Logitech K380 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 23, 2020 at 08:22 am
Logitech K380 Picture
6.4
Gaming
8.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
6.5
Programming
5.3
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
No

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

6.4 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.
8.8 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.
7.8 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.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap.
6.5 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.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • No backlighting.
  • Can only reprogram some function keys to preset list of options.
5.3 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.
  • 6.4 Gaming
  • 8.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 6.5 Programming
  • 5.3 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.7" (1.7 cm)
Width 11.0" (27.8 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 phone and tablets. It's very light and it fits easily into any bag. If you want something fairly small that also has a built-in trackpad, check out the Logitech K400 Plus.

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.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
3.8 °
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech K380 has good 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
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color
No Backlighting
Individually Backlit Keys
No
Color Mixing
No Backlighting
Effects
No
Programmable
No

There's no backlighting on this keyboard.

Design
Cable & Connector
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 Entertainment Keyboard which also has a trackpad built into it.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel 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
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
61 gf
Actuation Force
50 gf
Pre-Travel
1.1 mm
Total Travel
1.6 mm

The Logitech K380 keyboard uses scissor switches. There's 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.

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.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

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
3.8
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

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.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

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.

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 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard

The Logitech K380 is significantly better than the Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard for most uses. The K380 provides a better typing experience and it's more comfortable. Also, 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 K780

The Logitech K380 is a better mobile keyboard than the Logitech K780 because it's lighter. The K380 is a lightweight and compact keyboard that's easy to carry around, and it has better ergonomics. However, the K780 is a full-sized keyboard with a numpad and it offers better typing quality.

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.

Apple Magic Keyboard

The Logitech K380 is much better than the Apple Magic Keyboard. The Logitech has multi-device pairing and software support, but build quality and typing experience is significantly better on the Apple. The Logitech can be used with Android devices, however, the Apple can be used wired with any computer.

Logitech Keys-To-Go

The Logitech K380 is a much better keyboard than the Logitech Keys-To-Go. The K380 is much more comfortable to type on and its switches require a lot less force to actuate. Also, the K380 has multi-device pairing and it's compatible with Logitech's Options software for customization. On the other hand, the Keys-To-Go has a better build quality and it has a built-in rechargeable battery, whereas the K380 uses disposable batteries.

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 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. 

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