Logitech Ergo K860 review: Backward is the New Forward
Logitech is one of the leaders in computer input. Keyboards, mice, and trackballs and so much more fall under Logitech’s very capable umbrella. When I decided to tackle the Ergo K860 Bluetooth keyboard, I found out that I had everything backwards. Logitech showed me the way.
I’m something of a keyboard aficionado – it’s honestly my favorite part of a computer. It makes sense because aside from the mouse, most of your computing time is spent on a keyboard. I’m always on the lookout for a better keyboard experience and the Logitech Ergo K860 definitely falls in the top five, maybe even top three. What I look for in a keyboard is comfort, travel, responsive clickiness, and general layout. This keyboard scores very high in three of those four categories.
I’m not a huge fan of ergonomic keyboards in general. I’m not a standard typist. I have a tendency to use whatever hand is most convenient to hit the key I need. I don’t recognize the left/right division my elementary school teachers tried to drill into me. So right off the bat, an ergonomic keyboard feels off. I got used to it over a week of using the keyboard, but sometimes it was a struggle.
That being said, I’m not going to ding this keyboard based on the fact that it is an ergonomic keyboard. Just because it’s not my preference doesn’t mean it’s bad. But, it’s important for you to know that this is an ergonomic keyboard, so be aware of that. As far as ergonomic keyboards go, this does the job. The keys align nicely to my wrists and I don’t feel any strain, so this keyboard does that job.
As for feeling backward, that’s because Logitech is doing a smart thing here. The feet that you normally find on the bottom of a keyboard in the back actually are at the front of this keyboard. The result is a keyboard that tilts to negative four or negative seven degrees depending on your preference. It makes sense, and honestly I wonder why I haven’t run into this sooner.
The keyboard itself is huge, even by keyboard standards. At 18” x 9”, you will need a lot of desk space to use this keyboard. Much of its bulk is taken up by the wrist rest at the front of the keyboard. That wrist rest is padded and quite comfortable, which is great, but the sheer size of this keyboard cannot be understated.
The Keys to Everything
The keys themselves feel great as well. The pitch, or the distance between the center of each key is just right. Typing is quite comfortable, and the full number pad on the right makes numeric input wonderful. The distance between the number row and the extra keys across the top of the keyboard could be larger. I accidentally grabbed a lot of screenshots when I was trying to backspace. As far as key layout is concerned, that was the only major annoyance.
The travel and clickiness of the keys is also really great. The keys travel further than a laptop chicklet style keyboard, but not by much – about 1.75mm which is about the thickness of an American quarter. The keys press firmly and give a good amount of feedback. I should also mention that the “clickiness” in the keyboard is more in the feedback and not an actual sound of a click. I know there are folks out there who dig a keyboard that sounds like popping bubble wrap. This is not that. This is a very pleasant typing experience overall.
The keys themselves are not backlit, which is a bummer. If you work in dark environments this is definitely not the keyboard for you. When the lights are on, you get the typical white on dark grey background which is highly visible, but I work late into the night sometimes, and it’d be nice to be able to turn the lights off.
The keyboard runs off of 2 AAA batteries which should last you up to two years on a charge. The keyboard can also connect to up to three devices including all major operating systems via Bluetooth 5.0. A Bluetooth dongle resides in the battery compartment as well in case your computer is from 1986 or something.
Wrapping it Up
Overall, this is a great keyboard that I wouldn’t mind using full time. The only major downside is the lack of backlighting for the keys, but even that isn’t a major dealbreaker. The ergonomics of the hand are complicated and this keyboard effectively addresses them in a way that makes sense and brings comfort. For people like me who write for a living, you really can’t ask for more than that. If you’re looking for an ergonomic keyboard and you have a fairly large desk, this is a good choice.