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Logitech K380 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Mar 23, 2020 at 08:22 am
Latest change: Test bench update May 12, 2023 at 10:00 am
Logitech K380 Picture
6.6
Gaming
9.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.1
Programming
4.7
Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech K380 is an excellent portable keyboard that lets you type comfortably wherever you want. It can be used with nearly any device that's Bluetooth-capable, and its small size makes it easy to carry around. It has a multi-device pairing feature and media control hotkeys, but it lacks backlighting and macro programmable keys. Typing on this keyboard isn't fatiguing and the resulting noise is quiet enough for any office setting. Although there's software support, the customization options are pretty slim.

Our Verdict

6.6 Gaming

The Logitech K380 is mediocre for gaming. There's no backlighting or macro programmable keys, and its customization software has very few options. It can only connect to devices via Bluetooth and has a fairly high click latency for gaming.

Pros
  • Light typing experience.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency.
  • No backlighting.
  • Can only reprogram some function keys to preset list of options.
9.2 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech K380 is an excellent keyboard for use with mobile devices. It can be used with any device that has a Bluetooth connection, and it has excellent compatibility with most mobile operating systems. It's easy to carry around, and it has a multi-pairing feature so you can pair it with your computer and smartphone at the same time.

Pros
  • Light typing experience.
  • Light and compact design.
  • Multi-device pairing with up to three devices.
Cons
  • ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap.
7.6 Office

The Logitech K380 is a good office keyboard. Even without any incline settings or wrist rest, it's comfortable to type on this keyboard due to its low profile. It isn't fatiguing when typing for long periods and typing noise is minimal, so it shouldn't bother your surrounding colleagues.

Pros
  • Light typing experience.
  • Decent ergonomics.
Cons
  • ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap.
7.1 Programming

The Logitech K380 is mediocre for programming. Its low operating force and short pre-travel distance provide a light typing experience, but there aren't any macro programmable keys or backlighting. It's compatible with most operating systems, though customization options are rather limited through the dedicated software.

Pros
  • Light typing experience.
  • Decent ergonomics.
Cons
  • No backlighting.
  • Can only reprogram some function keys to preset list of options.
4.7 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech K380 is disappointing for HTPC use. Even though it can connect to your TV via Bluetooth, it doesn't have a trackpad and may be hard to see in a dark environment due to the lack of backlighting. On the plus side, it has media hotkeys, allowing you to pause and play your content easily.

Pros
  • Bluetooth support.
  • Media hotkeys.
Cons
  • No backlighting.
  • Lack of trackpad.
  • 6.6 Gaming
  • 9.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.1 Programming
  • 4.7 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated May 12, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update introduces new Backlight Features and Backlight Clarity test boxes. We've also added a new Ergonomics test box, and made some minor adjustments to the scoring of our Hardware Customizability test box that we introduced with our last Test Bench. For an in-depth look at our changes, you can see our full changelog here..
  2. Updated May 01, 2023: After updating this keyboard onto our newest test bench, we've added text to the Wireless Mobile Compatibility section of this review.
  3. Updated Apr 26, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update adds several new tests addressing Hardware Customization, Macro Keys And Programming, and Wireless Mobile Compatibility. We've also added new objective evaluations to the Typing Noise test, and we've simplified several tests and removed several others that were no longer relevant. For an in-depth look at all our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
  4. Updated Feb 17, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed Logitech K585 in the Dimensions section of this review.
  5. Updated Dec 21, 2021: We've reclassified this keyboard's size from compact 65% to compact 75%.
  6. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  7. Updated Mar 23, 2020: Review published.
  8. Updated Mar 19, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Logitech K380 in black, and it's also available in rose and off-white in North America, as well as blue in Europe. We expect our results to be valid for the other variants as well.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech K380 is an excellent keyboard for mobile devices; however, aside from its outstanding portability and multi-device pairing, it doesn't stand out from the crowd. It provides a typing experience that's similar to the Logitech K780, but its build quality isn't as good and it lacks a NumPad. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best wireless keyboards, the best keyboards, and the best keyboards for writers.

Logitech K480

The Logitech K380 is significantly better than the Logitech K480 for most uses. The K380 uses scissor switches, and the K480 uses rubber domes. The K380 is more portable due to its smaller size and weight, and its much shorter pre-travel distance makes the keyboard feel more responsive. However, the K480 has a cradle for mobile devices, which the K380 doesn't.

Logitech MX Keys Mini

The Logitech K380 and the Logitech MX Keys Mini are both compact wireless boards, but the MX Keys Mini is better overall. It has a rechargeable battery instead of disposable AAA batteries like the K380, and it has white backlighting to help you see the key legends when in the dark. Also, you can remap a few more keys on the MX Keys Mini than on the K380, and you can also create profiles for specific programs.

Logitech Keys-To-Go

Overall, the Logitech K380 is a much better keyboard than the Logitech Keys-To-Go. The K380 is more comfortable to type on, and its switches require a lot less force to actuate, providing a significantly better typing experience. Also, it has multi-device pairing and is compatible with Logitech's Options software for customization. On the other hand, the Keys-To-Go has a better build quality and a built-in rechargeable battery, whereas the K380 uses disposable batteries. The K380's latency is lower, but it's still not recommended for gaming.

Logitech K780

The Logitech K380 is a better mobile keyboard than the Logitech K780 because its more compact and lightweight design makes it easier to carry around. However, the K780 provides a better typing experience, and it might be a better choice for those who use the Numpad regularly.

Apple Magic Keyboard 2017

The Logitech K380 and the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017 are both compact wireless office keyboards with scissor switches. The Logitech has multi-device pairing and software for customization, which are two features the Apple keyboard lacks. The Logitech is also compatible with all major operating systems, while the Apple keyboard isn't compatible with Android devices. On the other hand, the Apple has better overall build quality and has a built-in rechargeable battery, while the Logitech uses two AA batteries for power.

Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech MX Keys is a much better overall keyboard than the Logitech K380. The MX Keys has a better build quality, better typing experience, and has white backlighting. The K380 is smaller and lighter so it's much easier to carry around and, like the MX Keys, has multi-device pairing with up to three devices via Bluetooth. The MX Keys is more suited for in-office use while the K380 is designed to be used on-the-go.

Logitech POP Keys

The Logitech K380 and Logitech POP Keys are both compact wireless keyboards. The K380 is low-profile and has membrane switches, while the POP Keys uses mechanical TTC Brown switches. The K380 is a much thinner board, making it easier to carry around with you in a bag. On the other hand, the POP Keys has dedicated emoji keys, which is helpful if you're sending a message to a friend and want to instantly send an emoji from your keyboard. Both boards have round keys, but the POP Keys is harder to type on because of the much longer pre-travel distance.

Logitech K360

The Logitech K380 is better than the Logitech K360. The K380 feels slightly better-built, supports a Bluetooth connection, and has a better typing experience. On the other hand, the K360 has a much lighter operating force and a much higher key travel.

Logitech K400 Plus

The Logitech K380 is a better keyboard than the Logitech K400 Plus. The K380's compact size is easier to travel with, and it can connect to any mobile device with Bluetooth support, unlike the K400 Plus. However, the K400 Plus does have a trackpad which makes it more ideal for a smart TV set up.

Logitech K585

The Logitech K380 and the Logitech K585 are low-profile wireless keyboards. The K380 has a more compact (75%) design and has better typing quality as the keycaps are rounded to provide more space between keys. It also supports pairing with up to three devices simultaneously. On the other hand, the Logitech K585 has a full-size form factor with a Numpad. It also has a slot for propping up your phone or small tablet. However, it only supports multi-device pairing for two devices simultaneously.

Dell KB216

The Logitech K380 and the Dell KB216 are low-profile keyboards. The Logitech is a wireless model designed for mobile devices and tablets. It has a more compact size, but it lacks a Numpad and navigation cluster. The Logitech keyboard also has companion software for customization. On the other hand, the Dell is a wired-only model designed for home and office use. It's a full-size model that includes a Numpad and navigational cluster. Both keyboards have good ergonomics, but the Dell has an additional incline setting.

Lenovo ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II

The Logitech K380 and the Lenovo ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II are compact, low-profile keyboards. The Lenovo looks like the keyboard you find on a laptop, and it has a rubber pointing stick above its B key and mouse click buttons at the bottom of the board. While both boards have Bluetooth support, only the Logitech can pair with up to three devices at once, while the Lenovo can only pair to one device via Bluetooth and another with its USB receiver. Both use scissor switches, but the Lenovo's switches require less force to get over the tactile bump.

Logitech Slim Folio Pro

The Logitech K380 is a more versatile Bluetooth keyboard than the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. The K380 is a more typical keyboard that connects to three devices simultaneously, while the Slim Folio Pro is specifically designed for iPad Pro and also acts as a protective case. 

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021

The Logitech K380 and the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021 are both compact, mobile keyboards. However, the Apple is meant for iPad Pro and iPad Air only, while you can use the Logitech with any device that has Bluetooth. The Apple uses a Smart Connector to connect to the iPad it's being used with, and since it doesn't have Bluetooth, you can't use it with any other device. The Logitech can be used with many operating systems and can pair with up to three devices at once.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (75%)
Height
0.7" (1.7 cm)
Width 11.0" (27.9 cm)
Depth
4.9" (12.4 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
0.88 lbs (0.400 kg)

The Logitech K380 is a fairly small keyboard, as it's meant for use with a wide range of devices, including phones and tablets. It's very light, and it fits easily into bags and cases. If you want something fairly small that also has a built-in trackpad, check out the Logitech K400 Plus. Or, for a full-size option that has a tray for propping up phones and tablets, check out the Logitech K585.

7.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The build quality is decent. The keyboard is made of plastic and there's some flex to it, but overall, it feels solid. Although the keys are stable, the ABS keycaps feel cheap and the key legends are pad-printed, which can chip or fade over time. There are rubber feet on the bottom to prevent slipping, and there's a slight rattle when shaking the keyboard, though this is mainly due to small movements of the batteries within the battery compartment. If you want a portable keyboard with a better build quality, check out the Logitech Keys-To-Go.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
3.8°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Home Row Height
12.6 mm (0.5")

The Logitech K380 has decent ergonomics. The keyboard doesn't have any incline setting and doesn't come with a wrist rest; however, most people should be comfortable typing on it due to the keyboard's low profile.

0
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
No
Stabilizer Fixation
Non-Customizable Design
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
Non-Customizable Design
Size Of Right Mod Keys
Non-Standard
Hot-Swappable Switches
No
Switch Stem Shape
Non-Customizable Design
Switch PCB Socket
Non-Customizable Design
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
Non-Customizable Design
0
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting No
RGB
No
Per-Key Backlighting
No
Effects
No
Software Controllable
No

There's no backlighting on this keyboard.

0
Design
Backlight Clarity
Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wireless
Detachable
No
Length N/A
Connector (Keyboard side)
No Cable

This keyboard can only be used wirelessly.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
2x AAA

This keyboard can only connect via a Bluetooth connection and can be paired to three devices simultaneously. You can easily switch between paired devices using hotkeys (F1-F3). If you want to have Bluetooth and USB receiver connectivity options, check out the Corsair K83 Wireless, which also has a trackpad built into it.

0
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
No
Macro Programming With Software
No
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Non-Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
No
Control Knob
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator No Indicator

The K380 has very few extra features. There are media control hotkeys on the top row, which are shared with function keys. There are also a few keys (F4-F7) that can be reprogrammed through Logitech's Options software, but you can only choose from a list of preset commands. If you'd like a keyboard with dedicated media keys instead, check out the Logitech K360.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth keyboard
  • User guide
  • 2x AAA batteries

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
No Marketed Name
Switch Type
Scissor
Feel
Tactile

The Logitech K380 keyboard uses scissor switches.

Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
61 gf
Actuation Force
50 gf
Pre-Travel
1.1 mm
Total Travel
1.6 mm

Keystrokes have a pronounced tactile bump that requires a bit of force to get over, but the overall feeling remains light. These switches have a very short pre-travel distance, which can lead to more typos if you're not used to them. It feels very similar to the Logitech K780. If you like the round keycaps but prefer mechanical switches, check out the Logitech POP Keys.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing quality is good. The keys are stable and the keyboard's low profile makes it comfortable to type on for an extended period. The spacing of the keys is a bit closer than the Logitech K780, but it shouldn't be an issue for most people. Typing feels light and responsive, and shouldn't cause any fatigue.

9.9
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
35.5 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

Typing noise is very quiet, making it suitable for any quiet environment.

6.8
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
17.6 ms

The Logitech K380 keyboard has okay click latency. It's not good enough for gaming, but shouldn't be an issue for typing.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name Logi Options+
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes
Onboard Memory
No
Profiles
No Profile

This keyboard has poor software support. It uses the Logitech Options software for customization, which lets you reprogram a few function keys, but you can only choose from a list of presets. Cloud sync is available if you need to move to another computer, but it requires an account.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

The K380 has excellent compatibility. Although the customization software is only available for Windows and macOS, most keys work on other operating systems. However, the 'Insert' key doesn't work on macOS.

10
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Fully Compatible
iOS
Fully Compatible
iPadOS
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Android, iPhone & iPad

All keys on this keyboard work as intended on Android devices. On iOS and iPadOS devices, the F5 and F6 hotkeys do nothing.