- Bluetooth keyboard for multiple devices
- Works with Mac and PC
- Needs 2 AAA batteries
- Weighs 1.8 pounds
- 1.61 x 12.2 x 7.91 in
What it's good for
Although it's a stellar wireless keyboard, the feature that stands out is its ability to switch between multiple devices. Not only does it switch but switching is easy and fast, requiring just the turn of a dial. Once it's been linked to a device it finds it lightning fast and connection delays are pretty much non-existent.
I have several devices that connect to multiple devices and none of them come close. After switching to a device there's maybe two heartbeats before it's ready for you type.
This is a well-designed keyboard with big, rounded keys that are spread out well. This is a pretty subjective area but I type for hours every day and I never feel like a key is awkwardly placed or too small.
The dial was a great choice for switching between devices. A glance at the dial tells you which number you're on and it there's a satisfying click at each of the three positions provided. There's no need for software once you've linked your devices.
Doubles as a phone/tablet stand
There's a slot at the top where you can put your phone or tablet for easy viewing while you type. Your stuff won't always fit, especially when you're using a bulky case, but when it does it's great. Nice angle and it's stable.
Designed for PCs and Macs
There are buttons to set the keyboard for a Mac-keyboard layout vs a PC layout which helps a lot. Just be careful not to get them confused or you might go nuts trying to figure out what's going on.
At 8" x 12" (195mm x 300mm) it's about the size of a sheet of paper. This makes it easy to add to a backpack or laptop bag. Since you can use it for several devices it makes a great keyboard to take on the road and it won't take up much space in a crowded workspace or internet cafe.
At under $30, this keyboard is well worth the money. I use it as my main keyboard but it's a no-brainer if you frequently need a keyboard on-the-go.
Both a Backspace and Delete key!
So many compact keyboards only include a backspace key. For people who type and edit a lot, this is a real pain. Thankfully, they've included both.
Connecting devices for the first time can be a pain
To be fair to the K480, I think it might have more to do with my Mac desktop than the keyboard. Macs have some well-known bluetooth issues and that might be what gets in the way when I'm connecting to my computer. When it comes to my other devices - iPhone, iPad- there's no trouble at all. It shows up right away and links without delay.
I can't really think of anything else that's wrong with this keyboard. It's affordable, does what it says and offers some unusual capabilities.
How it compares to other products on the market
I moved to this from the Logitech Wireless Solar Desktop Keyboard K750 for Mac because at the time this was much cheaper and I wanted to try the multiple-device features. I loved the fact that the K750 didn't need batteries especially since that meant it's mind-blowingly small at a third-of-an-inch thick. The K750 is a great keyboard, especially when you want a keyboard that feels like a Mac. The tradeoff is that you have to give up a USB slot and there's a limited supply on most Macs. You also don't get to switch easily between devices but that's not really what it's for.
Beyond that there are quite a few bluetooth keyboards available on Amazon though I haven't tried any. I do love Anker products so you might want to check out the Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard. It's $14, tiny and looks great.