When it comes to general-use keyboards, reviewers point to the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 as a strong choice. Ambient light sensors automatically adjust to the amount of light in the room, which is perfect for night owls and those with low-lit offices who need better key readability. Other impressive features include rechargeable AA nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, media control keys and a Unifying receiver that syncs multiple Logitech devices to a single USB dongle.
The laptop-style keyboard also gets high marks for comfort and uniform tactility and offers up to 10 days of battery life on a single charge. Another plus: Built-in motion sensors detect when you wander away from the keyboard and put it in standby mode to save battery life. However, the K800's fragile chassis leaves reviewers concerned about the keyboard's long-term durability, especially for serious gamers. If you like to play first-person shooter games and your handling tends to be aggressive, the backlit Logitech G19 (*Est. $155) is a better choice for gamers.
We found helpful reviews of the Logitech K800 at EverythingUSB.com and DigitalVersus.com, where the K800 is a top pick. ComputerShopper.com provides detailed analysis of the keyboard's layout, features and feel, as does CNET.
Reviewer Vincent Alzieu is impressed with the K800's wireless connectivity and backlit functionality, features that are hard to find in the same keyboard. He likes the hand proximity sensor, but he thinks the K800 isn't durable enough for hardcore gaming. He awards it a perfect 5-star score.
Review: Logitech K800, Vincent Alzieu, Oct. 7, 2010
Justin Yu finds the K800 keyboard a worthwhile option for users who like to type in the dark. The Unifying receiver and shallow key layout also appeal to him, resulting in increased accuracy and typing speed for CNET editors after less than a day of use. But the K800's thin profile leaves him concerned about keyboard durability.
Review: Logitech K800, Justin Yu, Oct. 25, 2010
Anthony Garland calls the K800 "one sexy looking keyboard," praising the adjustable backlighting. He also likes the keyboard's Unifying receiver and "perfectly situated" function key, but after a week of web surfing and tinkering in Office applications, Garland concludes that the keyboard layout takes some getting used to and might not be for everyone.
Review: Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard Review, Anthony Garland, Oct. 22, 2010
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Editor John Burek puts the K800 through its paces and finds it a comfortable, smartly designed keyboard, though it doesn't add much to the original wired version. He praises the addition of the Unifying receiver and energy-saving technology, but dislikes the reduced-size function keys. The Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 earns a Top 100 for 2010 Award, a Shopper's Choice for 2011, an A+ for School and Good for Gaming recommendation.
Review: Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, John A. Burek, Dec. 2010
The K800 keyboard has over 250 user reviews at Amazon.com, most of which are positive; glowing, even. Sprinkled throughout are complaints about the price, reports of Wi-Fi troubles and issues with the key layout. It earns an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Review: Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, Contributors to Amazon.com