The tablets are supposed to be able to handle most everyday computing tasks with only one substitution touchscreen keyboard and mouse. Still, there are a number of keyboards (and mice) that have been made in order to be carried around with a Tablet PC, making it easy to write and work for long periods of time.
Microsoft Mobile Keyboard Wedge launched to coincide with the launch of Windows 8, and Logitech has continued with its own offering: the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K810 Bluetooth.
In many ways, the Logitech Illuminated K810 Bluetooth keyboard is similar to Microsoft Mobile wedge. It has a slim and compact, although not as small as offering short for Microsoft, and is the only Bluetooth, so no need for a USB dongle which makes things nice and simple.
The idea here is that this is an easily portable keyboard for use with a tablet. The keyboard layout is simple but attractive, with a brushed aluminum design effect.
There is a fair gap between each key pressed accidentally minimized, but adds a bit of tension in your fingers when typing. The Windows key comes with the new Windows logo, but otherwise no more central Windows 8-buttons on the Microsoft Mobile Keyboard Wedge.
The differences between the two products are sometimes evident, such as the aforementioned size slightly larger, and the backlight key attractive.
The backlight turns on when you press a key, and the brightness is adjusted according to the ambient light in the room you are using the keyboard in. It’s definitely a nice touch.
Other differences are less evident. You can pair the keyboard with three different Bluetooth devices, and easily switch between them using the function keys. The Logitech Illuminated K810 Bluetooth Keyboard is also compatible with Mac (unlike Microsoft, for some reason …) and has built some Mac features, and support for virtual keyboards.
The biggest difference, however, is the price, with the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K810 Bluetooth reaching £ 89.99/US $ 99.99 (about AU $ 135), which is more expensive than the Microsoft Mobile Keyboard Wedge. Overall this is a decent keyboard phone that is small and light enough to carry around with your Tablet PC without being too much of a burden.
However, the extra features are not worth the high price, and Microsoft Mobile Keyboard Wedge, while having no support for Mac or illuminated keys, is on par with the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K810 Bluetooth when it comes to the quality of construction and operation.