Log­itech Blue­tooth Multi-De­vice Key­board K480

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Pe­ter Chu

We don't need to be pro­fes­sional min­dread­ers to know that the ma­jor­ity of you read­ers have a smart­phone, a note­book PC, and a tablet in your pos­ses­sion. If you're one such reader, you're prob­a­bly fa­mil­iar with the tire­some act of hav­ing to jug­gle be­tween the three de­vices to, for ex­am­ple, com­pose a text mes­sage on your smart­phone, re­ply an email on your tablet, and churn out a re­port on your note­book PC.

This is where Log­itech's Blue­tooth Multi-De­vice Key­board K480 comes in, as it's able to pro­vide key­board func­tion­al­ity to a to­tal of three de­vices with just a push of the ‘Easy-Switch' dial that's lo­cated right above the Esc key. Pair­ing up your var­i­ous de­vices with the K480 is a sim­ple enough process; we needed noth­ing more than five min­utes to pair the key­board with our HP note­book, Sam­sung Gal­axy S5, and our 3rd gen­er­a­tion iPad.

We have to say, the con­ve­nience of be­ing able to type on all three of our con­nected de­vices with­out need­ing to lift our hands off the K480 feels strangely grat­i­fy­ing – lib­er­at­ing even, now that we're spared from the chore of con­stantly shift­ing our hands around to grasp and type on our re­spec­tive de­vices.

The Blue­tooth con­nec­tion be­tween the K480 and our de­vices was pretty sta­ble and con­sis­tent. At no point did we need to wait for our key­strokes to be reg­is­tered on-screen, even if we de­cided to use the key­board a fair dis­tance away from them. Com­pli­ments are also in or­der for the K480 for be­ing able to quickly dis­con­nect and re­con­nect to our de­vices as we shuf­fled through its dial.

Typ­ing on the K480 was a pretty en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, as it feels as though we were typ­ing on a proper mem­brane key­board and not a makeshift, sup­ple­men­tary one. Its keys have plenty of travel to them, and are also siz­able and well-spaced enough to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal key­presses. As a re­sult, we were able to fa­mil­iar­ize our­selves with the K480 right from the get-go.

The K480 comes with an in­te­grated cra­dle that you can use to prop up your mobile de­vices in either por­trait or land­scape mode. Un­for­tu­nately though, the crevice is just wide enough to ac­com­mo­date de­vices that aren't fit­ted with a pro­tec­tive cas­ing.

Also in­cluded with the K480 are two AAA-sized bat­ter­ies, which Log­itech says are able to pro­vide the key­board with two years' worth of bat­tery life with nor­mal pro­duc­tiv­ity use. Ac­cord­ing to Log­itech, that's roughly equiv­a­lent to two mil­lion key­strokes a year. To pre­vent un­in­ten­tional bat­tery drain, the K480 will au­to­mat­i­cally en­ter into standby mode when it's left unat­tended af­ter a cer­tain amount of time.

It’s funny how a sim­ple dial can make one’s life so much eas­ier.


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