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The Best LED Keyboard Under $45 - Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard with Backlighting

Updated on October 5, 2012

The Best Mid-Range Illuminated Keyboard

Notice - Amazon is currently offering this keyboard at $42.50. Last I looked, they had 50 left, all new keyboards. If you're looking, it would be a great time to get one!

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I've recently written about the best affordable illuminated keyboard; just for fun, reviewed the 2 coolest illuminated keyboards… one was around $1,500! Links are just above this paragraph. Now it's time to review the best mid-price back-lit led keyboard.

For a quick and simple demo, just watch this video

Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard

Less than an inch depth
Less than an inch depth | Source

Logitech Ultrathin Back-Lighted Keyboard

Actually, that's a little misleading.  There are a number of very good keyboards in that price range, each with it's strengths and weaknesses.  So specifically, this is about the Logitech Ultrathin back-lighted keyboard.  If I wanted to spend more than the minimum, but less than the most, the Logitech Ultrathin with Backlighting is available for less than $75.00… a whole lot less if you don't mind buying a used one through Amazon!

Logitech LED Ultrathin Keyboard


Great Illumination, More Professional For Serious Typists

Logitech has a variety of illuminated keyboards, all fine in their own way.  But most of them are too much a 'gamer' keyboard, or not the right form factor for me.  This one appeals for a number of reasons.  I like the brightness of the leds, it's a gently glowing white, not a harsh glare like some illuminated keyboards.  The leds have three levels of brightness, so you'll be able to set the best choice for your own needs.  Only the characters and the borders around most keys glow,  not the entire keys.  Makes it much easier to see, and to identify the placement of your keyboard at a glance in a darkened room.  My keyboard is kept on an under-desk tray, making it difficult to spot the keys when I'm first reaching for them.  With the proper illumination, it's much easier to guide my hands without looking away from my monitor.

 The ultra-thin profile (it's only 9.3mm thick, not even an inch!) has a high-tech look, combining with the back-lighted keys to give it a futuristic look.  Overall I find the design highly appealing as well as functional.


Smooth, even pressure all the way down on the keystroke
Smooth, even pressure all the way down on the keystroke | Source

Perfectstroke - A Great Feeling Keyboard to Type On

The keys are smooth and silent, featuring a precision micro-scissor technology (Perfectstroke) that keeps the key evenly level as you press it down.  Though it's an ultrathin keyboard, the keys are full-size for comfortable typing.  In many illuminated keyboards, the symbols eventually rub off, leaving you with no recognizable character.  These are laser-etched, and much more durable. 

Wrist rest included

Note the integrated wrist rest
Note the integrated wrist rest | Source

Useful and Functional

Logitech provides their ultrathin illuminated keyboard with a soft-touch palm rest to reduce fatigue and enhance comfort.  While I've seen some complaints that it's not big enough or soft enough, most reports have been highly positive.  Volume and media can be controlled with a single touch.  Layout is clean and uncluttered for an easy-to-use design. 

The ultrathin led keyboard has a good quality feel, and comes with a 3-year warranty.  Installation is plug and play through the USB port.  (Yes it connects by wire- this is NOT wireless.)  Drivers are included on the installation software.  You can use the keyboard without the software, but installing the software gives fuller control over the function keys, which can be assigned to run a program or load a webpage at the touch of a key.

A Technical Explanation of Keyblocking and How It May Affect Keyboards

Will Keyblocking be a problem?

A brief word about keyblocking:

One reviewer I found at Amazon reported problems with the keyblocking procedure used by Logitech with the ultrathin led keyboard.  Most reports state that they could not replicate the problem even when deliberately making the attempt.  Normally I would discount the lone voice and listen to the majority.  But in this case, the person who reported it presented a very informed and thorough explanation.  How keyblocking works, and why it can be a problem, especially for very fast typists.  Given his high level of research, I mention it and leave the choice to you.  For more details, click the Amazon link for the keyboard and read his review. 

Windows Operating Systems Compatibility?

The Logitech Ultrathin Illuminated Keyboard requires Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 7 to run according to the specs on Logitech's website.  While Amazon and most other point of sales websites do not list Windows 7, if you visit the Logitech site, they include Vista, XP, AND 7 on their compatibility list.

Ultrathin LED Back-Lighted

A great mid-price-range model
A great mid-price-range model | Source

Logitech Ultrathin LED Backlit Keyboard

If you're looking for an excellent mid-range led back-lighted keyboard under $75, take a look at Logitech's Ultrathin Illuminated Keyboard. With the slim design, comfortable keys, and clean led lighting, the ultrathin is an attractive option. It might be exactly the keyboard you've been looking for.

And if gaming is more your thing, be sure to check out Logitech's other illuminated keyboards. There's plenty of choices, and Logitech has a real reputation for good products.

*(A final note: Picture attribution... these pics are originally available from the manufacturer's website, but since I'm affiliated with Amazon, and sourced my images from there, that's who I gave credit to.)


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