K400r Wireless Touch Keyboard
Recommended Retail Price: S$65
Connectivity: Wireless with Unifying USB receiver
Compatible devices: Windows, Android
Battery life: 12 months with power switch

K400r Wireless Touch Keyboard (Chester Tan)

Product Information: The Logitech K400r lets you control your laptop without getting up from the couch thanks to the 10-metre (33-foot) wireless range. The large 3.5-inch Windows 8 compatible touchpad with multi-touch navigation makes vertical and horizontal scrolling intuitive. Setup is simple, too. You just plug the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver into a USB port – no software needed. The sleek, low-profile keys feel good and barely make a sound. And you can enjoy it all for up to a year without the hassle of changing batteries.

My review: My peers who bought the earlier K400 version (that does not support Windows 8 trackpad gestures) use it mainly when they hook up their laptop to the TV screen and then sit at a distance with just the keyboard and touchpad. Sad to say, the key actions are poor especially the space bar which you must hit on the centre of the bar. The keyboard layout is also cramped and so it is not possible for me to type accurately and fast.

The 3.5-inch trackpad contains all the usual gestures for Windows 8, like swipe from edge, scroll, zoom, and also has shortcut buttons for for the 4 "charm" actions. But do be careful of your right little finger, as it might touch the trackpad and move your cursor.

Despite the above unfavourable comments, this is one keyboard that you should get if you are operating Android-based TV boxes with USB port. I tried it on my "no-brand" TV Box, inserted the Unifying USB receiver to the USB port, and the keyboard works instantly. Most shortcut buttons works, like volume, playback controls, "home" button, and even the on-off button. The trackpad also works beautifully, including 2-finger swipe gestures.

In short, the K400r is best used as a single-unit keyboard-trackpad to operate your Windows or Android devices in a comfortable laid-back setting. And for the price, it will serve its target segment well.