Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard

Last updated date: October 22, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 162 expert reviews, the Logitech Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Backlit Keyboard for a detailed review of all the top backlit keyboards.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
23 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
8,759 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Keys are backlit and the brightness can be adjusted. Rechargeable with included micro-USB cable. You can get up to 10 days with one charge. offers quiet, comfortable typing
- BestReviews
Can change the level of illumination and when it is activated and turned off
- Tech Spot
This new model gets rid of the cord and incorporates not only adjustable brightness but also notable Logitech-exclusive features like the PerfectStroke key system and a USB charger for up to 6 hours of battery life at $99.
- CNET
October 24, 2010 | Full review
Another great advantage offered by the K800 are the brightly backlit keys. You can literally type in the dark with this keyboard, even if you hunt-and-peck like I do!
- Rick's Daily Tips
July 14, 2019 | Full review
Backlit keys with ambient light and proximity sensor.
- Gadget Nutz
January 16, 2013 | Full review
It has all the hallmarks a good keyboard has including the ergonomic style, wireless connectivity, and quick response rate.
- Binary Tides
July 9, 2019 | Full review
The PerfectStroke key mechanism makes typing very quiet and suits it for silent surroundings whereas the Unifying USB receiver makes connecting it to other devices easy.
- All Top Ten Reviews
June 18, 2019 | Full review
It's also wireless, so you don't have to worry about unseemly cords running across your desk. It can be turned on with a simple wave of your hand.
- Wiki EZ Vid
Since it’s a wireless device, battery life can be a concern. Fortunately, Logitech has included a high-performance lithium ion battery. This battery gives you about 6 hours of battery life.
- Nerd Tech
January 14, 2017 | Full review
Created with high ergonomics, it’s easy to type using this keyboard. With soft key bearing curved design; they offer easy keystroking.
- Dotbeasts
January 17, 2019 | Full review
The backlighting has four intensity levels, which should provide enough choice to ensure you can always find a good balance between being able to see the keys and being distracted by them.
- Trusted Reviews
May 26, 2011 | Full review
Thanks to the full-size keyboard, touch-typing was seamless moving from my regular keyboard to the K800. The keys were neither sticky nor too clicky, and were noticeably more comfortable to type on. No doubt this is the benefit of the PerfectStroke key design, which enables a key travel of 3.2mm.
- PC World
February 1, 2019 | Full review
The Wireless Illuminated K800 backlighting automatically adjusts based on the amount of light in the room using ambient light sensors. Motion sensors detect your hands as they approach to turn the backlighting on and to turn it back off when your hands move away.
- Gadget Review
August 11, 2015 | Full review
It is flawlessly fluid and quiet when being used, no pains with palm and wrist and both stays at ease. K800 is a complete set of brilliant features compiled in a single device.
- The Buyers Trend
August 31, 2019 | Full review
The keyboard has a proximity detection system that turns on the backlight when it senses your hand nearby to save battery power. The keyboard is rechargeable and can be used while it is changing up with a small micro USB cable.
- Slash Gear
August 18, 2010 | Full review
Keys are remarkably responsive, providing instantaneous returns and the media controls offer a decent selection of customizable functions via Logitech’s SetPoint software
- Notebook Review
January 12, 2009 | Full review
This keyboard is pretty special in that it’s the only illuminated board in this article, The backlight makes it easier to use in the dark, but it also gives it an edge in that gamers love LEDs in their gear.
- Gazzette Review
April 15, 2017 | Full review
The adjustable backlighting is a neat feature. There are programmable as well as enhanced F-keys which give you additional functionality and performance.
- Progamer Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
An adjustable backlight allows for typing in the dark, and it runs on a set of rechargeable batteries that can be charged via USB through your computer or an adapter.
- Wise Bread
October 9, 2013 | Full review
The good news is the backlight brightness automatically adjusts based on the level of lighting in the room, or it can be manually adjusted on-the-fly via the function keys. The keyboard can get really bright, as seen below the K800 is at maximum brightness in a completely dark room and very easy to see.
- Groovy Post
May 8, 2017 | Full review
Its dimensions, concave finish and the PerfectStroke technology of the Swiss company makes it practically impossible to eat letters typing at full speed. In addition to the excellent response, they are among the quietest we have seen.
- Computer Tech Reviews
PerfectStroke key system makes every keystroke more comfortable, fluid and quiet.
- Techshopperz
December 9, 2016 | Full review
No batteries needed: recharge quickly with the included universal micro-USB cable.
- CPU Report
What experts didn't like
A full charge takes 3-6 hours. Difficult to clean. Keys are delicate and easy to break.
- BestReviews
Easily soiled glossy surface. Battery life could be better.
- Tech Spot
Thin profile sacrifices design for durability
- CNET
October 24, 2010 | Full review
The only real downside to the Logitech K800 is the size. Since it’s a full-size keyboard, it wouldn’t be a great choice for those who want to carry an external keyboard along in their laptop case.
- Rick's Daily Tips
July 14, 2019 | Full review
The keyboard is somewhat large and wide.
- Gadget Nutz
January 16, 2013 | Full review
The backlit keyboard isn’t very bright
- All Top Ten Reviews
June 18, 2019 | Full review
Keys tend to break off over time
- Wiki EZ Vid
This keyboard certainly feels no more uncomfortable than any other low-profile, straight keyboard I’ve used.
- Trusted Reviews
May 26, 2011 | Full review
Thin chassis is a little bendy
- PC World
February 1, 2019 | Full review
Not compatible to Mac devices
- The Buyers Trend
August 31, 2019 | Full review
The transparent frame, as reported by Logitech, adds an “elegant touch to any desk“; I respectfully disagree. The clear plastic frame adds a hint of “cheapness” in my eyes, and I would have preferred a frame in the same black matte color like the rest of the keyboard or no frame at all.
- Notebook Review
January 12, 2009 | Full review
The downside with the K800 is that due to the compact design the keys can be a bit hard to clean and if single keys happen to fail it’s a bit hard to replace them.
- Progamer Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
It starts to lag on the wireless connection if you’re doing something that requires pressing multiple keys at once. I also did notice that there’s a slight (25ms) delay when typing with it on wireless. Attaching the USB cord seemed to straighten performance up.
- Groovy Post
May 8, 2017 | Full review
The only point to improve, to mention some, is that the lighting is turned off very quickly when removing the hands and this feature cannot be configured, which forces us to bring them closer so that it is illuminated and we can distinguish some keys from others.
- Computer Tech Reviews
It comes with a little high price.
- Techshopperz
December 9, 2016 | Full review
Yes, wireless is a con because I will never ever use it as a wireless keyboard. The USB charger that comes with the keyboard is only used for charging. It doesn’t provide any communication between the computer and the keyboard — that’s what the Unifying receiver is for.
- CPU Report

From The Manufacturer

With laser-etched, backlit keys you can see easily in any light, a sleek look, and comfortable, fluid typing, the logitech wireless illuminated keyboard k800 delivers a brilliant typing experience-day or night. System Requirements: Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 10|USB Port|Internet access required for software download.|Software required for connecting additional devices with Unifying receiver.|Software available for download here.

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An Overview On Backlit Keyboards

It takes a pounding from your fingers, possibly thousands of times a day. When you’re frustrated, it might take a few extra. In the worst-case scenarios, it might even put up with soda spills or smears of potato chip residue. And through it all, it dutifully relays your commands.

When buying a computer, the humble keyboard never gets enough credit. But with the advent of backlit keyboards, they’ve finally found a way to make you sit up and take notice.

As cool as they look, backlit keyboards aren’t just lit up for show. They incorporate tiny LEDs or some other type of light underneath the keys, illuminating them for use in dimly lit areas. They can be great for work sessions on red-eye plane flights or dorm rooms where you’re obligated to keep the lights at a minimum. For gamers, high-end backlit keyboards such as the Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard can be particularly useful with custom settings that illuminate particular frequently-pressed keys.

But there’s more to consider than lighting when buying a keyboard. As technology and parenting blogger Molly Thornberg explains, finding the right keyboard layout is essential.

“Before purchasing a backlit keyboard, determine if the keyboard layout meets your needs,” says Thornberg, who runs the Digital Mom Blog. “These may include special function keys and a keypad.”

These days, the layout of a keyboard can vary greatly, but there are three general configurations. Full-size keyboards will have the standard number of keys you might be used to on your office desktop computer. That includes the “F” or function keys along the top plus a bank of navigation keys and number pad off to the right. That’s 104 keys in all, though in some specialized keyboards it might even be more! Then there are TenKeyLess or “80%” keyboards. These eliminate the number pad or incorporate it with the navigation keys. Compact, or “60%” keyboards, do away with both the number pad and navigation keys, and might not even include the function keys (substituting in a single “F” key to do their work).

And that’s just the traditional keyboards. More daring, ergonomic models are available that split the keyboard into two halves that supposedly are easier on the long term health of your wrists and hands — though the research is still inconclusive on that point. As for the layout of the keys themselves, most keyboards use the tried and true QWERTY format that’s been standard since the days of ink-and-paper typewriters. (So named because of the first six letters you’ll see if you read your computer keyboard like a book: Q-W-E-R-T-Y.) If you’re just starting out as a typist, you might also research the much less common Dvorak layout, which puts the most commonly used letters in the middle row.

Gamers and writers alike will want to pay special attention to the kind of switches that their keys employ. Switches, quite simply, are the mechanism that makes your keystroke register when you press it, and the feel and response of it can vary greatly.

A common type of switch you’ll find on slimmer laptop keyboards is the membrane, made of a single circuit that stretches across the board. Press a key, and you activate a contact point in that matrix. While it’s certainly high-tech, it’s also relatively cheap and offers less of a tactile response.

Another common switch is the dome type, where a plunger presses against a rubber or silicone dome and activates a carbon switch underneath. This tends to have a softer feel, though the dome material will certainly be more resistant to spills. Some dome switches use a scissor-like mechanism to decrease the space between the key and contact point.

Gamers generally prefer the old-school mechanical switches, especially if they’re playing shooters or other games where response time is crucial. Mechanical switches, like those found on the EagleTec KG010 Mechanical Keyboard, employ metal springs that provide plenty of tactile feedback and leave little doubt as to when a button is pressed.

There are plenty of other bells and whistles that are specific to gamers, some of which you can find in our tips. But for the most part, a good keyboard — lit or unlit — will be all about the feel.

DWYM Fun Fact

QWERTY vs. Dvorak keyboard configuration: It’s a debate among only the most hardcore typing nerds. Although the popularity of the QWERTY design would seem to have settled the feud, there is one big piece of evidence in favor of Dvorak: Barbara Blackburn reigned for over a decade as the Guinness World Record holder for fastest typist. Her fastest time? 212 words per minute. Her keyboard of choice? A Dvorak model, of course.

The Backlit Keyboard Buying Guide

  • Here’s the bad news: There’s no one keyboard that’s perfect for everyone. The good news is that if you know what you’ll be using it for, there’s almost certainly one out there that is perfect for you. Are you a writer, student or someone who will spend a lot of time pounding out text? Consider a long lasting, full-size keyboard with soft backlighting that won’t damage your eyes over prolonged periods of late-night typing, like the Azio Large Print Tri-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard. Are you buying your keyboard to use with a tablet or other mobile workstation? A TenKeyLess keyboard with a slim profile might be worth it for the portability factor, though you may want to try it beforehand to see if you can get a feel for the membrane switches.
  • Are you buying your keyboard for games? There’s a reason that some backlit keyboards are marketed specifically to gamers and their particular needs, like the Havit Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard. For most gamers, mechanical switches are a must. They offer a speed and tactile response that there’s no substitute for.
  • Gamers may also want to pay attention to whether their chosen keyboard is wired or wireless. “A wired backlit keyboard will typically feature a cord that plugs into your USB port,” Thornberg explains. “A wireless backlit keyboard will either work with a dongle that plugs into the back of your computer and talks to your keyboard — or via Bluetooth.”
  • Those playing shooters or other games where response time is key will want to lean toward a wired keyboard as opposed to a wireless one. Wireless signals delivered by Bluetooth or RF technology can be fast enough that regular users won’t notice — but your online enemies might.
  • Finally, many keyboards boast their keys as “conflict-free” or “anti-ghosting.” Essentially, that means that you won’t run into problems with lost signals when you start hitting multiple keys at the same time. That can especially helpful not only for gamers and their key commands, but also for workers using complex macros.
  • There are many keyboards that come with different ergonomic features to help prevent carpal tunnel. And while a hand rest can be nice, don’t go too crazy with adjustments to the keyboard angle. For best results, both your keyboard and your forearms should be parallel to the ground while in use.