Logitech K780 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 05, 2020 at 08:31 am
Logitech K780 Picture
6.1
Gaming
6.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.9
Office
6.7
Programming
5.5
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech K780 is a nice keyboard that can easily be paired to any platform, including your phone and tablet. Although it's designed to work with mobile devices, the keyboard is quite large and heavy, which makes it a less travel-friendly. It uses typical scissor switches that feel nice to type on and its battery life is rated for about 2 years.

Our Verdict

6.1 Gaming

The Logitech K780 isn't designed as a gaming keyboard. Although its pre-travel is short, the scissor switches aren't optimal for gamers. The keyboard also doesn't have backlighting and you can't program macros.

Pros
  • Very well-built.
  • Versatile design, works with every platform.
  • Can be used on three devices simultaneously.
Cons
  • Limited customization options.
  • Not very travel-friendly.
6.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech K780 is a decent keyboard for mobile devices and tablets. It's a bit large and slightly heavy, but you should still be able to bring it around thanks to its straight design, but there are some smaller options for traveling. On the other hand, if you have a work station with a tablet to complete your desktop setup, this keyboard is great to use.

Pros
  • Very well-built.
  • Versatile design, works with every platform.
  • Can be used on three devices simultaneously.
Cons
  • Limited customization options.
  • Not very travel-friendly.
7.9 Office

The Logitech K780 is a great office keyboard. Its low-profile design isn't the best for people looking for an ergonomic keyboard, as it doesn't have any wrist rest or incline setting. On the upside, it's very quiet and is great to use with a tablet, to complement a desktop office setup.

Pros
  • Very well-built.
  • Versatile design, works with every platform.
  • Can be used on three devices simultaneously.
Cons
  • Limited customization options.
  • Not very travel-friendly.
6.7 Programming

The Logitech K780 is an okay keyboard for programmers but isn't designed for this use. It can be useful to use on a tablet or phone to navigate a mobile version of your code, but we don't recommend it if you're programming on a desktop. It lacks backlighting, isn't the most comfortable to type on, and you can't set any macros.

Pros
  • Very well-built.
  • Versatile design, works with every platform.
  • Can be used on three devices simultaneously.
Cons
  • Limited customization options.
  • Not very travel-friendly.
5.5 Entertainment / HTPC

Pros
  • Very well-built.
  • Versatile design, works with every platform.
  • Can be used on three devices simultaneously.
Cons
  • Limited customization options.
  • Not very travel-friendly.
  • 6.1 Gaming
  • 6.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.9 Office
  • 6.7 Programming
  • 5.5 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.9" (2.2 cm)
Width 15.0" (38.0 cm)
Depth
6.2" (15.8 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.96 lbs (0.890 kg)

The Logitech K780 is a full-size keyboard with a NumPad and arrow keys, but it's still a bit smaller than most typical keyboards thanks to its layout. If you want a smaller keyboard that is easier to bring around, check out the Logitech K480.

7.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The Logitech K780 is a very well-built keyboard. The frame is made from very solid plastic with very little flex. The tablet/phone stand feels durable and is covered by a grippy texture so your devices stay in place well. However, the keycaps do feel a bit light and cheap, but the overall build quality is great.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
2.8 °
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Wrist Rest No

This straight keyboard doesn't have real ergonomic features like an incline setting or a wrist rest, but its flat design makes it comfortable to type on.

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 won't be the best option to use in dark environments.

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

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

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AAA

The Logitech K780 can be used wirelessly with its receiver, or via Bluetooth. Although you can only use it with one device with its receiver, you can still connect two devices via Bluetooth and easily switch between them. You can also connect three devices via Bluetooth. The keyboard comes with 2x AAA batteries, and the manufacturer rates the battery life at 24 months.

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

This keyboard has a few hotkeys (F4-F6 and the search key) that you can select some commands from a list of presets, but you can't really program any yourself. It can also automatically detect which kind of device you're connected to and adjusts the keys accordingly. This keyboard's main feature is that it has a nice stand for your mobile devices like a phone or a tablet. Out-of-the-box, The F keys default to media keys, but you can switch this in the software. You can also disable the Windows key in the software. If you'd like a keyboard with dedicated media keys, check out the Logitech K360.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech K780 keyboard
  • USB receiver
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
67 gf
Actuation Force
37 gf
Pre-Travel
1.3 mm
Total Travel
1.9 mm

This keyboard features typical tactile scissor switches. They have a very low pre-travel distance and require very little force to actuate. However, they do have a noticeable bump before the actuation point, which requires quite a bit of force.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing on the Logitech K780 might be weird at first for some due to the circular keys, but you get used to it quite quickly. The keys are very stable and their low profile is nice. The spacing of the keys is good and helps reduce typos. Since the bump of the keystroke needs quite a bit of force to get over, it's hard to accidentally press a key.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

Typing on this keyboard is very quiet and you shouldn't bother any colleagues surrounding you. The spacebar is slightly louder than the other keys, but it's still very quiet overall.

6.3
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
27.5 ms
Latency Bluetooth
17.4 ms
Software and Operating System
5.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Logitech 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

The Logitech K780 is compatible with Logitech Options, although there aren't many customization options available. You can create a lot of different profiles, where you can remap some functions depending on the different applications you use, but that's about it.

9.1
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Full
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

The Logitech K780 has amazing compatibility thanks to its Bluetooth connection. You can use this on any platform, although the software isn't available on iOS, iPadOS, Linux, and Android.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The keyboard comes in a speckled and non-speckled design, but we expect our review to be valid for both as the differences only seem to be aesthetic. We reviewed the non-speckled model.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech K780 is a very versatile keyboard. It's a decent keyboard overall but shines when you pair it to a desktop setup by using a tablet. You can easily switch between three devices connected and the scissor switches offer a nice overall typing experience, but won't satisfy gamers. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards for iPad, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards for writers.

Logitech K380

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 better keyboard than the Logitech K780 overall. It features backlighting, which is nice and is rechargeable instead of using batteries like the K780. Both use very similar switches, but the MX Keys' keycaps feel a bit better, and the keys are easier to actuate.

Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard

The Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard and the Logitech K780 are both decent keyboards to use with mobile devices, but the K480 is easier to bring around. Its compact 65% design is easier to slip in a backpack than the full-sized K780. However, the K780 is better-built and features scissor switches that offer a much better overall typing quality than the K480's rubber dome switches.

Logitech K800

The Logitech K780 is a better overall wireless keyboard than the Logitech K800. It's fully compatible with macOS and offers a better typing quality than the K800. Some people might not like the circular keys of the K780, though, and might prefer the more typical design of the K800's keys. The K780 is also Bluetooth-enabled and can connect to three devices simultaneously and features a small cradle for your mobile devices as well.

Apple Magic Keyboard

The Logitech K780 is a more versatile keyboard than the Apple Magic Keyboard. All of the Logitech's keys work on all platforms, while the Apple is only partially compatible with Windows, and can't be used with Android devices. The K780 can also be connected to three devices simultaneously, while the Magic Keyboard can only be connected to one. On the other hand, the Apple is lighter and has a 60% compact design.

Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard

The Logitech K780 is more versatile than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It can be used with its USB receiver and via Bluetooth and its design offers a little cradle for your mobile devices, which is very useful. However, if you don't like circular keys, you might want to go with the Microsoft keyboard with its more typical square chiclet keys.

Logitech K360

The Logitech K780 is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech K360. The K780 feels much better-built, supports Bluetooth and multi-device pairing, and offers a quieter and more enjoyable typing experience. On the other hand, the K360 has dedicated media keys and may represent better value for some people.

Logitech Craft

The Logitech Craft is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech K780. The Craft has a white backlight, has a rechargeable battery, and has a detachable charging cable. On the other hand, the K780 is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS and is a bit quieter than the Craft.

Logitech K400 Plus

The Logitech K780 is overall a better keyboard than the Logitech K400 Plus. Unlike the K400, the K780 can connect to a device via Bluetooth, and it can pair with up to three devices at once. The K780 also features a built-in stand for phones or tablets, making it the better choice for typing on a mobile device. On the other hand, the K400 Plus is better for a home theater setup thanks to its integrated trackpad and is designed to be used on your lap.

iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08

The iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08 and the Logitech K780 are very different keyboards for mobile use. The iClever is a better keyboard if you're on the move often while the Logitech is better if you want a separate work station at your desk with a mobile device or tablet. The iClever is more portable and practical if you move a lot and need to work in tight spaces like on the train, but the K780 is a more typical office keyboard with better build quality and an overall better typing experience.

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