Why Logitech’s K811 keyboard beats Apple’s new Magic Keyboard
Apple's new Magic Keyboard doesn't cut it when compared to Logitech's K811 keyboard
Eye on Apple
By Jim Lynch, CIO
Apple recently announced its new Magic Keyboard, and at first I was excited about it. It comes with a rechargeable battery after all, and that was something I’d been interested in for a while. But ultimately I decided not to buy one after someone suggested getting Logitech’s Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 keyboard from Amazon in a thread on Reddit.
I hopped over to Amazon to check it out, and I was impressed with what it had to offer. So I ordered one and I’ve been using it for the last few weeks. So far my experience with the Logitech K811 keyboard has been absolutely terrific, and it got me thinking about why it was a better option than Apple’s new Magic Keyboard.
So here are five reasons why I think the Logitech K811 keyboard is superior to Apple’s new Magic Keyboard:
1. Back-lit keys – The Logitech K811 keyboard offers back-lit keys and the new Magic Keyboard doesn’t include them. Back-lit keys might not sound like a big deal, but they sure come in handy when you are in a dark room and need to type something.
Also, the Logitech K811 keyboard comes with a sensor that will light up the keys as soon as you move your hand over the keyboard. After using this feature for a while, I could not imagine using a keyboard without back-lit keys.
2. Design – The Logitech K811 keyboard has black keys on a silver aluminum body and the top of the keyboard is also black. Frankly, they look a heck of a lot better than the white keys on Apple’s new Magic Keyboard. The Logitech K811 keyboard compliments the retina 5K iMac I use in a visual way that the new Magic Keyboard does not.
There is simply too much white on the new Magic Keyboard, I just don’t like the way it looks. The Logitech K811 keyboard is much easier on the eyes than Apple’s new Magic Keyboard. And the darker keys also stand out more from the aluminum body of the keyboard.
3. Bluetooth switching – The Logitech K811 keyboard offers easy Bluetooth switching via three keys on the top of the keyboard. This means that you can use the Logitech K811 keyboard for your Mac, your iPhone and your iPad, and easily switch between them. This isn’t something that you can do with Apple’s new Magic Keyboard.
4. Rechargeable battery – Like Apple’s new Magic Keyboard, the Logitech K811 keyboard comes with a rechargeable battery. And it seems to last quite a long time. I use my Logitech K811 keyboard a lot each day but I haven’t had to charge it very often.
5. Slightly lower price – Apple’s new Magic Keyboard sells for $99, but you can buy the Logitech K811 keyboard on Amazon for $97.68. It’s a tiny difference in price obviously, but the Logitech K811 keyboard offers more features like Bluetooth switching and back-lit keys, as I noted above. So why pay $99 for the new Magic Keyboard when you get more for your money from the Logitech K811 keyboard at a slightly lower price?
All in all, I’m quite happy with my Logitech K811 keyboard. And I’m very glad I didn’t opt to buy the new Magic Keyboard from Apple. I’m not the only one who’s happy with it. As I write this post Logitech’s K811 keyboard has 606 customer reviews on Amazon, with a 4.5 star rating. So it’s pretty clear that Logitech created a great product in the K811 keyboard. Do check it out if you want a better alternative to Apple’s new Magic Keyboard.
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