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Logitech K830 TV – Bluetooth keyboard/trackpad for HTPC (review)
4.4Overall Score

Price (RRP): $149.95
Manufacturer: Logitech

Logitech’s K830 TV illuminated living-room Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad works with almost all Bluetooth equipped Windows, Android, Chrome and even some macOS and iOS devices.

Logitech has two models of the K830 but only one comes with Bluetooth – the K830 TV, not the K830 that only uses the Logitech Unifying USB receiver.

Or so I found when wanting to connect and older K830 I had to several Bluetooth devices – no cigar. Then I stumbled on a Logitech support page that made it clear.

To determine if your keyboard is the Bluetooth version, please check the icon on the del key.

The Bluetooth version displays the Bluetooth logo. The original K830 keyboard displays the PC power. You can read GadgetGuy’s review of the original here.

Glad we cleared that up – so if you need the Bluetooth version get your retailer to order the K830 TV and check the logo before taking delivery.

Review – K830 TV Illuminated Living-Room keyboard

Out of the Box

  • The keyboard
  • Unifying USB receiver (for non-Bluetooth devices)
  • USB-A to micro-USB charge cable (charger not supplied)
  • USB-A male to USB-A female extension cable (to better position the USB receiver)

Initial impressions

First, the design reflects Logitech’s style direction – slimline, svelte, and suitable for office or the coffee table.

Second, it is subtly and smartly backlit – great for lounge room use at night.

Third, it has amazing compatibility with almost any Bluetooth device as well as any USB device – Windows, smart TVs, Android, Chrome and some macOS and iOS devices.

Typing speed

It is meant as a portable, rechargeable, living room-based keyboard/touchpad. In a typing speed test, it scored 80% of my best speed with its island-style keys – a close set, compact design. There was no keyboard flex or key bounce that is typical of thin keyboards.

Smart backlight

A sensor detects the amount of light in the room and automatically dims or brightens the backlight.

Type and the keys illuminate. Stop typing, and the backlight turns off after 7 seconds to save power.

Rechargeable battery

Logitech claims ten days use (2 hours a day) after three hours charge. In tests, I got three-four weeks of occasional.