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Logitech K480: Tick-tack-type

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It is a known fact that smartphones and tablets are selling way more than laptops and desktop PCs according to a study the next five years will see an increase of more than double the number of mobile devices that are currently available globally. However when it comes to typing documents or long texts, people still prefer a physical keyboard. While some can opt for dedicated keyboard dock and cases, there are many tablet and even smartphone users that do not get the luxury of such dedicated keyboards.

In comes the Logitech K480, a recommended product if you are looking for a single solution for all your keyboard needs, well except gaming. The keyboard offers a similar layout like any other laptop keyboard and offers keys for controlling your media as well. Best of all it has a large slot where you can slide in your tablet, a smartphone, or even both. The keyboard can connect to three devices at the same time via Bluetooth and has a dial which you can rotate to switch between these devices. This is very useful if you wish to use a keyboard with more than one device. The K480 supports almost every smart device running either on Android, iOS, Windows, Chrome OS or Mac OS.

The K480 comes with an all plastic build and has a very neat finish to it with rounded edges and rounded keys. Everything is neatly placed and well-spaced and the keys offer a slightly higher key-travel than a laptop keyboard, giving a more desktop keyboard feeling. It is comfortable to use, although it is slightly bulky, weighing almost as much as a 10-inch tablet. Also, the plastic body somehow doesn’t feel solid as you can hear a bit of creaking. The keyboard is powered by two AAA batteries which can be inconvenient for some, but in a world where we charge our smartphones, tablets and smartwatches every day, having a device less to charge is always good. The connectivity is quick and seamless and there is no delay in the characters to pop up on your mobile device and even switching between devices is quick and fast.

Apart from the K480 being a bit on the heavy side and having a slightly cheap plastic body, it is quite a handy keyboard to own if you like to do a lot of typing especially on your smartphone or your tablet. It performs flawlessly and is very comfortable to type on. For the price it’s not a bad keyboard but is it the best? Probably not.