The Logitech K810 has replaced my Apple Wireless keyboard without even trying [Review]

K810 Review

Logitech has a great reputation for creating great computer peripherals without forcing consumers to cough up an arm and a leg. A reputation which has only been enhanced by its latest lineup of Mac, PC and tablet compatible keyboards. The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover has won much praise, as it should, but one which I’ve been equally impressed with over the past couple of weeks is the K810 Bluetooth keyboard. There’s very little I don’t like about it, from its sleek and stylish look to its practicality and efficient device switching.

Design-wise, we’re looking at an all black and smokey affair. The main body of the device and all the keys are made up of a black plastic, albeit different finishes. Sat on top of the plastic base is a dark brushed aluminum that frames the keys perfectly. It looks stunning. There’s something about the combination of dark grey metal and black that just screams “classic” every time you see it. Despite the svelte appearance, the keys and keyboard are all rounded off at the corners making it completely un-intimidating. To finish it off, Logitech opted for a shiner black finish on the top panel to distinguish between the matte keys and the base. It’s a great effect and adds to the stylish look of the K810. Apart from the keyboard, there’s very little else going on. On the right edge is a small sliding power key, on the top edge is a Micro USB input for charging. On the underside is the Bluetooth pairing button. This is perhaps one of the best design decisions made during the process of creating this gem. It’s small, and out of the way. After all, once you’ve paired the device, you won’t need to keep using the pairing feature.

The combination of a very slight angle and shallow recess on all the keys makes typing on the K810 a breeze. It’s a very comfortable experience indeed. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to my hands. My Apple Wireless keyboard is much steeper, and requires my hands to be at a more acute angle putting extra strain on my hands and wrists that I could do without. It’s worth noting, I’ve used a wrist rest for 2 years now to minimize that affect. The reason behind this difference is clear: batteries. Logitech’s has an inbuilt Lithium based battery, the Apple keyboard has AA batteries at the top edge, raising the height. I much prefer Logitech’s approach.

K810 vs. Apple Wireless

If you’re a fan of chunky, noisy keys, this is clearly not for you. Typing is smooth, and the buttons give subtle but pleasing tactile feedback. The only thing I struggle with in regards to using it was that this particular model is optimized for use with Windows, not Mac. So, when using it with my computer, I had to adjust to compensate for the lack of a CMD button, and use shortcuts using the Windows button which is further away from the Space Bar than it would be on an Apple keyboard. (The answer to that problem: don’t get the K810, get the Easy-Switch Bluetooth keyboard instead).

The Logitech K810 isn’t just a pretty accessory, it has some fantastic features built in too. Chief of which is the Easy-Switch technology. Using three Bluetooth “channels” you can pair three separate devices, and switch between them using the dedicated buttons above the numerical keys. Switching from Mac to iPad to switch tasks is achieved in 1-2 seconds. To test it (not at all a real-world example), I had an iMessage chat open on my Mac, an Evernote document on my iPad 3, and a Facebook chat on the iPad mini. Simply press one of the three bespoke F1, F2 and F3 keys to hope from one device to the other. This feature could come in incredibly useful if I was using my iPad to keep an eye on my twitter feed constantly while reading and writing news on my Mac.

Negative points: there’s not a lot I can say here. The K810 doesn’t feel as sturdy or industrial as the Apple Wireless keyboard. The keys are perhaps on the small side, but they’re very well spaced and not difficult at all to type on. Battery life isn’t as good as using a pair of AA cells, but I’m happy with that compromise if it means a) not having to keep charging/replacing batteries b) not getting RSI.

Overall, I’m delighted with the keyboard. It’s replaced my Apple Wireless keyboard, and I wouldn’t think about switching back. Not even for a second. At $99.99 it’s something of an investment, but my only regret is that I didn’t try out the Easy-Switch keyboard instead with its Apple-optimized keys. The only problem for me now: I want a mouse and trackpad to match.

If you have a Windows PC check out the K810 here:

If you have a Mac, go for this instead (same price, but more Apple-y):



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  • Guest_47

    Like many people, I use both a Mac and a PC and since my Apple Keyboard died after wiping it with alcohol (not sure why it died) I have been looking at the K810 and K811. I love the black metal of K810 but I want those Apple optimised keys of K811 (since I use the Mac for typing mostly). I was hoping to find out what are the cons of using K810 on the Mac. So far, no reviews have been about using these keyboards on both systems. Am I the only one who use both platforms?

    • Lloyd

      You can map the three keys along the bottom (CTRL WINDOWS and ALT) to be the same as the three keys along a Mac keyboard (CTRL, ALT and COMMAND), so there is no loss of any COMMAND button (although the labels will be incorrect). This can be done with the OSX keyboard settings in system preferences. The special keys for volume control work. The main downside for me is that you have press the FN key to press the function keys. In Windows you can change that using the software but there is no driver/software to install on a mac. But that is the only inconvenience, and otherwise it is fine. Or in fact, better than the Mac edition because it has both delete and backspace.

  • readingyou

    I just switched to Mac from PC and I hate the apple keyboard. I purposely bought the K810 instead of K811 for one reason: the backspace key. The lack of it on the apple keyboard was the biggest problem for me because I used it so frequently on the PC keyboard. I used it far more often than any function keys and I don’t expect I’ll use the “command” key for Mac very often, either. But I will use that backspace key. It’s a pity Apple can’t seem to come up with a decent keyboard. I do like the new computer, but the keyboard (and that new flat mouse) stinks. I went back to an older mouse, too.

  • Charles

    I just got the logitech K810 instead of the apple keyboard. Using Mac OS 10.9 and could get into the settings for modifier keys. Only thing i could not change in the fn key and the control key but I think that is fine since I use more of the command shortcuts compared to the rest. Great review btw. Loving the keyboard.

  • Tom

    For people who are talking about the lack of a backspace key (I assume you mean Del key) on the Apple keyboards, just press fn+backspace and it will delete the character in front of the cursor instead just like a del key.

  • Peril_Sensitive

    Any comments on the battery life after several years of use? The battery is non-replaceable which is very Apple like.