I have a love / hate relationship with using my PC in the lounge. Besides the fact that my TV looks so much nicer and richer than my monitor, I always seem to lose my mouse. Or the stupid thing is flat or wired, meaning it isn’t where I want it to be: on the couch, or in arm’s reach of the couch.
Depending on your setup, a mouse is not the most comfortable thing to use on a couch, especially when all you need to do is a task that involves one or two mouse clicks, before carrying on via gamepad or keyboard. That is where this All-in-One keyboard comes in. Having the TK820 in your lap allows for comfortable use of the touchpad, instead of juggling a mouse across an armrest or using your arm as a makeshift mousepad.
The TK820 is a compact, llightweight keyboard with a built-in touchpad for mouse control and multitouch gestures. The keyboard is really thin, with a footprint of a full-size keyboard, except the numpad has been replaced by the touchpad, which might be an issue for people who use the numpad often for entering numbers into spreadsheets. For normal typing the keyboard feels too thin for my large hands, and it caused strain after a day of work. For the sake of searching for stuff on YouTube or replying to a few messages during a game, though, it more than suffices, and is sturdy enough to be used for gaming, even though it really doesn’t look like it. (The plastic around the side of the touchpad sometimes moves away from the touchpad in a slightly alarming way).
Downloading Logitech’s SetPoint software allows you to make custom gestures so that the keyboard works in a way that suits you. You might want to download SetPoint before you swap out your keyboard for this one, because it is possible that Windows won’t pick up the new input device properly, which is a bit of a pain (Windows 7). It has an awesome feature in showing you a matrix of open windows and applications, allowing you to choose the app you want to switch to without alt-tabbing through every single open window.
The tiny wireless receiver has pretty impressive range, meaning you can plug it into the back of your machine without disrupting data transmission, leaving front ports open as well as making things rather neat. If you use another Logitech product with the same receiver, SetPoint asks if you would prefer to just use one rather than both, freeing up a slot in your machine.
The Tk820 seems to be more suited for office presentation or multimedia PC use, which might be exactly what you are looking for. Added touches, like a Charms key and the PerfectStroke key system make for comfortable typing, if only for smaller hands.