• Connection Type: Logitech Unifying protocol (2.4GHz)
  • Special Keys: Mute, Volume Down, Volume Up
  • Battery Type: 2 x AA
  • Wireless range: 10 metres
  • Key life: Up to 5 million keystrokes
  • Dimensions: 354.3 x 139.9 x 23.5 mm
  • Weight: 390g (with batteries)
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Water cooling
  • Cons:
  • Power consumption

Keeping It Convenient

Home Theatre PCs aren’t very common locally, but some people prefer them over media players. That’s when people start looking into universal remote controllers, which tend to be rather expensive. A good alternative is to get a wireless keyboard and mouse combo like the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus.

The K400 Plus comes in two colours – white with a slight touch of green, or a black one and yellow one. Fairly light at 390 grams, it has rounded edges and a minimalist profile to also keep it small. It’s easy to tell that it’s designed for multimedia, due to the row of multimedia keys included along with the touchpad on the right side.

Since it’s a wireless keyboard plus mouse combo, users will need to plug in the wireless receiver for it to work. It can be used on PCs with Windows 7 or later, Chromebooks with its Chrome OS, or Android devices from 5.0 onwards. It’s a plug and play peripheral, but to get full use of its features the Logitech Options software is required.

When we first started testing it, it didn’t seem to be working and we couldn’t tell if it was on or off. The ‘switch’ isn’t good at indicating so either; does red mean that it’s off, or do you toggle the switch to turn it off? Also, those with large fingers might find it hard to type on this keyboard. Why? Well, the keys aren’t as spaced out as the ones on standard keyboards are, so it’s easy to press the wrong keys while typing. Additionally, the multimedia keys register by default rather than the Function keys, which requires the FN function key as a combination. Fortunately, that’s not a big deal since most people would only need F4 and F5.

Having used this keyboard for some time, we find this keyboard to be just what a living room HTPC user would need. You can sit up to 10 metres away from the machine the wireless receiver and it’ll still register the key presses. It’ll even register if something is blocking the peripheral, since it’s using wireless to transmit. The trackpad is fairly responsive and allows for a variety of gestures like pinch to zoom by default. It’s possible to add more with the software, which is a plus.

It can feel that this peripheral is shoehorned into the HTPC-only segment, but that’s not to say users can’t use it in their personal rooms. If what you need is a wireless all-in-one solution to control your PC or even Android devices, the K400 Plus should fit the bill.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Convenient and easy to use, this peripheral is just what a HTPC user needs.

(previously published in issue January 2016)

Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus