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Logitech Illuminated Keyboard – Review

After getting my new Alienware laptop with the backlit keyboard, my desktop keyboard started looking… well… dark. I really started wishing that my desktop keyboard was backlit like my new laptop.

There’s a bunch of gamer backlit keyboards available but they are expensive and not what I need. After looking around a bit, I came across the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard (model 920-000914) for $79.99. It was on sale for $59.99 at Best Buy.

Entire keyboard

The specs:

  • Adjustable backlit keys (4 levels of brightness)
  • PerfectStroke key system (eliminating slippage and delivering fluid and natural strokes)
  • Music and volume controls
  • Ultra-thin
  • Soft-touch integrated palm rest

Ultra-thin design

This keyboard only works for PCs (sorry Mac users) and connects to your computer via USB cable that’s coming out of the keyboard. Although the keyboard comes with drivers on a CD, I just plugged the keyboard into the USB port and everything worked fine.

As you can see from the picture above, there’s clear plastic all around it and the keys are very low profile, along with the entire ultra-thin keyboard. Basically, they used the same technology that is used in laptops to make thin keyboards for this desktop keyboard. And as with laptop low profile keyboards, it is very quiet compared to the old school PC keyboards that make a lot of noise.

This post is being written from this keyboard and I can report that if you are used to using laptop keyboards with low profiles, you will quickly adjust to this keyboard. However, if you are used to using high profile keys that travel a long distance, you might need some time to adjust to this keyboard.

Backlit keyboard

There are also a few subtle difference with this keyboard compared to the standard PC keyboard. Normally, the backspace and backslash keys are slightly longer. On this keyboard, they are not as long as you might be used to. The entire top row is about 5mm to the right of regular keyboards. I’m not exactly sure why they decided to do that.

Also, the delete key in the middle area is vertically larger and takes up the space that normally would be the insert key. The insert key is above the delete where the “Print Screen” key would normally be. The “Windows” key on the right side is replaced with a “FN” function key which can be used in conjunction with the regular function keys as shown below.

Function keys

If you’re looking for a backlit keyboard for your PC, and don’t mind the thin laptop like profile keyboards, this one is for you. No more having to turn on my light to see where the keys are.