Release Date: 9/12/2014
Colors: Black/Yellow, White/Gray
The Good: Fantastic ergonomics and design, excellent and smart keyboard layout, keyboard app works very well, switching between three devices is super handy
The Bad: Weighs a lot for a compact keyboard, uses standard batteries
Logitech makes some pretty fantastic products, and it doesn’t surprise me that they make the first bluetooth keyboard that actually interests me or seems useful. Most are too small, too big, or just don’t feel right. The K480 is perfect for anyone with big hands or multiple devices.
While the keyboard isn’t exactly portable and won’t fit into any small carry bags, it doesn’t need to. What got my attention right away was being able to switch between three devices on the fly. The turn dial on the left allows to switch between a tablet, phone, and computer all at the same time. Why would you need to do this you ask? Well you may be using your computer like normal while texting a friend or typing up a report on your tablet, or vice versa. You can do your research on your computer while you do the typing on the tablet and still chat with a friend. Some people may not need to multitask like this so having three channels is great to have without having to re-sync your keyboard with every device you use every time.
With that said, you can fit a 7″ tablet laying sideways with a 4″ wide phone next to it, or a 10″ tablet by itself. You can also have the 7″ tablet standing up with a 6″ phone laying sideways. It’s up to you. The keys feel great and click just right. The keyboard looks “bubbly” and sleek with the keys concaved just right. The actual layout makes sense and works with Macs, iOS devices, and Android. With the FN key you can use the top row as F keys on PC, and without it they are your regular functions on a touch device such as menu, home screen, recent apps, media keys, screenshot, volume, etc. It’s a smart layout and one of the best I’ve ever seen on a compact keyboard.
Actually getting this thing to function with a device isn’t that hard, but Android users may find switching between devices a little annoying when having to select the default keyboard. Using the Logitech app to allow you to type without the touch keyboard is needed. This is actually an issue with Android OS and not the keyboard itself.
The PC and Mac have their own software that allows you to use the shortcuts on the desktop. It’s fairly easy to connect and use without much hassle. Now the biggest issue with this keyboard is that it uses standard AAA batteries which blows my mind. In this day and age most of these gadgets should have internal batteries, but maybe this cut the price down? I don’t know. Just make sure you have rechargeable AAA batteries handy. The other downside was the weight. This thing is pretty heavy by itself and even more so if you have a tablet and phone on it. It’s meant to sit on a desk or table so don’t expect it to be comfortable on your lap.