Got too much clutter on your desk? Well, here’s a device that can do triple duty to help clean up that mess: the Logitech K480 Multi-Device keyboard.
What it Does: The K480 is a wireless keyboard that works with your desktop computer, smart phone or tablet.
System Requirements: Works with any Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, or Chrome Bluetooth enabled device.
What it Costs: $49.99
How it Works: The K480 connects to your desktop computer and mobile device via bluetooth. You pair the keyboard with up to three devices, and each one gets a spot on a three position rotary dial in the upper left hand corner of the keyboard. Once set up, changing from one device to another is as simple as rotating the dial.
• Integrated cradle holds mobile devices in a viewing position.
• Multi-Platform (Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, or Chrome) compatability.
• Bluetooth connection (non-proprietary, and no dongle required).
• Function keys are multiplexed with some multimedia/mobile specific buttons.
• Powered by 2 AAA batteries (estimated two year battery life).
• Choice of either black or white color.
Pros: Relatively inexpensive. A sticker with easy directions makes pairing to a device a fairly simple process. Switching between devices is quick (about one second) and easy.
Cons: It would be if the keyboard were backlit, could tilt, and also have parts to charge your mobile device. The on/off power switch is also in an inconvenient location on the bottom of the keyboard.
Conclusion: This is not a portable keyboard you would take with you out of the office. (It weighs 1.8 pounds.), However, if you type on multiple devices at your desk, this is a device you should take a look at.
More Information at: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/multi-device-keyboard-k480?crid=26
Purchase at: Most electronics vendors, such as Amazon, Best Buy, etc.
Correction: Last month’s report on the Zeiss VR One incorrectly stated that you can pre-order the device on http://oneteamus.org/zeissvr/. The correct pre-order website for North America is https://www.vrone.us/vrone/.