Televisions are an early example of the Internet of Things becoming part of the everyday fabric of life. All the latest models have various smart capabilities built in but the TV remote control was never designed for that much data input. Logitech’s K830 is a keyboard specifically designed to work with Smart TVs and home entertainment centres. It is back lit, so good for using in limited lighting conditions and has a touch pad, which means you can navigate Windows 8.
It uses the company’s proprietary unifying USB technology so it is essential to make sure you have a suitable free USB port on the device you want to link it to. It is slightly smaller than a full size keyboard so you are probably not going to want to write client reports on it but that is not what it is designed for. On the other hand this is a far better way to navigate services like Netflix or Apple TV.
This is a great way to make it easier to use a Smart TV. Available from all the usual online sources, expect to pay about £80.
Ian McKenna is director of Finance & Technology Research Centre