Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830

Once again I am back working with the wonderful Logitech! Whenever I see their name appear in my inbox I instantly get excited before I have even read the email! This time they have very kindly sent me their Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830. They also sent me a Logitech Bluetooth M557 Mouse. I have had so much fun playing with both of them all weekend. With tips from interior designer Will Taylor, they wanted me to demonstrate how I fit technology into the home and in particular, the living room. I thought this was quite an interesting task as our lives are so dependent upon tech these days you can barely look in any corner of a house without some piece of technology being there. I don't know about you but my house has more speakers then a Cinema and more wires then backstage at a gig! 


I was worried at first about setting up the keyboard, having a total fear of complicated technology I generally thought there was no way I was going to connect the keyboard to my laptop and my laptop to the living room TV with ease. I couldn't have been more wrong! The keyboard comes with a nifty little receiver that you slot into the USB port of your laptop, it takes a few seconds to install. Once the receiver has been installed all you need to do is turn on the keyboard and BOOM you gotcha self a wireless keyboard. I was so shocked at how quick and easy that was to do! 

Next came the issue of the laptop and TV connection. Unfortunately my newer laptop has some silly micro HDMI port which I am yet to own a cable for (Don't worry, it's on it's way from ebay) but I recently sold my old laptop to my little brother so I have access to that and his HDMI chord. A few seconds later and viola my blog was live on TV. 

Along with the brill tech, Logitech have collaborated with interior design blogger Will Taylor (http://www.brightbazaarblog.com/) for great tips on blending tech into the home. I thought I'd break it down with my attempts. 

1. Co-ordinating Colours
Will advises then when buying a big piece of technology such as a TV, to try to match it with the decor. For example, placing black and white frames on the wall next to your TV is another way to blend it in with the decor. Fortunately our living room decor is quite dark and therefore it isn't too hard! 

2. Boxed Beauties
This one in my household is a must. I think we have about 5 remotes (don't ask me what for) in our living room and it's a nightmare keeping track. We invested in a little brown wicker basket that is a life saver for tidying remote city up!! Will recommends the same with having a place to hide things like remotes! 

3. Hero Hues
Will makes a good point of how technology these days is produced in so many variations to help coordinate to a room. I like that the keyboard and mouse coordinate so well together as well with the rest of my living room. Admittedly I also picked my phone in white because I felt it fit better with my bedroom. Hey I may not be a complete fashionista but at least I can accessorise a room right ;)




I love the keyboard, it's so smooooth and sleek it really does look state of the art. The mouse as well, I haven't used one in 3 years because of my laptop but this one is great as it has a windows 8 shortcut button so it's a perfect fit for my laptop. As both the keyboard and the mouse are wireless it definitely neatens things up, I don't know about you but it is like spaghetti junction in almost every room with speaker wires, laptop wires etc so wireless is definitely the way forward!

So there's a snippet into tech in my living room which is actually kind of weird if you think about it. I mean it's like I am voluntarily participating in big brother for the internet...

Do you have any tips on blending tech into a room or do you have wires, remote and speaker chaos?

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