Price (RRP): $99
The Logitech K600 Smart TV keyboard is an excellent remote-control replacement adding even more functionality with an onscreen cursor and a physical keyboard.
There is just one catch. It currently only works as a remote with compatible 4K Samsung QLED and LG OLED and UHD TVs from 2016 onwards. You can check here. Logitech is working on more brands, and Android TV (Sony and TCL) are not far away.
(Post publication note: Logitech has advised that the K600 is designed to work with select smart TV models from Samsung, LG, Sony BRAVIA and Philips. It is also compatible with select Toshiba and Insignia TVs powered by Fire TV. And of course Windows, Mac, iOS and Android).
You might ask why you need the $99.95 Logitech K600 Smart TV keyboard?
Well, if you have ever tried to enter a password for Netflix or your Wi-Fi, especially a complex unhackable one as you should have, using a remote control is a pain. If that password has a mix of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols it can take several attempts. The K600 solves that.
Or you can type a query into the internet browser search bar. Or you simply want to navigate menus with the convenience of a mouse. There are many opportunities to use it instead of a one-dimension remote.
Review: Logitech K600 Smart TV keyboard
Australian website here.
It is a solid, well made if surprisingly heavy keyboard at 500g. I only mention the weight as I use a Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard/trackpad K400 Plus at 395g.
What differentiates it is the round trackpad and what Logitech calls the D-pad (which is a feature of most remotes).
And the additional keys over the standard HTPC volume Up/down/mute are very handy.
It connects via a Logitech Unifying USB receiver or Bluetooth Low Energy and has multi-point connections for three different devices. So, you could use it for a TV, laptop or desktop.
- Insert the two AAA batteries
- Plug in the Unifying receiver to a USB port (recommended as it is easiest) or set up pairing with Bluetooth (also easy but a longer process).
- Open a web browser on the TV and navigate to the K600 portal (easy as you can use the keyboard to type that in). If you are connecting to a mac/Windows device, then you can download Logitech options software top add additional features
- Then hide the remote-control and start learning to use the K600
Setup was easy and almost foolproof. Because web browsing was so tricky using the remote I had to search the Samsung menus for where it was!
Use on a TV
The D-Pad emulates the same function as found on most remotes. In most cases, I preferred to use the round trackpad that also acts as a ‘mouse button’ as well as two-finger zoom and right-left scrolling. It makes getting around menus easy.
The special buttons are Home, Back, App Switch, Search, Apps, Brightness up/down, play/pause, next/previous.
Having been remote bound for so long and using a separate HTPC keyboard when I needed to, my muscle memory was to reach for the remote. So, I put it on a shelf too far away for convenient use and spent a few minutes with the keyboard. It really does everything you need although a remote is still handy for daily use.
Use on a PC
I connected via Bluetooth and allocated button three to that device. Logitech Options software allows you to do a little customisation but its essentially a PC keyboard. What I could not find was dedicated Windows Key. But the D-pad and trackpad worked well.