Logitech K800 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 18, 2020 at 07:24 am
Logitech K800 Picture
6.3
Gaming
3.4
Mobile/Tablet
7.2
Office
5.8
Programming
4.0
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech K800 is a decent wireless keyboard. It has scissor switches that offer good tactile feedback and also has white backlighting if you need to work late at night. The board feels a bit flimsy and the keycaps are prone to shine, but overall, people looking for a decent work keyboard should be satisfied.

Our Verdict

6.3 Gaming

The K800 is an okay gaming keyboard, although it isn't recommended for this use. It has a very high force needed to actuate a key and the board feels rather cheap. Also, you can't program keys and the software offers limited customization.

Pros
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • White backlighting.
  • Very quiet keyboard.
Cons
  • Board has a lot of flex.
  • Keycaps feel cheap and prone to shine.
3.4 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech K800 isn't designed to work with mobile devices and tablets.

Pros
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • White backlighting.
  • Very quiet keyboard.
Cons
  • Board has a lot of flex.
  • Keycaps feel cheap and prone to shine.
7.2 Office

The Logitech K800 is a decent office keyboard. Its ergonomics are decent, although some might be bothered by its fixed wrist rest. It offers a just okay typing quality, but the wireless connection is great and helps to reduce the clutter on your desk.

Pros
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • White backlighting.
  • Very quiet keyboard.
Cons
  • Board has a lot of flex.
  • Keycaps feel cheap and prone to shine.
5.8 Programming

The Logitech K800 is a sub-par keyboard for programming. The ergonomics and typing quality could be better, and you can't program any keys. The board also feels rather cheap.

Pros
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • White backlighting.
  • Very quiet keyboard.
Cons
  • Board has a lot of flex.
  • Keycaps feel cheap and prone to shine.
4.0 Entertainment / HTPC

Pros
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • White backlighting.
  • Very quiet keyboard.
Cons
  • Board has a lot of flex.
  • Keycaps feel cheap and prone to shine.
  • 6.3 Gaming
  • 3.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.2 Office
  • 5.8 Programming
  • 4.0 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Apr 19, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Feb 18, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 13, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.9" (2.4 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.1 cm)
Depth
7.7" (19.6 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.98 lbs (0.900 kg)

This is a rather big full-size keyboard and takes a bit more space than some others because it has a fixed wrist rest.

6.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The Logitech K800's build quality is mediocre. The frame is entirely built from plastic and the board is very flexible. The rubber housing on the underside of the keyboard peels off easily, which gives off a rather cheap feeling. The keycaps are also very cheap and prone to shine. While the board has inclined feet, a gentle forward push on the keyboard makes them fall back, which is annoying.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest Fixed

The Logitech K800's ergonomics are decent. It has a narrow fixed wrist rest and a single incline setting for a more comfortable typing experience. However, they fall easily when applying a bit of forward pressure on the keyboard, which is annoying.

4.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
White
Individually Backlit Keys
No
Color Mixing
White Only
Effects
No
Programmable
No

The Logitech K800 has a single color white backlight, which can be controlled directly on the board. We couldn't confirm if all the keys were individually lit.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Charge Only)
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Micro USB

This wireless keyboard comes with a charge-only micro-USB cable. It also has a 1.5m extension cable. You can use this extension for the receiver or the charging cable.

1.3
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable

This wireless keyboard has very poor versatility, as it can only be used with its Logitech unifying USB receiver. The battery is rechargeable and can last up to 10 days according to the manufacturer, but we don't test for this. If you need multi-device pairing capability, check out the Keychron K4 or the Logitech Craft.

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 Caps Lock

This board has very poor extra features. It has a few media keys, although they're hotkeys on the F10-F12 keys. Only a few keys can be programmed inside the Logitech Options software, and you can only choose from a list of preset options. If you're looking for an integrated touchpad, take a look at the AmazonBasics K4R or the Logitech K400 Plus. If you'd like a keyboard with dedicated media keys, consider the Logitech K360.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech K800 keyboard
  • Logitech Unifying USB receiver
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Extension cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
65 gf
Actuation Force
30 gf
Pre-Travel
2.2 mm
Total Travel
3.2 mm

The keyboard uses scissor switches that have a very high bump before actuation, which requires a bit more force than most mechanical switches. These keystrokes might feel too mushy for some.

6.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard's typing quality is just okay. It has a nice tactile feel thanks to the scissor switches, although it might feel mushy. The keycaps also feel quite cheap, and there's a lot of travel for scissor switches. On the upside, the keys are stable and there's a small indentation in the keys that feels good. Typing on this keyboard might feel a bit tiring if you work for a few hours.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

Typing on this keyboard is very quiet and you won't bother surrounding colleagues in an open-office environment.

6.5
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
24.9 ms
Latency Bluetooth
N/A
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

The Logitech Options software is fairly limited. You can't save profiles on the keyboard, and there are only a few keys where you can select macro options, although you have to choose from a preset list of options.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

While this keyboard is fully compatible with Windows computers, the calculator, print screen, and pause break keys don't work on macOS and the software isn't available on Linux.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech K800 is a decent wireless keyboard, but its board design is cheaply made and its keystrokes require a lot of force to get over the pre-actuation bump. It has scissor switches, which are fine for typing, but if you prefer mechanical switches, check our recommendations for the best mechanical keyboards. You may also want to see our recommendations for the best wireless keyboards and the best cheap keyboards.

Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech MX Keys is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech K800. It's better-built, can be used over Bluetooth with three devices simultaneously, offers better backlighting, and has a noticeably better typing quality. If your budget allows it, the MX Keys is better in almost every category.

Logitech K780

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.

AmazonBasics K4R

The Logitech K800 and the AmazonBasics K4R are fairly different affordable keyboards. The AmazonBasics has an integrated touchpad and features rubber dome switches that feel a bit mushy. On the other side, the Logitech has backlighting, scissor switches, a fixed wrist rest, and a Numpad. The Logitech is rechargeable while the AmazonBasics uses disposable batteries.

Logitech K360

The Logitech K360 is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech K800. The K360 has a more enjoyable typing experience and has dedicated media keys. However, the K800 has white backlighting and functions with a rechargeable battery.

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