Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480
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.