A Wireless Keyboard For All Devices
Smartphones, tablets, and PCs form a group of devices designed to be used with distinct keyboards, physical and virtual. But what if one keyboard could be used for all of them as a way of saving space and perhaps time?
That is the guarantee of Logitech’s K480, an impressively vigorous Bluetooth console that permits the user to switch between PC, tablet and cell phone utilizing a straightforward three-position dial. The design even provides a slot to hold the tablet and smartphone simultaneously at the required angle while connected to a PC. We still are surprised that nobody thought of this before. Matching the device with the supported platforms through Bluetooth is easy enough – Android, Windows, Chromebooks and Apple are all on the list, Windows Phone 8 being the single special case.
It looks ingenious, it is astute but then the question pops up – what issue is the K480 solving? The simplest answer is that it is at heart a space-saving option to a predictable PC keyboard that can also be useful for a tablet and smartphone. After being set up, the user can enter text on a tablet, smartphone and PC from the same keyboard position without having to fidget with individual interfaces beyond opening the right app. Some desk bound users will appreciate this outlook as long as the K480 doesn’t make too many negotiations when used as a simple keyboard. The design if imposingly paced on the desk, weighing just over 800 grams (1.8 pounds), more than enough to stop it from bouncing around. The spherical keys themselves are well spaced, without doubt better than any laptop keyboard.
The main issue about the keyboard is the portability. Weighing almost a kilogram you simply cannot carry this around comfortably and it’s also not even small given the dimensions are 299mm x 195mm x 20mm. Given the amount of empty plastic above the keyboard, the design could simply have been made smaller if Logitech had seen compactness as a need.
In the end all the efforts are a waste, because though the K480 is a well-executed piece of technology, it is difficult to move it between work place and home as it is not that compact. Another concern is the angle of the screen cradle is not too deep when devices such as smartphones or tablets are left inside bumper cases, which means they have to be removed. This is a bit of a downside in an age when most people use a protective case of some sort.
At first glance the K480 looks like a good investment but its use is mainly for people with very little desk space and those who need to frequently access two or three devices at once. For others it would be better idea to spend on a compact and light tablet/smartphone keyboard instead.
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by techtalks @TechTalks February 23, 2015 10:16 AM UTC