Also called carpal tunnel syndrome, the condition causes numbness in the fingertips and pain in the wrists. To solve the problem, ergonomic keyboards split into two halves and reverse tilt have been invented. The format has existed for a couple of decades. Still, the range is minimal, so every new product is a holiday, especially when it comes to a modern wireless model with personalization through a utility, Logitech K860 keyboard.
Appearance and Convenience
The shape of the ergonomic keyboards seriously stands out from the background of the usual ones. The keys are divided into two halves, located at a slight angle relative to each other, and in the center, there is a small free space with a characteristic hump. This arrangement, coupled with a spacious palm rest, allows you to straighten your elbows and not bend your wrists.
The palm rest is soft since it consists of two layers of foam material with a total thickness of 6 millimeters. A braided covering with a thickness of 0.5 mm is stretched from above. According to the tactile sensations, it is located between the coarse fabric and the oilcloth material. On the one hand, the skin does not sweat, but on the other hand, the support can be wiped with a damp cloth.
The layout is adapted for blind ten-finger input when the corresponding sides of the keyboard are given to the left and right hands without intersections, and each finger has its own group of keys. The professional method differs in the speed of typing. Still, it requires a lot of retraining and getting used to, especially if you already have a habit of indiscriminate touch typing. After two weeks of working with the Logitech K860, I could not fully adapt. Now and then, there is a desire to return to a regular keyboard.
However, there is a noticeable positive effect from reverse tilting. Usually, after a day at work, I have a weakness in my left palm – the very manifestation of carpal tunnel syndrome. Switching to the ergonomic Logitech K860 made things easier. Especially after tilting the keyboard by 4 degrees. Also, the two-level legs allow you to raise the front side even more by 7 degrees. In any case, the body does not suffer. You can put pressure on the palm rest without fear.
The spacious keyboard has room for 110 keys if you count a double space as one. Miniaturization is excluded: modifier keys and some other keys are enlarged, arrows are not reduced, there are additional buttons. For example, the top row contains separate keys for toggling Fn Sticky, locking the computer, and checking the battery level. Caps Lock has a built-in LED sticking indicator.
The new product is equally well compatible with Windows and Mac OS. Many keys, which differ in these operating systems, have a dual function marked with a vertical bar.
The symbols are not engraved but applied in small stickers exactly according to their size. Based on ten years of experience using another Logitech keyboard with these stickers, the application is reliable and will not wear off after years. The need for a backlight in the keyboard for blind typing is questionable, especially given the battery power. The keys themselves are a short-travel island and, in terms of tactile sensations, resemble a laptop. The quiet mechanism has clear feedback.
Connection and Autonomy
As noted above, the keyboard is fully compatible with both Windows and Mac OS. Wireless connection, three devices are supported. The first connects via a Unifying USB transmitter, the rest via Bluetooth 5.0 LE.
Switching between USB and Bluetooth takes no more than 5 seconds. It all depends on the device. There are three separate buttons with indicators for this. Both wireless interfaces work perfectly and will not go to sleep after long periods of inactivity.
Powered by two AAA pinky batteries. The company does not disclose battery life, and during the two-week test, the keyboard was not discharged by a percentage. If desired, the batteries can be replaced with nickel-metal hydride batteries of the appropriate format.
The remaining charge level is displayed in the proprietary utility and the window of connected Windows Bluetooth devices. Also, you can light up the LED above the Logitech logo with a separate function block button with a battery icon for orientation.
If you have two devices with Unifying receivers, they can be combined into one not to occupy extra USB ports. The corresponding offer appears automatically when two or more devices are connected. But be careful. You won’t be able to reprogram the old receivers back. You have to buy new clean ones.
The offer to install proprietary software appears automatically after connecting the Logitech K860. Logitech Options Utility works the same when connected via USB or Bluetooth. The task is one – reassignment of the keys of the functional block. And only the multimedia options associated with Fn, F1-F12 remain intact.
Each application can have its own profile.
The utility takes good care of your computer’s resources. The total consumption of all related processes does not exceed 50 MB of RAM with a minimum load on the processor.
Feedback after two weeks of use
The novelty was created according to all the precepts of Logitech keyboards: good semi-glossy plastic, calm appearance, and stable operation of wireless interfaces. You can buy the Logitech K860 without any fear of children’s ailments found in less famous brands. No serious shortcomings were identified during testing, you can only scold stickers instead of engraving, but this is a proven solution over the years.
The question of the expediency of switching to an ergonomic keyboard is strictly individual. I identified two criteria for myself: the duration of daily work at the computer and the presence of pain in the wrists in the evenings. In any case, after getting used to it, the comfort and speed of typing are not inferior to conventional keyboards. Personally, I really need the transition to relieve pain in my left wrist. To eliminate tunnel syndrome, I advise you to pay attention to vertical mice. In the assortment of Logitech, there is the MX Vertical.
- Ergonomic shape with soft palm rest;
- Two-level folding legs;
- Wear-resistant and unpretentious materials;
- Extended layout with additional keys;
- Quiet low-profile keys mechanism;
- Stable operation of wireless interfaces without going to sleep;
- Support for simultaneous connection to three devices;
- Nice utility to use.
May not like:
- Stickers; no engraving of symbols.