Logitech's new Wireless Keyboard K350 offers a solid keyboard design, particularly if you're hankering for more comfortable day-to-day typing. A cleverly designed key layout gently angles your wrists into a less stressful typing position, without requiring you to relearn how to type. The £40 price tag is reasonable as well. A flaw in the layout of the hot keys makes us wish Logitech had taken a more all-round approach to the design, though.
Logitech incorporates three design elements into the K350 that make it stand out from the competition. The first is the so-called 'wave' design, which angles the keys on the edge and the two columns in the middle up towards your fingers, and pushes the keys in the W, E, R, I, O and P columns lower. The idea is to accommodate the different lengths of your fingers. The varying height of the keys is supposed to make for a more natural fit with each digit.
Another unique twist is the keyboard's curve. It's similar in shape to Microsoft's Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000, although with one major difference. Unlike Microsoft's keyboard, the letter keys on the K350 are all the same size. That means there's no stretched out G or H key in the middle row to get caught on. That makes a huge difference in how quickly you can become comfortable with the K350. We were able to adjust to the K350's natural curve within minutes, while Microsoft's design takes longer to get used to, especially for touch typists.
The third innovation is Logitech's new Unifying receiver. This new technology lets you connect up to six compatible Logitech wireless mice and keyboards to a single USB receiver. Each device comes with its own Unifying receiver as well, meaning you can conceivably leave the receivers plugged into several different computers at home and at work. Although the Unifying receiver only works with Logitech products, we have few complaints about the company's offerings in general. The Unifying design also frees up USB ports previously occupied by other keyboards and mice.
A semi-cushioned, non-detachable wrist rest helps keep your wrists supported, and two separate adjustable feet create a sloping effect for a more upright typing posture. The keyboard is powered by two AA batteries that, according to Logitech, should last up to 3 years with moderate use.
The only thing we'd change about the K350 is its media-control keys. Rather than emulating most current digital-media-orientated keyboards and putting the play controls along the sides, Logitech has gone old-school and placed the media keys along the top edge instead. That makes it more difficult to use the media keys when you're leaning back from your PC with the keyboard in your lap.
The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K350 is affordable, convenient, comfortable and easy to adjust to. If you spend much of your time typing, you should check it out.
Additional editing by Charles Kloet