Logitech K845 Mechanical Illuminated Keyboard Review
The Logitech K845 ($ 59.99) is a simple, standard, full-size backlit mechanical keyboard, crossing Logitech’s gaming-focused mechanical line with its familiar working keyboards. The top plate and keycaps are gray on gray. The soft backlight is white. There is really very little to see here. And yet the unique feature of the K845, the mechanical keys, makes it a rarity among desktop keyboards. If you want a discreet, work-ready keyboard with a better everyday typing experience than laptop-style chiclet keys, the K845 is ideal, with an affordable price tag and a great feel. Compared to Logitech’s flagship MX productivity peripherals like MX Keys ($ 99.99), the K845 lacks a bit of features, but the cost is well suited for what you get.
What you key is what you get
The K845 is as easy as it gets. It’s a standard full-size keyboard with 104 keys in all the usual places. Measuring 1.38 x 17.09 x 5.00 inches (HWD), it looks long and thin, but that’s mostly because it’s not as deep as newer keyboards. The top and bottom edges barely protrude from the keys.
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Its dark graphite keys on a silver aluminum top plate thread the needle for desktop (or home office) design, simple but tidy and made with good materials that showcase its construction. White backlighting shines through the captions (lettering) on the keys and the sides of the caps, much like the RGB on gaming keyboards, but there are no color variations. In the midst of silver and graphite, the white light seems almost subdued, another point on the gray scale. You can adjust the brightness and set the lighting to activate according to a few preset patterns if you want to have a little fancy.
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Since there are no special features or customization, the quality of the K845 comes down to the keys. Logitech’s private label keys have switches from TTC, a budget brand well known in hobby circles that is not frequently used by device manufacturers. My test unit had Logitech’s clicky-style blue switches, and the keys felt stable and required a lot of force to press, which makes sense in a keyboard designed for typing and nothing else. I wouldn’t call the quality typing experience passionate, but it does have a solid feel, especially for a budget keyboard. Logitech also sells versions of the K845 with Cherry MX Red or Blue switches for an additional $ 20. Personally, I think Logitech keys will do just fine.
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While the basic typing experience is luxurious compared to the average desktop keyboard, there are things you might miss if you’re used to a more conventional productivity keyboard like an Apple Magic Keyboard ($ 99) or the Logitech MX keys. The K845 is a wired keyboard and the cable will not come loose. The K845 also doesn’t support Logitech Options, the company’s configuration app for productivity devices, which means you can’t easily remap keys.
Realistically, however, without wireless functionality, the K845 wouldn’t be able to take advantage of features for which Options and Logitech’s MX suite are known, such as easy swapping between multiple computers. A little more software versatility would have benefited a niche group of workers who want app-specific presets, but if you’re interested in this keyboard, it’s because you don’t want to think about your keyboard, let alone switch over. time adjusting macros or a screenshot key.
A budget-conscious upgrade
The K845 is exactly what it aims to be: a keyboard with a desktop aesthetic and a satisfying mechanical feel. The best option combining these qualities is still the Editor’s Choice winner Razer Pro Type ($ 139.99), but it costs almost three times as much as the K845. At $ 59.99 for models with Logitech switches, the K845 is among the cheapest mechanical keyboards we’ve reviewed, and it’s well worth that low price.
If gaming has taught you to love mechanical keys, or you just don’t want to use a cheap keyboard anymore, the K845 will make typing more comfortable at a price you can justify spending. And if you’re buying wholesale for an office, your IT team will appreciate the ease of setup and support, your finance department will appreciate the price, and your employees will appreciate the click-clack.
Illuminated Logitech K845 Mechanical Keyboard
The bottom line
The Logitech K845 is a perfectly enjoyable keyboard to tune and forget for workers who want mechanical keys but don’t care about the game-oriented customization and features that usually come with them.