Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400r Review

TVs these days are not just an appliance for you to watch videos on. There are Smart TVs which you can hook up to the internet and use it for browsing. Or you can use your TVs as an extended monitor for your laptop that having a keyboard just for the TV can be quite handy.

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The Logitech K400r wireless keyboard is a compact keyboard with a touchpad in place of a number pad that’s made for people who use their TV other than for viewing in the comfort of their couch.

The keyboard is light and you can feel the plastic material used as you handle it. The back has a nice white color which looks good as long as you keep it clean. Opening the battery hatch will reveal space for 2AA batteries and small compartment for the tiny Unifying receiver should you wish to bring this keyboard somewhere else.

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On top is a lone power switch although it will go to sleep when not in use. Unfortunately, there are no LED indicators to let you know when there’s still power left on the battery. Logitech claims that a pair of batteries will last this keyboard up to 12 months.

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The K400r touch keyboard is similar to the K400 with the compact layout keys and the touchpad with left and right mouseclick and supports multi-touch gestures on the right hand to replace the typical number pad.

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Since it has a compact layout, expect some keys to have a smaller than your typical size. Like the Enter and right Shift key. The arrow buttons are squeezed in on the lower right corner of the layout making it awkward to get used to.

Like the K400, the K400r has a bunch of useful hot keys on top. The dedicated right-click button on the upper left corner allows you to do a right click with your left hand while the right hand is on the touchpad. There’s also buttons for Music, Home, Lock, and Power Off which is quite useful.

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The difference of the K400r with the K400 is the added button functionalities for Windows 8 actions. Above some of the F-keys you’ll get some Windows 8 gesture equivalents like Charms for instance.

Typing on the Logitech K400r unfortunately, is not that good, especially if you’re used to typing on premium-quality keyboards. You will definitely have that “plasticky” feeling punching the keys and tactile feedback is uneven across the keyboard. It doesn’t make much sound when typing though.

I guess the Logitech K400r should only be your secondary keyboard. What’s nice here is that it’s compact and light that you can use it on you couch to control your Smart TV, or when you typically hook your laptop on the big screen and want to control it from afar. It’s not meant for serious typing unless you want something wireless and portable.

The Logitech K400r retails for Php1,900.


8 Comments

  1. Prince /

    i’m currently using the K400 and it works like a charm. been using it as a main keyboard as well since my PC is also hooked up to my room TV for multipurpose. the K400 takes some getting used to for typing but once you get the hang of it, it works just as well as a regular keyboard. also, i’ve been using it for a couple of games too and the fun thing about it is you can almost use it as a large gaming pad.

  2. allan /

    pwede ba ito sa samsung smart tv?

  3. I have this keyboard working on an LG LA6608 television and it works fine. It’s a bit slow, but you’ll get used to that. The only thing that bothers me is that special symbols are not working with me, such as @#$%. So when I have to enter an email address I can type almost all, but for the @ symbol I have to use the magic remote.

    If anyone has an idea how to change this… please feel free to mention it here.

    There are programmable buttons on the K400r, but I am not sure how that works yet. Perhaps there is a way to program some functions of the television, but I guess it has to be done on a computer since I can’t imagine it be possible on the television.

    If you google on smart television and this keyboard, it seems that a lot of people use this combination. Would be great if Logitech would work together with LG and other manufacturers create something to make this a real keyboard for televisions.

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  5. arron somerville /

    JUST TO ADD A COUPLE MORE DIFFERENCES!

    1. THE TEXTURE OF THE TOUCHPAD IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT,ON THE K400 THE TOUCHPAD IS SMOOTH MORE LIKE A GLOSS TYPE TOUCH PAD. THE H400R TOUCHPAD HAS THE SAME FEELING OF A MATTE TOUCHPAD IT IS VERY ROUGH IN COMPARISON.

    2. ALSO THE K400 CAN BE RAN WITH A SINGLE BATTERY EVEN THOUGH IT TAKES TWO BATTERYS EXACTLY THE SAME AS A THE K400R,THIS IS WIDELY UNKNOWN ABOUT THE K400 THAT IT CAN BE RUN WITH ONE BATTERY! IF YOU HAVE ONE TRY IT. THE K400R I TESTED WOULD ONLY WORK WITH BOTH BATTERYS INSTALLED.

  6. arron somerville /

    To be honest the logitech k400 is a much better keyboard than the k400r!,the k400 has a much better layout than the k400r the layout on the k400r is too much like a netbook layout.

    the only improvment on the k400r over the k400 is the multi gesture touchpad functions but i would not purchase the k400r just for one single function,the k400r does two finger swipe anyway. the multi gesture on the k400r is not full multi gesture anyway it only has a few pretty useless gestures

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