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Logitech K380 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 23, 2020 at 08:22 am
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Test Methodology v0.8
6.9
Mixed usage
6.1
Gaming
9.1
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
6.0
Programming
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

6.9 Mixed usage

The Logitech K380 is a decent keyboard for most uses. It provides a good typing experience that's suitable for everyday use in an office, and it's small enough to carry around for use with mobile devices. It's compatible with most operating systems, but customization options are scarce. Unfortunately, it lacks macro programmable keys and backlighting, and its Bluetooth latency may be too high for gaming, though it isn't something that we test for.

6.1 Gaming

The Logitech K380 is mediocre for gaming. Although we don't test for Bluetooth latency, it's generally too high for a responsive gaming experience. Additionally, there's no backlighting or macro programmable keys, and its customization software has very few options.

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9.1 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. Its size and weight make it 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.

7.6 Office

The Logitech K380 is a good office keyboard. Even without any incline settings or wrist rest, It's decently 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.

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6.0 Programming

The Logitech K380 is mediocre for programming. Its low actuation force and short pre-travel distance provide a light and responsive typing experience, but there aren't any macro programmable keys or backlighting. Its low profile makes typing decently comfortable even without a wrist rest, and it's compatible with most operating systems, though customization options are rather limited.

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  • 6.9 Mixed usage
  • 6.1 Gaming
  • 9.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 6.0 Programming
Pros
  • Good typing experience.
  • Excellent compatibility.
  • Multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • Poor software support.
  • No backlighting.
  • No macro programmable keys.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.7" (1.7 cm)
Width 11.0" (27.9 cm)
Depth 4.9" (12.4 cm)
Weight 0.9 lbs (0.4 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 Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

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 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.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest No

Ergonomics are decent. 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
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

There's no backlighting on this keyboard.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length N/A
Connector (Keyboard side) No Cable

This keyboard can only be used wirelessly.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
3
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).

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech K380 keyboard
  • User guide
  • 2 x AAA batteries

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
44.6 gf
Pre-Travel
1.14 mm
Total Travel
1.62 mm

The Logitech K380 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.

Software and Operating System
4.4
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The Logitech K380 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.

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
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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
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B&H

The Logitech K780 is better than the Logitech K380. The K780 has a build quality that feels more durable, and it provides a better typing experience with its scissor switches. The K780 can pair to devices using Bluetooth or a unifying USB receiver, and it has a cradle for mobile devices. Also, the K780 has better compatibility with macOS, but the K380's smaller size makes it more portable.

Logitech Keys-To-Go
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B&H

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 still uses disposable batteries.

Apple Magic Keyboard
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B&H

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

Logitech Slim Folio Pro
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B&H

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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