Keyboards are the most important PC peripherals along with a mouse, so when buying a keyboard, you should always look for a one that fits your needs perfectly. And when I say perfectly, I really mean that! Logitech is one of the companies I always liked because of their fine balance between price and performance, whatever the product is; mouse, keyboard, headphones or speakers. Sure, Logitech is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to keyboards and mice, but still, it isn’t one of the best, which results in some prices being dropped, which again, do a great job for us, customers.
In this review, I’m going to take a look at Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard. If you want a high-end, expensive keyboard that will empty a majority of your wallet, then skip this one. Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard is here for non-demanding users, with no special needs and expectations. Before we get into more of its features, let’s review the design in the next section.
Logitech K840 Design
When you first take a look at this keyboard, what do you think? In my case, I thought that it’s nothing special. I looked at the buttons and they were okay, along with colour, but when I got it into my office, I really noticed that its design is built to last. It’s a pure old-school mechanical keyboard that brings that retro look to it, with no fancy stuff like RGB lighting, comfortable curves and similar. While the back of the keyboard and feet are made of solid plastic, the top of the keyboard is even better! It’s made out of solid anodized aluminium featuring a sand-blasted textured finish, to add some refinement to its design.
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However, Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard offers nothing else to admire in terms of design. Plus, we aren’t talking about wireless keyboard here, so you’ll have the cable bulging on the front of the keyboard, but that placing is great, way better than placing it underneath, so I’ve had no problem placing the keyboard on my office table. For my business needs, and that’s writing, as you’ve probably guessed, K840 Mechanical Keyboard did just fine, although the keys are a little louder than I would like, they feel responsive nonetheless. More about keys in next sub-section.
Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard Keys
When using a keyboard, the first thing you’ll notice is design, and then the keys. The keys should be number one priority for any keyboard, as they need to feel responsive and satisfying to press. When I got this keyboard, I immediately pressed few of the keys to getting the feel of it, and I can tell you that I’m not that impressed. Why? Well, maybe because the keys are raised to the point that I thought they’re going to get split from the keyboard. Keys aren’t in square shape, but in a form of four-sided pyramid, so they are wide at the bottom, narrowing at the top.
Having a gap between every key, this keyboard, unfortunately, allowed for some typing mistakes that I made over, and over and over again until I finally got used to it after few days of usage. On top of that, the keys are a little bit sturdy and loud in my opinion. I have another Logitech keyboard which I use for every purpose (I’m not going to name it) and it’s so quiet in comparison to this one. I’ll be honest- I like the old school design, but come on, Logitech, you should’ve introduced some of the newer stuff into this product. While RGB backlit keys aren’t a necessity, there could’ve been a USB port on the keyboard at least!
When speaking about a key number, nothing is subtracted here. There are classic Print Screen, Scroll Lock, and Pause Break keys here, num-pad is here and ‘F’ keys can be used for some functions like increasing the volume, locking your PC and much more. Thankfully, there is a Fn key that will allow you to do that. As this is a full-sized keyboard, expect the large keys and buttons on this product, but as I said, expect them not to be that smooth and streamlined. Overall, I like that nothing is subtracted from the keyboard in terms of keys, but there could’ve been some additional refinement.
Logitech K840 Features
Solid anodized aluminium top side of the keyboard
This is mentioned earlier, but I must put it here since it’s one of the features that I like the most. Aluminum adds a feeling of a much expensive keyboard, and although the keyboard costs around $79.99, you’ll have the feeling like you are touching a high-end keyboard, in terms of build quality, NOT the design itself!
Design built to last
While the keyboard is a little clunky, it’s perfectly built, being a little heavy but very endurable. When you press it a little harder, there is no squeaking and bending, which is great for this price point.
All keys in place
No fancy stuff here, but also no substracted keys. Everything is in place and where you want it to be. Take your several-year-old keyboard and compare it with this one. You’ll see that K840 Mechanical Keyboard boasts an old-school design, making it a great substitute for your old keyboard.
Finally, non-programmable keys ARE a feature, but a bad one. I expected at least to remap my ’F’ keys on the keyboard, although the control layout suited me well, but you can’t know for sure when will you need to remap it for some reason.
I like the old-school keyboards and Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard is no exception, but as it’s a modern piece of hardware, I expected a little more refinement here in terms of keys especially. There could’ve been a less space between the keys and they could be a millimetre or two more shallow. Other than that, at the price point of $79.99, Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard offers fine performance, with lots to be desired.
Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard Review
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Logitech K840 Review Summary
If your primary concern is the ease in the typing, this is one of the best devices that you can get in its price range.