Computer hardware and accessories manufacturer Logitech has been busy the past couple of months expanding its portfolio of wireless keyboards, but mostly they’ve been aimed at tablet users. This week the company is releasing the Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820, a wireless keyboard with a built-in touchpad that lets users type and swipe together.
The TK820 is expected to be available in the United States and Europe this month for a suggested retail price of $99.99, according to a company release. The TK820 has an ultra-slim design and supports up to 13 Windows 8 multi-touch gestures with the download of Logitech SetPoint software. SetPoint software lets users personalize the settings of the mouse or keyboard.
The keyboard also comes with a Logitech Unifying receiver, which uses 2.4 GHz connectivity to give users better reliability with the convenience of wireless. The wireless connection is robust enough so users can place the keyboard in the most convenient position and still access rapid data transmission with few delays or dropouts. Users can type and swipe for up to six months on a full charge. An indicator light tells users when it’s time to change batteries, and an on/off switch helps users save power when the keyboard is not in use.
"We created the Logitech Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 to combine everything you need to control and navigate your computer in one sleek keyboard," Charlotte Johs, Logitech global vice president of brand development and portfolio for PC accessories, said in a statement. "This keyboard offers an innovative way to navigate, letting you type, touch and swipe with a single device."
In addition, the Incurve keys have softly rounded edges to help fingers move more fluidly across the keyboard, while the company’s PerfectStroke key system distributes typing pressure evenly across the key surfaces. Precision micro-scissors distribute force evenly across key surfaces so every keystroke the user makes feels natural and fluid, even for imperfect keystrokes.
The large touchpad gives fingers plenty of room to perform multi-touch gestures such as pinch, zoom or swipe, and there are no external buttons. Instead, the entire touchpad surface is a button. To left click, users tap or click in the middle of the touchpad, and to right click, users tap or click in the lower-right corner of the touchpad.
The company is also expanding further into the mobile space with the recent expansion of its universal remote control lineup, the Harmony Ultimate Hub, an application accessory for consolidating all a user’s remote controls into one smartphone app, giving them control of up to eight devices. Like the TK820, the Harmony Ultimate Hub is expected to hit stores—including select Apple retail outlets--this month for a suggested price of $99.99.
The hub had previously been offered as part of the company’s Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control products, and will be a standalone product for customers who prefer to control their digital experience just by using their smartphone.