|Series||Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard for Mac, iPad, iPhone - Silver/Black|
|Item model number||920-004161|
|Operating System||Mac with OS X 10.6.8 or later, iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad mini or iPhone with iOS 4.0 or later|
|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||12 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches|
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Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard for Mac, iPad, iPhone - Silver/Black
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- Logitech Easy-Switch Bluetooth technology: Press one button to instantly toggle between typing on your Mac, iPad and iPhone
- Sharp, bright backlit keys: Type easily, even in the dark. Keys are always easy thanks to the auto-adjusting illumination.
- Rechargeable: No battery hassles. Use the USB cable to recharge, even while you type
- Specially designed for Mac: Compact and slim with a real aluminum finish and familiar Mac layout.
- Type more comfortably: Unique Logitech keycap design for comfortable, whisper-quiet typing
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|Are Batteries Required||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Color||Black, Silver||Dark Grey||Silver||Black|
|Item Dimensions||5.7 x 12 x 1.3 in||4.9 x 10.9 x 0.6 in||1.38 x 7.87 x 19.09 in||1.61 x 12.2 x 7.91 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||0.9 lb||1.6 lbs||1.81 lbs|
Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV
A beautifully designed illuminated keyboard with one touch easy-switching between all your Apple devices.
Logitech Easy-Switch Bluetooth technology allows you to instantly switch between typing an email on your Mac to taking notes on your iPad, to replying to a text on your iPhone and even controlling Apple TV. Simply press one button to toggle between your favorite Apple devices. With sharp, bright, illuminated keys, this keyboard lets you create and communicate more easily on more devices—even in the dark.
- One touch Easy-Switch from Mac to iPad or iPhone
- Bright, easy to read keys with auto-adjusting illumination
- Compact and slim with a real aluminum finish to complement your Mac
- Familiar Mac keyboard layout
- Easy recharging with a USB cable
- Unique Logitech keycap design for quieter typing
Switch in 1 second
- One touch easy-switch Bluetooth buttons
- Type on your Mac, then toggle over to your iPad or iPhone or Apple TV with the simple press of a button
- Robust and reliable wireless connection to your Bluetooth-enabled Apple devices
Specially designed for Mac
- Industrial-grade real aluminum finish which looks good with your Mac
- Compact and slim design
- A familiar Mac layout and your favorite Mac keys—Command, Brightness, Mission Control keys and more, are right where you would expect them
Type easily—even in the dark
- Bright, sharp backlit keys which are always easy to read in any light
- Perfect for controlling Apple TV in the dark
- Illumination which automatically dims to save power when you step away from the keyboard, and then brightens when you return
Made for typing comfort
- Unique Logitech concave keycap design for comfortable, whisper-quiet typing hour after hour
- Spacious layout with full-size keys for easier typing versus a laptop keyboard or on-screen touch keyboard
Rechargeable convenience built in
- USB cable allows you to recharge, even while you work. A full charge gives you a minimum of 10 days and maximum of 1 year battery power, depending on the intensity of illumination and time spent typing
- On/off switch helps you manage your power
- Battery indicator light makes it easy to see when it’s time to recharge
Simplifies Apple TV control
- Menu, arrow, playback keys and more put control of Apple TV at your fingertips*
- Keyboard makes text entry for searches much faster and easier than using the Apple TV remote
- Pairs easily with Apple TV.
Learn how >
*Volume controls do not work because the keyboard does not control the TV screen directly, it controls the Apple TV.
What's in the box?
- Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac, iPad, or iPhone
- USB recharge cable
- User documentation
- Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
- iPad or iPhone with iOS 4.0 or later
- Apple TV software 5.2 or later
- Internet connection (for software download)
Which Logitech Made-for-Mac Keyboard Is Right For You?
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Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac, iPad, iPhone
|What Do You Get?||A light-powered keyboard that charges itself whenever there’s light||A light-powered Bluetooth keyboard for Mac, iPad or iPhone that charges itself whenever there's light||A beautifully designed illuminated keyboard with one touch easy-switching between Apple devices|
|2.4 GHz Wireless||Advanced Logitech 2.4 GHz||Bluetooth||Bluetooth|
|Receiver||Tiny Logitech Unifying receiver which stays in your notebook||Dongle-less||Dongle-less|
|Easy-Switch between Apple devices, including Apple TV|
|Keyboard Size||Full size with integrated number pad||Compact size||Compact size|
|Materials construction||PVC free||PVC free||Real aluminum|
|Battery Life||Unlimited||Unlimited||USB rechargeable |
A full charge provides a minimum of 10 days and maximum of 1 year battery power, depending on the intensity of illumination and time spent typing.
|Enhanced F-Keys: Additional functions on top of your F-keys|
|Programmable F-Keys: |
Download additional software to change or define functions
|Mac OSX||Mac OSX 10.5 or later||Mac OS X 10.5 or later||Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later|
|iPad or iPhone with iOS 4.0 or later|
|Apple TV with Apple TV software 5.2 or later|
Top Customer Reviews
No, really. This is such a fantastic keyboard.
I've been using Apple's Bluetooth keyboard for years and hated replacing the batteries every month or so. My solution was to buy Mobee's wireless charging solution with battery pack. While that does work, I found myself recharging my keyboard weekly which wasn't really ideal. Plus the thought of having this big metal bar sitting on my desk kind of defeated the whole "wireless" aspect of Apple's Bluetooth keyboard. In enters this. I've only had it for a few days now and I found myself typing faster and liking the overall design of it compared to Apple's. While they both are very similar, Logitech offers rounded buttons which have a nice 'gummy' touch to them while Apple's is very rough.
One of the better features is obviously the backlighting which can go on when the keyboard senses your hand (it's creepy). You can also turn it off completely if you have no interest in it...but I find myself typing late at night and the Black keys with backlight are ideal over Apple's white.
Edit: After almost two years my 'I' button suddenly decides to fall off all the time. I can't seem to figure out how to snap it into place properly after multiple attempts. Time to contact Logitech.
My reviews are long and informative. If that's not your cup of tea, or you don't have time for a long "review" I recommend reading the IN BRIEF section coming up below. If you want the full monty, enjoy the FULL REVIEW.
>> IN BRIEF >>
No major complaints. No serious issues. Works as expected. Smooth typing action. Pairing with up to 3 bluetooth devices is handy. Works with many non-Apple devices, such as Android smartphone. Backlit keys are nice. Replacable rechargeable battery is a plus. An all round great little keyboard. Five stars from me.
** >> THE FULL REVIEW << **
I have a MacBook with backlit keys. I am a big fan of the backlighting and when I bought an Apple wireless keyboard about 7 months ago I had to change my work habits to some extent. Nothing major, but noticeable. It's the one thing I feel my nice Apple wireless keyboard seriously lacks.
I didn't see any decent alternatives, so I've stuck with the Apple wireless keyboard as my primary input device. That is, until I discovered this nice piece of gear from Logitech.
>> THE PROS: - there are many
- The backlit keys are great, although they do chew through the battery at a mighty pace. The lack of backlights was my biggest peeve about the Apple wireless kb. Something extra cool with the backlight (which the backlight on my expensive Apple MacBook Pro doesn't do) is that it will dim and then turn completely off after 6 seconds of your hands being away from the keyboard. As soon as your hands are positioned above the kb again, the backlight turns on. Very smooth. Big kudos to Logitech for this refinement.
- Fortunately, the battery is a built-in rechargeable, so chewing through its charge is not such an issue. In my Apple KB I use rechargeable batteries, which are good for a few months. So I was at least not having to throw out batteries and buy new ones. With this Logitech KB a lithium ion battery is built right in. I have no idea how long it will be good before needing replacement. A significant number of people had issues (requiring early replacement) with the rechargeable battery in the Logitech solar charge keyboards, but I suspect that was an issue with the batteries going through too many partial recharge cycles. That should not be an issue with this keyboard.
- Should the battery die completely (and it will eventually) it is user replaceable. That's good to know. By the way... the part number is 993-000405. The official Logitech battery sells for $30 (seems pricey), and compatible batteries are available much cheaper from other sources online. For instance, a compatible battery is selling today (May 14/2013) on Amazon.com for under $8. That one is here: HQRP Battery compatible with Logitech 993-000405
- This keyboard looks very nice. The aluminum finish makes it a great compliment to Apple MacBooks and most other Apple gear. I suspect the illuminated (back-lit) Logitech logo isn't going to be everyones' cup of tea. Some people like it, others seem hate it. I am not fussed much about it either way, although it certainly could have done without. Of course, Apple make a point of illuminating their Apple logo on the Macbook, and few seem bothered by it.
- Overall it's a little thinner than the Apple wireless KB because the battery compartment makes the Apple KB thicker at the top end. It's a touch longer though, but barely. It weighs just a little more. The Apple wireless kb is 319g/11.25oz (with batteries). Compared to the Logitech coming in at 338g/11.9oz.
- BIG PLUS: It has THREE bluetooth pairing buttons. This is what gives it the name "Easy Switch". Normally when sharing a keyboard between multiple devices, it is necessary to disconnect the KB from one device before connecting to another. Otherwise it doesn't know which to communicate with. This is can be quite annoying if you regularly switch devices. With this KB it can be paired to three devices at a time and easily switch between them. Very nice. Works very well.
- It's not just for Apple gear. Yes, this keyboard will work for non-Apple gear. I can't say it will work with all devices, but it for sure works with the Google Nexus 10 (Android) tablet. It also works on Windows, although not without some minor issues (see below).
- It is nice to the touch. Typing is smooth. The keys are slightly concave (curved inward) which gives a nice sense of contact with the fingers. A small but nice detail. The key action is very nice also. Smooth and relatively quiet.
- It has a three-year warranty. This is more than I can say for any Apple product (without dishing out extra cash for extended warranty service [which I suspect it not even an option on their keyboards]). I consider this a big plus over the Apple Wireless KB.
>> THE CONS - very few
There are not too many cons with this kb, in my opinion.
- Some people have reported issues with not being able to use the Option key during boot time, which on a Mac computer will prevent calling up the advanced boot selection options and recovery mode. Logitech does post a solution to this though. I've not tried it out, but it's worth noting, so I've posted that at the end of my review.
- The price could be a negative for some people. The recommended retail price is significantly more expensive than the Apple wireless keyboard and the build quality of the Apple kb does feel better in some regards. For instance, the top, sides, and most of the battery compartment are cast aluminium. The Logitech KB is plastic all around, with a thin aluminium veneer on the top... to give it the "real aluminium finish" (it's for looks only, as opposed to structural integrity). But it's hardly something many people will notice during daily use (I can't say I spend time fondling and admiring the cast aluminium of my Apple kb, for instance). However, the Logitech kb does have more bells and whistles (back lights, 3 bluetooth keys, and the rechargeable battery being the most significant ones) and nice refinements. With a three year warranty, quality issues can likely be put aside to some extent. OF COURSE on Amazon the price is well below RRP. So it ends up being not much more than the Apple wireless KB.
>> PAIRING WITH NON-APPLE DEVICES
As far as I can tell it will pair with many (if not most) non-Apple devices. Not sure about all of them, but it will, for instance, pair with a Google Nexus 10 (an Android device). It also pairs with Windows computer, according to what I see people reporting. As far as I can tell what makes it specifically aimed at Apple are the special Apple keys / layout. Aside from the control, option, and command keys being in Apple style, it should be noted that Apple keyboards have no backspace key. There is a delete key, and that behaves in the same way as backspace on Windows. So you might find you have to use an key mapping tweak program to change the key mappings if you want the delete key to behave as a Windows delete key, as opposed to a Windows backspace. Otherwise it's just a matter of getting accustomed to using the "delete" key when you in fact want to backspace (on Windows). Where this might prove a tad annoying is that many browsers (for instance) will respond to the backspace key be jumping back one page in history. That might surprise some Windows users when they are attempting to delete something that wrote onto a web page form.
>> OTHER ALTERNATIVES?
I couldn't find any real alternatives. Not with the same features as this one. It really is a nice piece of equipment.
A significantly cheaper and highly rated option worth checking out is the AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard with Mini Travel Stand for iPad, New iPad Mini, iPhone (Black). At just $30, it's a lot cheaper, although lacks many of the features and refinements of this Logitech device. But for those more concerned about the amount of money they spend on something as simple as a keyboard as opposed to special features, it could very likely appeal. The other obvious contender is the Apple Wireless Keyboard MC184LL/B. Although with Amazon selling this Logitech kb at such a good price, I think it's worth the extra $20 or so dollars it fetches above the Apple one.
>>OPTION KEY SOLUTION
Logitech's solution to the Option key booting issue <<
As promised, here are the instructions Logitech provides on how to boot into the advanced Mac boot options and recovery mode with the Option key.
** Starting up into Mac Startup Manager **
To start up your Mac into Mac Startup Manager:
1. Power on your Mac. NOTE: The LED of the actively assigned device on the K811 keyboard will blink until the Bluetooth connection is established with the Mac.
2. When the LED above the assigned device key on your K811 keyboard stays on, quickly press and hold the Option key. NOTE: The LED will be lit for only a few seconds and then turn off.
3. Keep holding the Option key until the Mac Startup Manager appears.
** Restarting into Mac Startup Manager **
To enter Mac Startup Manager when restarting your Mac:
1. Restart your Mac.
2. Press the Option key on your K811 keyboard repeatedly, until the assigned Bluetooth device key LED stays on. NOTE: It may only take only one key press to initiate communication between the keyboard and Mac.
3. Quickly press and hold the Option key until the Mac Startup Manager appears.
Updates: I checked today to see what's going on under the key "Y". One of the peg was broken off and that's why I can't even snap it to secure it in place. It's very aggravating.
Updates 2: I have contacted Logitech with my issue. After submitting the purchase info and a photo, they actually sent me a brand new keyboard even though I only asked for a replacement of the key "Y". Thank you, Logitech, for the excellent customer service.
Let's just say I'm a keyboard junkie. I have 3 on my desk at the moment. I need treatment.
I am currently testing the new Apple Magic Keyboard with the scissor mechanism and it is really nice but I find myself switching back to my K811 because it lights up (it even lights up BEFORE I touch it by using some motion sensing vudu), the typing experience is awesome and it supports 3 bluetooth devices! I have my iPad on my desk open to a chat app I use to communicate with family and friends. All I have to do to switch the keyboard between the computer and the iPad is to hit the Bluetooth 2 key and by the time I've started typing, the iPad has registered the keyboard as present and records all my keystrokes. Honestly, the best keyboard I've used yet and that's saying something.
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