At just RM149, the Logitech K380 is by far the most affordable keyboard in our shootout. It’s also the heaviest, weighing in at 423g with its batteries installed. The keyboard is made entirely of gray plastic and measures 279 x 124 x 16 mm. It has a sloping profile, which gives it a comfortable typing angle. The keyboard is powered by two pre-installed AAA batteries, which Logitech says will last two years assuming daily heavy-usage (defined as eight hours a day), which is pretty fantastic. Standard batteries also means that you can easily replace them if the keyboard dies on the go. There’s a power switch on the left side of the keyboard.
Pairing a device is as simple as holding down one of the three yellow buttons on the keyboard until its light starts blinking. Then just pair to your device like any other Bluetooth keyboard. You can do this for three devices and it’s quick and easy to switch between devices by pressing its corresponding button. The keys are labeled with both Apple and Windows/Android functions, and the keyboard will automatically sense the platform it’s paired with and switch the keys to suit.
Rather than the more conventional square keys, the K380 has rounded chiclet-type keys. The keys aren’t really harder to type on, but they do feel different. Round keys can actually result in fewer mistypes, as there’s more space between each key, so you won’t accidentally hit the key next to the one you were aiming for. Typing on the K380 is comfortable, thanks to the elevated typing angle, and the keys themselves feel firm with a decent amount of travel for a portable keyboard.
There’s also some added functionality for mobile devices, as the F4 to F7 keys double up as home, recent apps, menu, and back on an Android device, and also share some functionality for other OSes. For example, the menu key opens up the right-click menu on a Windows device. You also get a full set of media control keys on F8 to Insert.
You can easily switch between three devices with the K380.