O Ergo K860 is the new work keyboard from Logitech. As its name suggests, it has an ergonomic design that promises to reduce muscle tension while typing. In addition, thanks to Bluetooth, the peripheral can chat with several different devices and leaves your desk cleaner, free of wires.
In Brazil, the K860 has a suggested price of R $ 899. Is it the right investment for your home office setup and productivity? For a month, I tested the Logitech Ergo K860 keyboard here on Tecnoblog and I share all the details in this review.
Video Logitech Ergo K860 Review
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It’s undeniable: one of the great highlights of the Ergo K860 keyboard is the design. It is the point that Logitech most emphasizes in its communication; it is also the point that deserves attention in this review. I want to start with the adaptation process: before receiving the K860, I was using a K480, from the same company, which has a very different proposal from this larger model, since it focuses on the multi-device. In the early days, it was difficult to adapt to the larger keyboard, but I soon managed to master it, after a few days.
Like Microsoft’s Surface Ergonomic, the Ergo K860 has a smart partition that leaves your hands apart and in the right position to avoid conflicts while working. The curved shape and the width of almost 46 centimeters allow me to type naturally, without forcing the forearm. The wrist rest, provided with two foams, made me feel less uncomfortable during text production.
Unlike ordinary keyboards, the tilt legs of the Logitech peripheral are at the bottom. It may be awkward at first, but you will notice that the opposite position favors tilt and wrist support. Therefore, more comfort.
Usability and autonomy
The slim keys on the Logitech Ergo K860 are comfortable, soft and quieter than those on the K480. There is no touch of sophistication: it is not a problem and it just reinforces that the product is best used in offices or at work at home. The keys are also not backlit: on the one hand it favors autonomy, but working in the dark with it is more complicated.
In terms of usability, I can say that this peripheral is ideal for those who type all day. It is a good product for journalists, writers, teachers, lawyers, screenwriters and creatives in general. Unlike the K480, I could feel relief in the shoulder area using the Ergo K860, because it is extensive and naturally makes me stay in the right position. However, this abundant shape can be detrimental to those who have a small table.
Another advantage of the gadget that is worth scoring is the system adaptation. The peripheral has already been designed to work on Windows and Mac, so much so that it gained some personalized keys with “Alt” + “Command” and “Option” + “Control”. Logitech inserted three pairing keys at the top, this indicates that the keyboard is multi-device: I was able to configure it on a Windows notebook, it was possible to type on an iPhone 11, as well as on the iPad. Communication with the device can be done either via Bluetooth or via a USB receiver, which can even be stored next to the batteries.
In autonomy, the K860 depends on only two toothpick batteries (AAA) and, fortunately, they are shipped with the peripheral. According to Logitech, the keyboard remains functional for up to two years on these batteries, which is really great. After two years, the device’s LED turns red to warn that the fuel is near the end; it is also feasible to monitor autonomy through the program provided by the company, which takes us to the next topic in this review.
Software and customization
The Ergo K860 supports Logi Options, which is a free program for you to configure the keyboard. Available for Windows and Mac, it is an important complement to customize the upper keys and even improve multitasking. It is possible to assign commands to different keys: I was able to open Photoshop using the search button; F5 was responsible for opening the Tecnoblog on the Edge; and configured the F10 to shut down the computer. Altogether, you can change 12 keys.
Because it is multi-device, it is possible to check which device the keyboard is paired with. In the program, you can activate Logitech Flow, which allows you to switch and type on different machines by moving the cursor from one screen to another. It is a great feature that improves multitasking; the problem is that you need a compatible mouse (that is, another Logitech product).
Logitech Ergo K860: is it worth it?
The Logitech Ergo K860 is an excellent ergonomic keyboard. The model was very well designed and managed to keep my shoulders relaxed, the typing more natural and comfortable. However, like the competitors, it takes up a lot of space and I believe that this is the main negative point of the product, in addition to the lack of lights. If your desk is small, you may have to remove some objects to be able to use the K860.
In addition to ergonomics, I must congratulate Logitech for delivering a decent ecosystem, which manages to make the brand’s peripherals communicate very well. The multi-device, which makes the device talk to up to three different devices, is another very well designed feature that works without problems. With just one keyboard, I can work on my notebook, tablet and even cell phone.
The K860 is a product for the home office and should please most people. Despite the high price, it can be an alternative to Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic, which is even more expensive in Brazil. Microsoft still has on the market the Sculpt Comfort Desktop combo, which is more accessible, and which can be more advantageous for those on a tight budget.