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CoolTechStuff: Logitech K480 Keyboard

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By Larry Mortimer, AIA

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.

Key Features: Keyboard
• 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.

Keyboard2Cons: 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/.

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