With its three-way connectivity and device stand, this is ideal for those wedded to their phones
WE LOOK AT keyboards that swap between desk-bound PCs and mobile handsets on the go later in this group test, but the K375s Multi-Device sits somewhere between these portable boards and traditional office models. It’s full-sized and isn’t meant to leave your desk, but is fully wireless and can freely switch between any Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Android and iOS devices you have.
To this end, it includes a universal smartphone/tablet stand in the box, and can pair with up to three devices at once, switching between them with the three white hotkeys integrated into the number key row. One of these will likely be your main PC, which can connect directly via a USB receiver, while Bluetooth 4.0 allows for an additional two.
It’s a nice little setup, even if we mostly stuck to just two devices. Even this allowed us to tinker with a Word document on our main screen, then with a press of a button, swap to our smartphone (placed securely in the stand) to reply to Slack messages without minimising Windows or even taking our hands off the
keyboard to work the mouse. Switching between devices is quick – not instantaneous, but fast enough – and the keyboard will remember device assignments even if you remove one from its wireless range.
We did have a minor hiccup during setup: while the K375s Multi-Device uses the same 2.4GHz Logitech Unifying receiver as most other Logitech keyboards, this was the first time we had to download and install a Unifying software client before the keyboard would connect. Previously, this receiver has always been plug and play, and it’s not clear why the K375s Multi-Device is different.
Still, this wasn’t so much a problem as a surprise, and pairing via Bluetooth is easy, too. The BakkerElkhuizen UltraBoard 940 Compact Keyboard can connect to a greater number of devices at once, but it’s a lot more expensive, and doesn’t have the full dimensions and tenkey number pad like the K375s Multi-Device. We also appreciate how Logitech’s model comes with a separate stand, so you can position it wherever you want.
Admittedly, the simple rubber dome design makes for a softer, less pristine typing sensation than any mechanical or scissor-switch keyboard, but it’s comfortable enough for the money. The keys have a matt texture and are slightly concave, which helps condition your fingers to type more accurately by aiming dead for the middle. It’s also quite quiet, which might deny touch-typists their auditory feedback but is good for working in shared spaces.
There’s no backlighting – in fact, there’s not even an indicator light for Caps Lock – but at least this helps extend battery life, which is rated at up to two years. The K375s Multi-Device uses standard AAA batteries, so you’ll need to replace these yourself.
Even with a few niggles, we like the Logitech K375s Multi-Device as a cheaper alternative to the likes of the Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 and the Matias Quiet Pro. Those models are much better for extended typing sessions, but the flexibility of Logitech’s keyboard is a rare quality.