Log­itech K600 TV Key­board

THE MAS­TER OF THE LOUNGE-ROOM KEY­BOARD RE­FINES ITS DE­SIGN.

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LOG­ITECH’S NO STRANGER to cre­at­ing key­boards for lounge room use — its K400r is widely con­sid­ered to be the cur­rent go-to for en­ter­tain­ment set­ups that re­quire a lot of typ­ing — but the K600 TV is the first model that’s be­ing specif­i­cally pitched at smart tele­vi­sions. It’s of­fi­cially com­pat­i­ble with a se­lect range of newer-model TVs (re­leased in the last two or so years) from Sam­sung, LG, Sony and Philips, but should in the­ory also work on any set or stream­ing de­vice that’s run­ning the An­droid TV OS — we tested it with an Nvidia Shield TV for this re­view.

Cutting straight to the punch, with­out a doubt this is the best lounge room key­board Log­itech has ever pro­duced. Key­boards are al­ways go­ing to be some­what clunky in this en­vi­ron­ment, but the K600 tack­les this more el­e­gantly than we’ve seen be­fore. It es­sen­tially has two modes; you can, tra­di­tion­ally, set it down on your lap for when you want to mouse and type or, al­ter­na­tively, pick it up with two hands and use it like a gi­ant gamepad, grip­ping each side while em­ploy­ing your thumbs to ac­cess the var­i­ous but­tons and con­trols on its curved (and palm-friendly) edges. On the right, there’s both a D-pad and track­pad for gen­eral menu nav­i­ga­tion, with but­tons for left- and right-click­ing, open­ing up a search win­dow (where sup­ported) or go­ing home, back or switch­ing apps.

On a stan­dard TV in­ter­face, it all works re­mark­ably well in use and its 12-month bat­tery life – pro­vided by two AAA bat­ter­ies – mean you shouldn’t sud­denly be caught with a dead key­board when you need it most. (You can also man­u­ally switch it off when not in use us­ing a but­ton on the top-right edge.)

It’s not par­tic­u­larly well-suited to gam­ing (but track­pads never are) and we do wish it were back­lit for bet­ter use in a dark­ened room (although that would come at the cost of bat­tery life), but in every other area the K600 TV gen­uinely shines — and it even feels like it’s built tough enough to be able to with­stand the oc­ca­sional tum­ble off the couch.

[ DAN GAR­DINER ]

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