I learned a long time ago, the hard way, that the keyboards on laptops are difficult to keep clean and very expensive to replace. As a result, whenever I use my laptop at home, I have developed the habit of plugging in a USB cabled keyboard. It makes typing easier but adds yet another cable to an already overly cabled table. I sought out and shopped for a wireless keyboard and landed with this Logitech Wireless Keyboard K340.
Using a relatively small laptop (mine has a 14.1″ screen), I find the keyboard difficult to use sometimes. The lack of a number pad is especially bothersome when I have to switch back and forth between activating and deactivating the Number Lock as the numbers are shared with a set of letter keys. A fuller size keyboard also feels more natural and I can type more smoothly and quickly on it.
When you write daily, as I do, this matters.
This keyboard is encased in a high-gloss black casing with all the keys necessary for web work and shortcut navigation. It is slightly smaller than a standard wired keyboard (15″L X 6″D X (a very slim) one quarter inch in Height.) It has all the features of a larger keyboard, including a full number pad) and the slight reduction in size does nothing to impede either its performance or ease of use.
Among its commendable features are:
– A CAPS lock indicator (often absent from wireless keyboards)
– Complete music and volume controls
– Web and e-mail controls
– Fully programmable hot keys
– A battery-level indicator (again, often absent from wireless keyboards) and not needed often as two AA batteries have an estimated use-life of about three years with daily use.
– Manual ON/Off switch
– Wireless encryption (128-bit AES)
– 2.4 GHz wireless functioning which is not overly sensitive to other devices being used in the immediate area, and
– A patented “Unifying” receiver that can handle a mouse at the same time. This receiver (what’s sometimes called a “dongle”) is the micro-type so it can live in the laptop and need never be removed. It protrudes only about Â¼” from the USB plug and is small enough so as to not be in the way when the laptop is folded and placed in its carrying case.
This K340 is compliant with Windows XP, Vista or 7.
I first discovered Logitech products through my search for good laser wireless mice, preferring them to touch pads. My satisfaction with two models of those, led my search to this brand.
There are many wireless keyboard alternatives on the market. As is the case with most products, some are better than others. This Logitech Wireless Keyboard K340 delivers in ease of use, long term battery life, features and (at the risk of sounding superficial) appearance. Its slighter dimensions make it easy to just pop into a drawer when not in use.
If you are looking for a fairly priced, full function wireless computer keyboard for yourself or as a gift, I would make it a point to make this Logitech K340 one to consider. After two months of daily use, I have found it to be everything I had hoped for ‘” and more.