The Logitech K270 is a compact wireless keyboard available in variants that use a Unifying receiver or a dedicated USB receiver. Unifying receivers allows connecting multiple Logitech devices to one receiver to reduce USB port usage. However, not all K270 models work with Unifying technology.
In this guide, I explain the key differences between the Logitech K270 keyboard models in terms of connectivity. I guide identifying whether your K270 is compatible with Unifying receivers or requires a dedicated USB receiver. My goal is to clarify which receiver is needed and how to establish smooth wireless functionality.
By understanding the variances in Logitech keyboard connectivity, you can ensure a seamless plug-and-play setup with the appropriate receiver type.
The Two Types of K270 Keyboards
There are two main types of the Logitech K270 keyboard –
K270 With Included Unifying Receiver
The K270 keyboard model with a Logitech Unifying receiver in the box is designed to work seamlessly with the provided Unifying receiver or any other Unifying receiver.
With this K270 model, you simply need to plug the Unifying receiver into your computer and turn on the keyboard for an automatic quick connection process. No additional software is required for basic connectivity, though you can download Logitech’s optional Unifying software to gain additional functionality.
The Unifying software enables advanced features like connected device management, firmware updates, and battery level indicators. It works on Windows and Mac operating systems.
K270 Without Included Unifying Receiver
The K270 model that instead includes a dedicated USB wireless receiver in the box is designed to work exclusively with the provided USB receiver. This receiver looks similar to a Unifying receiver, but it is technically a separate proprietary wireless receiver.
This K270 model connects seamlessly out of the box by plugging the included USB receiver into the computer and powering on the keyboard. However, since this K270 pack does not include a Logitech Unifying receiver, it will not be compatible with standard Unifying receivers. You must use the dedicated USB receiver it came packaged with.
Determining Your K270 Model
To determine whether your K270 keyboard will work with a Unifying receiver, you first need to identify the exact K270 model in your possession.
You can locate the full model number printed directly on the bottom of the keyboard. K270 models with integrated Unifying receiver support will show model numbers beginning with “K270-UNIFYING”. Models without Unifying support will not have the “UNIFYING” indicator in their model sequence.
If you cannot easily locate or read the model number on your keyboard, you can reference the original packaging your K270 came in. The full compatibility specifications and model number should be printed on the box. Basically, models that work with a Unifying receiver are –
1. K270 Wireless Keyboard with Unifying Receiver (model number 920-007145, 920-004503, 920-007120)
2. K270m Wireless Keyboard for Mac with Unifying Receiver (model number 920-008659)
3. MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo with Unifying Receiver (model number 920-006736, 920-006716)
4. MK270m Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Mac with Unifying Receiver (model number 920-008665)
Models that don’t work with Unifying receiver –
- K270 Wireless Keyboard (model number 920-002480, 920-004500, 920-002482, 920-009012)
These models require the included USB dongle for connection and are not compatible with Unifying receivers.
Additional online resources from Logitech are also available to identify models based on visual cues or other identifying info.
Connecting Your K270 Model
The connection process will differ depending on whether you have a Unifying-compatible K270 model or not:
Connecting a Unifying-Supported K270
For K270 keyboards featuring built-in Unifying receiver support, you simply need to plug the included Unifying receiver or any other Unifying receiver into your computer’s USB port. Windows, Mac OS, and Chrome OS will automatically recognize the receiver and install the necessary drivers.
Once the drivers are ready, you can power on your K270 keyboard using the power switch at the top edge of the device. The keyboard will automatically establish a quick connection to the Unifying receiver via the Logitech wireless Unifying protocol. The K270 status light will flash and then remain static to indicate a successful connection.
With a seamless plug-and-play connection process, you can immediately start using the keyboard to type or navigate on your computer. The K270 will remain wirelessly paired to the Unifying receiver unless you manually disconnect it or switch receiver connections via the Unifying software.
Connecting a non-unifying K270
If you have the dedicated USB receiver K270 model without inherent Unifying support, you need to connect using only the included proprietary USB wireless receiver to function.
The process is the same as a Unifying model otherwise – simply plug the packaged USB receiver into your computer’s USB port and wait for any drivers to install automatically. Then you can turn on the K270 keyboard to initiate the automatic connection process between the keyboard and that specific receiver.
The connection status light on the keyboard will flash and then turn static when successfully paired. Then you’re ready to start using the keyboard for typing or navigation. Due to hardware limitations, this K270 model will not communicate with a standard Unifying receiver if you attempt to switch receivers.
Troubleshooting and FAQs
If you’re experiencing any difficulty getting your K270 model paired and operational, you can reference a few key troubleshooting tips –
- Ensure the K270 is powered on after plugging the receiver into the computer’s USB port. The receiver must be recognized before initiating the keyboard connection.
- Try unplugging and re-inserting the wireless receiver into your computer to force the driver reinstallation process. Then reconnect the keyboard.
- Check that the keyboard and receiver are within a wireless communication range of about 10 meters. Move the devices closer together and reconnect if necessary.
- If your Unifying-ready K270 won’t connect properly, use Logitech Unifying Software to update the keyboard firmware or modify connectivity settings.
Can a Unifying-ready K270 model connect to non-Unifying receivers?
No, Unifying K270 models can only establish connections to Unifying receivers or the ultra-similar Logitech Bolt receiver. Standard non-Unifying receivers lack the required communication protocols.
Do Unifying receivers work across operating systems?
Yes, Unifying technology supports seamless connections between devices across Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux without any OS-specific setup.
Can I pair multiple Unifying peripherals to a single Unifying receiver?
Yes, a great benefit of Unifying receivers is that I can pair up to 6 compatible Logitech mice, keyboards, or other Unifying devices to a single tiny receiver. This allows for a clean, multi-device setup.
For any further issues getting my K270 keyboard paired and functioning with Unifying technology, I can reference Logitech’s support site at logitech.com/support for troubleshooting advice and Unifying guides.
In summary, the Logitech K270 keyboard’s Unifying receiver compatibility depends on which K270 hardware variant you have. Models featuring integrated Unifying receiver support in the model number can connect seamlessly to accompanying Unifying receivers as well as external Unifying receivers. Non-Unifying models can only connect exclusively to their own included proprietary USB wireless receiver.
Identifying your keyboard’s model number is key to understanding its receiver pairing functionality. From there, connecting your particular K270 with either a Unifying receiver or the packaged USB dongle follows a quick plug-and-play process to get typing. With model differences clarified and troubleshooting guidance provided, you can enjoy the wireless convenience of your Logitech keyboard.