Launched last year, the Logitech Ergo K860 keyboard arrives today in France. With its unique shape and ergonomic cushion, the device promises to make us forget our bad typing habits, while improving our productivity.
Aimed at all those who spend their days hammering away at a computer keyboard, the new Logitech Ergo K860 offers a turnkey solution to avoid tendonitis, and improve our productivity in the process. Released last year abroad, the terminal promises better posture, thanks to its curved structure and integrated wrist rest. On paper, the Ergo K860 provides 54% more support for the forearms, as well as perfect alignment of the wrists, according to the certifications issued by the United States Ergonomics. But does it really change the way we work?
Design and ergonomy
The first thing you notice when you open the product is that the Logitech Ergo K860 is both beautiful and imposing. With beautiful finishes, and exclusively wireless operation, the keyboard takes up a lot of space on a desk. Not only because it is equipped with a full numeric keypad, but also because its surface is almost doubled by the presence of the integrated resting pad. Provided that you have the space to accommodate it, the K860 therefore seems rather promising, and resolutely focused on typing comfort.
As far as its connections are concerned, the Logitech Ergo K860 is absolutely minimalist… Because there simply aren’t any. As we said, the connection is made only via Bluetooth, or via a wireless USB-A connector for terminals that do not have such compatibility. Do not see the wire of the keyboard dragging, we appreciate the attention. A simple button turns on the device, and launches the Bluetooth pairing. Two AAA batteries are enough to power the keyboard for two years, promises Logitech. The only notable drawbacks are that we would have liked to find a USB port to transfer files directly from the keyboard, as well as a backlighting system on the keys, even if it means losing a little battery life.
Installation and use
Admittedly, the installation of the K860 is very simple. In Bluetooth, you just need to connect the keyboard with a PIN code. No need to install drivers or software, the operation takes almost 30 seconds, watch in hand. The same is true for USB, since you only need to connect the wireless receiver to the reference terminal to pair the device. The approach is not only well thought out, but also resolutely intuitive. Especially since, thanks to its Bluetooth compatibility, the keyboard can be used with a computer, but also most smartphones and tablets on the market. In particular, it is possible to register up to three devices simultaneously, and to switch from one to the other via the Easy Switch keys.
Of course, it’s when it comes to handling that things get complicated. When you’re used to hammering away at the same keyboard for eight hours a day, changing it often proves tedious, especially when it’s a model as original as the Logitech Ergo K860. Fortunately, after several days of trying to get past the novelty, habits are formed. Physically, typing is very pleasant and rather quiet, with a response time without latency. In terms of comfort, the cushion located in front of the keyboard allows the wrists to be permanently supported. In addition, the separation of the keyboard forces us to optimize our typing technique, perfect for those who would like to improve their typing skills. Apart from the lack of backlighting, which is particularly problematic when the ambient light is insufficient, it’s a no-brainer. On the gaming side too, the K860 comes out with honors. Without comparing it to wired mechanical keyboards intended for gaming, which are logically much more nervous, the latency time is nevertheless satisfactory, especially for a Bluetooth keyboard. The only minor glitches were that the keyboard was disconnected after about ten restarts, requiring a reboot of the Bluetooth pairing. Nothing dramatic then.
Finally, in terms of autonomy, Logitech promises up to two years of use before having to replace the AAA batteries supplied with the K860. After three weeks of use, it is impossible to test the longevity of the beast. Still, the battery is still going strong. It remains to be seen in use.
Price and availability
The Logitech Ergo K860 keyboard is sold at $129.99 on the official website of the brand, and at most third-party retailers.