On-screen keyboards are easy for on the go usage, but when you want an easier input method a true keyboard is the only way to go. Logitech has created such a solution with the K811 Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard. It allows for wireless bluetooth access to your iPhone, iPad or Mac. How well does it work? Find out in the full review after the break!
One of the most unique aspects of the Logitech K811 Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard is the backlit capability. Brightness can easily be adjusted and in a dark office the keys stand out great. The K811 also possesses the capability to auto-dim based on ambient light and for power saving features. Hand proximity detection was also a welcome feature and worked very well during our tests. Battery life can vary based on usage and backlit settings but we were able to get several days of normal usage with a full charge. Charging is done via a micro-USB cable and 3 hours are required to get a full charge on the K811.
While the build quality was good on the Logitech K811, we were disappointed that it did not feel as sturdy as the standard Apple bluetooth keyboard. The reason for this was due to the keyboard not being constructed fully out of aluminum (only the front panel is). The keys themselves had a good tactile feel and feedback.
Bluetooth connectivity was simple on all peripherals with the K811 having the unique capability to also switch easily between paired devices (up to 3 devices can be paired to the keyboard for easy switching). We did not experience any delays in standby/wake for the K811, usage was pretty much instantaneous between inactivity unlike other bluetooth keyboards on the market.
Overall, Logitech has a winner onn their hands with the Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard. The bluetooth connectivity executed flawlessly and the backlit keys were a welcome treat. Our only true gripe with the Logitech K811 was build quality; had the keyboard been made with more aluminum externally, it would not have felt less durable than a standard Apple keyboard. If you’re looking for a great wireless keyboard option for your Apple devices, look no further than the Logitech K811.