27 May 2016


Logitech released the K380 Multi-Device Keyboard late last year! Promised to be able to take up to three devices via Bluetooth, the K380 is awesome for everyone who needs to switch between workstations to get your work done.

Even if you have just one device, the K380 fits right in too!
The K380 is a neat little keyboard that weighs less than 500g (423g to be exact). Weighing that little, you can nicely tug this into your laptop bag while on the go.

The Logitech K380 Multi-Device keyboard takes up less than half the space compared to my 14" laptop. That is around 124 mm x 279 mm x 16 mm. Placing the K380 adjacent to my laptop leaves ample space for me to move my mouse despite my tiny desk space. 

The review set that I have comes in blue, exactly the shade of blue I loved! It does come in black too!
The K380 features round buttons for its numbers and alphabets. Possibly that saves some space to squeeze the most out of the small profile. It is a nearly a full keyboard without the number pad. It is not a big deal for me without the number pad but for those who love number crunching, you can still use the the 1 - 0 number buttons right above.
The keyboard is slanted at a degree, making the typing easier!

In order to pair the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Keyboard, you have to turn the device on by using the mechanical switch on the left side of the keyboard. I missed this button and mistakenly return the keyboard thinking it is not working. Haha!

If you are wondering if your device is compatible, it can run on any Bluetooth ­enabled computers or other devices that support external keyboards (HID profile). Android 3.2 or later, iOS 5 or later, Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.10 or later, Chrome OS, Apple TV are among the lists of devices that are supported.
To use your K380 to pair with your laptop or device, hold the "lighter coloured" device number key (e.g. 1) for about three seconds. Select the K380 in your device's bluetooth menu and key in a confirmation number. WIth that, you are good to go!

To pair the next device, just press the next available device number key. To overwrite the paired device, simply repeat the same steps.
With my laptop and android tablet paired to the device, switching between devices is straightforward. Press the K380's device number keys right on the top, and you can switch between your three devices with ease. I set my laptop at 1, and my tablet at 2. You need to get use to the which key belongs to which device. After a while, you will get used to it.

One thing I realised is that the device indicator will go off after a few seconds, leaving you to guess when you come back to your workstation, is it my laptop or my tablet that it is connected to?

I thought of a way to overcome this, and that is to press the key belonging to that device that you wanted to use. This way, it will be sure your next keystroke will be for the device you wanted.

I could easily switch between my android tablet and search for information on the press kit while I type out my blog posts. As it is OS-Adaptive, the K380 automatically detects and maps the keys to the connected device. 

On the whole, the keyboard is very user friendly, and pretty responsive to the switch between devices. I could quickly switch between my laptop doing work and my tablet to change the song playing on YouTube. With two devices connected to the K380, it actually reduces time to lift up the hands from typing and reduce the need to introduce another keyboard on the cramped desk. More space for more gadgets!

The Logitech K380 is already available at stores in Singapore! To find out more about the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Keyboard, simply head over to www.logitech.com !

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