Logitech K845 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 24, 2020 at 10:45 am
Logitech K845 Picture
7.2
Gaming
3.4
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
7.2
Programming
4.4
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech K845 is a decent mechanical keyboard for office use. It has great build quality and okay ergonomics, but it lacks features like macro-programmable keys and customization software. While it doesn't have RGB backlighting, it does have a bright white backlight that helps you see your keys if you work in a dark environment. The Cherry MX Blue switches on our unit feel light and responsive to type on, and it's also available in a variety of switch types in case you prefer something quieter with a different feel.

Our Verdict

7.2 Gaming

The Logitech K845 is okay for gaming. The Cherry MX Blue switches on our unit have a fairly light actuation force and a short pre-travel distance, which results in a quick and responsive gaming experience. It has bright white backlighting that can be customized using the hotkeys. Unfortunately, no software seems to work with the board, so you can't set macros to any of the keys.

Pros
  • Light and responsive typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Customizable backlighting.
Cons
  • No macro-programmable keys.
  • No customization software.
  • No included wrist rest.
3.4 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech K845 isn't designed for mobile or tablet use.

7.4 Office

The Logitech K845 is decent for office use. It feels light to type on, so you shouldn't feel fatigued after a long day of work. The Cherry MX Blue switches on our unit are very loud, but it's available in different switches that may be better suited for an office environment. Unfortunately, it has only okay ergonomics as it doesn't come with a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Light and responsive typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Customizable backlighting.
Cons
  • Cherry MX Blue switches are loud.
  • No customization software.
  • No included wrist rest.
7.2 Programming

The Logitech K845 is okay for programming. The Cherry MX Blue switches on our unit feel fairly light and responsive, thanks to the short pre-travel and the clicky tactile feedback. It has nice white backlighting that can be customized using the hotkeys. Unfortunately, no software seems to work with it, so you can't set macros to any of the keys.

Pros
  • Light and responsive typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Customizable backlighting.
Cons
  • No macro-programmable keys.
  • No customization software.
  • No included wrist rest.
4.4 Entertainment / HTPC

Pros
  • Light and responsive typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Customizable backlighting.
Cons
  • No customization software.
  • No included wrist rest.
  • 7.2 Gaming
  • 3.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 7.2 Programming
  • 4.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Mar 15, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 17.1" (43.5 cm)
Depth
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.75 lbs (0.794 kg)

The Logitech K845 is a full-sized keyboard that takes up some space on your desk. It's almost identical in size to the Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

This keyboard has great build quality. It's mostly made of plastic with an aluminum top plate that feels nice and solid. The body has a slight flex to it, but it isn't noticeable when typing. The ABS keycaps have a rough texture for better grip, and some of the keys wobble when pressed, especially the Enter, Shift, Backspace, and Spacebar keys. There are five rubber feet at the bottom that do a good job of keeping the keyboard in place, and the incline feet shouldn't collapse when sliding the board around.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
4 °
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
8 °
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics are adequate. Key spacing is pretty standard and doesn't feel tiring while typing, but sadly, it doesn't come with a wrist rest.

8.9
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
White
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
White Only
Effects
Yes
Programmable
No

The Logitech K845 has fantastic backlighting. You can control the brightness of the white light and cycle between five lighting effects using the function keys. Although each key is individually lit, the function images printed on the FN keys don't light up and may be difficult to see in the dark.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable

It has a standard rubber cable that retains kinks from the packaging.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

It's wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

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 Caps, Scroll & Num lock

It doesn't have many extra features. You can control your media from the hotkeys, FN+F5 to F11. Unfortunately, none of the keys can be set to macros.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech K845 Mechanical Illuminated keyboard
  • User manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Blue
Feel
Clicky
Operating Force
69 gf
Actuation Force
50 gf
Pre-Travel
1.9 mm
Total Travel
3.9 mm

The Logitech K845 comes in a variety of switches, and our unit uses the Cherry MX Blue switches. They provide good tactile feedback and are clicky. They have a short pre-travel distance and require some force to actuate, but the overall feeling remains light.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

It has great typing quality. The Cherry MX Blue switches give nice responsive feedback, and it doesn't feel tiring to type on. The ABS keycaps have a rough texture that makes them grippy, and the standard spacing of the keys don't result in more or fewer typos. If you don't like Cherry MX Blue switches, the Logitech K845 is also available in different switch types.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

The Cherry MX Blue switches on the Logitech K845 are loud and might bother those around you in an office setting. It's also available in different switch types that might be quieter to type on.

6.8
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
18.9 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A
Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

This keyboard doesn't work with any Logitech customization software.

7.6
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

It's fully compatible with Windows and Linux, but the Scroll Lock and Pause Break keys don't work on macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Logitech K845 full-sized keyboard in black, which is the only size and color available for this model. It's available in a variety of switch types: Logitech GX Red, Blue, Brown, Cherry MX Red, and Cherry MX Blue. Our unit uses Cherry MX Blue switches. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech K845 is a decent full-sized mechanical keyboard for the office, but it's missing many of the features high-end keyboards have. However, this is expected for a budget mechanical keyboard. It doesn't come with a wrist rest, and it doesn't seem to work with any of the Logitech software, so you can't set macros or remap any of the keys. On the plus side, it does have backlighting and feels quite well-built. For other options, see our recommendations for the best mechanical keyboards, the best cheap mechanical keyboards, and the best Logitech keyboards.

Logitech G413

The Logitech G413 and the Logitech K845 serve different purposes, as the G413 is designed for gaming and the K845 is designed for office. The G413 is only available with Romer-G Tactile switches, while the K845 has various Logitech GX and Cherry MX switch options. Since the G413 is designed for gaming, it has much lower latency and is compatible with Logitech's G HUB software. It also has macro-programmable keys, which the K845 lacks, but it's limited to the function keys only.

Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard

The Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard and the Logitech K485 are both decent office keyboards. The K845 feels better built, as its Cherry MX Blue switches require a bit more force to actuate a key, and it has backlighting. However, our K840 unit is fully compatible with macOS, and while it has customization software, there aren't many options.

Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech MX Keys is better for office use than the Logitech K845. The MX Keys' scissor switches on our unit are much quieter than the Cherry MX Blues on our K845 unit, so it shouldn't be loud in an open office. Also, it's wireless and has a multi-device pairing feature, has a lower profile, and it's fully compatible with both macOS and Windows. However, the K845 has a higher pre-travel distance, which should help prevent typos.

Logitech G513

The Logitech G513 is a much better keyboard than the Logitech K845. Since it's designed for gaming, the G513 has some programmable keys, customization software, RGB backlighting, and a USB passthrough. It also has lighter and more responsive keys, and it comes with a wrist rest. However, the K845 has a higher pre-travel distance, which should help prevent typos, and it's fully compatible with Linux.

Das Keyboard Model S Professional

The Logitech K845 is better than the Das Keyboard Model S Professional. The Logitech feels better built, has backlighting, and it shouldn't tire your fingers as much, thanks to its low front. However, the Das has a USB passthrough, which the Logitech doesn't.

Razer BlackWidow

The Razer BlackWidow is better than the Logitech K845, although it's mostly geared towards gaming. The Razer has full RGB lighting, an extra incline setting, and it has outstanding software for customization. On the other hand, the Logitech feels better built, and you may feel less tired typing on it.

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