Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Keyboard Review
Do you ever experience difficulty finding a suitable device to help you control your media streaming devices from the comfort of your couch? Too often you worry about pre-installing software drivers or have the need to troubleshoot before getting it to work properly? Regardless, you’ll want to read further.
The past few days, I’ve been reviewing the Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard, and had the privilege of reviewing the white-and-blue version instead of the standard black-and-yellow styled device. The only real difference between the two is the colour, and I do find the white to be a lot more aesthetically pleasing. At first glance, I was impressed by the symmetrical layout.
It contains all the keys of every standard keyboard, as well as the 12 Function keys at the top that also double as shortcut-keys when holding the Fn-key, and yet it is still smaller than a standard keyboard, even with the touch-pad on the right-hand of the device. Another bonus, which is something Logitech has been doing exceedingly well at, is the plug-and-play capability of the keyboard.
Simply plug the Unifying receiver into an appropriate USB-slot and start using your device without any hassle. What’s more impressive is the range that the keyboard promises to reach; 10-meters! I tested this by walking around the house, continuously swiping around the touchpad while my brother kept his eye on the TV-screen giving me reports every second, and no matter how many walls were between me and the Media Center, it kept on running smoothly.
There is software you can download and install for it if you would like to manage the features such as the speed of the cursor, etc. and you can find it here (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/manuals/11916) under Logitech Options.
The touchpad speed is pretty standard, which makes it friendly to all users, not too fast for the people who dislike sensitive speeds, and not too slow for the people who prefer it, like myself. Underneath the touchpad are two more buttons, one for left-click and another for right-click, and above it are three more buttons for volume control; Mute, Volume Down, and Volume Up, from left-to-right.
The touchpad also responds to the more advanced controls, such as the two-finger slide for scrolling, zooming-in and zooming out, two finger tap for right-click, etc. And towards the top-left of the keyboard, there is another button provided solely for left-click, which I used most often.
Overall, I was quite happy with this keyboard. Another thing that it promises is an 18 month battery-life, which I obviously was not able to test, but I take Logitech’s word for it, since this device has already met all the other standards that have been detailed. I would be very happy to have one of these to use for PC-to-TV control. It sells for about R740 from Raru, and only has support for Windows 7 and upwards (including Windows 10), Chrome OS, and Android 5.0.2 and later (obviously not phones and tablets). So it is unfortunate, but Mac users miss out this time.