Illuminated (back-lit) keyboards are usually associated with gaming, but Logitech’s Illuminated Keyboard is simply for those who want an agreeable typing experience on a nicely designed keyboard. If you like to work in a dark environment, having a backlit keyboard is convenient. It’s not mandatory by any means, but it makes typing a little easier – especially for those who have to look at the keys from time to time, like I do. And with a name like “PerfectStroke Key System”, Logitech is setting the expectations a little high. So, does the keyboard live up to the hype?
It might help you to know where I come from (keyboard-wise): I used to like the big IBM mechanical keyboards (in the 90s), but years ago (2004), I switched to the Logitech ultra-thin keyboard that has a laptop feel (available in OEM only). Then I switched to the Apple ultra-flat (aluminum) keyboard. I tend to dislike ergonomic keyboards, probably because I never learned to type properly, so I’m not placing my hands the way ergonomic keyboards were designed for.
The soul of the keyboard
Let’s cut to the chase: is this keyboard good? Hell yes! I was first attracted by it because of its design, but after trying it, I immediately liked Logitech’s PerfectStroke Key System. The key touch is smooth and just as Logitech says, the travel length is 50% longer when compared to a typical laptop keyboard and certainly much longer than the Apple flat keyboard. Finally and thankfully, Logitech has decided to use a *standard* layout for the directional keys (arrows), the “home” and “end” buttons. I really dislike the layout found on other keyboards from the brand.
This is the best looking keyboard from Logitech, period. The consistency of the light intensity is surprising (I owned a few of these), it basically comes down to using more LED lights, better plastics and in the end, making a product a little more expensive, but it shows. The overall quality of the material and finishes is great. The thin transparent edge gives it a classy look that is reminiscent of the high-end flat televisions. There are four levels of lighting, so under no circumstances the keyboard lighting should be too bright.
I think that the Logitech Illuminated keyboard is an excellent, comfortable, keyboard. The PerfectStroke Key System has good mechanical properties and is comfortable to use in general. I would have personally preferred a shorter key travel (I type faster with a shorter travel), but you’ll have to try for yourself – it is smooth. In the future, there a few things that Logitech could do to make it even better: go wireless, make it smaller (in width, height), less expensive and… use aluminum?
- 18.03 x 7.56 x 0.37″
- USB connection
- Windows XP/Vista compatible
- 3-year warranty