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Update: Amazon via Tiger Direct now has the K400 keyboard for just $25 with free shipping.

Amazon and Daily Steals are both running deals on the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K400.  Amazon is offering it new for $29 with free shipping, the lowest price since the holidays.  If you have to save a couple extra bucks, Daily Steals has the same keyboard for $22 refurbished with a 90 day warranty.

The Logitech K400 is perfect for controlling your computer from a distance (up to 33 feet).  The built-in 3.5 inch touch pad frees users from having to utilize a separate and keyboard.  An ideal setup for navigating Netflix or a web browser on a computer hooked up to a TV.  Logitech only expresses compatibility with Windows machines but a quick peak in the reviews for this keyboard finds that it does work with Macs as well.  More information on that below.

Over 1,750 unique Amazon reviewers rate this wireless keyboard a near-perfect 4.5 stars.

About Mac compatibility

The keyboard claims to support Windows only, but I suspected this wasn’t the full story. Sure enough, when I plugged it into a Mac, the keyboard and trackpad worked automatically — complete with two-finger scrolling — on both Snow Leopard and Lion. Even the volume buttons are functional (but not the semi-pointless “home” button, it seems).

OS X identifies the trackpad as a mouse, so that’s the preference pane where you can configure the sensitivity of the tracking and scrolling gestures. The latter really needs to be dialed down to work well, in my experience. Also, you may want to remap the Windows (Command) and Alt (Option) modifier keys for a more Mac-like layout.

The only catch? I can’t figure out how to disable tap-to-click on the trackpad. (I’m hoping a software hack will make this possible, and that it’s not hard-wired into the device itself.) Unfortunately, Logitech’s Control Center software doesn’t recognize the device, either.

If you can live with that, the keyboard otherwise works just fine with a Mac, despite the official word from Logitech.

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