Logitech Unveils Multi-Device Keyboard
Bohs Hansen / 4 years ago
Logitech has unveiled their new multi-device keyboard, the Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard. The new keyboard stands out from the rest by allowing it to connect to three devices simultaneous with the ability to switch between then with a simple knob on the keyboard. The keyboard is completely multi-platform oriented and not only compatible with all major operating systems, it also has the dedicated keys for them printed where they should be.
Not long ago, we posted news about another multi-device keyboard that allowed to connect up to 5 devices, but as many of our readers so well pointed out, the placement of the switch key, instead of the left control key, wasn’t to smart. Logitech has solved this much better with the turn-knob at the top left of the board. The K480 also features a secure cradle-dock for your phone and/or tablets that angles the display for a better viewing-angle. The cradle is 10.5 mm thick and 258 mm wide, so it should fit most mobile smart-devices.
This cradle is the really interesting new thing though, as we’ve previously seen similar smart switches on the K760 and K810 keyboards.
“Typing needs have evolved and consumers are computing and texting across multiple screens, often using two or three different operating systems,” said Charlotte Johs, global vice president of computer peripherals at Logitech. “The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 makes it simple for people to work, create or communicate quickly and comfortably, no matter what computing device or platform they are using.”
The new keyboard is guaranteed to work with Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X or later, Chrome OS, iOS 5 or later and Android 3.2 or later, but should theoretical work with any Bluetooth capable device. It comes in two colour choices, white and black. It uses two AAA batteries that are pre-installed and the battery life is set to four million keystrokes, that equals about 2 years of work in an office environment.
It has a pretty low warranty period of only 1 year, so it might wear out fast. That however is just a speculation of mine. It doesn’t take up much space on your desktop or in your backpack either, if you want to take it in the go. The height is is 20 mm, width 299 mm and the depth is 195 mm, it does however weigh 820 gram.
The availability starts within days in both Europe and the US. A few shops already report stock while other expect them to land within the next 1-2 days. The Logitech K480 has a MSRP of $49.99. In Germany it’s being listed starting at €40 while the cheapest version in the UK was listed at £49.99 at the time of writing.
Thank you Logitech for providing us with this information
Images and video courtesy of Logitech.