03
Sep
bluetooth-multi-device-keyboard-k480

Desk space is a valuable commodity for most of us, and the last thing anybody wants to do is sacrifice a huge area to put down a second keyboard. On the other hand, who among us doesn't hate to switch back and forth between the keyboard and your phone while working and responding to text messages? If this is a familiar feeling, Logitech's just announced K480 Bluetooth keyboard might fit your not-so-uncommon demands. It's designed to connect with up to 3 devices simultaneously, and switch between them with the turn of a dial.

Logitech_Bluetooth_Multi-Device_Keyboard_K480

132

The K480 sports a groove to prop up a phone or tablet, or both. It's capable of switching between 3 devices of virtually any platform using a dial tucked conveniently at the top-left corner. In fact, you'll be able to link it up with any combination of devices running Windows (7 or above), Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android (3.2+), or iOS (5+). It will probably work with any other platform with Bluetooth keyboard support, but these are the only operating systems currently supported. All of the necessary modifier keys are present for any supported OS you're going to use, so you shouldn't have any trouble switching back and forth. It even switches the 'alt' key between locations to keep Windows and Mac users happy.

Logitech plans to launch the K480 this month in the U.S. and Europe with a price of $49.99 USD. Your color choices are limited to black/(neon) yellow or white/gray. If you're dying to get a pre-order in before this keyboard hits store shelves, or if you just want a few more details, check it out at Logitech's product page!

Source: Logitech, Business Wire

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://www.tenshi.org.uk/ Angie Winterbottom

    Very nice! I think I like the plain white one better, though.

    BTW you have a typo in your headline. You missed the r out of Chrome.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Thanks, fixed it.

  • Bauer

    This isn't the first. The Logitech K760 from 2012 has this feature. Plus the logitech bluetooth easy keyboard from 2013 also has it.

    • Andrew

      Correct. Definitely not a first. Cool design though

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      The emphasis is that it's the first one actually designed to switch quickly between multiple devices. I'm pretty sure it maintains a live connection (that's not clearly stated, but it sounds that way) with all of the devices, where previous models would switch the connections on and off as needed.

      • http://blog.zopim.com/ Abhiroop Basu
      • andy_o

        I don't think so, why would it keep a live connection, when for keyboards like the K810 it only takes a second to switch? This seems like a lower end version of the K810, thicker and without the back illumination, but with some design "fixes" like the dial, which frees 3 buttons, and better use of the buttons, like adding media buttons and a Recents button for Android.

  • Peter ‘Firefox’ Fox

    I really want one of these for work and possibly home too. Seems a great design.

  • Daniel Tuffs

    If this had a number pad I would insta buy

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      This is how I felt. This thing would theoretically take away my need to have 2-3 keyboards (I use 2 laptops on the same desk every day, so this is a real issue). With that much extra space, I really want the extended keys.

      • Eric Jones

        Ever tried Synergy? I used it all the time when I had a linux computer and Windows computer at the same desk. I haven't used it in awhile, but I loved only having one mouse and keyboard to control two computers. http://synergy-project.org/

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          Yeah - Synergy's awesome. (Last time I used it was in 2008, though, when NetBooks were a thing.)

          • Lucas Laws

            I used it about a year and a half ago. Worked pretty well most of the time.

        • operator207

          Yes this. It now encrypts the connection, and runs as a service. It didn't back in 2008, which is why I dumped it at one point for input director. I am not typing my passwords over a tcp/udp connection unencrypted. It is also cross platform (Linux, Mac, Windows).
          I currently have it running across 3 laptops, 2 Windows and a Mac. A total of 7 screens. Blows peoples minds when they realize what I have here.

  • CasperTFG

    Me want. Put my GNex (don't laugh) on the left side of that groove and my Nexus 10 on the right. Giddy up.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      I'm not sure you can put a tablet there unless it has a USB port on the bottom like iPad. I mean, who uses 10" 16:10 Android tablrts in portrait?

  • digi_owl

    Got the suspicion that unless your device match the Apple ones for dimensions, that dock slot is going to be useless.

    • Anfronie

      Exactly! I mean what is the ratio between phones with and without cases?!

  • MJ

    Why not a normal keyboard layout without the spaces and funky keys? I like the idea but this is a no buy here...

  • Josh Phillips

    Now I just need the mouse equivalent. I have the ultrathin touch mouse t631 and that switches between 2 bluetooth devices, but I want a full size mouse... essentially I want a Performance MX with bluetooth switching... I'd throw down $100 today for that. Come to think of it, I'd prefer Microsoft made switching keyboards, because their ergonomic kb's are fantastic.

    • Robb Nunya

      A good idea would be to equip this thing with a USB port so that you could hook a mouse into the system.

      • http://www.versalytics.com/ Redge

        Logitech's ultrathin mouse connects to two devices. Switching between two devices is as easy as changing the switch selector on the bottom of the mouse itself. The mouse is charged with a USB cable (1 minute of charge = approximately 1 hour of use).

  • Ryan Lindsey

    MightyText allows me to use the gmail interface to send texts, and I don't know how switching to a tablet is any better than having a second monitor, at least for me. Developers needing to test a second device might find this handy.

    I'll stick with my full-sized desktop keyboard.

    If it had a trackpad, that'd be cool to use on the go, although I find using a tablet still requires more than just a keyboard.

  • Brad

    Very nice... I might have to pick one of these up...

  • Jean-Francois Messier

    What about Linux support ?

  • Christian Collet

    As has been said by others, why no full size with easy switch tech? For me that would be insta-buy. Also, outfit small size version with touchpad...

  • Zak Taccardi

    This looks awesome - just needs a mouse too.

    • Cuvis

      If this thing had a trackpad or a trackpoint built in, it'd be perfect.

      • Ali Mohamedali

        same. i like the setup of the logitech k400r with touchpad. if they could just make that bluetooth and backlit, i'd buy it.

  • Colin Richardson

    What would be better is a small external device that does the multi bluetooth connections, that you could plug in your existing keyboard. That way you don't have to compromise on using what looks like a keyboard made for toddlers.

  • JPB

    Looks beautiful. I think I'll be picking one of those up.

  • BomberLT

    You can use for one keyboard (and mouse!) for PC and Android already - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.liveov.skm&hl=en

    • firesoul453

      Thats not really the same thing

  • http://www.versalytics.com/ Redge

    How is this new other than configuration? My Logitech Solar Powered K760 bluetooth already connects to 3 devices and switching between them is just as easy. Since it's solar powered, no batteries are required. Logitech's ultrathin mouse allows you to switch between two computers, although the switch is awkardly located on the bottom of the mouse.

Quantcast