the "new" thing.
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Peripherals giant Logitech has unveiled an illuminated keyboard designed specifically for home-theatre PC (HTPC) use, dropping the traditional number pad in favour of a touch-sensitive trackpad.

* Presumably a handful of LEDs, a built in rechargeable battery and matching charger explain why it's twice the price of the K400 </sark>
ashchap 14th April 2014, 10:59 Quote
I've been using the K400 with my HTPC for a few years now and I love it. Rechargeable battery is pointless as 2xAAs last forever (I cant actually remember replacing mine in years), and I'm not interested in backlit keys. The one thing that the K400 is missing is play/pause/skip media keys. It has volume keys but not play/pause/skip. No idea why they thought that was a good idea!
PlayLoud 14th April 2014, 16:54 Quote
The backlit keys and a larger right-shift button are nice. I have the K400, and the shift button sometimes bothers me. If I was typing on the keyboard more, I might consider upgrading. However, since most of my typing is just single finger hunt&peck from my bed, I see no reason to upgrade. Even if my keyboard broke, I don't see myself paying over twice as much for the K830. The K400 works great!
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