Review: Logitech Classic Keyboard 200

An Affordable, Stylish Keyboarding Solution

Logitech Classic Keyboard 200
Logitech Classic Keyboard 200. Courtesy of Logitech

The Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 is a basic, no-frills keyboard meant to get the job done without running up the price with a bunch of excessive features. Even with that mission apparent, however, the Classic Keyboard 200 goes above and beyond when it comes to style and performance.

At a Glance

Pros

  • Simple, stylish appearance
  • Low price (Under $20)
  • USB powered
  • Compact, ergonomic design

Cons

  • Limited in features
  • Only one color available

Features of the Logitech Classic Keyboard 200

  • Modern Design
  • The keyboard is small, thin, and has a very mobile and stylish feel. It's reminiscent of the keyboards which come standard with Apple computers, and will appeal to anyone who finds that brand's emphasis on style appealing.

    It also has an ergonomics-based, boomerang-shaped smooth molded design. This helps to promote comfort while writing, though it is mostly for show, and does little to set itself apart as a truly ergonomic keyboard. The keys are still straight as they were when the qwerty keyboard was invented decades ago. The flatness does help, however. One drawback on a noticeably style-driven keyboard is the fact that it only comes in one color: black.

  • USB Powered
  • Only having one cord to plug in is the objective for just about every peripheral, and the Logitech Classic Keyboard accomplishes it. Drawing its power from a single USB connection to your computer, the keyboard manages to transfer data and find power simultaneously. This is a standard feature these days, but for anyone who has tried to plug in an older keyboard into a new computer, it's clear that USB is essentially the only way to connect the majority of peripherals to a brand new computer.

    Performance

    The keypad taps down easily, lightly, and with little noise or resistance. It is certainly one of the quieter keyboards I've tested, since one of the strange things about bulky, more expensive, larger keyboards is that their keys clack all the more loudly. The Classic 200, on the other hand, is as quiet as a mouse.

    One of the main drawbacks is the lack of extra features on the Logitech Classic 200. It connects via a USB cable, rather than wirelessly, as so many keyboards do these days. It has hardly any specialized keys, touchpads, or controls. It is a very basic, nuts and bolts options. But at under $20, the lack of features may be worth the very low price.