Logitech K480 Review
Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 is a keyboard that allows you to use one keyboard to type input into many machines. It works great with Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android. Switching among paired devices is done using the selection key located directly above the escape key. It is a pleasant change from many wireless keyboards that made to use with only one device, such as Logitech’s keyboard for iPad.
Pairing a keyboard requires you to set the player to one of the three available positions, press the appropriate button for the device type, and follow the standard Bluetooth pairing instructions on your device. The total time I need to set it – from opening the box to pairing the K480 with the Moto X, iPad Air, and MacBook Air – is under five minutes.
Two AAA batteries have been installed on the keyboard. For those who go crazy at Logitech and claim that it should have a rechargeable battery, it’s $ 50 price tag. Additionally, according to Logitech, the battery in the K480 will last up to two years with regular “office use” (the company calculates this at two million key presses per year).
When you want to switch from phone to tablet, you have to push that button. I was surprised by the speed of the keyboard become disconnected from one device, then connected to another. Any delay in the connection process can be ignored, with the most extended delay experienced when connecting to the iPad. Of course, you still need a mouse or trackpad if you pair it with a PC because there is no pointing device installed on the K480.
For function, The key settings designed for several operating systems, with split functions for people such as the “alt” and “cmd” buttons for Windows and OS X, respectively. For mobile devices, the top row of buttons offers shortcuts for home and back buttons found on iOS and Android devices.
Shallow channels that run directly above the button offer a place for iPads and smartphones in portrait or a single iPad (or similar sized tablet) in landscape orientation. The viewing angle of any device placed on the channel cannot be adjusted, but I feel it is enough when working at a sitting and standing desk.
Not suitable for portability. The keyboard weighs 1.81 pounds and is 0.78 inches thick. You can carry it around, but clearly, it is meant to remain at home on your desk.
My biggest problem with K480 is the taste. I’m not talking about the layout of buttons, which are broad enough or travel on buttons, which is fine. Instead, this device made of shameless plastic, and it feels cheap when you type. Each keypress is confirmed not only by the characters that appear but also by the plastic “click” sound from the keyboard itself. The noise was bothersome the first time I used the keyboard. I had to use headphones to drown it. I am getting used to sound, the more I use the keyboard, and now this is more of a disturbing background.
As someone who works in someone’s office, click-clack eventually becomes a small weakness. In a bigger office, the level of frustration will undoubtedly magnify. That said, the K480 is a keyboard that is worth seeing if you are in the market for one that can connect to several devices. The process of setting it up quickly, OS versatility, and affordable prices make it all an attractive purchase.
The Bad > Cheap build quality. Loud and annoying clack-clack-clack sounds while typing. Not all that mobile—leave it at your desk. Takes AAAs, no built-in rechargeable battery like Logitech’s other mobile-friendly keyboards.
The Good > Connects to multiple operating systems: iOS, Android, Mac OS X and Windows. Switch between devices with the twist of a knob. Minimal setup effort. Long battery life. Spacious layout.
Logitech K780 Specification
|Connection Type||Wireless (Bluetooth 3.0)|
|Indicator Lights (LED)||Bluetooth connect, Battery status|
|Special Keys||Caps Lock, FN|
|Connect / Power||On/Off Switch|
|Battery Details||Removable, Replaceable
|Cable Length (Power/Charging)||6 feet or 1.8 meters|
|Keyboard||20 mm (.79 inch)||299 mm (11.7 inch)||195 mm (7.68 inch)||822 g (29 ounce)|
Logitech K780 Manuals
Logitech K780 Driver
|Logitech Options – 7.14.70
Logitech Options – 7.14.77(Mac OS)