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Logitech K585 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 17, 2023 at 09:23 am
Logitech K585 Picture
6.2
Gaming
7.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.0
Office
5.9
Programming
5.4
Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech K585 is a low-profile keyboard designed to be easy to use with various devices, including computers, phones, and tablets. This keyboard is available in three colorways to suit your setup, and it has a tray on the top that allows you to prop devices at a comfortable viewing angle. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver and pairs with two devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. This keyboard is fully compatible with multiple operating systems, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Chrome, and it uses two AAA batteries for power.

Our Verdict

6.2 Gaming

The Logitech K585 is passable for gaming but isn't designed specifically for this use. It feels reasonably well-built, and the switches feel very responsive, thanks to their low pre-travel distance. However, the latency is much higher than most dedicated gaming keyboards, so it isn't suitable for playing fast-paced or competitive games, though it's acceptable for more casual gaming.

Pros
  • Switches have very short pre-travel so keystrokes feel very responsive.
  • Switches are fairly quiet.
Cons
  • Build quality is only satisfactory.
  • Latency is only adequate for casual gaming.
  • No backlighting.
  • Uses AA batteries, which some people may find costly and inconvenient compared to USB charging models.
7.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech K585 is a very good keyboard for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. It feels decently well-built and has a slim and lightweight design that makes it easy to move between workstations in the office or between your desk and the couch when you're at home. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and you can pair and easily switch between two devices simultaneously. Unfortunately, the typing quality is mediocre as the switches are mushy-feeling, and the keys are fairly close together.

Pros
  • Connects wirelessly.
  • Lightweight and compact design makes it easy to move around the house or office.
  • Supports multi-device pairing with two devices simultaneously.
  • Switches are fairly quiet.
Cons
  • Build quality is only satisfactory.
  • Uses AA batteries, which some people may find costly and inconvenient compared to USB charging models.
7.0 Office

The Logitech K585 is a satisfactory keyboard for office use. It feels fairly sturdy and is very quiet to type on. It also has a Numpad, which many similarly mobile keyboards lack. You can connect this keyboard wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and it can pair with two devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. However, the typing quality is mediocre as its switches feel mushy, and the keys are fairly close together, which may increase the number of typos you make.

Pros
  • Connects wirelessly.
  • Supports multi-device pairing with two devices simultaneously.
  • Switches are fairly quiet.
Cons
  • Build quality is only satisfactory.
  • Mediocre typing quality.
  • Uses AA batteries, which some people may find costly and inconvenient compared to USB charging models.
5.9 Programming

The Logitech K585 is sub-par for programming use. The typing quality is mediocre due to mushy-feeling keys and a fairly cramped layout. Overall, the build quality is decent, but the all-plastic construction feels cheap, and there aren't any adjustable incline angles. Additionally, there isn't any backlighting, so viewing the legends on keys is difficult if you prefer working in a darker room. This keyboard is fully compatible with all major operating systems and allows you to pair with two devices simultaneously via Bluetooth.

Pros
  • Lightweight and compact design makes it easy to move around the house or office.
  • Supports multi-device pairing with two devices simultaneously.
  • Switches are fairly quiet.
Cons
  • Build quality is only satisfactory.
  • Mediocre typing quality.
  • No backlighting.
  • Uses AA batteries, which some people may find costly and inconvenient compared to USB charging models.
5.4 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech K585 is inadequate for use in an entertainment or home theater setup. While it connects wirelessly and is fairly light and easy to move around, it lacks dedicated media keys and has no backlighting, so reading the legends on keys is challenging in a darkened room.

Pros
  • Connects wirelessly.
  • Lightweight and compact design makes it easy to move around the house or office.
Cons
  • Build quality is only satisfactory.
  • No backlighting.
  • 6.2 Gaming
  • 7.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.0 Office
  • 5.9 Programming
  • 5.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 17, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 08, 2023: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech K585 is available in graphite, pale grey, and rose colorways, but there are no variants in different sizes, features, or switches available. We purchased and tested the graphite color, and you can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech K585 is a wireless, low-profile keyboard designed to be easy to move around the home or office and used with multiple devices, including computers, tablets, and phones. This keyboard is noteworthy for its full-size form factor, which means it includes a Numpad that similarly portable keyboards, like the Logitech K480, typically lack to make them more compact. However, this keyboard is also limited as it only supports multi-device pairing with two devices simultaneously, while many similar keyboards can pair with up to three devices. It also lacks backlighting, so viewing the key legends can be challenging in darker environments.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best iPad keyboards.

Logitech K780

The Logitech K780 and the Logitech K585 are wireless, low-profile keyboards with small trays for propping up your phone or tablet. The K780 lies flat on your desk and has a compact (96%) form factor, which means it's missing a few navigational keys. It also supports multi-device pairing with up to three devices simultaneously. On the other hand, the K585 is a bit smaller than the K780, despite it having a full-size layout with all the standard keys. It also has a fixed incline setting. However, its overall layout is a bit more cramped, and it only supports multi-device pairing with up to two devices at once.

Logitech K380

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.

Logitech Signature K650

The Logitech SIgnature K650 and the Logitech K585 are wireless, full-size keyboards with low-profile designs. The Signature K650 has better overall ergonomics as it includes an integrated wrist rest and has multiple incline settings. It also has a longer battery life as it uses AA batteries rather than AAA batteries. However, it doesn't support multi-device pairing. On the other hand, the Logitech K585 is more compact and portable and supports multi-device pairing with two devices simultaneously. It also has a small tray on the top of the keyboard for propping up a phone or tablet.

Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech MX Keys and the Logitech K585 are low-profile, wireless keyboards with full-size form factors. The MX Keys feels sturdier and provides better typing quality as its keyboard has more spacing between keys. It also supports multi-device pairing for up to three devices and has white backlighting. On the other hand, the K585 is somewhat more compact and portable and has a tray on the top of the keyboard for propping up phones and small tablets. However, it only supports multi-device pairing with two devices simultaneously and doesn't have backlighting.

Logitech K480

The Logitech K480 and the Logitech K585 are similar low-profile wireless keyboards that support multi-device pairing and have small trays to prop up phones and tablets. The K480 has a more compact (65%) size, but it has a somewhat wider slot to accommodate larger tablets. It also supports multi-device pairing with up to three devices simultaneously. On the other hand, the Logitech K585 is a full-size model, which means it includes a Numpad. However, it only supports multi-device pairing with two devices simultaneously.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Full-size (100%)
Height
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width 14.7" (37.3 cm)
Depth
5.7" (14.4 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.25 lbs (0.568 kg)

This keyboard is very slim and lighter than most full-size keyboards, making it relatively easy to move around your home or office. However, it isn't as compact and easy to stow in bags as some comparable keyboards, which typically lack a Numpad, like the Logitech K480.

7.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

Overall, the build quality is satisfactory. The keyboard has an all-plastic construction. Unfortunately, the plastic feels cheap and flexes somewhat, although the keyboard still feels reasonably sturdy. The keys also feel very stable, and the rubber feet on the underside do a good job of keeping the keyboard in place while typing. While we didn't encounter any issues during testing, some users online have identified that the plastic segment on the top of the keyboard, which has a slot for holding your devices and covers the battery and USB receiver compartment, is fragile and can be difficult to reattach.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Wrist Rest No

This keyboard has decent ergonomics. It doesn't have a wrist rest, but its low-profile design makes it relatively comfortable to type on without one. Unlike many similar keyboards, which are typically flat, this keyboard has a default incline angle. Unfortunately, you can't adjust this angle.

0
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color
No Backlighting
Individually Backlit Keys
No
Color Mixing
No Backlighting
Effects
No
Programmable
No

This keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, so it isn't a great option to use in low-light environments, as you may not see the legends on keys.

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

This keyboard is wireless only and doesn't have a charging cable.

9.3
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
2
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AAA

This keyboard connects wirelessly with the included Logitech Unifying USB receiver or via Bluetooth. You can also pair with two devices simultaneously. Swapping between connected devices is done by pressing the channel buttons on the keyboard's function row, which are colored, making them easy to identify.

Logitech advertises that this keyboard provides up to 24 months of battery life, but this will depend on your usage.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator No Indicator

This keyboard has a slot for holding your devices at a comfortable viewing angle. However, this opening is only 17 cm wide, meaning it won't be wide enough for all devices. Note that, by default, the function row buttons have media and OS-specific controls, while the F1-F12 buttons are secondary hotkeys accessed by holding the FN key. You can reverse this behavior using the Logi Options+ companion software or by enabling the FN-key lock by pressing FN-ESC.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech K585 keyboard
  • USB receiver
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Mechanical
No
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
64 gf
Actuation Force
34 gf
Pre-Travel
1.3 mm
Total Travel
2.0 mm

This keyboard has standard tactile scissor switches and provides a similar typing experience to many laptop keyboards. They have a very short pre-travel distance, which makes the keyboard feel very responsive. The bump before the actuation requires a fair amount of force to get over, but the overall feeling is still fairly light and won't cause fatigue.

6.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

This keyboard provides mediocre typing quality. While the keys are very stable, the overall layout is fairly cramped, and the keystrokes feel mushy. The keycaps are made from cheaper ABS plastic and have a generic feel, although they also have a slight texture, so they aren't slippery. Altogether, the experience is similar to typing on many laptop keyboards.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

This keyboard is quiet, and you're unlikely to bother those around you while typing.

6.7
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
20.8 ms
Latency Bluetooth
25.5 ms

The latency on this keyboard is adequate. It's suitable for desktop use and casual gaming, but it's too high for fast-paced or competitive gaming.

Software and Operating System
5.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Logi Options+
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

This keyboard uses Logitech's Logi Options+, which has a clean, easy-to-use interface, though it doesn't provide as many customization options as higher-end keyboards. It allows you to configure multi-device pairing, reprogram function row key behavior, and save app-specific custom settings to cloud storage.

10
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Full
Linux Full
Android Full
iOS Full
iPadOS Full

All default buttons work as intended in Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android. On iOS and ipadOS, all default buttons work except for the F2 hotkey and Insert key. Note that the customization software is compatible with Windows and macOS only.

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