I first recommended the Logitech K380 again when it was initially launched, in 2015. Since then I’ve seen each color of this keyboard—with its pleasant, circle-shaped keys—adorn the workspaces of my buddies and colleagues: wise grey, stately blue, eye-popping orange, daring raspberry, and (more recently) stylish white and millennial pink. However the Okay380 is greater than only a cute accent—it’s a distinctive keyboard that’s comfy to sort on, versatile, and relatively cheap.
At the time of its launch, the Logitech K380 was revolutionary. This keyboard might hook up with as many as three units directly by way of Bluetooth and change between them with the press of a button. With this function, you should use the Okay380 to start out typing an electronic mail in your pc, transfer to your smartphone to ship a fast textual content message, change to your Apple TV to vary your background leisure, after which swap again to your pc to complete up that electronic mail. Beforehand, this performance had been out there solely in its way more costly predecessors, the Logitech Okay810 and Okay811. This “easy-switch” performance has set the usual for wi-fi keyboards within the years since. These days, all of our Bluetooth picks—and even some mechanical keyboards—provide this function.
As a result of the Okay380 is so compact and lightweight—however nonetheless sturdy and durable sufficient to make use of in your lap—it’s straightforward to slide in a bag and take with you. I’ve averted numerous neck-strain complications by pairing my Okay380 with a portable laptop stand and a wireless mouse. This setup makes my workspace extra ergonomic once I’m at an espresso store or a good friend’s home, away from my fancy standing desk and monitor. And I’ve watched my companion crank away at writing initiatives on an airplane with simply the Okay380 and his cellphone. The no different keyboard we’ve examined affords this mixture of portability and flexibility.
After a few years of fixed use, my Okay380 has shiny spots worn into the keys. However, it nonetheless works simply in addition to the day I acquired it. Picture: Michael Hession
For a few 12 months and a half, I used the Okay380 practically every day for work (once I wasn’t testing different keyboards and laptops), typing a whole bunch of 1000’s phrases on it and touring with it just a few instances per 30 days. Except for shiny spots worn into the most-used keys (regular put on and tear I’d count on from any keyboard), the Okay380 works simply as effectively now as on the day it arrived. And the battery hasn’t run out at that point. One other Wirecutter editor’s Okay380 nonetheless works nice, regardless of periodic abuse from younger youngsters who seize it off her desk and use it to “work.” She advised me, “I’ve needed to substitute the battery so hardly ever, I couldn’t even let you know once I finally did it.”
The way it compares
We’ve examined greater than 50 wi-fi and Bluetooth keyboards over time and located that the Okay380 is by far the perfect one for most individuals’ wants. The no different keyboard gives the Okay380’s distinctive mixture of typing consolation, portability, versatility, and longevity for such a low value.
- The Okay380 has been our choice because it was first launched, in late 2015.
- It has a compact structure just like that of many laptop computer keyboards. All the most vital keys are there, however, this keyboard is smaller and simpler to hold around.
- Logitech claims the Okay380’s two AAA batteries will final about two years with heavy use (eight hours of use a day, 5 days every week), and our experiences are in step with this estimate.
- The Okay380 prices are lower than half as a lot as our earlier choice with comparable options. It’s a distinctive worth.
Make it final
Most keyboard care is widespread sense. Don’t eat over your keyboard as a result of crumbs will get inside it, and watch out with drinks as a result of spills that can break it. We additionally advocate that you simply use a case, bag, or devoted pocket when touring along with your keyboard, so that you simply don’t get gunk beneath the keycaps or pop them off throughout transit.
Should you do get crumbs, mud, pores and skin particles, hair, or different gross issues in your keyboard, flip it the other way up, shake it out, and use some compressed air to take away extra particles. Then use a moist—however not drenched!—microfiber material to wipe pores and skin oils off the keys.
It’s possible you’ll or might not be capable of saving the keyboard for those who spill a drink on it. First, instantly flip off the keyboard. Then, to get as a lot of liquid out as potential, flip it the other way up, shake it off, and dab it dry with a towel. You probably have the instruments to take it apart, accomplish that. Should you spilled a sticky substance like soda or sweetened espresso, gently clear the elements with rubbing alcohol, and unfold them out to air-dry. As soon as the keyboard is dry, reassemble it, cross your fingers, and hope it turns again on.