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Logitech Continues Home Theater Push With Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830

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Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Logitech’s small-footprint keyboards. Indeed, the company’s K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard has been a firm fixture in my household, featuring in both We Got Served’s Building a Windows 8 Home Server and Building a Windows Home Theatre PC books.

As I start work on our latest book, Building a Home Server With Windows 8.1, I’ll be definitely taking a look at Logitech’s new  Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830, which has been announced today. The brand new, rechargable model has been designed specifically for connected TVs and HTPC use, with backlit keys, an integrated touchpad, and advanced wireless connectivity.

The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 automatically dims or brightens its backlit keys based on the amount of light in the room, so you can type easily in any lighting condition, the company tells us. Type and the keys illuminate. Stop typing and the backlight turns off after five seconds to help save power.

The 2.4 GHz wireless receiver delivers connections to a device up to 33 feet away, so even if you have a massive living room, you should be covered. Like the K400, the new model includes touchpadad, allowing you to control mouse-based interfaces (such as XBMC) with touch as well as via the keys.

The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 ships this month in Europe at a price of £89.99.

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.
  • Curmudge0n

    I love the idea of the back light and it is long overdue. Unfortunately, they removed the “left click” mouse button from the upper left hand corner of the keyboard which is conveniently under your left thumb on the K400 keyboard. The K400 works very well with two thumbs. The right one on the touch pad and the left one on the left click button. Even the video shows the operator having to support the keyboard on his knee and move his right thumb between the touch pad and the left click button (which is NOT back lit by the way) so you have to know where that button is in a darkened room. The ergo department at Logitech must have missed that.

    • Curmudge0n

      Sorry, Terry. I was corrected on another site about the apparent lack of the left mouse button. IT IS THERE. Just not the same place and not with the other keyboard keys like the K400. It is on the top edge of the keyboard and operated by the left index finger rather than the left thumb.

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