One-trick devices are so old school; new and versatile keyboards and mice work with both PCs and mobile devices, nearly simultaneously.
And why settle for dull, utilitarian devices, when even routers are dressed in digital haute couture — while tripling Wi-Fi coverage.
Connect to three devices with one keyboard
Cross-platform support takes a new twist with the Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard (info page). It works with most any PC, phone, tablet, or similar device, no matter what OS they’re running on. Just tap on one of the three “Easy-Switch” buttons, and the keyboard instantly switches to a paired Bluetooth- or USB-equipped device.
A full-sized keyboard, the K780 includes 10-key number pad and surprisingly comfortable, concave, chiclet-style keys. And for better integration with Windows and Mac settings, modifier keys such as Control, Alt, and Start automatically remap to match their expected location. They’re also labeled for both platforms — no more guessing which key is the Windows “Alt” or Mac “Alt.”
Still, some touch typists who are used to the common PC-keyboard layout will have to adjust to the slight change in the Start (Windows) key location.
To help you adapt to the layout for each OS, Logitech maps them out in the downloaded user guide (PDF; Figure 2). There is, however, one missing bit of information in the guide: any mention of the nearly invisible power switch, located on the keyboard’s right side, below the number keypad’s minus key.
Bluetooth pairing was surprisingly quick with my iOS and Android devices. There are printed instructions right on the package, but I simply used the iOS and Android Bluetooth settings. Connecting via the including USB Unifying Receiver requires loading accessory software, but the dongle then lets you connect up to six Logitech input devices.