Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Logitech’s small-footprint keyboards. Indeed, the company’s K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard has been a firm fixture in my household, featuring in both We Got Served’s Building a Windows 8 Home Server and Building a Windows Home Theatre PC books.

As I start work on our latest book, Building a Home Server With Windows 8.1, I’ll be definitely taking a look at Logitech’s new  Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830, which has been announced today. The brand new, rechargable model has been designed specifically for connected TVs and HTPC use, with backlit keys, an integrated touchpad, and advanced wireless connectivity.

The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 automatically dims or brightens its backlit keys based on the amount of light in the room, so you can type easily in any lighting condition, the company tells us. Type and the keys illuminate. Stop typing and the backlight turns off after five seconds to help save power.

The 2.4 GHz wireless receiver delivers connections to a device up to 33 feet away, so even if you have a massive living room, you should be covered. Like the K400, the new model includes touchpadad, allowing you to control mouse-based interfaces (such as XBMC) with touch as well as via the keys.

The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 ships this month in Europe at a price of £89.99.