Logitech is known for quality modern wireless keyboards that come in all sorts of different form factors. From the MK850 Performance Comfort Keyboard and Mouse combo for hours of productive work at your desk to the K830 Illuminated Living Room keyboard for controlling your home entertainment center. No matter your preference, you’re bound to find one that fits your needs.
Now, the company is bringing back aspects of the old-school mechanical keyboards (think Cherry switch keyboards) with its K840 Mechanical Wired keyboard. There aren’t any fancy gimmicks included with this keyboard like comfort curves or RGB backlit keys. It’s a basic durable keyboard that will last for years and still provide a pleasant typing experience for getting things done. Just plug it in and go.
The K840 Mechanical is a full-sized keyboard that’s built to last. The top case is made of solid anodized aluminum with a sand-blasted textured finish for a modern look. It features Logitech exclusive Romer-GTM mechanical switches that are crafted to provide a quality typing experience and tactile feedback. The company also claims these in-house keys are engineered to provide over 70 million keystrokes for long-lasting reliability.
While it doesn’t offer a slew of programmable key buttons, it does provide enhanced productivity features including a Windows Lock function, 26-Key Rollover, and easy access to media and shortcut keys. It also has an attached 1.8 meter (5 feet 11-inch) cable with built-in strain relief for reinforced durability and tilt legs for more comfortable typing.
If you haven’t used a mechanical keyboard before, there is an initial learning curve compared to chicklet style boards. However, after the initial “getting used to it” phase, I found it to be comfortable to type on for long durations and reached my regular typing speed after about an hour. Mechanical keyboards are known to be loud and produce a “click and clack” sound that lets everyone know you’re hard at work. But, the K840 is quieter than other mechanical keyboards that I have tested in the past.
After using the K840 for over a week now, I can say I’ve really come to appreciate it and it might become my full-time board. It’s a basic, no-frills keyboard that is built for long-lasting durability and hours of comfortable typing. The keys are spaced out perfectly and the board isn’t bogged down by extra special keys for controlling the volume, launching favorite web pages or specific programs…etc. It’s a solid keyboard that feels great and includes all of the keys I prefer for what I do, i.e., PrintScr, Windows Key, and number pad on the right side.
The K840 Mechanical keyboard is available now and can be purchased for $79.99 on Amazon or directly from Logitech. That may seem expensive, but spring loaded mechanical keyboards typically come with higher price tag. Still, it costs less when comparing it to other mechanical keyboards in its class. If you have been on the fence about getting a mechanical keyboard, the K840 is a good way to get your feet wet without spending a small fortune.
What do you think about mechanical keyboards, are you a fan or not-to-much? Leave a comment below and let us know – especially if you are using the K840.